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Opioid Lawsuits

Aug 29, 2019
Dave Yost speaks at the Ohio Republican Party event, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Yost was elected as the next Ohio attorney general.
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Attorney General Dave Yost has had a bill drafted that would empower his office to take over local-government opioid lawsuits. The prospects for such an endeavor.

The measure has not been introduced, but already opponents are lining up against the plan.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: who controls the opioid-related lawsuits in Ohio. 



Opioid Addiction And Stigma

Jul 30, 2019
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The public perception of opioid addiction and the reality for addiction victims, their families and loved ones often stand in stark contrast. Stigma is the problem.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the opioid crisis and the role of stigma. 

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Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jul 29, 2019
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Governor Mike DeWine last week signed the controversial nuclear bailout bill, guaranteeing roughly $150 million for two nuclear power plants in northern Ohio.

Consumers will pay 85 cents per month to fund the bailout.

Proponents say Ohioans will save money because the law also cuts fees for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Opponents say the law is a blow to the future of renewable energy industry in Ohio.

Today on All Sides, the Reporter Roundtable talks nuclear bailout and more.

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Public health officials are applauding the Ohio House’s unanimous passage of a bill that tackles infant mortality and maternal health.

Recently-sprouted soybeans on a farm in Central Ohio.
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The wettest weather in Ohio's recorded history has stalled planting throughout the state, and forecasts for the rest of June aren’t looking any sunnier.

Cycling In Ohio

Jun 12, 2019
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A cyclist was hit and killed on June 4 in Delaware County.

The cyclist was training for the Pelotonia, an annual bicycle ride that raises money for cancer research. Ohio saw 21 fatal bicycle crashes in 2018, the most in the state in three years.

Today on All Sides, cycling in Ohio, and where safety stands in the wake of these fatal accidents.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

May 20, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

Ohio state lawmakers are expected to consider two bills that address procedures purported to reverse abortions. Neither method has been scientifically proven.

Soon-to-be-introduced legislation would require physicians and others who perform medication abortions to notify patients that it could be reversible. But the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists warned two years ago that the procedure is unproven and unethical.

Today on All Sides, the latest round of anti-abortion right campaigns and more on our Weekly Reporter Roundtable. 

The Ohio Rural Economy And Job Growth

May 14, 2019
The Ohio State University

The rate of job growth in two rural Ohio counties - Wyandot and Holmes - topped that of Columbus between 2010 and 2018, according to an Ohio State economic study.

That contrasts with the more typical slower rate of grown in rural regions of Ohio and across the country.

Today on All Sides, what makes a thriving rural economy?

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

May 13, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

The Ohio House passed a two-year $69 million state spending plan last week that includes tax cuts and increases in spending for education and children services.

The plan now heads to the Ohio Senate. 

Today on All Sides, the state budget and more on our weekly Reporter Roundtable. 

Gerrymandering And Ohio's New Map

May 7, 2019

A three-person federal court in Cincinnati has ruled that the Ohio congressional map is unconstitutionally gerrymandered. 

The current map is drawn to guarantee 12 Republicans and four Democrats represent Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives. The court ordered a new map to be drawn before election day in 2020.

Today on All Sides, gerrymandering in Ohio and other states. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

May 6, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

A federal court in Cincinnati has thrown Ohio politics into chaos.

Just as the 2020 campaign season begins to take shape, a three-judge panel has ruled that the state’s congressional map is unconstitutionally gerrymandered and must be redrawn by the 2020 primary elections. 

Today on All Sides, we discuss what the ruling means for Ohio and more on our weekly Reporter Roundtable. 

Springtime Bugs With Mark Berman

May 2, 2019

Cicadas are making a comeback this spring. 

The periodical cicada Brood VIII is expected to arrive in Eastern Ohio this May after not being seen in the state for nearly two decades. 

Today on All Sides, we discuss bugs of spring and more with the “Bugman,” Mark Berman.   

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Apr 22, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

State lawmakers are considering a handful of bills to change how the state responds to school districts in academic distress.

Current law – passed in 2015 – says the state takes over any district that receives three consecutive failing grades on the state report card. 

Dayton schools are scheduled for state takeover this summer. Columbus and other districts face takeovers after next school year.

Today on All Sides, we discuss that and more on our weekly Reporter Roundtable.  

Reporter Roundtable

Apr 15, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

Ohio now has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.

Governor Mike DeWine signed legislation into law last week that restricts an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is typically at six weeks into a pregnancy.

Opponents of the law, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, have pledged to file a lawsuit.

Today on All Sides, abortion restrictions and more on our weekly Reporter Roundtable.

Vice In Columbus

Apr 10, 2019
Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell was arrested Monday for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting multiple women, while acting under his duties as a police officer.
Justice Department

The Columbus Division of Police last month shut down its vice unit, with interim police Chief Thomas Quinlan saying that it had become clear that there was a better way to enforce prostitution, alcohol and gambling laws.

Yet the disbandment came at a fraught time for the department, after a Justice Department investigation of the unit had ended with the indictment of a vice detective and amid an ongoing FBI investigation.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher, the questions surrounding the investigations and what happens without a vice unit.