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Local faith leaders joined Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in speaking out against the Trump Administration’s family separation policy at a news conference in Cleveland Wednesday.

"We’re hopeful that the president acknowledges his role in this and stops this policy," Brown said. "The first thing is to keep families together, certainly to secure our borders, but it means you focus on criminals and terrorists, not on splitting up families."

Nearly 100,000 Native Americans live in Ohio, 28% of them in Greater Cleveland. The community includes people from many tribes who arrived here generations ago after the Indian Relocation Act of 1956 encouraged Native Americans to move from reservations to urban areas.

It's been a soggy spring, with unprecedented rainfall in Ohio. Farmers are having trouble planting crops, Lake Erie is swollen with water, and for some, the rain means a flare up of bodily aches and pains.

Ohio continues to do better in preparing for public health emergencies like flu outbreaks or flooding, according to a study released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

A new report out of the Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring (OSAM) Network finds that while opioid prescriptions are falling throughout Ohio, methamphetamine remains widely available in the state. In the Cleveland area, powdered cocaine and meth are becoming more available, and the number of clients entering treatment for meth use increased.

In 1985, Darrick Wade was living in Lakeview Terrace on Cleveland’s near west side with his family when he first started noticing something was off with his son, Demetrius.

"When he was about two years old, I believe he had an episode of an attack of the lead, that toxin," Wade said. "Because he shook a chair real angrily, and I didn’t understand where that anger came from at such a young age."

The number of opioid prescriptions in Ohio has declined 36 percent from 2012 to 2018, according to a new report from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. The decline follows regulations put in place at the state level over the last few years.

Sitting in the small midwifery office at Neighborhood Family Practice on the West Side of Cleveland, midwife Katy Maistros discusses the mothers she’s helped give birth — many of them refugees from different parts of the world.

"We don’t like to say we deliver babies, because women deliver their own babies … but we catch them," Maistros said.

Most recently, she’s noticed high levels of stress in her Hispanic patients. Many fled gang violence or poverty in Latin America, only to face immigration and deportation fears once they arrived in the U.S.

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President Trump announced a new plan to end the HIV epidemic in America by 2030 in his State of the Union address Tuesday. Ohio is one major target of the initiative.

Lawyers representing couples affected by a storage freezer malfunction at University Hospitals' fertility clinic filed eight new lawsuits Thursday.  

The suits seek damages from UH and CAS DataLoggers, a company that was responsible for the alarm system involved in the freezer malfunction. The incident caused some 4,000 eggs and embryos to no longer be viable.

First Year Cleveland, a group working to reduce infant mortality in Cuyahoga County, reports preliminary data for 2018 shows the rate of black infants dying before their first birthday is at its lowest in five years, and white infant mortality is the second lowest Cuyahoga County has seen in the same time period.

However, the Hispanic infant mortality rate dramatically increased to the highest rate the county has experienced in those same five years, according to Richard Stacklin of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.