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LGBT group at Justice Department honors transgender teen

A transgender teen who sued to be able to use the boys' bathroom has been honored by an organization of LGBT Justice Department employees. The case had been destined for the Supreme Court, which decided not to hear it after the Trump administration reversed an Obama-era directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms. DOJ Pride, an organization of LGBT Justice Department employees, on Wednesday...
South Korean leader aims to reconcile differences with Trump

South Korean leader aims to reconcile differences with Trump

South Korea's new leader is coming to Washington on a visit aimed at reconciling differences with President Donald Trump. President Moon Jae-in (MOON JAAH IHN) won election last month. He's advocated a softer approach to North Korea and delaying U.S. plans for the full deployment of a missile defense system in South Korea. His conservative predecessor — who'd taken a hard line on the North,...
Intel report: Kremlin sees US urging regime change in Russia

Intel report: Kremlin sees US urging regime change in Russia

Kremlin leaders are convinced America is intent on regime change in Russia, a fear that is feeding rising tension and military competition between the former Cold War foes, the Pentagon's intelligence arm has assessed. The unclassified report by the Defense Intelligence Agency, which will be publicly released later Wednesday, portrays Russia as increasingly wary of the United States. It cites Moscow's...
The Latest: Officials finalizing criteria for travel ban

The Latest: Officials finalizing criteria for travel ban

The Latest on the Trump administration's revived travel ban for visitors from six mostly Muslim countries (all times local): 12:06 p.m. Senior officials from the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security are finalizing criteria that visitors from six mostly Muslim must meet to avoid the Trump administration's revived travel ban. The White House deliberations come as U.S. embassies and consulates...
Experts encourage more public awareness of Russian meddling

Experts encourage more public awareness of Russian meddling

The United States will get hit again by Russian cyberattacks if the country doesn't pay closer attention and work more closely with European allies who are also victims, international elections experts warned on Wednesday. In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, experts described extensive Russian interference in European elections and encouraged more awareness among the American of...
Ohio Politics Today: Budget vote Wednesday; JD Vance opens up

Ohio Politics Today: Budget vote Wednesday; JD Vance opens up

Ohio Politics Today is your catch-all for the best stories affecting national, local and state politics.  The Ohio legislature’s conference committee was working late into Tuesday evening to mesh the differences between the Ohio House’s $122.9 billion budget and the $132.7 billion budget approved by the Ohio Senate. Key to the process is a $1 billion budget shortfall over the...
Trump welcomes World Series champion Cubs to White House

Trump welcomes World Series champion Cubs to White House

President Donald Trump has welcomed the manager and several players from the World Series champion Chicago Cubs to the White House. Trump met with manager Joe Maddon and some Cubs on Wednesday, and he calls the Cubs a "great team." They gave him a team jersey printed with "45" in recognition of his status as the 45th U.S. president. Maddon had said the visit was voluntary for players...
UN Ambassador Haley says she's 'not moving to Trump Tower'

UN Ambassador Haley says she's 'not moving to Trump Tower'

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley closed the door Wednesday to the possibility of moving the ambassador's residence to Trump Tower, telling Congress she'll remain at a New York hotel "until it's time for me to leave." The U.S. moved its longtime ambassador's residence in New York out of the famed Waldorf Astoria hotel after a Chinese-owned company purchased it. Haley confirmed that...

Trump attacks Washington Post, Amazon over 'internet taxes'

President Donald Trump attacked The Washington Post and Amazon on Twitter Wednesday, arguing that the online retailer was not paying "internet taxes." Trump stated on Twitter Wednesday: "The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!" It was not immediately clear what Trump meant by "internet...

