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Recent Stories

  • Workplace policies begin to evolve after Ohio legalizes cannabis use By Mara O'Malley for Kent State News Lab.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration. Though it is now legal for Ohioans to use cannabis, the 2023 passage of Issue 2 does not prevent employers from drug testing job applicants […]
  • Ohio gears up for legal marijuana sales for adult use This week, Ohio approved adult-use marijuana sales as part of a 2023 ballot measure, with sales anticipated to start mid-June. Ohioans age 21 and over can now legally purchase marijuana across the state. In December, a law was enacted allowing people to grow and possess […]
  • Experts: $15 minimum wage would benefit 1 million Ohioans Ohio lawmakers are considering legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour for most Ohio workers and create a refundable Ohio Earned Income Tax Credit. Ohio's minimum wage is $10.45 per hour for most employees, which is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per […]
  • Ohio student protestors say their movement is gaining momentum After hundreds of Ohio students gathered at Kent State University over the weekend to protest the conflict in Gaza, on the 54th anniversary of Vietnam War protests that left four students dead there, student organizers say their movement is gaining momentum. Rachael Collyer – program director […]
  • Supreme Court to hear oral arguments on abortion access in emergency rooms The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments today in a case about whether patients have access to emergency room abortions in states banning the procedure. Idaho v. …(Read More)
  • Report: 25 million Black, Latino voters missing from databases Census data indicate among voting-age Americans, nearly 25 million Black and brown eligible voters are missing from commonly used registration databases. A recent study by McKinney Grey Analytics showed people of color are being systematically sidelined by "seemingly inclusive, data-driven digital systems" of voter engagement. Analysts […]
  • Insulin price gouging continues despite attempts to rein in the industry Nearly one million Ohioans have been diagnosed with diabetes, but the cost of insulin continues to be a barrier for people needing the medication. Policy Matters Ohio Budget, Health and Child Care Researcher Kathryn Poe said the cost of insulin can reach hundreds of […]
  • Psychiatrist explains links between toxic stress, poor health The alarming rise in rates of diabetes, obesity, depression, and other chronic health issues has put the spotlight on toxic stress. Lawson Wulsin, professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the University of Cincinnati, explained good stress such as a demand or challenge you readily cope with […]


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