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Starting a dialogue on Ohio's opioid crisis
Ohio has been one of the hardest hit states in the country when it comes to opioid abuse and fatalities.  The Ohio Media Project is spearheading a new collaboration among newspapers, television stations and radio stations, including WKSU, to change the way the epidemic is reported, combining resources to better serve our audiences.  We're beginning this new effort with an area that numbers clearly show is struggling the most:  the Mahoning Valley. The goal is to not just cover the problem but present potential solutions to be considered and encourage conversation in the communities we serve.


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The morning after the presidential election in eclectic Yellow Springs, Ohio, a dour clientele filed into the Coffee Emporium and Underdog Wines storefront on the main street through town.

Many had learned the news when they awakened: Donald Trump would be the next president.

Yellow Springs is a liberal island in the otherwise heavily Republican rural Ohio countryside, and the news was not welcomed.

Crime and Violence Top the List of Concerns for Ohioans in 2016

Nov 3, 2016
Police advancing on protesters after the Michael Brelo verdict

In May, Ohioans were asked to name their biggest concerns for 2016, and crime and violence were in the top 10 issues.

The initial poll of 1,001 people done in May for Ohio news outlets showed that people defined crime and violence in multiple ways, among them as a need for gun regulation or guns for protection, concern for terrorism, and some for protection from  immigrants.

Also on people’s minds were the sharp increase in drug overdoses and police shootings in Cleveland, Cincinnati and across the country.

Ohio prepares to vote

Much of the country will vote before Election Day. Starting this week, our Electionland project has begun looking for problems that prevent people from voting.

Election Day is still about 10 days away, but some Americans are already casting ballots. About 20 states, including Ohio, and the District of Columbia have early voting programs. Ohio's began two weeks ago and includes two weekends of early, in-person voting.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton composite

Ohioans say the economy and jobs are the most important issue in this election.

Talk long enough, though, and the word “trade” comes up.

  There is a sense that cheap imports are behind the demise of Ohio’s manufacturing work force. Income numbers, at first glance, support the claim. Ohio, consistently among the top manufacturing states, had the second-largest drop in household median income in the country in the last 15 years.

Two-thirds of Ohioans Say They're Disgusted by Politics

Oct 25, 2016
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Linda Wattley has one word to describe America’s most reviled pair of major-party presidential candidates.

“Disgusting,” the Akron woman said. “They have revealed so much darkness in each other, and their choices in business and life, that it’s like you can’t trust anybody. You can’t attach yourself to someone and be proud and happy.”

Wattley, 59, plans to vote, but she really doesn’t want to.