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PNS Daily Newscast - April 28, 2017 


In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at a health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Public News Service - OH: Poverty Issues

Ohio's Winter Crisis Program provides utility bill assistance to low-income and older Ohioans facing a disconnect notice. (Suzie Tremmel/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio's Winter Crisis Program just wrapped up what may be its final season. The program provides utility bill assistance to low-income and older Ohioans facing a disconnect notice. It's part of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program – one of the many programs o

Federal proposals to change Medicaid and cut other programs could affect Ohioans in every legislative district. (M. Kuhlman)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Data released Wednesday sheds light on how decisions debated at the federal level might play out in Ohio. The Center for Community Solutions developed profiles of all 16 Ohio congressional districts, examining income, employment, poverty, education, housing and health coverage

Americorps VISTA members work in Ohio communities to fight hunger and poverty, in exchange for small stipends they can use for education. (Ohio Association of Foodbanks)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's largest hunger-fighting network says it is deeply concerned about the potential impacts of President Trump's federal budget outline. The lights would be shut off at 19 federal agencies, including the Corporation for National and Community Service, which runs AmeriCorps VISTA

The Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program helps farmers distribute surplus product to local food banks. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Anti-hunger groups and farmers are joining forces to call for a comprehensive approach to fighting hunger in Ohio. At the statehouse on Thursday, over 200 food bank partners, farmers and legislators gathered to discuss the scope of hunger and what can be done to better suppo

The Ohio Benefit Bank helps nearly 35,000 families file their income-tax returns each year. (Ohio Assn. of Foodbanks)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Tax time is here, but not all Ohioans have the knowledge or will to prepare their own income-tax returns, or the money to pay a professional. Some might qualify for free tax-prep services through The Ohio Benefit Bank. The program connects taxpayers to certified counselors who can

Ohio's Winter Crisis Program runs through March 21, 2017, for lower-income people who might otherwise not be able to pay their heating bill. (Chris Thomas)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohioans who struggle financially may also be struggling to stay warm now that colder temperatures are settling in. But they may be able to get help through the Winter Crisis Program. The program is part of the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and can help residents with

There are geographic clusters in Ohio where poor birth outcomes are higher. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new report breaks down some of the risk factors of one of the state's biggest public health challenges. Ohio has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the nation, with hundreds of babies dying each year. To better understand the problem, The Center for Community Solut

An estimated 880,000 Ohioans have been connected to health insurance coverage since the Affordable Care Act was implemented. (Shutterstock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It's no trick, open enrollment begins Tuesday for the fourth year of the federal health insurance marketplace. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks has trained and certified navigators, who can assist people as they review their health care coverage options. Joree Novotny, th

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