PNS Daily News - March 28, 2017 

We’re covering a variety of issues today including: word of a secret White House visit prompts calls for the House Intelligence chair to recuse himself from the Russia investigation; internet activity could be sold to the highest bidder under a bill up for a vote; and new research shows Uncle Sam is taking more from undocumented immigrants than the wealthy.

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Animal-welfare advocates say private, exotic animal ownership poses public safety risks. Courtesy: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

COLUMBUS, Ohio - With recent seizures of tigers and bears in Ohio, animal-welfare advocates say state officials are taking exotic-animal care seriously. The state's exotic-animal law went into effect in 2012, one year after dozens of lions, tigers and bears were released by a Zanesville man who th

A NWF poll finds a large majority of hunters and anglers favor Clean Water Act standards. Credit: Ed Devereaux/Flickr

MARIETTA, Ohio – Some of Ohio's 110,000 miles of streams could lose potential environmental protections as Congress considers rescinding a recent EPA rule that extends Clean Water Act standards to smaller streams and wetlands. A poll released today by the National Wildlife Federation finds 83

PHOTO: In an effort to help protect the state’s $2.3 billion poultry industry from avian flu, the Ohio Department of Agriculture has cancelled all live-bird exhibitions this year. Photo credit: lightfoot/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Avian flu has devastated flocks of birds in many states, and Ohio is taking aggressive steps to ensure it doesn't happen here. The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it is banning all live-bird exhibitions this year, including events at auctions, county fairs and the

PHOTO: From the Christmas tree, to the tinsel, to a houseful of guests, the holidays pose many potential dangers for curious pets, so their owners are advised to take some simple precautions to keep them safe. Photo credit: Amy Schneider.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With all the food and festivities, keeping Fluffy or Fido safe during the holidays can be a challenge. But furry family members will be just fine with some simple precautions from their owners. KC Theisen, director of pet care issues at the Humane Society of the United Sta

PHOTO: A dairy supplier for an Ohio cheese company is shown kicking a cow in an undercover video shot on a Wisconsin dairy farm. Photo courtesy of Mercy for Animals.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A newly released video exposes the mistreatment of cows at a dairy that supplies milk to an Ohio cheese company. Animal activists say it highlights the need for better policies to prevent animal abuse. Matt Rice, director of investigatons for Mercy for Animals, said one of the grou

PHOTO: A new report finds species such as the brook trout in Ohio face an uncertain future due to the impacts of climate change. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Parenting is a tough job, and a new report suggests it's becoming increasingly stressful for wildlife in Ohio. According to a report from the National Wildlife Federation, climate change is making it harder for many animals to raise their young and keep them well fed and hea

PHOTO: Columbus-based Wendy’s is demanding quarterly reports from pork suppliers about their ability to provide pork produced without the use of gestation crates. Photo credit: Humane Society of the United States.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The world's third-largest fast-food chain is making more strides toward elimination of controversial pig cages. Columbus-based Wendy's says it will require its suppliers to provide quarterly reports regarding their ability to provide pork produced without the use of gestatio

PHOTO: A new report examines the way climate change is impacting Ohio's big game and their habitat. Photo courtesy NWF.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's white-tailed deer firearms hunting season is coming up, and a new report examines the ways climate change is creating an uncertain future for deer and other big game species in the state, as well as for hunting aspects of the outdoor economy. The research from the National Wi

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