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PHOTO: Some Ohio lawmakers are proposing legislation to prohibit employers from excluding birth control from women's health insurance coverage. Photo credit: Bryan Calabro/wikimedia commons.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Legislation soon will be introduced in Ohio to prevent companies from interfering in their female employees' health-related decisions. State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, said the "Not My Boss' Business Act" is meant to counter the recent Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision that allo...Read More

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PHOTO: Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Dist. 13) is among a handful of lawmakers taking a challenge to live on a federal minimum-wage budget of $77 this week. Photo courtesy Rep. Ryan's office.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Living on a wage of $7.25 an hour isn't easy, but it's what millions of Americans who make minimum wage face. Today, it has been five years since the federal minimum wage was last increased. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio's 13th District is among those taking the "Live the Wage C...Read More

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PHOTO: What if Mom goes back to work? With the growing cost of child care in the country, efforts are under way in Washington, D.C., to increase financial supports for low-income and working families. Photo credit: Todd Hryck/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - As the cost of child care in this country continues to grow, so does the chorus of voices calling on Congress to take action. For many working families, the cost of child care is one of their biggest monthly expenses and legislation to help ease that burden has been introduced in bo...Read More

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PHOTO: A new national report finds Ohio has made strides in improving children's education and health, but children living in poverty remains a pressing problem. Photo credit: Kristine Kisky / Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Buckeye State is in the middle of the pack in a national snapshot of child well being, ranking 24th among all 50 U.S. states. Data from the 2014 Kids Count Data Book finds Ohio largely following national trends, and making progress in education and children's health since 2005....Read More

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PHOTO: With demand continuing to rise for gluten-free foods, those with celiac disease are finding many new options. But not all are equal. Some gluten-free products are high in sugars and fats, used to improve taste. Photo credit: Robert Couse Baker/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, OH - As more food choices labeled 'gluten-free' show up on store shelves across the state, some people are warning that it doesn't automatically mean it's a healthy choice. Mary Waldner, founder of Mary's Gone Crackers, welcomed more options for those who have celiac disease, like herself...Read More

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PHOTO: As the flood of children attempting to cross into the United States from Central America continues, a woman in Iowa offers her story in the hope of increasing understanding about the situation. Photo courtesy of Toksave/Wikimedia Commons.

DAYTON, Ohio – The large migration of Central American children has made headlines, sparked debate and ignited a political firestorm in recent weeks, but one young woman now living in the Midwest hopes her experience can shine some light on why this is happening and what can be done to help. ...Read More

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GRAPHIC: A report on Summer Nutrition Programs shows Ohio has seen success in making sure low-income children are served healthy meals when school lunchroom is closed. Image courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture.

DAYTON, Ohio – Summertime shouldn't be hunger time. That's the push this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to encourage children to pick up nutritious food at sites around the state. The Ohio Summer Food Service Program meals are targeted to low-income children. The Food Resear...Read More

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PHOTO: July is National Park and Recreation Month, an initiative designed to encourage residents to spend more time enjoying and exploring the outdoors at places like Ash Cave in Hocking Hills State Park. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohioans are being encouraged to venture beyond their homes and offices this month, and head into the outdoors during National Park and Recreation Month, running throughout July. Jean Backs with Ohio State Parks notes if you don't have time or money to travel very far this summer, s...Read More

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