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A University of Cincinnati researcher, studying the safety of hookah steam stones, has found residues of toxic metals in simulated smoking scenarios.

 

Hookah steam stones are billed by the companies who make them as "hookah without the tobacco risk," and commonly considered a safer alternative to cigarette smoking.

 

But Amberlie Clutterbuck, a UC doctoral student, found residues of toxic metals that included chromium, arsenic and cadmium.

 

Sheriff: Majority Of Work Finished In Tamir Rice Investigation

May 13, 2015
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The Cuyahoga County sheriff says the majority of the work is now done in the investigation into the shooting of Tamir Rice. The 12-year-old was fatally shot by Cleveland police last November. This was the sheriff's first update on the case.

Sheriff Clifford Pinkney kept his remarks brief and took no questions from reporters. He walked through a basic outline of the case and said it was nearing completion.

Group Files Lawsuit Against Ohio Over Voting Rules

May 12, 2015
Jon Husted is Ohio's 53rd Secretary of State
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In advance of the 2016 presidential race, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted faces another lawsuit over the state's voting rules. 

The lawsuit was filed by a group called the Ohio Organizing Collaborative.

Among the provisions it challenges are rules limiting each county to one early voting location, as well as the elimination of Golden Week, when voters can register and cast ballots the same day. The suit alleges African-American, Hispanic and student voters are disproportionately affected.

An Ohio lawmaker is working on a bill that would require law enforcement officers throughout the state to wear body cameras. The legislation is coming soon.

Democratic State Rep. Kevin Boyce says 30 other states are considering requiring police officers to wear body cameras and he wants Ohio to be number 31.

“The whole idea is that to better protect our law enforcement officers who work to protect us every day and also to continually find ways to strengthen the integrity of the process where police officers interact with the public,” Boyce said.

Lawmakers Consider Measures To Ease Ohio Gun Restrictions

May 7, 2015

Several bills to loosen restrictions on guns took the first step toward becoming law. Supporters say the bills would lift overly burdensome regulations, but others say it’s a sign that Ohio is going in the wrong direction.

Republican State Rep. Ron Hood of Ashville wants to change the law to essentially allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit—which means bypassing background checks and training.

He says lawful gun owners in Ohio deserve these changes.

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Gov. John Kasich’s task force studying police and community relations has released its recommendations. The report calls for things like greater oversight of police departments, a focus on hiring minority officers and spending more on training. Kasich has issued an executive order help carry them out.

Kasich created an advisory board to come up with new standards for police departments statewide on issues like deadly force and hiring practices. The board was also charged with helping communities throughout the state better understand the role of law enforcement.

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The Federal government says the amount of fluoride in America’s drinking water should be reduced. This is the first change in fluoride recommendations in more than half a century.

Seventy years ago, Grand Rapids, Michigan was the first city in America to fluoridate its water; a decade later Canton was the first in Ohio.  And, in 1962, the U.S. government said to improve dental health, all public water should include a fluoride additive of about 1 part per million. 

Not much changed until this week.

Study Says Ohio Kids Benefit By Switching Schools

Apr 28, 2015
Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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A new study has found that closing schools in Ohio can be a good thing. A report from the non-profit Thomas B. Fordham Institute, finds students generally do better in math and reading when they move to new schools.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Advisory Group on Law Enforcement Training is recommending some changes it says will improve policing statewide. This group wants some standards to determine who should get into training classes and increases training for officers statewide.

DeWine says there are few requirements for people who want to enroll in police officer training academics throughout the state.

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It’s the second year of Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. All third graders are required to pass a reading test Tuesday in order to move to fourth grade—but not everyone is happy with this new system.

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