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PNS Daily News - June 26, 2017 


We’re covering several issues in today’s news including: it’s a key week for Republicans drumming up support for health care legislation; mayors from around the country speak out against Trump’s climate policies; and why some cattle producers have a beef with the USDA.

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Public News Service - OH: Children's Issues

The percentage of Ohio children and adults covered by Medicaid in rural areas and small towns grew between 2009 and 2015. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new report underscores the importance of Medicaid in ensuring rural Ohio families have access to the care they need to stay healthy. According to the findings from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, 40 percent of Ohio children living in rural commu

Babies born below 5 pounds, 8 ounces are defined as low-birth-weight. (Cesar Rincon/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Motherhood is certainly known for being stressful, but the worries of lower-income moms-to-be might contribute to poor birth outcomes. Researchers from The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center assessed financial strain, depressive symptoms, anxiety and pregnancy-specific stress

Today, there are an estimated 1,400 more children in foster care in Ohio than in 2011. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – During this National Foster Care Month, there's an urgent call for Ohioans to open their homes to care for children in need. Children service agencies are reporting record numbers of children coming into care, partly due to the opioid epidemic. Robin Reese, executive direc

Nearly four out of five bunnies given as Easter gifts are abandoned or die in less than a year. (Troy Trolley/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A real, live bunny may seem like a cute, cuddly Easter gift for child, but animal-welfare groups are cautioning Ohioans to stick to the chocolate ones. The Columbus House Rabbit Society rescues unwanted domestic rabbits and began the "Make Mine Chocolate" campaign 15 years ago. The

In February, 128 people called poison centers in Ohio regarding the use of opioids. (Cincinnati Children's)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio's opioid epidemic has not let up, with reports of drug overdose deaths making daily headlines. Poison control centers are playing a vital role as medical personnel work to combat the crisis. In 2014, 2,400 Ohioans died from unintentional drug overdose, and last month,

Experts say breastfeeding support in the delivery room is one beneficial step for moms trying to nurse their newborns. (J.K. Califf/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Providing better support to help new moms breastfeed might be a key to improving birth outcomes for the youngest Ohioans. Ohio ranks 45th among states for infant mortality, and for African-American babies, the rate is even higher. According to a new policy brief from the Children's

A new report suggests aggressive action to remove the threat of lead contamination in drinking water at Ohio schools. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A new report suggests lead contamination is a serious and pervasive problem in Ohio schools, and calls for aggressive action to eliminate it. Research from the Environment America Research and Policy Center showed that Ohio is one of more than a dozen states failing to protect ch

Experts say children of opioid-addicted parents often are traumatized because of extreme neglect. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio has still not escaped the clutches of the opioid epidemic and some groups say its youngest victims often are forgotten. According to the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO), nearly half of children taken into the care of social service agencies in 2015

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