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Wednesday was another big day of testimony before two Congressional committees investigating Russian attempts to influence the 2016 Presidential election. Notably, former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson (under President Obama) appeared before the House Intelligence Committee. Members of Congress quizzed Johnson on the details of widespread Russian cyber-attacks that targeted U.S. elections systems last year, and so-called "active measures," a Russian information warfare strategy which includes spreading falsehoods. 

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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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The Cincinnati City Council has approved funding in the city's 2018 budget for a needle exchange program aimed at stopping the spread of HIV and hepatitis C by intravenous drug users. 

  The council voted last week to provide $150,000 to the program based at the University of Cincinnati. City money will pay for at least four mobile sites served by a van.

The program had been funded by a 20-county nonprofit health agency called Interact for Health. A Cincinnati councilman began pushing for city funding of the needle exchange program after grant money dried up.

Nearly 100 people came to a town hall meeting with Ohio House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn, health and education advocates in Northwest Dayton Monday night.

The event, at Grace United Methodist Church, was originally billed as a town hall on the state’s budget shortfall, but the conversation quickly expanded to include a broad range of state and federal issues, including education spending, a federal proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and cut Medicaid funding for addiction and mental health treatment.

Otto Warmbier, a U.S. citizen who was freed last week after more than a year in North Korean detention, has died. Doctors who examined him after his return to said he had "extensive loss of tissue" in all parts of his brain.

Warmbier, 22, had been in a coma since coming home to the United States last week.

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ctive shooter simulation training [Annie Wu / ideastream]

Ohio state law prohibits firearms inside school buildings, but school boards have the right to give individuals permission to conceal carry.

At the Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response or FASTER training, educators prepare in case of an active shooter. On the third and last day, participants go through an active shooter simulation.

At Wadsworth High School, a role-playing scenario unfolds with one person pretending to be an active shooter.

State Rep. and House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn is expected to take questions from the public Monday at a town hall meeting in Dayton. The event was organized by the activist group Dayton Indivisible For All to call attention to the ongoing state budget process.

Governor Kasich must sign the two-year budget bill by the end of this month. State legislators recently cut $800 million out of the upcoming budget due to lower than expected tax revenues.

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Educators participating in FASTER training prepare for target practice[Annie Wu / ideastream]

Most schools are off for the summer, but some Ohio teachers are spending part of their break training for next fall. They’re preparing in case of an active shooter in their schools.

But this isn’t ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training, where educators are taught to barricade doors or counter a shooter with distractions. In the small town of Rittman, Ohio, south of Akron, a pro-gun organization funds so-called force-on-force training.

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, our weekly radio magazine!  This week, we’ve got a series of stories on how some teachers will be spending their summer vacations - learning how to use firearms in active shooter situations. Later in the program, you'll hear WYSO’s occasional arts series Culture Couch with our very own, Luke Dennis, and Bill Felker has this week’s Poor WIll’s Almanack. See full details below.

 

 

Stats + Stories: Counting Crime

Jun 16, 2017

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

The data is often used to understand crime, punishment, and the justice system. There is one federal agency that addresses data from courts, victimization, crime types, law enforcement and efforts to improve the criminal justice system. Jeri Mulrow, Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, joins Stats + Stories' John Bailer from the Department of Statistics at Miami University and Richard Campbell, Chair of Miami's Department of Media, Journalism and Film, to talk about statistics and justice. 

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