Friday, October 7, 2022

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The average monthly Social Security benefit in August was $1,546. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, October 7, 2022

Concerns Loom for Social Security's Future Ahead of Benefit Increase

The roughly 2.4 million Ohioans who rely on Social Security income are expected to get a big boost in benefits, but advocates for the program are …

One in five Ohioans surveyed said threats to democracy are a top concern before the 2022 midterms.(Adobe Stock)

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Ohio SOS Launches New Election Investigation Unit

Instances of voter fraud are few and far between, but Ohio election officials want to ensure voters have confidence in the integrity of the system…


Around 41,000 part-time Postal Service employees have converted into career roles in January. (Atomic Taco/Flickr)

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Postal Workers in Ohio Brace for Seasonal Ramp-Up

Ahead of the peak mailing season, the U.S. Postal Service is going through a "ramp up" period of hiring. Because of the COVID pandemic, postal …

Black students account for about 10% of nursing school graduates in Ohio, compared to 12.6% of the general population. (Adobe Stock)
Researcher: Better Diversity in Nursing Improves Access to Care

Nurses are on the forefront of patient outcomes, and experts say a workforce that better reflects the population it serves can help reduce healthcare …


Excessive drinking is more prevalent among males than females, and adults ages 18 to 44 compared to age 45 and older. (Adobe Stock)
Going Sober in October Can Help You and Others

Ohioans are encouraged to participate in a new national challenge to improve their health and the lives of others. During the Sober October event…

Ohio school districts that implemented free school meals for all have reported a 20% increase in student participation. (USDA)<br />
Ohio Education Leaders Support Free School Meals for All

Education officials in Ohio want state leaders to invest in free school meals for all students. Pandemic-era federal waivers enabling schools to …


After a positive anxiety screening, an assessment from a mental-health professional can determine if a patient should be diagnosed with a specific anxiety disorder. (Adobe Stock)
Anxiety: Experts Say Don't Suffer in Silence

Expanded anxiety screenings could have a long-term positive impact on the health of Ohioans, according to mental-health experts. The U.S. Preventive …

After registering to vote, Ohioans are encouraged to learn more about the offices up for grabs in November. (Adobe Stock)
Ohio Voters Urged to Learn about Powers of Public Officials

We're 50 days away from the 2022 midterms, and advocates are encouraging Ohioans to not only learn more about the candidates on the ballot, but the …


The total number of books challenged in 2022 is set to exceed the record set last year. (Adobe Stock)
Ohio Libraries Observing Banned Books Week

Controversial books are nothing new, but the incidence of book challenges and bans has increased substantially in recent years. This week marks the …

Student-loan advocacy groups have called on the Education Department to audit the Public Student Loan Forgiveness program. (Vitalii Vodolazskyi/ Adobe Stock)
Advocates: Student-Loan Forgiveness Not Doing Enough to Address Racial Equity Gap

The Biden administration's recent move to cancel some student debt is welcome news to many, but challenges remain for others. The racial equity gap …


About one in four Ohioans filters in and out of poverty, and can't seem to stay above the Federal Poverty Line, according to the latest research. (Adobe Stock)
'More People Are Poor Than the Poverty Rate Says'

More than 1.4 million people in the Buckeye State live in poverty, according to the 2022 State of Poverty in Ohio report. The Ohio Association of …

The Farm Labor Organizing Committee won a collective-bargaining deal covering workers on tomato farms in Ohio in 1983, after an eight-year campaign and boycott. (Adobe Stock)
Ohio Farm Workers Still Shut Out of Federal Labor Protections

An organization defending the rights of thousands of farmworkers in Ohio and other states is creating its road map for the future. The Farm Labor …


 

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