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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2017 


Today on the rundown: the Senate GOP releases a draft of their health-care bill; Tropical Storm Cindy is bringing heavy rainfall to the South; and could Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “tough on drugs” approach fuel mass incarceration?

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A new report shows 5.5 percent of workers in Ohio reported minimum-wage violations. (Grant Baldwin/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than 14 percent of Ohioans live in poverty – a situation that new research suggests could be avoided for some if they weren't being cheated out of pay. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) examined reports of minimum-wage theft in the 10 most populous states, inclu

Opponents of the Pastor Protection Act are convinced it would make Ohio unwelcoming to members of the LGBT community. (mensatic/morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A fast-moving religious liberties bill in Ohio is spurring concern among some advocates for the state's LGBT residents. The Pastor Protection Act, House Bill 36, received its third committee hearing Tuesday, just two weeks after it was introduced. The bill says ministers or r

Gun violence prevention groups say background checks should be required for every firearm purchase. <br />(Elvert Barnes/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The violence that has plagued the country this summer is intensifying calls for action on gun reform, with dozens of Ohioans headed to Washington today for a national rally. Jennifer Thorne, executive director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, says despite mass sho

Ohio's prisons house about 50,600 offenders, nearly the same number as five years ago. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio lawmakers are working to address problems in the state's criminal justice system, but some advocacy groups say the time for modest, incremental steps is over. Stephen Johnsongrove, deputy director for the Ohio Justice and Policy Center explains there are 50,600 people locked

A report finds the Ohio Department of Education needs to review the use of restraint and seclusion. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new report says better enforcement is needed on the use of seclusion and restraint in schools. The recommendations in the research from Disability Rights Ohio highlight data in a 2015 report which found wide gaps in enforcement of a rule restricting the use of the practices. Kr

An Ohio Supreme Court case could affect the state's ability to prosecute cases based on testing its backlog of thousands of rape kits. (Analogue Kid/Wikimedia)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio Supreme Court case could affect the state's initiative to clear the backlog of untested rape kits. The state is appealing a decision by the Eighth District Court of Appeals in the case of Demetrius Jones. The appeals court had dismissed his rape and kidnapping charges beca

Research shows current policing practices can impact the mental health and well-being of both the public and police. (Seeman/Morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - As Ohio leaders look to improve police-community relations, a new report offers insight into the mental and emotional health impacts caused by current policing practices. The research released by health and criminal justice groups included a survey from 470 residents from neighborh

Opponents say Ohioans don't know the facts and the truth about the death penalty system. Credit: Dodgertonskillhause/Morguefile

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's postponement of executions until 2017 could be a catalyst for change. The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announced the delay, citing difficulties obtaining the necessary drugs. Sister Andrea Koverman, program manager for the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Cent

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