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President Barack Obama speaks about affordable health care at an event in 2013 with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Despite controversy and a bumpy rollout, the president's signature bill enrolled more people than it had originally aimed for.
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The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating President Obama's farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday night, scheduled to begin at 9 pm ET. The team will be adding fact-checks and background to Obama's comments as he gives them. We'll be watching in particular for remarks on his legacy, national security, health care and foreign policy, among other topics.

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Preserving Protest: A Look Back at Blanket Hill

Jan 10, 2017
Bullet hole left in a steel sculpture  at Kent State Universityon May 4, 1970.
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Today on Rediscovered Radio, a return to the 1970s – when four students were killed on the Kent State University campus by national guard troops as they protested America’s involvement in the Viet Nam war.   It was one the most memorable events of the late 20th century, and the shootings set off a series of other events:  it changed Americans’ views about staying in the war – and it likely changed how the US government would handle future mass protests.  Community Voices Steve McQueen has the story from the WYSO archives.

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The strike by Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority drivers and mechanics continued into a second day, Tuesday. School officials are working on contingency plans to help transport students to and from school safely. The RTA system came to a halt early Monday morning after talks between the union and RTA management stalled.

Did you realize that over the last several decades millions of people around the world who have been living in poverty have seen their standards of living improve? It is true. One large factor in this improvement has been due to the surging economy of China as millions of Chinese have been able to see their economic standings rise. This has been happening in many other countries as well.

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I am tired and the sky is dark and the wind cold against my windows. The powerful perigee moon is turning full, and sundowning closes around me. I mix myself a drink, take a small bowl of Spanish peanuts and settle in by the wood stove.

President-elect Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans are vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. With the federal health law in question, some Ohio lawmakers and advocates are wondering how a repeal could impact the state’s growing health care industry. 

The Affordable Care Act has led to a boom in Ohio’s health care industry, says Amy Rohling McGee, director of the nonprofit, nonpartisan, Health Policy Institute of Ohio.

Despite two rounds of hours-long negotiations over the weekend, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385’s strike began Monday, bringing the RTA system to a halt.  

 

The strike has Dayton business and government leaders urging the two parties to return to the negotiating table.

 

BarryStaff president Doug Barry says his much of his workforce relies on RTA to get to employment.

Greater Dayton RTA

RTA bus drivers and mechanics walked out Monday morning, following the breakdown of negotiations between their union and RTA management over the weekend.

Leaders of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385 and RTA executives spent hours Sunday attempting to settle on terms of a new contract, but both parties walked away without an agreement.

 

Union leaders say the dispute centers on wage and insurance issues.

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More than six million people across the country signed up by the end of 2016 for health plans beginning in January through the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. That’s a record high. Enrollment was also up in Ohio, one of three dozen states nationwide that expanded Medicaid under the federal health law.  

A trolley bus parked at RTA headquarters in Dayton.
Pat O'Malley, RTA

Greater Dayton RTA Bus drivers and mechanics are set to strike on Monday, unless their union can come to an agreement with management before a midnight Sunday deadline.

Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385 and RTA executives have failed to agree on the terms of a new contract since the expiration of their previous contract back in 2015.  Union representatives say the dispute centers on insurance and wage increase issues.

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