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Two of the more conservative Republican lawmakers at the Statehouse want to put six different issues before voters that would make Ohio a so-called “right to work” state and eliminate prevailing wage.

Reps. John Becker, of Union Township in Clermont County, and Craig Riedel, of Defiance, say their bill would allow voters to decide whether Ohio should be a so-called "right-to-work" state for public and private sector employees and would put limits on unions to collect dues and spend money on political ads.

Tyra Patterson explores her new neighborhood in downtown Cincinnati, weeks after her release from a Cleveland detention facility.
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On Christmas morning Tyra Patterson left a Cleveland prison after serving 23 years of a life sentence. She was a teenager in 1994 when she was convicted in connection with the robbery and murder of Dayton 15-year-old Michelle Lai.

Patterson always said her confession to robbery was coerced. Over the years her innocence claims garnered support, including from the murder-victim’s sister, Holly Lai Holbrook.

Last fall, a state board granted parole.

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Early Wednesday morning, volunteers across the state will fan out in their local communities to try to get an accurate count of homeless populations. The count is required for all communities that receive Continuum of Care funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

 

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Supporters of a redistricting plan that might be on the November ballot are critical of a bill being considered by Ohio lawmakers that would let them retain control over the process of drawing Congressional district lines. 

The Ohio NAACP, Common Cause Ohio and the League of Women Voters of Ohio have been gathering signatures to put a proposed redistricting plan before voters this fall. The League’s Ann Henkener says the lawmaker’s plan would not stop the gerrymandering now allowed.  

“The whole idea of it passing is not something my brain can comprehend,” she said.

An Ohio man who admitted he plotted to kill U.S. military members after receiving training in Syria apologized to his family and adopted country Monday before a federal judge sentenced him to 22 years in prison.

After returning to the U.S., Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud planned to fly to Texas and attack the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth in an attempt to free Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist convicted of shooting at two U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, Judge Michael Watson said as he outlined the allegations against Mohamud.

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The number of transplants using organs from people who fatally overdosed on drugs is rising in central Ohio and the nation.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the nonprofit group Lifeline Ohio had a record number of donors and recipients in 2017 and a 37 percent increase in the number of organs transplanted. Lifeline is the organ-donation organization for 37 Ohio counties and two counties in West Virginia.

Online Charter School Closure Sends Thousands Of Students To Different Schools

Jan 22, 2018
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An estimated 12,000 students must figure out where to go now that the state’s largest online charter school has closed. Marred by budget problems and alleged failure to comply with regulations, ECOT’s sponsor decided to back out. The sponsor and the school recently met in a Franklin County courtroom to figure out what happens to the school’s funds and records. 

Instead of a hearing, the judge had ECOT and its former sponsor, Lake Erie West, go into mediation. As John Borell with Lake Erie West explains, they came up with a tentative agreement.

Montgomery County has some of the highest rates of infant mortality in the country. The problem affects African Americans -- at all income and education levels --most often. WYSOs Jess Mador introduces us to a Dayton public-health campaign to address that. Then Mador's report continues with a look at how state health officials are promoting visiting nurses to help reduce Ohio’s infant mortality rate, which is much higher than the national rate, despite progress in preventing sleep-related infant deaths.

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One year after thousands of people took to the streets of downtown Dayton to participate in a local offshoot of the Women’s March on Washington, Miami Valley activists will once again gather at Courthouse Square.

Joy Schwab, of the Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance, was expecting about 300 people to show up to last year’s Women’s March.  Instead, 3,000 people descended upon downtown Dayton to protest the Trump administration, and show support for issues like reproductive rights and racial justice.

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Community activists are reacting to Premier Health’s decision to close Good Samaritan hospital, one of the only major hospitals serving northwest Dayton.

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