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Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will regulate electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, the same way it regulates traditional tobacco products. Many smokers turn to e-cigarettes to stop smoking; despite some claims of effectiveness, there are still concerns, as the health risks of e-cigarettes are largely unknown.

As of December 31, 2013, the National Crime Information Center’s Missing Person File contained more than 84,000 active missing person records. And according to the National Institute of Justice, there are an estimated 40,000 unidentified human remains in the offices of the nation's medical examiners and coroners or were buried or cremated before being identified.

Our Friday News Review

May 20, 2016
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Each Friday on Cincinnati Edition we present an in-depth look at the developments behind the headlines. Joining us this week to discuss the people, stories and events affecting the Tri-state are investigative reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer James Pilcher; WCPO.com/WCPO Insider Managing Editor, Opinion and Engagement, David Holthaus; from WCPN Ideastream in Cleveland, reporter and producer Nick Castele; and WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson.

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Loving Day, coming up on June 12, commemorates the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court ruling that legalized interracial marriage in the United States. While interracial couples nowadays are much more accepted, they may still face some challenges and discrimination. This is even present in the media and public opinion, such as when Old Navy recently faced backlash for releasing an advertisement featuring an interracial couple.

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You’ll find feathers, paint, wood chips, natural materials, yarn and more at Indigo Hippo, a first-of-its-kind creative reuse center located in Over-the-Rhine. The items are donated, cleaned up and sold at affordable prices so that anyone – students, artists and community members alike – can utilize art supplies. This is also good for the environment, as these items stay out of the waste stream.

The Kentucky Republican Party held its presidential caucus this March, but the state held its primary yesterday. Hillary Clinton won the  Democratic presidential race with a very narrow win over Bernie Sanders. And members of both parties voted for the candidates they want to compete in the down-ticket races this November. 

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Sending or reading a text, eating food, searching for a station on your car radio or a song on your iPod – these can all draw your attention away from the road while you're driving. Distracted driving is a deadly behavior that leads to about 5,000 deaths every year, about 16 percent of all fatal car crashes, according to federal estimates. Teenage drivers are the most affected by this, being distracted about a quarter of the time while behind the wheel.

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While going gluten-free may seem like a trend for some, it’s a necessary precaution for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Gluten – found in wheat proteins, rye, barley and triticale – causes inflammation in the small intestines of those who suffer from the immune disorder or have gluten-sensitivity. Eating a gluten-free diet helps to control these symptoms and any associated discomfort.

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Breastfeeding is a personal choice that has some known health benefits for the baby and mother; however, it can draw strong opinions from family, friends and the public. Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) – a special supplemental nutrition program for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk – can help low-income women with breastfeeding education, nutritional needs and overall health.

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Those with disabilities may have a more difficult time finding work, establishing housing and fitting into a community. Programs such as Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled (LADD) help with all of those needs. This allows for individuals to live the lives they want without their disabilities getting in the way.

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