The News Outlet’s newest partner The University of Cincinnati teamed with Hagit Limor, an award-winning investigative journalist and assistant professor at UC, for an investigation into the city’s slow response to enforce a law requiring the installation of photoelectric smoke detectors in rental units. The report, which aired on WXIX-FOX 19 in Cincinnati, included a spot check by students in the Electronic Media Division and Journalism Department. The students visited 87 rental units. Of those, they found only 17 had the required smoke detectors and six had no detectors at all. Also, the city isn’t tracking landlord compliance.
Officials at shopping malls have been discussing security at their facilities as early as Sept. 11, 2001. Since, then a recent threat has brought those concerns back into the news.
Natural gas well owners shorted the Ohio tax department millions of dollars in 2014, but the state lacks the authority to claim it. (External Link: Written by Chris Cotelesse, a former intern for The News Outlet and journalism graduate from Youngstown State University.)
Irving Roth, a survivor of the Holocaust, spoke to 600 people at Youngstown State University. He warned about the power of hate speech and murder being used as a political tool.
Ohio is near the top of the list of infant deaths in the country. Mahoning County is near the top of the list of counties in those deaths.
Mahoning County health officials have a plan to reduce the number of infant deaths. Improving mother’s health and birth spacing are the first two plans of action.
In the city of Youngstown, 63.3 percent of children live in poverty, according to census numbers. That’s the second worst rate in the United States.
The News Outlet and The Akron Beacon Journal team up for Columbus Exchange: Politics in Question – a periodic feature that asks Ohio state legislators one question on a topic of current interest. The first question, asking who owns charter school assets, was given to 77 legislators and candidates in Northeast Ohio.