Authorities say a man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after his wife died of a heroin overdose in a southern Ohio nursing home earlier this year.

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In an effort to reduce infant deaths, Columbus Public Health is rolling out a new multi-media Safe Sleep campaign Tuesday. We sat down with a father who lost his son to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, in 2009.

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The Ohio Department of Corrections has cut health care costs by millions during the past decade. Part of the savings comes from a change to inmate diets.

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An outbreak of a highly contagious skin infection called impetigo has canceled all classes in the Madison-Plains school district.

Wellness Wednesday: Mindfulness, Headaches, Apitherapy

Sep 9, 2015
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Studies have shown that mindfulness meditation can reduce stress and improve a person's health. Also, the difference between headaches and migraines, why we get them, and how to get rid of them. Then, a look at apitherapy, or "bee therapy," and its holistic approach to medicine. 

Bill Could Encourage Drug Addicted Pregnant Women to Seek Help

Sep 3, 2015
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A new bill could help encourage drug addicted pregnant women to seek help without fear of losing their babies.

More Vaccinated Students Heading Back To Ohio Classrooms

Aug 12, 2015

We’re heading into back to school season, and this year more Ohio students are getting vaccinated. Doctors and public health advocates say new laws are making kids and schools safer, but other warn there’s a battle looming over vaccine requirements and parental rights. 

Search Crews Find Woman's Body In Alum Creek

Aug 4, 2015
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Officials say they have recovered the body of an Australian woman who was hit by a boat and killed while water-skiing in Alum Creek Lake last weekend.

Ohio discourages swimming, wading in Grand Lake St. Marys

Jul 28, 2015
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The state is once again recommending that people and pets avoid swimming and wading in Ohio's largest inland lake, Grand Lake St. Marys, as levels of an algae-produced toxin rise.

Do Police Get Special Treatment? Yes, Says Prosecutor

Jul 24, 2015
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Activists in Cleveland continue to push prosecutors to charge the police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice last year. A group calling itself The Cleveland 8 claims the shooting is the latest example of how police are treated differently. 

More Ohioans Using Food Stamps At Farmers' Markets

Jul 22, 2015
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There is progress being made in the battle against food deserts -- urban areas where residents lack access to fresh, healthy food. That progress comes in the form of federal assistance dollars being spent at farmer's markets. 

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A new report on the well-being of children across the country finds that more Ohio youngsters are living in poverty than before the recent recession. 

Pregnant Woman, Two Children Killed In Southern Ohio Flooding

Jul 20, 2015
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Authorities in southern Ohio are assessing damage to homes and roads in the aftermath of flooding that swept away a mobile home, killing a woman and two of her children.

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Authorities have yet to find two swimmers who were reportedly swept toward a dam on the Olentangy River and are believed to have drowned over the weekend.

Report Shows Dramatic Increase In Number Of Drug-Addicted Babies

Jul 13, 2015
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A recent report from the Ohio Department of Health shows the state has seen a 750 percent increase in the number of babies diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome since 2004.

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An amendment to the next state budget lets people mow and remove natural buffers to reservoirs, even if the buffer zone is owned by the local city. 

Nine Injured In Northeast Ohio Fireworks Accident

Jun 29, 2015
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Authorities say nine people were hurt after a fireworks box fell over and fired into a crowd in northeast Ohio.

The Columbus Public Utilities Department today canceled the city's nitrate advisory for much of the city' water supply.

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Legionella bacteria has been discovered in a state office building.

NW Ohio Salmonella Outbreak Sickens At Least 18 People

Jun 16, 2015
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Health officials in northwest Ohio are investigating a salmonella outbreak they say has sickened 18 people at an assisted living facility.

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The water advisory for parts of Franklin County remains in effect. The amount of nitrate in the water has changed.

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has more production kitchen troubles. The company announced, Friday, it has closed its production facility and scoop shops after listeria was rediscovered. 

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Columbus city officials say it’s difficult to know how long the drinking water advisory will last. The current estimate is a couple of weeks.

Veterinarian Killed At Madison County Family Farm

Jun 10, 2015
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Officials say a man died on his family farm in central Ohio when he fell into a grain feed mixer.

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Teenagers trying to buy cigarettes will need to go somewhere besides Upper Arlington.

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The City of Columbus has issued a nitrate advisory for the Dublin Road water plant. 

A new study indicates small children are exposed to marijuana at a higher rate in states where the substance is legal.

Licking County Worker Electrocuted

Jun 5, 2015
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Fire officials say a central Ohio man has died after he was electrocuted at a construction site.

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An autistic adolescent in crisis can be a scary and dangerous situation. Many kids end up in the ER or psychiatric ward where they’re temporarily stabilized, often with drugs. Then they’re sent home where another behavioral emergency could recur. A new Columbus intensive treatment facility offers families an alternative.

West Nile Virus Confirmed In Franklin County Mosquitoes

Jun 2, 2015

Franklin County health officials say mosquitoes near Columbus have tested positive for West Nile virus.