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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.

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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.)

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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.

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