PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Authorities respond to another explosion in Austin Texas. Also on our rundown: A school resource officer credited with bringing a swift end to a shooting incident at a Maryland high school, The North Carolina GOP silent on an apparent Cambrrige Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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Public News Service - OH: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

AmeriCorps VISTA members work with Ohio organizations fighting poverty. (OAFB)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Hundreds of folks in Ohio are serving as catalysts for change in the fight to eradicate poverty through National Service programs. Specifically in Ohio, about 1,200 people are dedicating a year of their lives as AmeriCorps VISTA members. Caitlin Ballinger is the AmeriCorps V

The Local Food Promotion Program helped Local Roots Market and Café in Wooster expand its marketing to include billboards and other advertising, which boosted business. (Local Roots)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Federal lawmakers are ramping up their work on the 2018 Farm Bill, and some Ohio farm groups and producers say measures to boost local foods should be included. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, says the Local FARMS Act he introduced in the Senate can help family farmers and local

About 6,000 Ohioans are employed by Amazon. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Retailer Amazon has grown substantially in Ohio in recent years, creating thousands of jobs and promising more to come. But a new analysis shows Amazon has also become one of the largest companies whose workers need help getting by. According to the findings from Policy Ma

Republican leaders hope to have their tax-reform plan on President Donald Trump's desk by Christmas. (Karl-Ludwig Poggemann/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Republicans are rushing to get their tax overhaul on the president's desk before Christmas - a plan that anti-poverty groups say is a generous gift for the rich and a lump of coal for those in need. The executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, Lisa Hamler-Fug

About 1.5 million veterans in the U.S. live in households that participate in the SNAP program. (U.S. Army)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As Ohio and the rest of the nation pause to commemorate Veterans Day Saturday, new research shows how some anti-poverty programs are helping those who have served their country. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities looked at the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Progra

Renee Winner and her family operate four dairy farms in central Ohio. (REAL Winner Farms)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Harvest season is winding down in Ohio, and sustainable-farming advocates say it's a great time for growers and producers to learn more about what it takes to go organic. In some cases it's a matter of making the personal professional. Renee and Alan Winner, dairy farmers in centra

During Hunger Action Month, Ohioans are encouraged to raise awareness and advocate for policies that fight poverty. (Cary Sheil/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Struggling Ohioans are starting to see small improvements in their ability to put food on the table. New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service show the rate of food insecurity in Ohio fell slightly in 2016 to 14.8 percent. That's down from

Herb and berry farmer Rachel Tayse of Columbus says new farmers need support to build a sustainable operation. (Rachel Tayse)<br />

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Over a third of all farmers are reaching retirement age, which puts the future of food in the hands of the next generation of farmers. But, creating a successful agricultural operation can be an uphill battle. The 2014 National Young Farmers Survey found the biggest barriers

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