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DeWine: Opioid crisis is hurting the state’s economy
 As Attorney General Mike DeWine travels the state, ramping up his campaign for governor, he’s been talking about what he thinks is the number one issue facing Ohioans — jobs. But every speech and interview about jobs, he said, inevitably turns to drugs, specifically the opioid crisis that is hitting Ohio harder than most other...

Posted: 4 days ago

As Attorney General Mike DeWine travels the state, ramping up his campaign for governor, he’s been talking about what he thinks is the number one issue facing Ohioans — jobs. But every speech and interview about jobs, he said, inevitably turns to drugs, specifically the opioid crisis that is hitting Ohio harder than most other...
Ohio is only state where police are not required to report child abuse
 Anyone who works with children — including doctors, teachers, camp counselors and therapists — are required by Ohio law to report suspected child abuse or neglect to either a children services agency or police. But Ohio is the only state where police officers are not subject to the same mandated reporting laws. A Columbus lawmaker...

Posted: 5 days ago

Anyone who works with children — including doctors, teachers, camp counselors and therapists — are required by Ohio law to report suspected child abuse or neglect to either a children services agency or police. But Ohio is the only state where police officers are not subject to the same mandated reporting laws. A Columbus lawmaker...
Scam victims can apply for refunds from Western Union
 Consumers who lost money to scammers by paying money via Western Union money transfer could be eligible for a refund, according to the Federal Trade Commission. RELATED: Elderly targeted more in scams The FTC reached a $586 million settlement with Western Union in January to resolve charges that the company looked the other way while scammers...

Posted: 6 days ago

Consumers who lost money to scammers by paying money via Western Union money transfer could be eligible for a refund, according to the Federal Trade Commission. RELATED: Elderly targeted more in scams The FTC reached a $586 million settlement with Western Union in January to resolve charges that the company looked the other way while scammers...
Battle brewing over changes to how issues get on Ohio ballot
 In recent years Ohioans have voted through state-wide ballot initiatives to ban smoking in public places, establish casinos in four cities and reject a proposal to give a monopoly on the growing and sale of marijuana. But after this year’s Issue 2 campaign - in which a philanthropist from California sought to change how prescription...

Posted: 6 days ago

In recent years Ohioans have voted through state-wide ballot initiatives to ban smoking in public places, establish casinos in four cities and reject a proposal to give a monopoly on the growing and sale of marijuana. But after this year’s Issue 2 campaign - in which a philanthropist from California sought to change how prescription...
Voters in Ohio Tuesday approved all but one levy aimed at child safety
 Voters approved children services levies in 12 of 13 Ohio counties Tuesday. Local levies are crucial for county agencies that work to ensure the safety of children in Ohio because those agencies get only about 10 percent of their funding from the state — the lowest percentage of any state in nation. A recent Dayton Daily News investigation...

Posted: 11 days ago

Voters approved children services levies in 12 of 13 Ohio counties Tuesday. Local levies are crucial for county agencies that work to ensure the safety of children in Ohio because those agencies get only about 10 percent of their funding from the state — the lowest percentage of any state in nation. A recent Dayton Daily News investigation...
Issue 2 trouncing won’t end debate over high drug prices
 State Issue 2 was soundly defeated, but debate over what to do about the high cost of drugs is still gathering steam. “After $90 million there’s still not one solution to the high drug prices,” said Dennis Willard, spokesman for the Yes campaign. “That’s actually kind of tragic.” State Issue 2 — would...

Posted: 11 days ago

State Issue 2 was soundly defeated, but debate over what to do about the high cost of drugs is still gathering steam. “After $90 million there’s still not one solution to the high drug prices,” said Dennis Willard, spokesman for the Yes campaign. “That’s actually kind of tragic.” State Issue 2 — would...
State Issue 2 fails big; confusion blamed
 Ohio voters soundly rejected Issue 2 on Tuesday. With  100 percent of the vote in, the prescription drug measure failed 79 percent to 21 percent.  The Associated Press called  Issue 2 as failing shortly before 8:30 p.m. and supporters then conceded at a Columbus watch party.  “Make no mistake, although this particular campaign...