White House reporter says he's tired of being bullied

The reporter who accused White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders of inflaming the public against the media at a press briefing says he did it because he's tired of being bullied by the administration. Brian Karem, an editor at the Washington-area Sentinel newspapers, became an instant symbol in the tense relationship between the president and journalists when he interrupted Sanders on Tuesday...
House panel backs bill to revive Nevada nuclear waste dump

House panel backs bill to revive Nevada nuclear waste dump

A House panel on Wednesday approved a bill to revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, while also moving forward with a separate plan for a temporary storage site in New Mexico or Texas. Supporters said the bill represents a comprehensive package to solve a nuclear-waste management problem that has festered for more than three decades. The House Energy and Commerce Committee...
Trump compliments Irish reporter on her 'nice smile'

Trump compliments Irish reporter on her 'nice smile'

President Donald Trump interrupted a telephone conversation with Ireland's prime minister to compliment an Irish journalist on her "nice smile." Caitriona Perry is a Washington correspondent and U.S. bureau chief for RTE News-Ireland. She was in the Oval Office with other journalists to document the Tuesday call. Trump was congratulating Leo Varadkar on becoming prime minister, and mentioned...
Dems want Pentagon to give breakdown of Trump's travel costs

Dems want Pentagon to give breakdown of Trump's travel costs

Two House Democrats want to compel the Air Force to detail how much has been spent on trips that President Donald Trump has made to his Florida estate and other properties that he and his family own. Arizona Reps. Tom O'Halleran and Ruben Gallego planned to introduce an amendment Wednesday to the annual defense policy bill that would require the Air Force to regularly submit presidential travel expense...

Minnesota scientist: EPA pressured her to change testimony

A Minnesota scientist who leads an Environmental Protection Agency scientific advisory board says she was pressured by the agency's chief of staff to change her testimony before Congress to downplay the Trump administration's decision not to reappoint half of the board's members. Emails show that EPA Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson asked Deborah Swackhamer, an environmental chemist who recently retired...

Chaffetz, leaving Congress this week, heading to Fox News

A Republican who is quitting Congress at the end of the week is heading to Fox News. Fox News Channel announced on Wednesday that five-term Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah will be a contributor effective July 1, offering political analysis on various Fox programs. Chaffetz said earlier this year that he would not seek another term, then announced he would leave the House on June 30. Chaffetz has served...

GOP-controlled House subcommittees reject Trump budget cuts

Two Republican-controlled House subcommittees Wednesday soundly rejected President Donald Trump's proposals to slash the Agriculture Department, overseas food aid and water projects. The unanimous votes by the House appropriations panels show the depth of opposition to Trump's budget plan to make widespread cuts at most domestic agencies. One subcommittee has rejected Trump's proposal to eliminate...

Aides say Hawaii senator's surgery successful

Aides to Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono, who is being treated for kidney cancer, say surgery to remove a lesion on her rib went well. The surgery was Tuesday. Aides tweeted on her account late Tuesday, "Sen. Hirono is in the recovery room after a successful surgery. Mahalo for your well wishes." Hirono announced in May that she was being treated for kidney cancer. She said on the Senate floor...
Texas Medicaid cuts leave special needs kids without therapy

Texas Medicaid cuts leave special needs kids without therapy

Stacey English has modest desires for her 7-year-old daughter Addison: Be able to eat without gagging and move both her arms. But since Addison's occupational therapist went out of business this winter, the child with a rare genetic disorder has regressed in her fight to do even that much. "I don't know where to go from here," said English, who has been unable to find a replacement therapist...
Russia probe boosts bill to crack down on shell corporations

Russia probe boosts bill to crack down on shell corporations

Bipartisan legislation to limit the influence of so-called shell corporations in the U.S. could get a boost as Congress probes the ways that Russia influenced last year's election. The bill, intended to crack down on international and corporate corruption, stalled in the last Congress. But Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., is renewing his push for restrictions on companies or countries that hide assets...
Trump says 'oui' to French leader's Bastille Day invitation

Trump says 'oui' to French leader's Bastille Day invitation

President Donald Trump plans to celebrate Bastille Day in France. The White House announced Wednesday that Trump has accepted French President Emmanuel Macron's invitation to help celebrate France's national holiday on July 14. Macron invited Trump to visit when they met for the first time at a NATO summit in Brussels in late May. On Tuesday, the French president extended the invitation again when...
US to seek more security on international flights

