An educator prepare to enter the shoot house, which is meant to simulate a hallway, doors and corners of a school.
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Should Ohio Schools Have Control Over Security?

Thousands of Ohio students held demonstrations Wednesday pushing for stricter state and federal gun laws in order to make their schools safer, but one Ohio Board of Education member believes school security issues should be handled at the local level.

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More than 100 teenagers at Rocky River High School joined thousands of their fellow students across Ohio  Wednesday who observed 17 minutes of silence in honor of the victims of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.  There, the demonstration was about more than just the victims.

A House panel listened to hours of testimony against a plan that would overhaul the state’s education system. The proposal would consolidate departments into one large education agency which answers directly to the governor. Many of the people lined up to speak against the bill are parents who homeschool their kids.

Tri-State students braved frigid temperatures and a pop-up snow squall to walk out of class Wednesday as part of a national effort to protest gun violence and remember the 17 victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

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Is Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black in or out? Mayor John Cranley says “yes” and that Black will vacate his post by the end of next week. Black, however, says “I have not quit” and that he “still wants to be city manager.”

What does it all mean, and how did we get here? WVXU breaks it all down with a timeline of events.

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On a snowy football field, students from Columbus South High School joined thousands across the country  on Wednesday morning in holding a demonstration for stricter gun control.

Updated at 5:10 p.m. ET

At South High School in Columbus, Ohio, students stepped outside in frigid weather and said 17 names, releasing a balloon for each one.

In Orange County, Fla., 17 empty desks sat in the Wekiva High School courtyard. Students sang — "Heal the world, make it a better place."

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The man now convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering Ohio State University student Reagan Tokes last February sat silently in court as the judge read the jury's verdict: Guilty on all counts, including aggravated murder.

The nation's rush to increase oil production is having a long-distance impact on the Great Lakes region.

Geologic formations have given parts of the region ample deposits of sand, including the hard, round version that is used in fracking. Seen from space a few months ago by the Landsat 8 satellite, the light brown mines dot a landscape of green fields and forests. 

Hannah Halbert, a researcher with Policy Matters Ohio.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

Democratic Ohio lawmakers are making another effort to raise the state’s minimum wage.

Members of the Ohio Board of Education have approved a resolution speaking out against a bill being considered in the General Assembly.



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