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Named one of the best books of 2015, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’'s Opiate Epidemic by journalist Sam Quinones, provides a detailed look at the opiate epidemic devastating much of America today. Mr. Quinones tracks the origins of the heroin crisis, the dramatic growth of opiate abuse and its tragic devastation.

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The heroin epidemic is taking a terrible toll on families and straining health providers, social service agencies and the legal system, nationally and here in Greater Cincinnati. People and organizations on both sides of the Ohio river have been working together to combat the dramatic rise in drug abuse and provide addicts and their families with the care and help they need.

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Heroin abuse is becoming epidemic across the country, and the Northern Kentucky area has been particularly hard hit, experiencing a dramatic increase in those addicted to the drug and overdose deaths. Local communities, law enforcement, service agencies and medical professionals are collaborating on efforts to reduce heroin use, but there are different views on how best to combat the problem.

Roberta Schultz reviews The Political Thought of Henry David Thoreau: Privatism and the Practice of Philosophy by Northern Kentucky University Professor Jonathan McKenzie.

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Students who participate in service learning programs engage in hands-on projects that enhance their academic studies, foster their sense of civic responsibility and have a positive effect on the community. 

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Homelessness is a serious and continuing problem in Greater Cincinnati, on both sides of the Ohio River. In 2013, the State of Kentucky ranked worst in the nation in the extent of child homelessness. And the number of sheltered individuals in Kenton, Boone and Campbell Counties increased by more than 60 percent in 2014.

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The Cincinnati Observatory Center was the first public observatory in the Western Hemisphere, and is known as “The Birthplace of American Astronomy.” Today Greater Cincinnati is home to three observatories.

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Going to college, raising a family, and holding down a job isn't easy.  And it's even more difficult for a single parent.  But for 48 families, there's help now.  The Scholar House has its grand opening in Newport, Wednesday.

When most people in Greater Cincinnati refer to “"the river”" they usually mean the Ohio, but the Licking River also plays a vital role in our region'’s history, environment and economy. Senior Reporting Fellow with the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism, Andy Mead, spent more than a year on and off exploring the Licking River, from its beginnings in the mountains of Kentucky more than 300 miles south of Cincinnati, to where it flows into the Ohio. His seven-part series recently ran in the Northern Kentucky Tribune, an online publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism.

The overall voter turnout rate in the presidential election of 2012 was about 58%, with the rate among young voters, those ages 18 to 29, just 45%. Even in hotly-contested presidential elections, why don’'t more eligible U.S. voters go to the polls, and how can more young people be encouraged to get engaged and vote? A day-long symposium, “I Count Because I Vote,” will be held tomorrow at Northern Kentucky University to explore the issues that impact voting, in America, and in our region.

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