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PNS Daily News - July 25, 2017 


Another Obamacare repeal showdown expected in the Senate; the President’s son-in-law in the hot seat in the Russia probe; and a setback for federal immigration agents. We’re covering those stories and more on today’s rundown.

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Public News Service - OH: Consumer Issues

Ohio health-care advocates say a strong and viable safety net through Medicaid is crucial for people under-served areas. (Vic/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than 700,000 Ohioans rely on Community Health Centers for their medical care, and some could lose those services depending on decisions at the federal level. With their revised health-care plan unable to muster enough votes, some GOP senators are now pushing legislation

State-owned lands such as Shawnee State Forest could be opened to oil and gas drilling if state senators override a veto from the Governor. (ODNR)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio lawmakers could soon greenlight oil and gas development in Ohio state parks and public lands. Last week, the Ohio House voted to override a veto that would have allowed Gov. John Kasich to retain appointment authority for members of the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission &#

In 2014, an algal bloom in Lake Erie poisoned the drinking water supply of 400,000 people in the Toledo area. (NOAA)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Federal agencies are proposing the first of two steps to roll back the legal safeguards protecting waterways in Ohio and around the nation. The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday announced a plan to rescind the Clean Water Rule, established in 20

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

Ohioans can learn about vegetable production and other topics during an annual farm tour series. (Glass City Goat Gals)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Summer is just about here, and Ohioans have an opportunity to learn about the past and future of farming in the state. The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's annual Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series begins June 6. Jess Lamar Reece Holler, OEFFA’s dir

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

Enrollment since Ohio expanded its Medicaid program is nearly 2.5 times larger than the initial estimates from 2013. (Adam Avitable/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As the Medicaid program faces possible changes at both the state and federal level, a new report finds the changes would be especially difficult for Ohio's rural counties. This week, Republicans in Congress are expected to vote on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act that inc

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