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Recent Stories

  • Ohio’s Gender Wage Gap: Women Earn 79 cents for Every Dollar a Man Earns By Nathalia Teixeira / Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration. In Ohio, women earn on average 79 cents for every dollar a man earns, according to 2019 U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed by the […]
  • Judge Denies Environmental Groups Request to Block Fracking on State Lands Environmental Groups faced a setback this week when their legal petition to stop the mandatory leasing of public lands for fracking was denied by a Franklin County judge. Earlier this year, Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 507 into law – which approves licenses […]
  • Ohio Distracted Driving Deaths Up; Family Members Raise Awareness April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and in Ohio, fatal accidents caused by distracted drivers are on the rise. Deaths in 2021 reached their highest point in nearly two decades, topping 1,300, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Stefanie Easley, a resident of Fairfield, […]
  • Ohio’s Childcare Providers Struggling to Keep Doors Open Ohio's child care providers said they are struggling to stay in business due to drops in attendance with no help in sight from the state or federal government. A report published earlier this year by Ready Nation found Ohio's economy loses nearly $4 billion per year due […]
  • Report: More Ohioans Rely on Credit Cards for Basic Needs More than one in three Ohioans are relying on credit cards for spending needs, and nearly a quarter say they've increased their credit-card use in response to cost-of-living increases, according to a new report. Michael Welker, editor of Upgraded Points, a website tracking credit-card reward […]
  • Vinton County, Ohio Residents Await Community Water Systems By Zachary Shepherd and Kelsey Paulus for Kent State News Lab.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration. In summer 2022, Garrett, Jenny and their young daughter Katie Betts had no potable water in their home in Vinton County, Ohio. The Betts […]
  • Report: Ohio’s Affordable Housing Shortage is Worsening Ohio's affordable housing shortage has worsened over the past year, according to new data from the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio and the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The report found economic disruptions driven by the pandemic and a shrinking housing supply nationwide have left only […]
  • How East Palestine Rail Disaster Could Impact Ohio’s Soil, Drinking Water Last month's train derailment and chemical spill in East Palestine could have far-reaching and long-lasting impacts on the state's soil and drinking water, environmental experts say. The Ohio EPA reports approximately 700 tons of solid waste have been hauled out of the derailment site, […]


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