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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


2021Talks - February 26, 2021 


A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

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Ohioans living in Appalachia report poorer health outcomes than those in other regions of the state. (Dan Keck/Flickr)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Some rural Ohioans are part of a multistate project sharing how the Medicaid program has changed their lives. Appalachians for Medicaid is an online storybook featuring people and families from Ohio and three other states. Steve Wagner, executive director for the Universal Health

Ohio voters with a disability represent an estimated 17.5% of the electorate. (AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The pandemic has pushed the issue of voter access to the forefront, but for Ohio's disability community, it's more than just another talking point. Voter turnout for people with disabilities was 6 percentage points lower than that of people without disabilities in the 2016 presid

About 60% of children who rely on Medicaid coverage have a disability. (Africa Studio/Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Researchers say national talk of turning Medicaid into a block grant program could threaten health-care coverage for vulnerable kids in Ohio. States currently share the cost of Medicaid with the federal government. With a block grant, states would get a set amount of money a

Low-income Ohio families may be eligible to receive a one-time benefit toward a summer cooling bill. (Derek Bridges/Flickr)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The dog days of summer are here, and staying safe in the heat means many Ohioans soon will be facing higher electric bills. An annual program is available to help eligible households who may not have enough money to stay cool. The Home Energy Assistance Program's Summer Crisis Prog

There are 61 transit systems in Ohio serving an estimated 3 million people each weekday. (Raymond Wambsgam/Flickr)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Some Ohio transit systems have a sweet Valentine's Day gift for their riders. The Ohio Public Transit Association (OPTA) has deemed today "Ohio Loves Transit Day," a new observance to acknowledge the vital role of transit in the state and encourage ridership. Katherine Manni

Researchers say most of the Medicaid program expense comes from enrollees who are elderly or have a disability. (rawpixel/Flickr)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – State leaders in Ohio are making a push for Medicaid work requirements, but some researchers are cautioning that could turn back the clock on progress made to improve health-care access. About 3 million Ohioans are insured through Medicaid, including more than 700,000 who wer

Opponents say a Down syndrome abortion ban bill in Ohio ignores the unique circumstances that surround each woman's pregnancy. (Progress Ohio/Flickr)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday that, if signed, would become the 20th attack on reproductive health approved in the state since Gov. John Kasich took office. The Ohio Senate, on a non-party line vote, approved HB 214, which bans abortions after a fetal diagnosis of Dow

Some Ohioans with disabilities say public transportation can be hard to access and doesn't always run on time. (Metro Bus/Flickr)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Not having a ride can certainly be an inconvenience, but for individuals with disabilities, it can be a major roadblock in life. A new survey says transportation is the number one unmet need of Ohioans with disabilities. Barriers to getting around include difficulty driving

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