Nick Castele

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Voters on May 8 have a chance to change the way Ohio draws Congressional maps. Issue 1 would require more bipartisanship in a line-drawing process that currently has few rules.

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The Democrats running for Ohio governor made closing pitches to Northeast Ohioans on Saturday, debating before a standing-room crowd of about 200 in Cleveland Heights.

The local governments suing drug companies over the opioid crisis say addiction has cost them—not just in damage to people’s lives, but in dollars and cents.

It’s hard to come up with a price tag, though. Numerous different agencies handle prevention, treatment and response to overdoses. The federal government, state of Ohio, foundations and local communities are all paying for the epidemic.

While the crisis hasn’t broken local budgets in the Mahoning Valley, it has burdened them, agency officials say.

Stopping Opioids At The County Jail

This week the Agriculture Committee in Congress looks at stricter work requirements for food stamps as part of the larger farm bill

In the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, able-bodied people without kids can receive food stamps for three months without having to work. After that, they’ve got to get a job or be enrolled in job training for at least 20 hours a week.

People are exempt from those rules if they are pregnant, younger than 18 or older than 49.

There’s a lot at stake in this year’s midterm elections in Ohio.

Republicans are trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. Democrats hope to break the GOP control over the governor’s office and other statewide positions. Nationally, majorities in Congress hang in the balance.

Helping us put the pieces together is Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

On competitive Congressional races in Ohio

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

As the year comes to a close, candidates are already lining up for next year’s Congressional races – with the seats of both U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci up for grabs.

Former State Rep. Connie Pillich, State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (left to right) met for their third debate, this time in downtown Cleveland.
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Four Democratic candidates for Ohio governor largely avoided criticizing one another in Monday night’s City Club of Cleveland debate, focusing their condemnation instead on Republican state leadership.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, State Sen. Joe Schiavoni and former State Rep. Connie Pillich discussed opioids, health care and education during the hour-long event at the Idea Center at Playhouse Square.

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Republican Sen. Rob Portman said he supports making changes to the Affordable Care Act through the tax bill in the works in Congress.

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Ohio public officials offered prayers, condolences and calls for a renewed focus on weapons after a gunman killed at least 58 people and injured over 500 in Las Vegas.

High school football player during the national anthem.
Senior Airman Naomi Griego / U.S. Air Force photo

Even before this weekend’s tweets by President Donald Trump calling for the firings of NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, Ohio high school athletes have taken up the gesture to protest racism and shootings by police.

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