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Updated PNS Daily Newscast - September, 22 2017 


The news we're following on today's rundown: Facebook turns over Russia-linked ads to Congress; how Senate Republicans’ new health-care bill could hurt the fight against the opioid epidemic; and Texas food banks prepare to serve the long-term needs of Harvey victims.

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Public News Service - OH: Consumer Issues

About 1 in 5 Ohioans surveyed was not sure if he or she felt favorably or unfavorably about the health reform law. (Hamza Butt/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As renewed efforts by Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act ramp up, a newly released survey reveals how some Ohioans feel about the matter. The Ohio Health Issues Poll asked respondents several questions about health care, including what they would like to se

During Hunger Action Month, Ohioans are encouraged to raise awareness and advocate for policies that fight poverty. (Cary Sheil/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Struggling Ohioans are starting to see small improvements in their ability to put food on the table. New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service show the rate of food insecurity in Ohio fell slightly in 2016 to 14.8 percent. That's down from

Black workers in Ohio earn about $3.55 less an hour than white workers, according to Policy Matters Ohio. (Lydur Skulason/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – On a day dedicated to celebrating the achievements of the American worker, a new report finds persistent inequities in Ohio's labor market. Policy Matters Ohio's "State of Working Ohio 2017" reveals low unemployment in 2016, and slightly higher wages for the second consecuti

Former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius contends elected leaders need to know that the Affordable Care Act is making a difference in people's lives. (Center for American Progress/Flickr)<br />

COLUMBUS, Ohio – She held a key leadership role during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and on Wednesday, Kathleen Sebelius stopped in her native Ohio to rally opposition to efforts to repeal the health-care legislation. The former Health and Human Services secretary spent the

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

The American Cancer Society says Ohio's last cigarette tax increase in 2015 has not large enough to improve public health. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – New research suggests Ohio needs to step up its anti-tobacco game. An annual report from the American Cancer Society, which grades states on cancer-fighting policies, shows that 30 percent of cancer deaths in Ohio are attributed to tobacco. And while the state scores well fo

According to the National Retail Federation, the average household spends more than $660 on back-to-school shopping. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Summer break is coming to an end for many school districts in Ohio, which means the daunting and sometimes expensive ritual of back-to-school shopping begins. But the burden can be somewhat eased this weekend. Friday through Saturday is a back-to-school sales tax holiday i

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