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Every year hundreds of people gather at the Statehouse with family, friends and others who helped them for the Rally for Recovery.
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There are as many as 170,000 Ohioans who abuse or are addicted to opioids, according to a recent study from the Ohio State University’s Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy. Abuse of and addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin costs thousands of those people their families, their jobs, their homes and – in the case of nearly 11 people a day last year – their lives. As part of a series on recovery and roadblocks in the opioid crisis, Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the state’s response to the crisis has gotten mixed reviews.

Nationally, more than 20,000 DACA recipients failed to renew their applications by the final October deadline, according to the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Jess Mador / WYSO

More than 10,000 so-called “Dreamers” live in Ohio. The undocumented young people were brought to the United States as children, and since 2012 they’ve been shielded from deportation under the Obama-era, “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” or DACA, program, which allowed the young people to temporarily remain in the country without a path to U.S. citizenship.

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

Nov 16, 2017
Springfield and Wilmington will be hosting public forums on Capital Punishment Reform May 1 and May 2, 2017.
Statehouse News Bureau

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.

Office of Governor John Kasich

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says President Donald Trump's move last week to cut subsidies to health insurers will ultimately hurt people who won't be able to afford coverage.

Kasich appeared Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." Ohio is one of the states that expanded Medicaid coverage under President Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act, leading to more than 700,000 Ohioans obtaining health insurance.

Subsidies to insurers help reduce the cost some people pay for health care.

Kasich Warns Of The Digital Revolution's Effects On Ohio Jobs

Oct 10, 2017
Gov. John Kasich speaking to the Ohio Transportation Engineers Conference in Columbus
Dan Konik

Ohio is trying to integrate the future of automated vehicles into its transportation framework so the state can be a leader for the automated vehicles industry. But Gov. John Kasich warns that as the nation prepares for self-driving cars, then it must also prepare for some major consequences.

State officials have enacted new regulations to curb what they say is overprescribing of opioid painkiller medications to patients who may not really need them
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Beginning this week, Ohio, doctors, dentists and nurses will be required to follow new rules for prescribing opioid medications.

The rules include limits to opioid prescriptions for conditions such as broken bones, sprains and minor surgery to seven days for adults and five days for minors.

The changes are similar to those already enacted in a handful of other states, including Rhode Island, Virginia and New Jersey.

Jo Ingles

Some of the officers that enforce liquor laws in Ohio are being trained to fight more than illegal serving or drinking. 

Gov. John Kasich says 80 undercover agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit, the agency that investigates liquor, tobacco and food stamp fraud, are being trained to spot the signs of human trafficking.

“If you have your eyes on what’s happening, you may prevent somebody from being taken and abused and have long term ramifications,” said Kasich.

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Republican legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act is on its way to the Senate.

Thousands of Ohio residents using subsidies to pay for federally-mandated health insurance could lose that funding.
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The United States Senate will soon take up for consideration the GOP House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Under the American Health Care Act, states could seek waivers opting them out of some patient protections. The waivers would allow insurance companies to consider health status when deciding the cost of premiums -- and some patients could see premiums rise.  

Ohio Governor John Kasich
Office of Ohio Governor John Kasich

Governor John Kasich’s State of the State Speech is getting praise from his Republican colleagues in the legislature. But Democrats are not on board. 

House and Senate Republicans praised Kasich’s plans, saying they'll help Ohio’s communities. Kasich proposes using $20 million in high tech Third Frontier funds to come up with new ways to fight opioid abuse by developing new treatments and technologies. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says he wants details on that.

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