Columbus Exchange: Politics in Question

Should marijuana be legalized for medical and recreational use?

The News Outlet expands reach into Cleveland, Cincinnati

Distracted Driving

A series of stories on distracted driving in Ohio

Youngstown children second poorest in nation

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.

Concussions: Paying the Price

A series of stories on concussions by the Youngstown State University's journalism senior project class



6811294_G FOX19 Investigates: Cincinnati slow to enforce smoke detector law
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.
(Jared Rodriguez/Truthout) Natural gas well owners underpay tax by 43 percent
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.)
Morgan Porada of Struthers holds the luminaires for her two sons during the Gianna’s Light sixth annual Candlelight Memorial for National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Matt Hawout/ Local infant mortality rates worse than in Third World countries
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.
IMG_1264-web Local, state officials attack infant deaths by the numbers
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.


celogoAI_updated-smaller Few state lawmakers willing to talk about marijuana legalization
Of 132 state legislators, 24 responded to a survey by Columbus Exchange: Politics in Question. The question involved legalizing marijuana in Ohio.
Joe Mahoney, an education student at Youngstown State University, listens to Diamonque Washington, a second-grader at Harding Elementary School, during a tutoring session for Project PASS, a program designed to help students prepare for the Third-Grade Reading Assessments and provide scholarships for tutors. Mary Sweetwood/ YSU students tutor second-graders in reading skills
The new Project PASS program, pairing Youngstown State students and second-graders in Youngstown city schools, consists of weekly tutoring session to help students with the upcoming third-grade state reading assessments.
Despite news that terrorists may target malls, shoppers at Eastwood Mall in Niles won’t face security checkpoints at entrances. Mall officials said shoppers overwhelmingly reject the idea of being screened before being able to shop. Brittany Wenner/ Don’t expect security checkpoints at local malls
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.