Posted: 13 days ago

Ohio voters soundly rejected Issue 2 on Tuesday. With 100 percent of the vote in, the prescription drug measure failed 79 percent to 21 percent.  The Associated Press called Issue 2 as failing shortly before 8:30 p.m. and supporters then conceded at a Columbus watch party.  “Make no mistake, although this particular campaign...
What happened Tuesday?: Quick look at election highlights
 Here's a look at some of the highlights from Tuesday’s election across the region. With nearly 100 percent of precincts reporting, the measure failed 79 percent to 21 percent.  The Associated Press called Issue 2 as failing shortly before 8:30 p.m. and supporters then conceded at a Columbus watch party.  “Make no mistake...

Posted: 17 days ago

Here's a look at some of the highlights from Tuesday’s election across the region. With nearly 100 percent of precincts reporting, the measure failed 79 percent to 21 percent.  The Associated Press called Issue 2 as failing shortly before 8:30 p.m. and supporters then conceded at a Columbus watch party.  “Make no mistake...
Lawmakers look to make it harder for issues to be put on the ballot
 A Miami Valley lawmaker wants to make it more difficult to put issues and constitutional amendments before Ohio voters. State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, introduced a joint resolution that would increase the number of signatures needed to get an item on the ballot and increase the vote total needed to pass a measure from a majority to...

Posted: 17 days ago

A Miami Valley lawmaker wants to make it more difficult to put issues and constitutional amendments before Ohio voters. State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, introduced a joint resolution that would increase the number of signatures needed to get an item on the ballot and increase the vote total needed to pass a measure from a majority to...
Election 2017: Issue 2 continues to confuse, divide Ohio voters
 After millions spent on advertising across Ohio, the question is, will people have any better understanding of what the issue is about? Many voters are still expressing confusion about the prescription drug price ballot issue as Election Day looms, despite the $73 million that had been raised by supporters and proponents as of mid-October...

Posted: 17 days ago

After millions spent on advertising across Ohio, the question is, will people have any better understanding of what the issue is about? Many voters are still expressing confusion about the prescription drug price ballot issue as Election Day looms, despite the $73 million that had been raised by supporters and proponents as of mid-October...
Election 2017: Issue 2 sides make final push for Ohio voters
 By the time the final frenzy of ads both for and against Issue 2 airs this week, the two sides will have broken a record for campaign spending in Ohio. The question is, will people have any better understanding of what the issue is about? Many voters are still expressing confusion about the prescription drug price ballot issue as Election...

Posted: 17 days ago

By the time the final frenzy of ads both for and against Issue 2 airs this week, the two sides will have broken a record for campaign spending in Ohio. The question is, will people have any better understanding of what the issue is about? Many voters are still expressing confusion about the prescription drug price ballot issue as Election...
Dayton Daily News stories of child deaths prompt calls for reform
 A Dayton Daily News investigation into child deaths has sparked lawmakers and officials to call for a closer look at Ohio’s child welfare system. The investigation examined the number of times Ohio children have died after being returned to the custody of parents with known histories of abuse and neglect. The newspaper profiled 19 such...

Posted: 19 days ago

A Dayton Daily News investigation into child deaths has sparked lawmakers and officials to call for a closer look at Ohio’s child welfare system. The investigation examined the number of times Ohio children have died after being returned to the custody of parents with known histories of abuse and neglect. The newspaper profiled 19 such...
Targeting at-risk kids may be key to reducing child deaths
 Reducing the number of deaths involving children is the main goal of a pilot program that is set to launch in two Ohio counties. The program, scheduled for an early 2018 launch in Hamilton and Franklin counties, could also spread to other counties in Ohio. It uses data and predictive analytics to identify cases where children are potentially...