US to seek more security on international flights

The Homeland Security Department is set to announce new security measures Wednesday for international flights bound to the United States, which could lead to a lifting of a ban on laptops and other electronics from passenger cabins from certain airports. Industry and U.S. officials briefed on the announcement said airlines flying directly to the United States will be required to implement the enhanced...
Mattis says Syria's government taking US threat seriously

Mattis says Syria's government taking US threat seriously

Syria's government is taking seriously the U.S. warning against launching another chemical weapons attack, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday. Speaking to reporters traveling with him to Brussels, Mattis noted there has been no such attack since the White House issued a surprise statement Monday night that threatened President Bashar Assad's government with "a heavy price" if it...
The Latest: Trump promises 'big surprise' on health care

The Latest: Trump promises 'big surprise' on health care

The Latest on Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Obama health care law (all times local): 2:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says the Republican health care effort is "working along very well" and suggested there could be a "big surprise coming." The White House did not elaborate on what Trump meant. Earlier Wednesday, Trump told reporters getting approval of a Senate...
Former Trump campaign chairman registers as foreign agent

Former Trump campaign chairman registers as foreign agent

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for political consulting work he did for a Ukrainian political party, acknowledging that he coached party members on how to interact with U.S. government officials. Manafort says in a Justice Department filing Tuesday that his firm, DMP International, received more than $17...
Kushner lawyer seasoned in navigating Washington scandals

Kushner lawyer seasoned in navigating Washington scandals

Abbe Lowell's clients have included some of the country's most prominent politicians, companies and celebrities. The latest addition to the lawyer's list: Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump. In selecting Lowell to represent him in Russia-related investigations before Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller, Kushner has turned to one of the best-known trial lawyers in the nation's...
Senate leaders scramble for deal on health care bill

Senate leaders scramble for deal on health care bill

Senate GOP leaders scrambled Wednesday for a deal to revive their health care legislation, but encountered new obstacles as recalcitrant senators doubled down on their opposition to the bill sought by President Donald Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was conducting non-stop negotiations behind the scenes, but publicly there was little evidence he would be able to get senators...
Campaigner-in-chief: Trump's politicking raises ethics flags

Campaigner-in-chief: Trump's politicking raises ethics flags

Barely five months into office, President Donald Trump keeps taking time out from governing to run for re-election. On Wednesday night, he'll attend his first 2020 campaign fundraiser, rubbing elbows with some of the Republican Party's top donors on familiar turf: his own hotel down the street from the White House. He's already spent five evenings on the road at political rallies, always in states...
Trump group's Republican war over health care frustrates GOP

Trump group's Republican war over health care frustrates GOP

Three months ago, Republicans condemned political groups aligned with President Donald Trump for doing almost nothing to promote a health care bill. Now they think one of the groups may have gone too far. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided Tuesday to call off a planned vote this week on a proposal to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law. Some on the Hill blamed...
Supreme Court term ended much different than it began

Supreme Court term ended much different than it began

The Supreme Court began its term nine months ago with Merrick Garland nominated to the bench, Hillary Clinton favored to be the next president, and the court poised to be controlled by Democratic appointees for the first time in 50 years. Things looked very different when the justices wrapped up their work this week. The court's final decisions and orders were almost emphatic declarations, if there...
WATCH: Irish reporter posts video of 'bizarre moment' with Trump in Oval Office

WATCH: Irish reporter posts video of 'bizarre moment' with Trump in Oval Office

Irish reporter Caitriona Perry shared video Tuesday of what she called “the bizarre moment” when President Donald Trump waved her over to his desk in the Oval Office during a call with Ireland’s new prime minister, Leo Varadkar.  As Trump chatted with Varadkar, he made Perry a topic of small talk by asking her a few questions about her Irish roots and and finished the encounter...
Pence to visit Cleveland area to hear from business owners

