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Workers prepare for the next batch of beer at Land Grant Brewing in Columbus.
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A growing industry in Ohio is calling on local, state, and federal officials to take a serious look at water quality issues. Craft brewery owners say their business completely hinges on safe drinking water. 

Several craft beer companies gathered at Land Grant Brewing in Columbus to urge government leaders for help in protecting the waterways.

As Colin Vent with Seventh Son Brewing explains, most microbrews need about five to seven gallons of water in order to produce one gallon of beer.

The city of Beavercreek is considering a permanent ban on medical marijuana. The city council is set to debate whether to move forward with a ban Monday afternoon at a work session that began at 5 p.m. No vote is expected during the work session.

The council takes up the proposed ban despite the state's previous approval of a medical marijuana dispensary slated for location within city limits.

Advocates for Planned Parenthood rally at Ohio Statehouse in 2016
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A federal appeals court has unanimously upheld a decision that says a Planned Parenthood defunding law backed by Ohio lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich is unconstitutional.

The law has been on hold since abortion rights advocates filed a lawsuit two years ago. It would allow the Ohio Department of Health to strip $1.5 million in tax funding from Planned Parenthood. Lawmakers say the measure simply steers federal funds intended for women’s health care away from providers that also offer abortions.

The Skydio R1 self-flying camera drone is equipped with 13 cameras, enabling it to look in every direction at once, the company says.
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Unmanned aerial drone technology is changing the way we live and work. And it’s not just Amazon and other corporate giants getting into the drone game. The multibillion-dollar industry is forecast to grow exponentially in coming years.

Gov. John Kasich on Thursday advocated a "red flag" law for Ohio, a ban on armor-piercing ammunition and other gun policy positions he says represent political consensus in a bellwether state that could fly nationally.

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Republican Gov. John Kasich says preparations by local and state officials ahead of heavy rains and expected flooding helped Ohio "dodge a bullet" with no loss of life reported to this point.

Kasich held a briefing Sunday at the state's emergency operations center.

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Gov. John Kasich has appeared to have changed his views on gun regulations, after years of saying he was a strong Second Amendment supporter on the rare occasions that he talked about it at all.

In an interview with CNN, Kasich called on President Trump to “take some steps” on gun control, because he said he had no confidence in a dysfunctional Congress to address the issue. And because of that, Kasich said it needs to be dealt with at the state and local level.

“That’s where you need to put the pressure and call these people out,” Kasich said.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Mary DeGenaro with Gov. John Kasich after announcing her appointment to the court.
Andy Chow

The Ohio Supreme Court is all Republican now that Gov. John Kasich has appointed a new justice. This comes a day before the effective date of the resignation of embattled sitting justice Bill O’Neill who stepped down to run for the Democratic nomination for governor. 

Mary DeGenaro, a judge on the Seventh District Court of Appeals, was picked to replace O’Neill. Her appointment seemed likely given she was already endorsed by the Ohio Republican Party to run for the court this year.

Tyra Patterson explores her new neighborhood in downtown Cincinnati, weeks after her release from a Cleveland detention facility.
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On Christmas morning Tyra Patterson left a Cleveland prison after serving 23 years of a life sentence. She was a teenager in 1994 when she was convicted in connection with the robbery and murder of Dayton 15-year-old Michelle Lai.

Patterson always said her confession to robbery was coerced. Over the years her innocence claims garnered support, including from the murder-victim’s sister, Holly Lai Holbrook.

Last fall, a state board granted parole.

Every year hundreds of people gather at the Statehouse with family, friends and others who helped them for the Rally for Recovery.
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There are as many as 170,000 Ohioans who abuse or are addicted to opioids, according to a recent study from the Ohio State University’s Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy. Abuse of and addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin costs thousands of those people their families, their jobs, their homes and – in the case of nearly 11 people a day last year – their lives. As part of a series on recovery and roadblocks in the opioid crisis, Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the state’s response to the crisis has gotten mixed reviews.

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