The city of Toledo and nearby communities have earned the dubious distinction of being the first to report outbreaks of human illness due to algae toxins in municipal drinking water, according to a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The Ohio Supreme Court weighs whether Toledo's only abortion clinic will be permitted to stay open. How will this case affect the future of abortion services across the state? Also, the Ohio gubernatorial race continues with a debate held in eastern Ohio between declared Democratic candidates.

In Washington, competing propositions emerge from both sides of the aisle addressing health care reform. We'll discuss these topics and more of the latest in state and national news with our panel of reporters.


For one city on Lake Erie, it's the season for monitoring toxic algae blooms – and drinking water.

In October of this year, the city of Cleveland plans to start inspecting rental properties for lead paint hazards, according to the mayor’s office. Cuyahoga County had the highest lead poisoning rate in Ohio in 2015

Two other mid-sized cities in the Great Lakes region could help show Cleveland the way. Rochester, New York, focused its efforts in places where children were most at risk. Toledo is starting to do the same.

More than 100 people who were issued speeding tickets in Toledo, Ohio have caught a break.

The Toledo Police Department admitted the tickets issued on Feb. 1 were a mistake and have said they are taking steps to refund those who already paid the fines.

Last year, NPR's Ari Shapiro visited Toledo, Ohio, to talk to refugees settling there from Syria's civil war. Recently, he returned to Toledo to check in on the community.

Mohammed Al Refaai is a 23-year-old butcher who fled Syria. He lives in Toledo, Ohio, with three other guys, who are also in their 20s, who decided they wouldn't mind having a refugee for a roommate.

Last year, NPR's Ari Shapiro visited Toledo, Ohio, to talk to refugees settling there from Syria's civil war. Recently, he returned to Toledo to check in on the community.

When we first met Omar Al-Awad and his family in the fall of 2015, they were among the newest refugee families from Syria settling in to life in Toledo, Ohio.

Toledo Honors 75 Years Of Jeeps With Parade, Festival

Aug 13, 2016

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Hundreds of Jeeps will be on display in Toledo this weekend as the city celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Jeep brand.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this year’s algal bloom in western Lake Erie should be less severe than last year.

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Warm weather means cities along Lake Erie are bracing for algae. The toxic blooms threaten drinking water supplies and have been directly linked to farm fertilizer runoff. Agricultural experts are working to limit fertilizer in the Lake Eric watershed.

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A federal judge in Ohio will decide whether to revoke the bond for one of four men accused of raising money for a former al-Qaida leader.

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Ohio's attorney general is challenging a new ordinance approved by Toledo voters that reduces penalties on all marijuana-related offenses.

State Makes New Bid To Close Toledo's Last Abortion Clinic

Jul 13, 2015

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office is appealing a ruling that has allowed Toledo's last abortion clinic to stay open.

The appeal filed late last week seeks to overturn a June decision from a judge in Toledo who said abortion restrictions imposed on the clinic were unconstitutional.

The judge had ruled that the state exceeded its regulatory authority over Capital Care Network in Toledo.

The issue centers on the Ohio Department of Health's ruling last year that Capital Care lacked a patient-transfer agreement with a local hospital so must close.