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Katie Wedell

Katie Wedell is a data journalist investigating government waste, fraud and abuse as a member of the I-Team. She's won several awards for investigative reporting from the Associated Press Media Editors of Ohio. Katie has worked for Cox Media Group since 2007, writing for the Dayton Daily News and Springfield News-Sun, as well as working on the cross-platform breaking news team and digital team. She's a graduate of Miami University and grew up in the Chicago area.

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Census: Local median age increasing faster than national average
 Sticking with a national and statewide trend, the population in Southwest Ohio got older and continued to become more diverse in 2016. According to annual population estimates released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau, the median age of residents in nine local counties has increased since the last official census and the percentage of...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Sticking with a national and statewide trend, the population in Southwest Ohio got older and continued to become more diverse in 2016. According to annual population estimates released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau, the median age of residents in nine local counties has increased since the last official census and the percentage of...
Prison food contractor overcharged on meals
 The company that provides food service to Ohio’s prisons had to repay $57,000 in overbilling following an Ohio Inspector General’s investigation. The state’s prisons contract with Aramark Correctional Services Inc. pays the company based on an inmate count recorded each day. The OIG’s investigation found the Department...

Posted: 5 days ago

The company that provides food service to Ohio’s prisons had to repay $57,000 in overbilling following an Ohio Inspector General’s investigation. The state’s prisons contract with Aramark Correctional Services Inc. pays the company based on an inmate count recorded each day. The OIG’s investigation found the Department...
Ohio’s drug price ballot issue: What’s really going on?
 An initiative aimed at controlling drug prices that’s headed to Ohio’s November ballot has already caused much heated debate. As both supporters and opponents of the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act air TV ads and make claims about the initiative’s impact, it can be difficult for voters to understand what’s really going...

Posted: 7 days ago

An initiative aimed at controlling drug prices that’s headed to Ohio’s November ballot has already caused much heated debate. As both supporters and opponents of the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act air TV ads and make claims about the initiative’s impact, it can be difficult for voters to understand what’s really going...
U.S. has gone record 11 years without a major hurricane
 The North Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30. 2017 has had one named tropical storm so far, Arlene, but it didn’t develop into a hurricane. It’s been 11 hurricane seasons since the last “major” storm in the U.S., classified as making landfall as a Category 3 or higher. The last one...

Posted: 12 days ago

The North Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30. 2017 has had one named tropical storm so far, Arlene, but it didn’t develop into a hurricane. It’s been 11 hurricane seasons since the last “major” storm in the U.S., classified as making landfall as a Category 3 or higher. The last one...
RTA to allow guns on buses
 Riders who can show proof of a valid CCW license will now be allowed to carry guns on Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority buses. The revised policy was developed after much discussion with the transit board’s attorneys, CEO Mark Donaghy said. It passed without much discussion at the board’s regular meeting on Tuesday. &ldquo...

Posted: 15 days ago

Riders who can show proof of a valid CCW license will now be allowed to carry guns on Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority buses. The revised policy was developed after much discussion with the transit board’s attorneys, CEO Mark Donaghy said. It passed without much discussion at the board’s regular meeting on Tuesday. &ldquo...
County awarded $670K in federal funds for opioid treatment
 Montgomery County was awarded $670,000 to fight opioid addiction as part of the federal 21st Century Cures Act. Ohio is set to receive a total of $26 million per year in federal funding for two years to increase treatment, prevention, workforce development and more. Montgomery County got as much as it did because of its Tier I, or highest...

Posted: 16 days ago

Montgomery County was awarded $670,000 to fight opioid addiction as part of the federal 21st Century Cures Act. Ohio is set to receive a total of $26 million per year in federal funding for two years to increase treatment, prevention, workforce development and more. Montgomery County got as much as it did because of its Tier I, or highest...
Panhandlers
Ruth Tharpe, 49, held a sign asking for money or other donations at the corner of Keowee Street and Wayne Avenue on Thursday morning, Aug. 4, 2016. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF

Posted: 16 days ago

Ruth Tharpe, 49, held a sign asking for money or other donations at the corner of Keowee Street and Wayne Avenue on Thursday morning, Aug. 4, 2016. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF
Solutions sought to curb opioid epidemic
 The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association is leading an effort to create a one-stop crisis care center in Montgomery County to ease the current burden on hospital emergency rooms and the jail, which are overloaded with opioid addicts and those in need of mental health services. It was one of many projects tackling the opioid epidemic presented...

Posted: 19 days ago

The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association is leading an effort to create a one-stop crisis care center in Montgomery County to ease the current burden on hospital emergency rooms and the jail, which are overloaded with opioid addicts and those in need of mental health services. It was one of many projects tackling the opioid epidemic presented...
Kettering, county surpass 2016 fatal overdose total before June
 One day after Kettering city and school district officials met in special session to discuss the opioid epidemic, the director of the regional crime lab confirmed the city has had more overdose deaths this year than in all of 2016. Kettering had had 19 overdose deaths this year - one more than last year - putting the city on track to to double...

Posted: 21 days ago

One day after Kettering city and school district officials met in special session to discuss the opioid epidemic, the director of the regional crime lab confirmed the city has had more overdose deaths this year than in all of 2016. Kettering had had 19 overdose deaths this year - one more than last year - putting the city on track to to double...
Fighting heroin crisis: What Ohio governor candidates plan to do
 In recent years the economy has dominated the race for governor in Ohio. This time a different topic might take center stage: the opioid crisis. Each of the candidates in a crowded field — both Republicans and Democrats — are staking out positions for handling the crisis, with some calling for dramatic measures to quell an epidemic...

Posted: 24 days ago

In recent years the economy has dominated the race for governor in Ohio. This time a different topic might take center stage: the opioid crisis. Each of the candidates in a crowded field — both Republicans and Democrats — are staking out positions for handling the crisis, with some calling for dramatic measures to quell an epidemic...
Women travel longer distances for abortions
 Legislative and legal battles have helped to close at least 10 abortion clinics in Ohio and surrounding states since 2010, creating vast areas where the procedure is all but banned unless women are able to travel long distances — 100 miles or more in some cases. A University of Cincinnati doctoral candidate who faced the strong likelihood...

Posted: 26 days ago

Legislative and legal battles have helped to close at least 10 abortion clinics in Ohio and surrounding states since 2010, creating vast areas where the procedure is all but banned unless women are able to travel long distances — 100 miles or more in some cases. A University of Cincinnati doctoral candidate who faced the strong likelihood...