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Katie Wedell

Katie Wedell is a data journalist investigating government waste, fraud and abuse as a member of the I-Team. She's won several awards for investigative reporting from the Associated Press Media Editors of Ohio. Katie has worked for Cox Media Group since 2007, writing for the Dayton Daily News and Springfield News-Sun, as well as working on the cross-platform breaking news team and digital team. She's a graduate of Miami University and grew up in the Chicago area.

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Report: Opioids cost Midwest construction industry billions
 Opioids — including heroin and fentanyl — killed nearly 1,000 construction workers in the Midwest at a cost of more than $5 billion to the region’s construction industry in 2015, according to estimates in a new report by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute. The report confirms a trend identified by Dayton Daily News data...

Posted: 7 hours ago

Opioids — including heroin and fentanyl — killed nearly 1,000 construction workers in the Midwest at a cost of more than $5 billion to the region’s construction industry in 2015, according to estimates in a new report by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute. The report confirms a trend identified by Dayton Daily News data...
Residents weigh in on drug crisis: ‘People are in despair and hopeless’
 Long wait lists for treatment. Insurance coverage requirements that can prevent an addict from getting help. A persistent negative stigma about addiction. These are some of the myriad complaints aired during three community forums last week hosted by Your Voice Ohio, a collaborative of more than 30 media organizations working to identify...

Posted: 2 days ago

Long wait lists for treatment. Insurance coverage requirements that can prevent an addict from getting help. A persistent negative stigma about addiction. These are some of the myriad complaints aired during three community forums last week hosted by Your Voice Ohio, a collaborative of more than 30 media organizations working to identify...
Drug crisis in Ohio: How can communities make a difference?
 In an extraordinary series of forums over the next week and a half, local citizens will get a chance to share ideas for how to best tackle an opioid crisis that killed more than 1,000 people in the region in both 2016 and 2017. The first session will take place at 2 p.m. today at the main library in downtown Dayton. Other sessions are scheduled...

Posted: 10 days ago

In an extraordinary series of forums over the next week and a half, local citizens will get a chance to share ideas for how to best tackle an opioid crisis that killed more than 1,000 people in the region in both 2016 and 2017. The first session will take place at 2 p.m. today at the main library in downtown Dayton. Other sessions are scheduled...
Montgomery County gets $3.2M in funding to combat infant mortality
 As part of a statewide effort to help more Ohio babies reach their first birthdays, the Ohio Department of Medicaid has awarded $3.2 million to community initiatives in Montgomery County aimed at reducing infant mortality. More than 1,000 infants in Ohio died before their first birthday in 2016, according to data released by the Ohio Department...

Posted: 15 days ago

As part of a statewide effort to help more Ohio babies reach their first birthdays, the Ohio Department of Medicaid has awarded $3.2 million to community initiatives in Montgomery County aimed at reducing infant mortality. More than 1,000 infants in Ohio died before their first birthday in 2016, according to data released by the Ohio Department...
DACA recipients fear American dream will turn into nightmare
 A recent nursing graduate, a new mom working two jobs, the head of a department at Southview Medical Center and a small business owner. These are some of the hundreds of local people who are living in limbo while politicians in Washington argue over immigration reform. They are Dreamers, the name commonly given to those with deferred deportation...

Posted: 18 days ago

A recent nursing graduate, a new mom working two jobs, the head of a department at Southview Medical Center and a small business owner. These are some of the hundreds of local people who are living in limbo while politicians in Washington argue over immigration reform. They are Dreamers, the name commonly given to those with deferred deportation...
State’s new anti-fraud devices have the disabled worried about snooping
 New technology used by the state to cut down on Medicaid fraud has disabled Ohioans complaining about a violation of their privacy. Ohio Medicaid’s Electronic Visit Verification system was launched Jan. 8 as the state’s answer to a new federal provision in the 21st Century Cures Act. The law requires each state to implement...

Posted: 18 days ago

New technology used by the state to cut down on Medicaid fraud has disabled Ohioans complaining about a violation of their privacy. Ohio Medicaid’s Electronic Visit Verification system was launched Jan. 8 as the state’s answer to a new federal provision in the 21st Century Cures Act. The law requires each state to implement...
Dayton-area Dreamers share their stories
DACA gave Adriana Lopez, 21, an opportunity she thought she’d never have when her family came from Mexico when she was 6 years old.
“We were hiding,” she said. “People are afraid to go to the doctor.”
She grew up in New Carlisle but dropped out of Tecumseh High School during her freshman year. She said she didn&rsquo...

Posted: 18 days ago

DACA gave Adriana Lopez, 21, an opportunity she thought she’d never have when her family came from Mexico when she was 6 years old. “We were hiding,” she said. “People are afraid to go to the doctor.” She grew up in New Carlisle but dropped out of Tecumseh High School during her freshman year. She said she didn&rsquo...
Local Dreamers tell their stories
For Jazmina Mamani of Kettering, coming to the U.S. was literally a matter of life and death. Severely burned on her chest, neck and face from a kerosene lamp accident at age 6 in her native Bolivia, missionaries from Ohio arranged for her to get needed surgeries in Cincinnati and later brought her to live with them in the Dayton area.
Now...

Posted: 18 days ago

For Jazmina Mamani of Kettering, coming to the U.S. was literally a matter of life and death. Severely burned on her chest, neck and face from a kerosene lamp accident at age 6 in her native Bolivia, missionaries from Ohio arranged for her to get needed surgeries in Cincinnati and later brought her to live with them in the Dayton area. Now...
New bill calls for more transparency in drug prices
 A consumer protection bill introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives this week aims to increase transparency in prescription drug pricing. “Action is needed to address the rising prescription drug prices to protect Ohio consumers,” said state Rep. Scott Lipps, R-Franklin, one of the sponsors of House Bill 479. “Prescription...

Posted: 26 days ago

A consumer protection bill introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives this week aims to increase transparency in prescription drug pricing. “Action is needed to address the rising prescription drug prices to protect Ohio consumers,” said state Rep. Scott Lipps, R-Franklin, one of the sponsors of House Bill 479. “Prescription...
Study seeks to address burnout, turnover among child welfare workers
 Ohio has been selected to participate in a national research project aimed at decreasing workforce turnover at child welfare agencies. The research will take place over the next four years in Montgomery, Clark, Champaign, Hamilton, Knox, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties. It’s being conducted by the Quality Improvement Center for...

Posted: 28 days ago

Ohio has been selected to participate in a national research project aimed at decreasing workforce turnover at child welfare agencies. The research will take place over the next four years in Montgomery, Clark, Champaign, Hamilton, Knox, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties. It’s being conducted by the Quality Improvement Center for...