Dispatch reporters Darrel Rowland, Lucas Sullivan, and Cathy Candisky discuss pharmacy benefit managers, explain what spread pricing is, and how it has impacted prescription drugs. We further explain the data from 40 pharmacies who provided numbers to The Columbus Dispatch and what these numbers revealed. Finally we discuss how a middle man company was hired to keep the state's prescription drug prices in check for Ohioans on Medicaid.
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony will stop by Newport Music Hall for a Friday show. But first, member Flesh-n-Bone took a few minutes to speak to the Dispatch about rap beef, the band's longevity and getting hit with a drone.
Columbus Dispatch projects reporter Lucas Sullivan speaks with Dave Montgomery, president of the firefighters union on PBMS and a compound drug issue that happen in the city of Columbus. We further explain what happened with a topical pain cream, and how it costs the city more than $8,000 a prescription.
18-year-old Ely Serna makes an apology statement at his court sentencing. Serna was the teen who shot fellow student Logan Cole and terrorized a community of 398 students, teachers and staff in January 2017. Serna shot Cole, fired at others and into two full classrooms during the day of the planned attack. The judge sentenced Ely Serna to the maximum punishment of 23 1/2 years in prison.
West Liberty-Salem High School Principal Greg Johnson speaks in court on the events that happened the day 18-year-old Ely Serna carried out a planned attack in January of 2017. Serna shot and injured fellow student Logan Cole and terrorized a community of 398 students, teachers and staff. He also fired at others and into two full classrooms during the attack.
Dispatch Family and Child/Social Services reporter Rita Price and Videographer Courtney Hergesheimer discuss how the number of support providers for people with disabilities has shrunk drastically. Next we talk about how these jobs have low wages attached to them but, still require a high level of effort, work. Finally, we mention how the low wages have had a direct impact on hiring quality employees.
Dispatch reporters Rick Rouan and Doug Caruso discuss campaign contributions in the city of Columbus regarding elected officials. Next we talk about how tax breaks have impacted this and raise the question of if the so called pay-to-play practice is being used. Finally, we mention who are some of the major contributors, who brings in the most money of the office holders, and how Columbus doesn’t have campaign contribution limits.
Dispatch reporters Rick Rouan, Marla Rose, and Kimball Perry discuss the downtown Hilton hotel in Columbus and the recent news of its new expansion project. Next we explain in detail the deal that was made, where the financial backing will come from, and why this expanded hotel connected to Greater Columbus Convention Center will be so appealing.
Dispatch education reporters Bill Bush and Shannon Gilchrist discuss charter schools in the state of Ohio. We talk about how these schools are not evenly distributed throughout the state and why that is. Next we discuss which counties have charter schools in them and how presidential voting may play a part in which schools are in which counties. Finally we mention the demand of charter schools vs. traditional schools and why charter schools are prohibited in certain counties in the state...
Dispatch reporters Mark Williams and Doug Caruso discuss that nearly 2.5 million Ohioans may lose their jobs because they are likely to become automated. We further talk about how this study from Oxford University on jobs has no timeline but changes would be subtle. Finally we talk about how fast food jobs, warehouse jobs, and manufacturing jobs are just some fields that could be at risk.
Dispatch reporters Mark Williams and Rick Rouan discuss the big news regarding how Columbus has advanced to the next round in the bid to host Amazon’s second headquarters. During this recording we dig deeper in to the possibility of Columbus actually being selected and which other cities made it in to the top 20 as a finalist.