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The White House says no response is planned to reported Russian bounties on U.S. troops; House Democrats unveil an ambitious plan to curb climate change.

2020Talks - July 2, 2020 


Richmond, Virginia joins other states removing its Confederate monuments, despite ardent resistance from the president. Plus, Senate Republicans removed a provision in the Pentagon spending bill requiring campaigns to report foreign help.

Public News Service - OH: Gun Violence Prevention

The firearm suicide rate has increased by nearly 23% since 2005, compared with a 10% increase in firearm homicides. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – New research out of Ohio suggests increased access to mental health care is not the panacea to curb gun violence in the country. Motivated by the mass shooting epidemic, including an August shooting in Dayton where 10 people died in 32 seconds, researchers at The Ohio State

The state legislature added $1 million to the Ohio budget for domestic-violence services. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins today, and advocates are gathering at the Ohio statehouse to reflect on progress made to help survivors while remembering lives lost. The Ohio Domestic Violence Network is honoring Rep. Laura Lanese, R-Grove City, with the Croucher Fa

Ohio legislators are considering a bill that would make it easier for anyone age 21 or older to carry concealed weapons. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio continues to chip away at firearm restrictions, and one bill being considered by lawmakers would allow people 21 and older to carry concealed weapons without needing a permit. House Bill 178 is sponsored by Republicans Ron Hood and Tom Brinkman, along with more than 20

Supporters say stronger background checks are needed to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous individuals. (Brett Hondow/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohioans in favor of stronger gun laws are optimistic the new Congress will move swiftly to pass new universal background-check legislation. HR 8 and S. 42 were introduced last week and would expand federal background checks to all gun sales, including private sales. As fou

According to state data, more than 14,000 Ohioans were victims of firearm-related crime in 2016. (Pixabay)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – While folks in Cincinnati still are reeling in the wake of last week's mass shooting, experts will gather today in Cleveland for a forum on "How to Reduce Gun Violence." Voices from the Statehouse, law enforcement and research institutions will examine the scope of the probl

Gun control advocates say assault weapons are becoming the mass shooting weapon of choice because they can inflict great harm in little time. (brian.ch/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the wake of the Florida school shooting, the controversy over banning assault weapons is reaching new heights both nationally and here in Ohio. This week, the Akron City Council passed a resolution asking state legislators to prohibit the sale of assault weapons. Founder

After failed attempts in 2013, Ohio legislators are once again trying to pass Stand Your Ground gun legislation. (Pixabay)

By Andrew Keiper Kent State-Ohio News Connection Ohio lawmakers are attempting to expand the protections for people who use deadly force to defend themselves, a move that’s stirring controversy across the state. A pair of companion bills, colloquially known as a Stand Your Ground law, would

Some groups argue the weekend shooting death of a Cincinnati homeless man was avoidable. (Pixabay)

CINCINNATI - While prosecutors say a deadly police shooting in Ohio was justified, some community groups argue the tragedy was avoidable. After robbing a Cincinnati grocery store on Sunday morning and threatening a security guard with a knife, officials say 25-year-old Jawari Porter lunged at Office

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