Lisa Bernard-Kuhn

Issues and Investigative Reporter

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Heroin in Cincinnati: Will 2018 be the year that our region beats heroin?

CINCINNATI -- By most predictions, 2017 is expected to go down as another year that the opioid crisis claims a record number of lives in communities across the U.S. In Hamilton County, officials believe that more than 530 deaths could be linked to opioid overdoses this year.

Big decisions loom for toxic ponds on Ohio River

Arsenic. Lead. Mercury. Sulfuric Acid. As much as 10 billion pounds of coal ash containing these toxins and others are packed into unlined ponds at a closed Duke Energy power plant 20 miles east of Cincinnati. along the banks of the Ohio River - a source of drinking water for more than 5 million people.

Beckjord power plant: Are toxic ponds on the Ohio River a threat to our water?

BELMONT, N.C. - Every meal in Amy Brown's home begins with a bottle of water provided by her neighbor, Duke Energy. "Name a meal, and I can tell you how many bottles of water it's going to take," Brown said. "When you're a mother, and you find out your water can cause cancer - it changes your life."

Procter & Gamble board sticks by criticized CEO

CINCINNATI -- Procter & Gamble's board of directors was quick to respond to a shareholder activist's 75-page list of complaints about the CEO's leadership of the consumer goods giant. The board late Thursday restated its support for CEO Bob McDonald, despite demands he be replaced from William Ackman, a hedge fund manager who recently took a 1% stake in P&G.

Families move to secure medical marijuana for kids

CINCINNATI -- Two-year-old Addyson flashes a toothy grin, unaffected by her newly busted lip and black eye - injuries from her latest seizures. "She has bite marks all up and down her arms," says Heather Benton of her blue-eyed toddler, who has hundreds of seizures a day.

Chasing the heroin resurgence

The United States is in the grips of one of the worst heroin epidemics in its history, due in part to a flood of cheap doses of the drug, which can be had for as little as $4 apiece, ordered on dark corners of the Web and delivered to your front door in the suburbs.

Legal marijuana in Ohio: Will it flourish or fold in 2018?

CINCINNATI -- In the rapidly evolving world of legal marijuana, 2018 is poised to be one for the history books in Ohio. In less than 10 months, some of Ohio's sickest residents should be able to use state-issued identification cards to shop at a local dispensary for a medical marijuana product grown and made right here in the Buckeye state.