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PNS Daily Newscast - February 16, 2018 


Florida lawmakers put a concealed weapons bill on hold; also on today's nationwide rundown, concern about Washington State sharing immigrant activist information with ICE agents; and romance scams on the rise.

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Public News Service - OH: Budget Policy & Priorities

There are 61 transit systems in Ohio serving an estimated 3 million people each weekday. (Raymond Wambsgam/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Some Ohio transit systems have a sweet Valentine's Day gift for their riders. The Ohio Public Transit Association (OPTA) has deemed today "Ohio Loves Transit Day," a new observance to acknowledge the vital role of transit in the state and encourage ridership. Katherine Manni

Researchers say most of the Medicaid program expense comes from enrollees who are elderly or have a disability. (rawpixel/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – State leaders in Ohio are making a push for Medicaid work requirements, but some researchers are cautioning that could turn back the clock on progress made to improve health-care access. About 3 million Ohioans are insured through Medicaid, including more than 700,000 who wer

Environmental groups are hopeful Ohio will use funds from the Volkswagen settlement to invest in electric vehicle technologies. (mariordor59/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the new year, Ohioans can weigh in on how the state can best spend $75 million from the Volkswagen settlement to clean up its transportation sector. The car-maker admitted to cheating on emissions tests, and the money will be used to help mitigate the damage caused by exces

Opponents of an Ohio bill to make wearing a mask at protests illegal say it's a tool against left-leaning activist groups. (michael_swan/Flickr)

By Cameron Gorman Reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration COLUMBUS, Ohio – Supporters of a new bill introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives want to more broadly criminalize the wearing of masks in public — a move which some see as encroaching on the ri

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

Ohio is one of the nationís worst performers in terms of housing equity. (Jody McIntyre/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- State leaders on Tuesday decided to delay a proposed Medicaid rate cut for hospitals, intended to fill a budget gap. But some researchers say there are cost drivers beyond the walls of medical buildings that could be also be examined. Loren Anthes, fellow of Medicaid policy at th

Ohio poverty rates have made modest declines in recent years. (Coalition on Human Needs)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio is making strides in fighting poverty, but a new report from the Coalition on Human Needs and the Ohio Association of Foodbanks warns that progress could be undermined by proposed cuts at the federal level. According to the findings, Ohio's poverty rate has improved mod

The Clean Power Plan calls for a 32 percent reduction in carbon pollution from 2005 levels by 2030. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Trump administration is making good on its promise to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a decision some groups argue could put lives at risk. Following a directed review by the president, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposal on Tuesday to resc

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