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The U.S. Census Bureau has released figures showing another year of slowing population growth at the national level. In recent years, Ohio's population has dipped as well.

Minimum Wage In America

Jan 3, 2020
Job seekers at one of two fulfillment centers in Central Ohio.
Esther Honig / WOSU

The minimum wage in Ohio increases 15 cents in January, to $8.70 per hour for non-tipped workers. 

Six states, plus the District of Columbia, are phasing in a $15 an hour minimum. 

Food Stamps

Dec 11, 2019
A Trump administration proposal would cut food stamps benefits to over 3 million people nationwide.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

The Trump administration last week put the final touches on a rule change that makes it more difficult for able bodied adults without children to get food stamps

The plan would remove as many as 700,000 people from the program, including 45,000 Ohio residents.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: tightening the belt on food aid. 

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Minimum Wage In America

Dec 10, 2019
Job seekers at one of two fulfillment centers in Central Ohio.
Esther Honig / WOSU

The minimum wage in Ohio increases 15 cents in January, to $8.70 per hour for non-tipped workers. 

Six states, plus the District of Columbia, are phasing in a $15 an hour minimum. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Dec 2, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.
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Some death-penalty opponents last week raised a red flag over a proposed state law that would ban all abortions and make whoever performs an abortion eligible for life in prison or capital punishment.

Today on our Weekly Reporter Roundtable on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the proposed abortion ban and more. 

 

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DNA Testing and Sexual Assault

Nov 27, 2019
Forensic analyst India Henry works on evidence in a sexual assault case in the biology lab at the Houston Forensic Science Center Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Houston.
Pat Sullivan / Associated Press

Two Ohio lawmakers have proposed a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for rape cases, and close domestic violence loopholes. 

Bill 162 would dispose of time constraints for future sexual assault cases, but would not allow charges to be brought up in cold cases. 

 

Today on All Sides: the importance of DNA evidence, cold cases and preventing sexual assault. 

 

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Plastic Bag Bans

Nov 26, 2019
Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the country, will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025.
Rogelio V. Solis / AP

Local governments across the country have enacted bans on single-use plastics, such as bags and straws and that has triggered statewide bans on such bans.

In Ohio, Republican lawmakers have introduced two measures to block local governments from imposing fees, bans or other regulations of single-use plastics.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: single-use plastics, and the pros and cons of bans and fees.

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Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Nov 25, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.
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The Ohio House has approved a bill that in the spirit of free expression would extend to religious expression in assignments, prayer, artwork and clothing in public schools. 

Critics say the bill could require teachers to give credit for inaccurate answers that are part of a student’s religious beliefs. They say that the U.S. Constitution and state law already protect religious expression in schools.

Today on the All Sides with Ann Fisher Weekly Reporter Roundtable: religious expression in Ohio’s public schools, and more. 

How Reading Is Taught

Nov 12, 2019
students reading the floor of a school hallway
Ohio Board of Education

Columbus City Schools Superintendent Talisa Dixon last month increased the minimum reading score that third graders must achieve at the beginning of the year. 

The move means that 97% of the district’s third graders will be placed on a reading improvement plan this school year.

Teachers have protested the move, saying it’s a plot to inflate state report card scores and that it will shift too much attention away from students who really need help.

Today on All Sides: how children learn to read.

 

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Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Oct 28, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.
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A federal judge has denied nuclear bailout opponents more time to collect petition signatures for a referendum to overturn the law.

U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus said his court does not have jurisdiction and instead asked the state supreme court for its opinion.

Today on the Weekly Reporter Roundtable on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the nuclear bailout law and more.

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Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Oct 21, 2019

Thousands of lawsuits over the opioid crisis will begin Monday, as more than a dozen drug industry corporations make last minute appeals for trial settlements.

The litigation includes more than 2,000 separate cases brought up by cities, attorney generals and local governments from around the country, including cases from two Ohio counties. 

Earlier this month, Johnson & Johnson reached a settlement of  $20.4 with the affected Ohio areas. 

Today on the Weekly Reporter Roundtable: Ohio’s role in the opioid crisis and more. 

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America's Workforce Development

Oct 14, 2019
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

The National Association of Manufacturers has promised to help train nearly 2 million workers over the next five years to address a worker shortage.

Part of the problem is record low unemployment. Another part is the lack of workers properly trained for the job openings.

Today on All Sides: the disconnect between the jobs and the workforce to fill them.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Oct 14, 2019
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When Gov. Mike DeWine addressed a Dayton crowd two days after a mass shooting in August, the crowd asked him to just "do something." He responded with a proposal for universal background checks on gun sales and a version of the "red flag" law.

The governor last week retreated from both promises, saying that he has a superior plan that would expand the state’s pink slip system, hospitalizing certain people deemed at risk for violence for up to three days, and a way to make it easier to prosecute gun sellers.

Gun Control In Ohio

Oct 9, 2019

Governor Mike DeWine in August -- and just days after a mass shooting in Dayton -- proposed the outline of a plan for mandatory background checks on private gun sales and a version of the so-called “red flag” law. On Monday, DeWine retreated from both proposals.

Instead, he proposed expanding the state’s “pink slip” system that hospitalizes people who are mentally ill for up to three days. And he proposed a plan to make it easier to prosecute the gun sellers.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the DeWine plan to address gun violence.

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Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Oct 7, 2019
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Governor Mike DeWine is set to unveil the legislation for his 17-point fun safety plan today. 

The plan called for tougher background checks, a version of a “red-flag” procedure, and expanded mental health services.

The DeWine plan arrives a week after House Democrats demanded that Republican leadership hold hearings on another slate of bills they say will help reduce gun violence and mass shootings

Today on the All Sides with Ann Fisher Weekly Reporter Roundtable: gun control and more. 

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