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Columbus City Council last night approved a 10-year, 75-percent property tax abatement for a developer who plans to build a hotel, office space, restaurant and a parking garage on the site of the former Haiku restaurant building on North High Street in the Short North.

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Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther Tuesday released his 2018 municipal budget proposal.

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The Franklin County coroner's office is asking county commissioners to approve an additional 500 thousand dollars in it's budge next year.

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An estimated 75 members of the Teamsters union and their supporters held a candlelight vigil early Wednesday outside of the headquarters of Dublin-based Cardinal Health, hoping to call attention to the drug firm's role in the opioid crisis.

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Cardinal Health, which has been named in a number of lawsuits and exposés over the opioid crisis, is making changes in it's leadership.

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is sending law enforcement teams to Cleveland, Cincinnati and cities in four other states to help stop the flow of heroin and synthetic opioids.

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The City of Toledo is joining several other Ohio cities and counties in suing prescription drugmakers and distributors.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is asking the five drug makers he is suing for their alleged role in the state's opioid crisis to begin immediate settlement talks.

President Trump is promising a large ad campaign to try to stem opioid deaths, but Ohio has seen its tally increase even with such ads.

As deaths from opioid overdoses rise around the country, the city of Baltimore feels the weight of the epidemic.

"I see the impact every single day," says Leana Wen, the city health commissioner. "We have two people in our city dying from overdose every day."

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A Columbus woman has been indicted in the death of a 12-year-old boy who prosecutors say died from a fentanyl overdose during a sleepover at her apartment.

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Public health officials have been urging people to get rid of unwanted or unused prescription painkillers amid the opioid crisis. 

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Ohio’s opioid crisis is taking the lives of roughly 11 people per day. Recovering drug addicts and people from services that help them gathered on the Statehouse lawn today to draw attention to the problem. 

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The Franklin County Coroner has ruled a 12-year-old boy found unresponsive during a birthday sleepover died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, not from choking on a piece of gum.

As the nation has debated the GOP proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, NPR member station reporters have been talking to people around the country about how the proposed changes in the health law would affect them.

Here are five of those stories:

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Licking County and the City of Elyria are the latest Ohio communities to sue drug makers for the costs of the state's opioid epidemic. 

The attorneys general of 41 U.S. states said Tuesday that they're banding together to investigate the makers and distributors of powerful opioid painkillers that have, over the past decade, led to a spike in opiate addictions and overdose deaths.

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Five drug makers are asking a Ross County judge to dismiss the Ohio Attorney General's lawsuit over their alleged role in the state's opioid crisis.

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Preliminary figures on opioid overdose deaths this year show Franklin County is on pace to surpass last year's numbers.

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New limits on prescription painkillers took effect this week.

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A Reynoldsburg man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for selling a fatal mixture of heroin and fentanyl.

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The state says a record 4,050 people died of drug overdoses last year, driven in large part by the emergence of stronger drugs like fentanyl.

Each year, more than 300 patients with chronic pain take part in a three-week program at the Pain Rehabilitation Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Their complaints range widely, from specific problems such as intractable lower-back pain to systemic issues such as fibromyalgia. By the time patients enroll, many have tried just about everything to get their chronic pain under control. Half are taking opioids.

A year ago, Maine was one of the first states to set limits on opioid prescriptions. The goal in capping the dose of prescription painkillers a patient could get was to stem the flow of opioids that are fueling a nationwide epidemic of abuse.

Maine's law, considered the toughest in the U.S., is largely viewed as a success. But it has also been controversial — particularly among chronic pain patients who are reluctant to lose the medicine they say helps them function.

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An organization representing Ohio's large-city mayors wants Governor John Kasich to establish an emergency operations center to coordinate the state's response to the opioid crisis.

The City of Cincinnati is suing Dublin-based Cardinal Health and two other prescription drug distributors over their alleged roles in the opioid crisis. 

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A new study shows one in five family doctors have received a payment for prescribing an opioid medication - and Ohio is among the top ten states for it.

A Whitehall man has pleaded guilty to charges of selling fatal doses of heroin. 

President Trump says he is ready to declare the nation's opioid crisis "a national emergency," saying it is a "serious problem the likes of which we have never had." Speaking to reporters at the entrance to his Bedminster, N.J., golf club, where he is on a working vacation, Trump promised "to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis."

Update 3:35 pm August 10: Two days after making a few general remarks about the opioid crisis, President Trump on Thursday called it "a national emergency" and said his administration would be drawing up papers to make it official.

"We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis," Trump told reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

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