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State officials say a new billboard campaign will be used to raise public awareness about drug abuse and the need for public participation in tackling the problem throughout Ohio.

The Ohio Outdoor Advertising Association of Ohio and Ohio's Department of Public Safety and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services launched the campaign Tuesday.

Officials say association members are donating about 200 digital, poster, and bulletin billboards with the messages: "Start Talking!" and "#677 for Impaired Drivers."

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol is warning motorists heading into the Thanksgiving holiday period to follow all traffic laws, including buckling seat belts and never driving impaired.

The patrol says nine people were killed in nine crashes on Ohio roads during the long holiday weekend last year. Five of those fatalities resulted from impaired drivers and six did not use seat belts.

Troopers say they will have an increased presence on Ohio's roadways in an effort to remove impaired drivers.

  WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

When most Americans think of agriculture, they might imagine fields of corn or wheat or herds of cattle or broods of chickens. Perhaps they even stop to consider the regulations that determine what foods are safe to eat. What they might not spend much time thinking about are the agencies that oversee farming and food in the United States. The work of one such agency, the United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA, is the focus of this episode of Stats & Stories. Host Rosemary Pennington is joined by John Bailer, Chair of Miami's Statistics Department and guest Linda Young, Chief Mathematical Statistician and Director of Research & Development for USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service or NASS.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Clark County has seen a record number of overdose deaths this year. But widespread use of ​Narcan is also allowing many people who overdose to survive and use again -- raising their risk of dying next time. To help curb overdose deaths, advocates, first responders and addiction specialists are collaborating on a new approach. It’s aimed at quickly connecting high-risk addicts to treatment. Clark County Community Voices producer Renee​ ​Wilde​ has more.

 


The Springfield Police department has been understaffed for months. But thanks to a temporary tax hike approved by voters earlier this year the department is again accepting applications. Clark County Community Voices Producer Jason Reynolds reports the new officers will go a long way toward responding to the city’s drug overdose crisis.

Aullwood's One-Stop Holiday Shop is Saturday,  9am to 5pm at the Marie S. Aull Education Center! This brings dozens of local museum stores, nonprofit organizations, vendors, crafters, and artisans together. Shop for handmade jewelry, museum treasures, homemade jams, photography, pottery, baskets, soaps, and much more! The Aullwood Café will serve soup, sandwiches and other goodies.

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The Ohio Senate has passed legislation that would make it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion if the fetus might have Down syndrome.

The Dispatch reports the Senate on Wednesday passed the legislation by a 20-12 vote. It makes performing such abortions a fourth-degree felony and requires the state medical board to revoke a physician's license if convicted.

The Ohio House approved an identical measure earlier this month.

Kasich Calls Off Execution After Medical Team Fails To Find Viable Vein

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Springfield and Wilmington will be hosting public forums on Capital Punishment Reform May 1 and May 2, 2017.
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After months of warnings that a death row inmate was too sick to be executed, the state tried and failed to carry out his lethal injection. 

Convicted killer Alva Campbell was in the execution chamber lying on the table for more than 20 minutes but the medical staff couldn’t find a viable vein.

Gov. John Kasich, who was monitoring the attempted execution from a different location, ultimately called it off.

Lynn Hulsey of the Dayton Daily News says the staff tried to stick Campbell’s arm for a while, then tried his ankle.

John Sandford returned to the program to talk about his latest offering in the series that features his crime investigator Virgil Flowers. John has appeared on the program a half dozen times over the years and while we do spend a lot of time discussing each book and the story lines we also have had some conversations that have taken us to some other interesting places. In an interview many years ago John talked about something he enjoyed doing in his spare time; conducting archaeological digs in Israel.

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The second Ohio state lawmaker in a month has resigned amid allegations of inappropriate behavior.

 State Rep. Wes Goodman, a Cardington Republican, resigned on Wednesday.

Republican House Speaker Clifford Rosenberger says he learned of Goodman's inappropriate behavior Tuesday and confronted him immediately.

No details have been made public about what Goodman's inappropriate behavior entails.

Goodman says in a statement he regrets "actions and choices" that prevent him from carrying out his duties "in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service."

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