Esther Honig

Libyan Students In Ohio Find Frozen Funds And Few Options Left

A few blocks from the Kent State University campus, Ibrahim Albadri shares a small apartment with a roommate and his orange tabby named Zena.

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Esther Honig

On Friday, protestors held a die-in outside of Senator Rob Portman's Columbus office. Senate Republicans have released their long-awaited bill which would repeal much of President Obama's health care law.

The measure would cut Medicaid by many billions of dollars, which would threaten the healthcare for many low-income Ohioans.

Dublin parents plan to ask a lot of questions at next week's school board meeting about a former teacher facing federal child pornography charges. They're organizing through the Facebook group "Dublin Residents against Sexual Harassment in our Schools." Former Dublin Scioto High School teacher Gregory Lee's personnel file shows many complaints of inappropriate behavior over two decades.

A judge has declared a mistrial in the murder and manslaughter case against former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing over his fatal shooting of black motorist Sam DuBose.

This is the second time the case has ended in a mistrial — the jury was deadlocked in the first trial, which ended last November.

Columbus Blue Jackets playing at Nationwide Arena
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The Columbus Blue Jackets traded forward Brandon Saad back to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for top young forward Artemi Panarin in a blockbuster draft day trade on Friday. 

The jury in the retrial of Ray Tensing appears to be headed toward another deadlock. After around 27 hours of deliberating the jury told Hamilton County Judge Leslie Ghiz they cannot come to a consensus and asked how they should proceed.

The Ohio Statehouse
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New numbers from the state budget office show Senate Republicans were correct in saying they needed to close a billion dollar hole in the upcoming budget. And the trend of the state having less money to spend will continue. 

Rolf Pendall
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

The industrial heartland continues to struggle with the legacy of lost jobs and population. But whether it continues to be known as a rust belt or for its renewal depends on whether Ohio invests in immigrants and young people. 

Rolf Pendall of the Urban Institute acknowledges birth rates are expected to fall behind death rates in the Great Lakes region by 2030.

But he notes that 600,000 babies are born each year in the six states including Ohio. And their parents are the millennials and immigrants their communities often disparage or ignore.

ECOT spokesman Neil Clark
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Ohio's largest online charter school is making drastic job cuts to help pay the $60 million it owes the state

Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow spokesman Neil Clark says the cuts are needed to pay back 60 percent of the $100 million the school got from the state last year.

Ohio House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn
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Democratic leaders in the state are making one last push to change some provisions they’re most concerned about in the state budget bill.

House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn of Dayton says the Senate budget makes too many cuts at a time when more money needs to be invested in schools, infrastructure and fighting the opioid epidemic.

Ohio Supreme Court
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It would be easier for people who were wrongly convicted in Ohio to get compensation for the time they spent in prison, according to a provision in the budget that’s passed both the House and Senate.


All Sides with Ann Fisher is a two-hour, daily public-affairs show designed to over time touch upon all sides of the issues and events that shape life in central Ohio.
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