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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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Pharmacists joining forces to fight opioid epidemic
 Pharmacists are the latest group banding together in Ohio to fight the opioid epidemic. The Ohio Pharmacists Association announced at its annual conference in Columbus, Friday, the creation of a task force to promote safe medication practices that prevent powerful narcotics from getting into the wrong hands and spurring addiction. Related...

Posted: 2 days ago

Pharmacists are the latest group banding together in Ohio to fight the opioid epidemic. The Ohio Pharmacists Association announced at its annual conference in Columbus, Friday, the creation of a task force to promote safe medication practices that prevent powerful narcotics from getting into the wrong hands and spurring addiction. Related...
Did you know Barbara Bush’s grandfather was a founder of the Dayton Rotary Club?
 Former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday night, had strong family ties to Dayton and southwest Ohio. Her grandfather Scott Pierce was one of the founders of the Dayton Rotary Club. Her parents, Marvin Pierce and Pauline Robinson, met at Miami University in Oxford. When the family lived in New York years later, Marvin would bring Barbara...

Posted: 6 days ago

Former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday night, had strong family ties to Dayton and southwest Ohio. Her grandfather Scott Pierce was one of the founders of the Dayton Rotary Club. Her parents, Marvin Pierce and Pauline Robinson, met at Miami University in Oxford. When the family lived in New York years later, Marvin would bring Barbara...
Ohio looks to pump $50M into expanding internet access to rural areas
 Nearly a third of Ohioans in rural counties lack access to broadband internet, compared to just 2 percent of urban residents, something legislators want to remedy with a proposed $50 million grant program. Proponents of the bipartisan House Bill 378 said this digital gap has a negative affect on everything from health care to education to...

Posted: 7 days ago

Nearly a third of Ohioans in rural counties lack access to broadband internet, compared to just 2 percent of urban residents, something legislators want to remedy with a proposed $50 million grant program. Proponents of the bipartisan House Bill 378 said this digital gap has a negative affect on everything from health care to education to...
Legal challenges launched against census citizenship question
 The inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census has sparked outrage among civil rights groups and prompted lawsuits from more than 18 states hoping to block a move the Trump administration says is necessary to enforce voting rights. At issue is the official list of questions that will appear on the decennial census questionnaire...

Posted: 7 days ago

The inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census has sparked outrage among civil rights groups and prompted lawsuits from more than 18 states hoping to block a move the Trump administration says is necessary to enforce voting rights. At issue is the official list of questions that will appear on the decennial census questionnaire...
Area hospital program aimed at getting more patients into drug treatment
 One of the keys to cutting down on the number of accidental drug overdoses, treatment experts say, is responding faster to people who need immediate help. To that aim, Kettering Health Network is launching a partnership with the Montgomery County drug treatment community to reach out to patients who are in need of long-term drug treatment...

Posted: 11 days ago

One of the keys to cutting down on the number of accidental drug overdoses, treatment experts say, is responding faster to people who need immediate help. To that aim, Kettering Health Network is launching a partnership with the Montgomery County drug treatment community to reach out to patients who are in need of long-term drug treatment...
Equal Pay Day: Ohio’s gender pay gap one of the worst in the nation
 The gender pay gap in Ohio is the 14th worst in the nation, according to a new report by the National Partnership for Women and Families. Today, April 10, is Equal Pay Day, when activists draw attention to the differences in how much men and women are paid in some American jobs. The analysis used U.S. Census Bureau data to show that gender-based...

Posted: 12 days ago

The gender pay gap in Ohio is the 14th worst in the nation, according to a new report by the National Partnership for Women and Families. Today, April 10, is Equal Pay Day, when activists draw attention to the differences in how much men and women are paid in some American jobs. The analysis used U.S. Census Bureau data to show that gender-based...
Naloxone credited for drop in opioid deaths
 The U.S. Surgeon General is recommending that more people carry the overdose-reversing drug naloxone, which local health experts credit for helping reverse the escalation in deaths from opioids. Health officials say widely distributing naloxone is one of the reasons local counties reduced overdose deaths by 66 percent or more in the first...

Posted: 13 days ago

The U.S. Surgeon General is recommending that more people carry the overdose-reversing drug naloxone, which local health experts credit for helping reverse the escalation in deaths from opioids. Health officials say widely distributing naloxone is one of the reasons local counties reduced overdose deaths by 66 percent or more in the first...
Local Korean War soldier, ID’d after 67 years, to be laid to rest this week
 A Korean War soldier with local ties will be welcomed home and laid to rest this week after spending 67 years buried in Korea and Hawaii as an unknown soldier.  Cpl. Roy John Hopper was killed in action in Korea on July 31, 1950. according to an obituary  with Newcomer’s Funeral Home. Killed in an ambush less than a month...

Posted: 21 days ago

A Korean War soldier with local ties will be welcomed home and laid to rest this week after spending 67 years buried in Korea and Hawaii as an unknown soldier.  Cpl. Roy John Hopper was killed in action in Korea on July 31, 1950. according to an obituary  with Newcomer’s Funeral Home. Killed in an ambush less than a month...
Drug cases swamp crime labs, create another backlog
 The opioid crisis has flooded the state’s crime lab network with drug-testing requests, creating a backlog that has left some law enforcement agencies waiting months for the results they need to prosecute drug traffickers. Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office, which runs the Bureau of Criminal Investigation crime lab, says it...

Posted: 23 days ago

The opioid crisis has flooded the state’s crime lab network with drug-testing requests, creating a backlog that has left some law enforcement agencies waiting months for the results they need to prosecute drug traffickers. Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office, which runs the Bureau of Criminal Investigation crime lab, says it...
CVS accused of revealing HIV status of thousands of customers 
 CVS Health is being sued for unintentionally revealing the HIV-positive status of up to 6,000 customers in Ohio through a mailing about prescriptions to their homes. >> Read more trending news  The federal lawsuit filed last week asks for class action status and a jury trial to award damages to those affected. The three John...

Posted: 25 days ago

CVS Health is being sued for unintentionally revealing the HIV-positive status of up to 6,000 customers in Ohio through a mailing about prescriptions to their homes. >> Read more trending news  The federal lawsuit filed last week asks for class action status and a jury trial to award damages to those affected. The three John...
Census: How much did Preble County’s population change last year?
 Preble County grew ever so slightly, by 15 residents, from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017, according to newly released U.S. Census Bureau population estimates. The population estimate for the county for 2017 was 41,120. The growth, rather than decline in population, was an improvement over past years. Since the 2010 census Preble County has...

Posted: 26 days ago

Preble County grew ever so slightly, by 15 residents, from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017, according to newly released U.S. Census Bureau population estimates. The population estimate for the county for 2017 was 41,120. The growth, rather than decline in population, was an improvement over past years. Since the 2010 census Preble County has...