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PNS Daily Newscast - Monday, Aug 21st, 2017 


Here are some of the stories we're covering today: A big protest is planned against President Trump today, a huge gathering in Maine on Sunday mourning the loss of three people killed during a white nationalist rally, and it's eclipse day but a moon of a different sort caught the country's attention about twenty five years ago.

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Public News Service - OH: Poverty Issues

Ohio gained 4,100 public sector jobs in July, but lost in manufacturing and construction. (TheHilaryClark/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Analysts say another month of slow job growth in Ohio shows that cutting taxes for those with the highest incomes isn't putting people back to work. The state gained only 1,600 jobs in July for a 12-month growth rate of just under 1 percent – less than two-thirds of th

NAFTA resulted in the loss of an estimated 680,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States. <br />(Billie Greenwood/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Some labor groups in Ohio and around the country are asking leaders to prioritize workers as talks begin on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. Trade officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico will sit down Wednesday to renegotiate the 23-year-old tra

A disconnect notice is not required to be eligible for summer cooling assistance through HEAP.<br />(noricum/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The sweltering heat in Ohio is underscoring the importance of cooling assistance for vulnerable populations. Low-income Ohioans with a documented medical condition or those 60 years of age and older can ask for help to stay cool through the Summer Crisis Program. Michele Luc

More than a third of Ohio's budget is made up of the types of federal grant dollars that President Trump's budget proposal trims by $44 billion. (whitehouse.gov)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As the federal budget process plays out in Congress, a national economist says there's a lot at stake for Ohio. President Donald Trump's proposal attempts to balance the budget by 2027, with nearly $4.5 trillion in cuts. The President of the Center on Budget and Policy Prio

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

AEP and Duke Energy want to increase fixed monthly charges on customers' bills. (Suzie Tremmel/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — People around Ohio are speaking out about proposed rate increases from local utility companies. Both American Electric Power and Duke Energy want to raise the fixed charge for customers - a charge that is paid even before the meter starts running. Opponents argue that the inc

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

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

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