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President Trump is coming to Central Ohio to campaign for state Rep. Troy Balderson, with just days left before the August special election for the 12th Congressional District.

Ohio State University head football coach Urban Meyer has been placed on paid administrative leave amid an investigation into what Meyer knew about alleged abuse by an assistant coach.

More than 500 people have filed complaints of possible food-borne illness after eating at the Chipotle in Powell, one of whom filed a lawsuit against the chain on Tuesday.

Senior Voices: Michael Whitlow

Aug 1, 2018
Michael Whitlow
Senior Voices

Michael Whitlow has some wise words for us all. He’s a 65 year old veteran of the Marines who’s raised his two nieces, and he plans to pass on his home to them some day. But as he told interviewer Alan Staiger, he’s in no hurry.

Transcript:

Alan Staiger (AS): Any other special words of wisdom you’d like to pass along?

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Joshua Chenault / WYSO

Ohio's largest Medicaid plan says the amount of opioids prescribed to its members has decreased 40 percent over the past 18 months.

CareSource announced Monday it plans to reduce that number by 50 percent by the end of this year.

The Dayton-based organization privately manages 1.8 million Medicaid plans. It says it notifies providers who prescribe a large amount of opioids to members, and can identify members at risk for substance misuse.

Shortly after noon on July 19, workers stretched construction barrels and webbing across the entrance to Good Samaritan Hospital's emergency center entrance.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Crews are already in the process of removing medical equipment from Good Samaritan Hospital. The West Dayton facility shut its doors last week amid outcry and the opening of a federal civil rights investigation.

Now, Good Samaritan owner Premier Health is moving forward with plans to dismantle and demolish the complex over the next two years.  

Cresco Labs

The state has issued the first license for a large-scale medical marijuana cultivator under Ohio’s medical marijuana program.

Ohio Department of Commerce spokeswoman Stephanie Gostomski says Buckeye Relief has passed its inspection and has been issued a certificate of operation. This is the first one issued to a large-scale cultivator that is allowed to grow up to 25,000 square feet of medical marijuana.

The state has already issued certificates of operation to two smaller cultivators who are allowed to produce up to 3,000 square feet of marijuana.

Workers prepare for the next batch of beer at Land Grant Brewing in Columbus.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

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.

A special election next month in a Republican leaning Central Ohio congressional district is being closely watched. It’s the 12th district – a seat formerly held by Pat Tiberi…. and before that by Gov. John Kasich. The district has been solidly red for 40 years now. But there are signs the Democrat running to replace Tiberi in the special August election has a good shot of winning. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports some are even saying this race captures the pulse of Ohio voters this November.

Stats + Stories: R R R R R ...Not Just For Pirates Anymore

Jul 28, 2018
Hadley Wickham (@hadleywickham) is Chief Scientist at RStudio, a member of the R Foundation, and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University and the University of Auckland.
via Stats + Stories

WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

The explosion of data available to virtually everyone highlights the need for tools to explore and understand it. Data analysis tools range from programming languages such as python, C and Java to commercial software such as SPSS. or SAS. A relatively new tool is the open source software platform R. Developers can Create R packages dealing with everything from basic analysis to complicated data visualizations. R is twenty-five years old this year and is the focus of this episode of stats and stories where we explore the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics. Host Rosemary Pennington and panelist John Bailer chair of Miami's Statistics Departmen are joined by Hadley Wickham. Wickham is chief scientist at R Studio, as well as an adjunct professor of statistics at the University of Auckland, Stanford University and Rice University. He's also a bit of a rock star in R world. Nerd famous for R programs he's developed. 

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