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As Talks Continue, Lawmakers Concerned About Size of Budget Bill

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The Ohio House may have approved the $71.5 billion budget and sent it to the Senate, but that hasn’t stopped opponents from voicing their problems with the large spending bill.

Most of the five conservative Republicans said Medicaid expansion was the reason for their “no” votes on the budget. But State Rep. John Becker of Cincinnati says the bill also spends way too much money.

Rita Coleman reads two of her poems about love.

Central State University, Ohio's only public, historically black college, has been placed on fiscal watch by the Ohio Board of Regents because of financial problems. 

Senate Bill 6, a law passed in 1997, empowered the Regents to audit the fiscal health of Ohio's colleges and universities. Central State has scored badly in the audit for the last two years.

Armenians, Turks, and the Genocide Question

Apr 24, 2015

April 24, 2015 marks the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Beginning in 1915 in the midst of the strains of World War I, Ottoman officials oversaw the deportation and massacre of anywhere between several hundred thousand and 1.5 million Armenian people. The result was the physical annihilation of the Armenian communities that had lived in the Anatolian peninsula for more than 2500 years. But labeling it as a “genocide” has proven controversial and unacceptable for the Turkish Republic.

What does it truly mean to be a patriot? This evocative and heart-warming play puts the soldier experience front and center by bringing to life on stage actual letters written home during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This underlines the belief that the person standing beside you is more important than you are. This play is tonight at The Victoria Theatre.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Advisory Group on Law Enforcement Training is recommending some changes it says will improve policing statewide. This group wants some standards to determine who should get into training classes and increases training for officers statewide.

DeWine says there are few requirements for people who want to enroll in police officer training academics throughout the state.

Alexandra Fuller is one of my favorite writers. Originally she tried her hand at writing fiction. That didn't work out. She could not find a publisher for it. Then she decided to try writing a memoir. That worked. Her memoirs are extraordinary. This latest one, "Leaving Before the Rains Come" is the story of her marriage and how it all eventually came apart. Her marriage had failed. This book is the post-mortem.

Outlook Ohio Magazine is producing a series of LGBT Wedding Expos across Ohio.  The first one comes to Dayton on Sunday, April 26th.  

Outlook President and CEO, Chris Hayes, says more than fifty vendors will be on hand at the expo, which he calls a “safe space for the community and an excellent opportunity for vendors to tap into a lucrative, emerging market.” 

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The Ohio House has passed a measure that would move the presidential primary in Ohio to March 15 instead of earlier in the month. The change is because of a Republican National Committee rule. It would not allow the state to have a winner-takes-all status on its primary votes if the election were held earlier in March.

But not all Republicans are happy with the move. Tom Zawistowski says many want proportional voting because it gives more conservative candidates an opportunity to win.

Nube with her teenage daughter, Kimberly. latino
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Nube’s trying to get her kids out the door to school. Her six-year-old comes running down the stairs; her 15-year-old is up in the bedroom getting dressed. She and her children aren’t even five feet tall, but they fill up the kitchen bustling around trying to eat and get ready.

Nube is a compact woman with a wide smile—and she came a long way to Dayton. We’re not using Nube’s full name because she asked us to withhold it for her protection.

 

“I’m trying to forget about this forever”

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