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America's opioid crisis means many grandparents are now raising their grandchildren

Kathleen Johnson said her late son Zak didn’t just walk. His stride was so distinctive, people used to call him Tigger. “When he walked, everyone knew him,” she said. Zak was fun, compassionate, and kind, his mom said, racking up friends in activities like the local 4-H Club and wrestling. He lived large. But like the more than 19 million people dealing with a substance abuse issue across the country, Zak was addicted to drugs. He got hooked after high school. Run-ins with the law followed.

What are trigger laws? Examining states' preemptive legislative bans on abortion

The Supreme Court passed Roe v. Wade nearly 50 years ago, making abortion legal across the United States. But the court’s makeup has shifted in recent years. Republican President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the bench, leaving some states to draft their own abortion laws on the chance Roe is ever overturned. Five states currently have what are known as "trigger laws" in place. “They express a legislative intent to ban all or most abortions as soon as it’s legally

How Northeast Ohio's libraries are staying relevant

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Twenty years ago, a library card could snag you a few books and a chat with your local librarian. But now, Ohio's 251 public libraries and branch locations are embracing technology more than ever, serving as community hubs while offering new resources to residents. "Books are still a major constant," said Michelle Francis, the Ohio Library Council's director of government and legal services. "But we have libraries who are lending musical instruments now; they're doin

Nearly a third of teen girls who drop out say pregnancy played a role

Nineteen-year old Kathleen Clement looks forward to Tuesdays. That’s the day she gets to put aside parenting for a few hours with other young moms at Akron’s First Glance youth center. During this recent evening, Clement and about 15 other women in their teens and early 20s are gathered around a folding table, making card games for their kids. Clement gave birth to her daughter Helena during her senior year at Towpath Trails High School. And like many students who suddenly face having to care
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