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Ohio Wants to Expand Access For Opioid Addicts To Medication-Assisted Treatment

Ohio is dramatically expanding the number of caregivers who can prescribe Suboxone and other drugs for medication-assisted treatment of addiction. The effort is part of a broader strategy to address the opioid epidemic. Not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. A recovering addict
Alexis Graziano of Girard is an addict who's now half a year into recovery and in a sober-living facility. She says she has experienced medication-assisted treatment, MAT, and found it ripe for abuse if not...

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View from the offices of Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Ohio is dramatically expanding the number of caregivers who can prescribe Suboxone and other drugs for medication-assisted treatment of addiction.  The effort is part of a broader strategy to address the opioid epidemic. Not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio’s top elections official is asking state leaders to include money in the upcoming capital budget to buy new voting machines.

Secretary of State Jon Husted says most of Ohio’s voting machines were acquired more than a decade ago. He says updating voting equipment should be a priority. After all, he points out social media was in its infancy back when most of the machines were purchased.

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OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

Dozens of public officials and advocates gathered in Yellow Springs today to break ground on Ohio’s first medical marijuana cultivation site. The project is one of a dozen across Ohio licensed by the state just two weeks ago.

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Two-thirds of the members of the Ohio House have sponsored a bipartisan bill that would ban photos, videos and digital media of victims of sexually oriented offenses from being released as public records. 

Republican Rep. Wes Retherford of Hamilton says an Ohio Supreme Court ruling last year suggests that pictures, video and digital media of victims who are nude or in compromising situations could be publicly released after trials.

“And the purpose of this is to keep them from being victimized again,” he said.

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The surprise win by a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Alabama has caused interesting and even unexpected reactions all around the country.

Several Republicans came out against Republican candidate Roy Moore after mounting allegations of child abuse and sexual assaults. Gov. John Kasich was among them.

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A recently published study by a Kent State University researcher shows significant levels of infectious bacteria on Lake Erie beaches.

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, December 14th:

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Diebold/Nixdorf’s CEO resigned Wednesday.  The moves comes as the company is  expecting a loss of up to $140 million this year.

In a prepared statement, the Diebold/Nixdorf board  credited CEO Andy Mattes with transforming the company’s strategy.  It complimented him on the merger he engineered with former competitor Windcor/Nixdorf to create the world’s largest ATM company.

But, it asked for his resignation.

Kent State spokesman Eric Mansfield
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Kent State University trustees have approved the tuition increase and freeze in principle. They also took a look at their meeting Wednesday at a billion dollar, 10-year campus upgrade and plan to revisit both issues in March.  

The tuition increase for in-state, undergraduate students will likely start in fall 2018.  How much will be decided later.

Eric Mansfield is Kent State’s executive director of media relations.

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SUZURAN PHOTOGRAPHY

A popular orchestral rock band from Cleveland is back together and gearing up for a big 2018. For this week's Shuffle, Seafair talks about working out their differences and getting back to the joy of making music.

Creativity versus business
Seafair is an eclectic blend of pop, rock and classical influences, combining drums, guitar and bass with violin and cello. They formed in 2012 but split up early last year. Vocalist Chayla Hope said the band got caught up trying to make it big.

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The average American reads at an 8th-grade level, but the patient information that doctors and hospitals provide often presumes that people have much more advanced reading skills.

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