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Janeal Ravndal reads Carol Stoner's poem, "Sediment."

The coroner in southwest Ohio's largest county says overdose deaths from the powerful painkiller fentanyl have overtaken heroin deaths.
 
Hamilton County coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco says overdose deaths in the county totaled 414 in 2015. That's about a 40 percent increase over the previous year.
 
Sammarco says 238 deaths were fentanyl-related and 198 were heroin-related. A coroner's spokesman adds that there was some overlap, with some of those deaths involving both drugs.
 

The Women's Med Center in Dayton's south suburbs is routinely picketed by abortion opponents.
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Anti-abortion activists packed a hearing to determine the fate of an Ohio abortion clinic's license on Tuesday as the facility's operators argued they are meeting emergency requirements laid out in a 2013 law that has contributed to clinic closures around the state.
 
Women's Medical Center of Dayton has been grappling with Ohio's evolving licensing requirements for abortion providers for more than a decade. Attorney Jennifer Branch said the clinic planned to argue it has a plan for transferring patients when emergencies occur that is safe and complies with Ohio law.
 

Cleveland Agrees To Pay $6 Million To The Tamir Rice Estate

Apr 26, 2016
Kevin Niedermier

 The family and estate of Tamir Rice will receive $6 million from the city of Cleveland under an agreement announced yesterday. The settlement dismisses a federal lawsuit over the police killing of the 12-year-old in November 2014.

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Rick came over around noon, excited to find tiny praying mantises emerging out from their nest-like ootheca. The insects were maybe a fourth to three-eighths of an inch long and were scrambling helter skelter into the sun.

Sam Hendren

Authorities in Pike County are urging residents to be cautious as the search continues for whoever fatally shot eight members of a family at four different properties.  The victims found yesterday were all shot in the head; some were killed as they slept.

Residents attending Piketon’s annual Dogwood Festival were somber.  Shawn Walker says she was stunned by the deaths

“We never had nothing like this in Pike County.  It’s always been quiet,” Walker said.

Stacy Rose and Pamela Collins learned of the killings west of town around noon Friday.

On this week's WYSO Weekend, you’ll meet some local students headed to St. Louis in the week ahead to compete in the World FIRST Robotics Championship. You’ll get the 411 on a major cultural exchange symposium coming to Antioch College. We've also got Dayton Youth Radio and Cutlure Couch in the mix. Check out the details below.

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During WYSO’s community voices course at Dayton Correctional Institution, the topic of prison food kept coming up. Dayton Correctional Institution gets its official prison food from a service that’s been wracked with controversy, but residents with funds available are able to supplement with commissary items. Aimee Wissman, one of the students in our class at the prison, told us she makes her own Chinese food in the microwave by “frying” rice in butter and orange pop.

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "On Earth."

I-75 north of Cincinnati. Many in the Dayton area are living further from jobs than they did in the year 2000.   highway
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Crashes on some segments of Ohio’s interstate highways have increased significantly since the state raised speed limits in 2013, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Speed limits on sections of Ohio interstates increased to 70 miles per hour in 2013, including parts of I-75, just north of Dayton. The highway patrol’s analysis found accidents rose by 21% percent in those areas.

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