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Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says he supports parts of Gov. Mike DeWine’s 17-point plan to curb gun violence in Ohio. 

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Nickeisha Holloman's body was found on the side of the road in 2018. Her mother, Keiana Rogers, says her daughter's unsolved murder encouraged her to attend a gun violence rally Sunday in Lower Price Hill.

"It's hard to lose a child," she says. "A loss is a loss though. The bottom line is to try and prevent and try to create different programs to get our youth involved."

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After a weekend of gun violence that claimed at least 31 lives in El Paso and Dayton, the conversation program Think takes a deep dive into the issues America is grappling with.

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Even with a recent spike in violence, the Cincinnati Police Department reports the number of shootings in the city this year is lower than previous years.  

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Cincinnati's police chief calls the spike in gun violence in the city during the past two weeks "alarming."

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Last Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Since then, there have been more than 80 mass shootings – defined by the FBI as an incident in which there are at least four shooting victims who are either killed or wounded – in the United States.

In 2018, Side Effects covered community struggles with public health crises, barriers to treatment and clever workarounds to get vulnerable people the care they need. 

Physicians across the country have a message for the National Rifle Association: Gun violence is our concern. It's part of a battle being fought vigorously on Twitter in recent weeks.

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The federal government will charge the man who killed two people in a Jeffersontown Kroger last month with three federal hate crimes.

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With the midterm election just days away, campaigns make their final push to win over voters as national political figures crisscross Ohio stumping for their candidates. An estimated 1.2 million absentee ballots have been requested by Ohio voters. More than 700,000 absentee ballots have already been cast.

A white man charged with shooting and killing two African-Americans at a Kroger supermarket in Kentucky last week had first tried to enter a predominantly African-American church, police say.

Gregory Bush, 51, was charged with killing Maurice Stallard, 69, and Vickie Lee Jones, 67, at the supermarket in Jeffersontown, Ky., a suburb of Louisville.

As more information about the Wednesday attack and its alleged perpetrator have emerged, there are indications that Bush chose his targets because of the color of their skin.

A leading organization representing Jewish Americans says the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh area synagogue over the weekend has left Ohioans who practice the faith in state of shock. It has prompted synagogues to step up safety.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says recent shootings at a grocery store in Louisville and a synagogue in Pittsburgh should be considered hate crimes and called for the death penalty against the accused gunmen.

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Federal prosecutors have charged Robert Bowers, the 46-year-old suspected gunman who carried out a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning, with 29 counts in the deaths of 11 people, The Associated Press reports.

"Please know that justice in this case will be swift and it will be severe," Scott Brady, the chief federal prosecutor in western Pennsylvania, said at a news conference, according to the AP, describing the massacre as a "terrible and unspeakable act of hate."

The man who police say shot and killed two people at the Jeffersontown Kroger on Wednesday has been identified as 51-year-old Gregory Bush.

On Wednesday afternoon, Jeffersontown Police Chief Sam Rogers said Bush shot and killed a male victim inside the Kroger. He then ran out of the store and shot several rounds at a woman, who also died. At that point, an armed citizen in the parking lot engaged Bush with gunfire in the parking lot. No additional injuries resulted from that altercation.

A short time later, police apprehended Bush on Hurstbourne Parkway. Rogers said the investigation is ongoing, and police say Bush’s motive is still unknown.

Jeffersontown Police have confirmed that two people have been killed at a shooting at a Kroger in suburban Louisville.

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After the Hamilton County Coroner's Office identified the three people killed in Thursday's shooting at Fifth Third Center, those who knew the victims are speaking out. 

In the latest Columbus budget, there's $1 million set aside to install a new system called ShotSpotter. It’s a computer software that uses microphone-like sensors in neighborhoods to detect gunfire, and it tells police nearly exactly where shootings happened. 

April is a hard month for Paula Reed — even though it has been 19 years.

April 20 is the anniversary of the Columbine massacre. That day in 1999, two Littleton, Colo., high school students killed 12 students and one teacher before killing themselves.

Reed was a teacher at Columbine High School school that day, and still is today. This week, she spoke to NPR from the same classroom she was teaching in before everything happened.

When Lane Murdock, a high school sophomore, heard that 17 high school students and educators had been killed in a shooting in Parkland, Fla., she says she felt numb.

To her, and so many others, mass shootings can feel all too common in the U.S.

"In the time I've been in high school we've had the Pulse, Las Vegas and now, [the Parkland] shooting," Murdock says.

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