Posted: 23 days ago

Reducing the number of deaths involving children is the main goal of a pilot program that is set to launch in two Ohio counties. The program, scheduled for an early 2018 launch in Hamilton and Franklin counties, could also spread to other counties in Ohio. It uses data and predictive analytics to identify cases where children are potentially...
Issue 2 on track to be most expensive ballot issue in Ohio history
 The campaigns arguing for and against State Issue2 — the prescription drug price ballot initiative — have raised a combined $73 million to date, according to pre-election campaign finance reports submitted to the Secretary of State’s office. With more spending expected in the run up to Election Day, that figure puts this...

Posted: 24 days ago

The campaigns arguing for and against State Issue2 — the prescription drug price ballot initiative — have raised a combined $73 million to date, according to pre-election campaign finance reports submitted to the Secretary of State’s office. With more spending expected in the run up to Election Day, that figure puts this...
2-year-old’s death led to overhaul of Ohio’s system to protect kids. Why didn’t it work?
 After a Cincinnati two-year-old was murdered just two months after being reunified with his parents in 2011, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine launched an exhaustive overhaul of Ohio’s child welfare system. He offered condolences to the foster parents who had raised the child, Demarcus Jackson, and held town hall meetings throughout...

Posted: 24 days ago

After a Cincinnati two-year-old was murdered just two months after being reunified with his parents in 2011, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine launched an exhaustive overhaul of Ohio’s child welfare system. He offered condolences to the foster parents who had raised the child, Demarcus Jackson, and held town hall meetings throughout...
Who is protecting our children? Since 2009, adults with a history of abuse have killed hundreds of Ohio kids
 When two-year-old Damarcus Jackson was rushed to a Cincinnati hospital on Oct. 21, 2011, his father told hospital staff he may be suffering complications from a seizure disorder. But by the time he died at 11:10 that evening, nurses were beginning to suspect something more sinister had occurred. Damarcus had bruising all over his body in...

Posted: 24 days ago

When two-year-old Damarcus Jackson was rushed to a Cincinnati hospital on Oct. 21, 2011, his father told hospital staff he may be suffering complications from a seizure disorder. But by the time he died at 11:10 that evening, nurses were beginning to suspect something more sinister had occurred. Damarcus had bruising all over his body in...
These were Alton Brown’s must-try eats when he was in Dayton
 Calling all foodies! Alton Brown, the Food Network personality from Good Eats, Iron Chef America and Cutthroat Kitchen, was in Dayton on October 24, sampling all the best grub.   Have suggestions? He’d love to hear them. Tweet him at @altonbrown, and make sure to use the hashtag ...

Posted: 26 days ago

Calling all foodies! Alton Brown, the Food Network personality from Good Eats, Iron Chef America and Cutthroat Kitchen, was in Dayton on October 24, sampling all the best grub.   Have suggestions? He’d love to hear them. Tweet him at @altonbrown, and make sure to use the hashtag ...
State concludes Issue 2 won’t likely result in savings
 State Issue 2 is unlikely to result in any savings for Ohio’s Medicaid program, the state’s budget office concluded in a report that appears to call into question claims by supporters that the initiative will save the state hundreds of millions of dollars on prescription drug prices. Although the report says other programs may...

3:52 PM Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

State Issue 2 is unlikely to result in any savings for Ohio’s Medicaid program, the state’s budget office concluded in a report that appears to call into question claims by supporters that the initiative will save the state hundreds of millions of dollars on prescription drug prices. Although the report says other programs may...
Election 2017: Ads lead to confusion over Issue 2
 We’ve been hearing a lot from readers about State Issue 2. TVs in Ohio have been flooded with ads for the issue on the November ballot and viewers are confused. Both sides in the ads have said that they will lower drug costs. Who is right? The answer to this question really depends on where in the supply chain you are looking at the...

2:20 PM Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

We’ve been hearing a lot from readers about State Issue 2. TVs in Ohio have been flooded with ads for the issue on the November ballot and viewers are confused. Both sides in the ads have said that they will lower drug costs. Who is right? The answer to this question really depends on where in the supply chain you are looking at the...
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