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Protesters Take Over Columbus City Council Meeting

In Columbus last night, dozens of protesters stormed the stage and took over a city council meeting. It’s the latest protest over the fatal police shooting of a 13-year-old boy. Police calmly watched but did not make any arrests as protesters filed on stage and chanted “take a knee for Tyre.” Police say Tyre King was an armed robbery suspect who was shot after pulling a BB gun from his waistband. Protesters like Tammy Alsaada want an independent investigation into the shooting. “We had to...
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Poor Will's Almanack: September 27 - October 3, 2016

The days continue clear and warm and bright. Two weeks ago, much of the landscape was still deep, late-summer green. Now, a few maples and dogwoods are red and orange, cottonwoods and catalpas and sweet gums and shagbark hickories are yellow, and grape vines and nettles are bleached with age. Locust leaves drizzle steadily to the undergrowth. The serviceberries are almost bare. The black walnut trees keep only their last fruit. Purple poison ivy and Virginia creeper outline the changes. The...
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Democrats in the Ohio Legislature say the opioid abuse crisis is so bad that all state lawmakers should be called together at the Statehouse to deal with it. 

Columbus Police report they’ve responded to 35 suspected heroin overdoses in a 24 hour period. In 27 of those cases, paramedics administered a drug that prevents some deadly overdoses. Democratic Representative Greta Johnson says the entire General Assembly should be called back into session now to come up with a strategic plan to help communities and money to fund it.

Ohio's elections chief is expressing confidence in the security of the swing state's voting equipment and its voter registration database.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted's says there's been no attempt to breach the state's registration system.

His remarks to reporters Thursday come a day after the FBI's director told Congress there have been additional "attempted intrusions" in voter registration databases beyond what was previously known.

Wendy Gamber is a professor of history at Indiana University. She was spending a lot of time poring over Indiana newspaper archives from the mid to late 19th century and she kept seeing a particular name being cited in numerous articles. A woman named Mrs. Clem was the subject of extensive newspaper coverage in the Indianapolis region for a number of years. Gamber was struck by the frequency of those mentions and she decided to investigate further.

Jennifer Hambrick reads her poem, "Baby Buggy Boogie Woogie."

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head in the first presidential debate Monday night.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

Follow highlights of the debate in NPR's updating news story at npr.org

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Several students at Wright State University are in New York today to attend the first presidential debate.

After the university backed out of hosting the debate in July, the replacement school, Hofstra University, offered 15 tickets to Wright State students.

Rebecca Brinkman, a nursing student, got one of them, "I won the golden ticket.”

Wright State selected each student through a lottery system. Their trips are donor-funded.

All eyes are on the upcoming presidential election, but in this week's Politics Ohio we've got more of a local focus. The League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area has several initiatives underway in the next few weeks to help voters get informed. Today we hear from Ana Crawford, Programs Director, with the league to talk about those initiatives.

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The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the process Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is using to remove voters from the rolls is illegal.

Husted’s office has removed nearly 1.4 million voter registrations from the voter rolls. Some were dead, were thought to have moved or were inactive voters. American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio Spokesman Mike Brickner hopes now that the court agrees that “use it or lose it” method of removing voters is not legal, it will order the state to put those people back on the voter rolls.

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University of Dayton police officers are working to make itself more visible around campus.

The department announced several measures to increase its visible presence around campus.

That includes officers working their beats with red and blue lights on top of their cruisers continually lit. They won't flash unless they're responding to a call.

Chief Rodney Chatman says the illuminated lights alert students and would-be criminals that officers are nearby. He says he wants students to be able to see the lights.

Lori Gravley reads Audrey Hackett's poem, "More Questions Than Questions."

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