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State Senate Democrats Pledge Fight For Health Care, Education

Jan 30, 2017
Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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A group of lawmakers say it wants to tap into the energy behind the recent demonstrations and marches against the new federal agenda. 

Democrats in the Ohio Senate say they want to be the voice of the women and progressives who have been demonstrating against President Donald Trump.

Senate Democrats are pledging to push for legislation that protects health care and supports education.

National Cancer Institute

The final 2017 open-enrollment deadline for coverage through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is Tuesday, January 31. Enrollment will still be available after that for anyone who qualifies for a plan under Medicaid expansion, and people experiencing life changes such as giving birth or getting married. 

 

Choosing a health plan by the January 31 deadline means 2017 coverage will begin in March without a penalty fee. 

Hundreds rallied in Dayton to protest President Donald Trump's executive order, which includes a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, and a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program.
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Several hundred people rallied in downtown Dayton Sunday to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees and immigrants. Trump’s order Friday enacted a temporary – but immediate – travel ban barring refugees and citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.

A federal judge in New York has issued an emergency order temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from nations subject to President Donald Trump's travel ban.  U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly issued the order Saturday evening after lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union filed a court petition on behalf of people from seven predominantly Muslim nations who were detained at airports across the country as the ban took effect.  Cheers broke out in a crowd of demonstrators outside a Brooklyn courthouse as the decision, effective nationwide, was announced.

Statehouse New Bureau

President Donald Trump says he thinks millions of illegal votes were cast in the November election though there hasn’t been any confirmation of that. So he is calling for a major investigation to look into votes, particularly those in California and New York.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says there is no reason for the federal government to focus on ballots cast here because his office already does post-election investigations into claims of voter fraud and suppression.

“We’ve done one after each general election since I’ve been Secretary of State,” he says.

Judge Delays Executions, Rules Ohio's Lethal Injection Drugs Unconstitutional

Jan 27, 2017
Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio must delay executing death row inmates after a federal judge ruled that its planned combination of drugs is unconstitutional. 

The state planned to carry out its first execution in three years next month using the three-drug mix of Midazolam, a paralytic and potassium chloride.

But a federal judge says that the combination is unconstitutional based on the cruel and unusual punishment clause.

Megan McCracken with the Death Penalty Clinic at U.C. Berkeley says the same mix, when used in previous executions, caused violently struggle and gasp for air.

Audio Postcard: What Gives You Hope?

Jan 26, 2017
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As we approach the end of Donald Trump’s first official week in the White House, we thought it was a good opportunity to ask people what they are feeling most hopeful about. So, we sent WYSO's intern Joshua Chenault into downtown Yellow Springs with a microphone and one simple question: “what gives you hope?” Here's what some of you had to say:   

Rachel Shepherd
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On this week's Dayton Youth Radio we have a story Rachel Shepherd, a student Tecumseh High School in Medway, Ohio about the value of forgiveness and difficulty in letting things go.

With just one week under his belt as president, Donald Trump has issued several executive orders regarding immigration - one designed to kick-start the building of a wall between the U.S. / Mexican border. The other would limit immigration from countries with known terrorist ties. In this week's Politics Ohio, WYSO's Jerry Kenney speaks with Glen Duerr, assistant professor of international studies at Cedarville University to discuss local impact.

Wright State University
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Wright State University lost nearly $1.7M on its failed attempt to host the last September’s presidential debate, according to a new financial analysis by the university. 

 

Wright State Communications Director Seth Bauguess says the event’s final cost did not come as a surprise to university officials.

 

About $5 million total were spent on preparations for the debate. Much of that funding went toward upgrading the Nutter Center. Bauguess said those improvements were slated to be made in the future anyway.

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