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Browns QB DeShaun Watson receives harsher penalties from NFL including 11 game suspension

The Reporters Roundtable for August 19, 2022. [sebra/shutterstock]
The Reporters Roundtable for August 19, 2022. [sebra/shutterstock]

Browns quarterback DeShaun Watson received harsher penalties for sexual assault and harrassment allegations from the NFL yesterday. Originally handed a six-game suspension with no fine from the NFL's disciplinary, he negotiated a new punishment after the NFL appealed. Watson agreed to serve an 11 game suspension, most of this upcoming season, and pay a $5 million fine.

Cleveland federal Judge Dan Polster ruled this week that three major pharmacies owe Lake and Trumbull counties $650 million because of the pharmacuies contribution to the opioid epidemic. 

Newly-released texts from former FirstEnergy executives are painting a clearer picture of how involved top Ohio officials were in the passage of the House Bill 6 nuclear bailout, which is now the center of the biggest public corruption scandal in state history. 

School started this week for many Ohio students, yet a number of districts are still struggling to fill thousands of open teacher and bus driver jobs.  

Plus, a new environmental study raised concerns about the site the county is pushing to buy for a new criminal justice center and jail.

We discuss these and other stories of the week on the "Sound of Ideas Reporters Roundtable."

-Andrew Meyer, Deputy Editor, Ideastream Public Media

-Kabir Bhatia, and Senior Arts Reporter, Ideastream Public Media

-Karen Kasler, Statehouse News Bureau Chief, Ohio Public Radio


Rachel is the supervising producer for Ideastream Public Media’s morning public affairs show, the “Sound of Ideas.”