Pence to visit Cleveland area to hear from business owners

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit suburban Cleveland on Wednesday to meet with small business owners. The White House says Pence will hear from business owners and their employees at Tendon Manufacturing Inc. The vice president also is expected to make formal remarks at the metal fabrication company. The White House says Pence will discuss President Donald Trump's economic agenda and...
Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to speak in Boston

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to speak in Boston

Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (BAHN'-gee-moon) is speaking at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston this week. The museum says the U.N.'s eighth secretary-general will discuss global issues and his diplomatic career at a forum moderated Wednesday by David Gergen, a CNN senior political analyst and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard...
Lawsuits over new Utah monument to test president's power

Lawsuits over new Utah monument to test president's power

Native American tribes and environmental groups preparing for a legal battle to stop President Donald Trump from dismantling Utah's new national monument face a tougher challenge than anticipated. Republican officials in the state who oppose Bears Ears National Monument asked Trump to rescind the designation. But U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended the monument be downsized instead, noting...
FBI agent indicted in Oregon refuge standoff shooting

FBI agent indicted in Oregon refuge standoff shooting

An FBI agent has been indicted on accusations that he lied about firing at a rancher in 2016 when officers arrested leaders of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon. Sources familiar with the case say the agent will face allegations of making a false statement with intent to obstruct justice, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Tuesday (https://goo.gl/M1Mk3p). The indictment...
Maddon says Cubs making informal trip to White House

Maddon says Cubs making informal trip to White House

Manager Joe Maddon and some of the Chicago Cubs will visit the White House on Wednesday, though it's not an official visit with President Donald Trump. Maddon said Tuesday that he was going out of respect for the Ricketts family, which owns the Cubs and donated to Trump's campaign. Maddon said it was voluntary for Cubs players and not an official trip. "I don't have any rules to begin with,"...
Former Trump campaign chairman registers as foreign agent

Former Trump campaign chairman registers as foreign agent

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, registered Tuesday with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for political consulting work he did for a Ukrainian political party, acknowledging that he coached party members on how to interact with U.S. government officials. Manafort says in a Justice Department filing that his firm, DMP International, received more than $17 million...
Clinton campaign chief has closed-door talk with House panel

Clinton campaign chief has closed-door talk with House panel

Hillary Clinton's former campaign chairman met Tuesday with a House committee investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. John Podesta spoke with members of the House intelligence committee behind closed doors. He told reporters afterward he was "happy to cooperate" but couldn't say what questions he'd been asked or detail his answers. The hacking of Podesta's...
Sarah Palin sues paper for tying her PAC ad to mass shooting

Sarah Palin sues paper for tying her PAC ad to mass shooting

Former vice presidential nominee and Alaska governor Sarah Palin is accusing The New York Times of defamation over an editorial that linked one of her political action committee ads to the mass shooting that severely wounded then-Arizona Congressman Gabby Giffords. In the lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court Tuesday, Palin's lawyers say the Times "violated the law and its own policies"...
ProPublica: Local drug maker’s opiate addiction shot becoming drug court standard

ProPublica: Local drug maker’s opiate addiction shot becoming drug court standard

Alkermes, a pharmaceutical manufacturer with a plant located in Wilmington, is the subject of an expose on ProPublica.org over its anti-addiction drug Vivitrol.  According to author Alec MacGillis, Alkermes began aggressively marketing the drug and began aiming for federal and state funding, all while the drug became a popular staple in drug courts across the state. In 2016 the state...

Report: Black girls thought to need less protection

Adults think that black girls are less innocent, less in need of protection and nurturing, and seem older than similarly aged white girls, which could lead to stiffer punishments in school, a new report said Tuesday. The report also said American adults think black girls know more about adult topics and about sex than white girls of the same age. And those perceptions are greater when it comes to...
Trump group's aggressive health care moves irritate GOP

Trump group's aggressive health care moves irritate GOP

Three months ago, Republicans condemned political groups aligned with President Donald Trump for doing almost nothing to promote a health care bill. Now they think one of the groups may have gone too far. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided Tuesday to call off a planned vote this week on a proposal to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law. Some on the Hill blamed the...
NEW DETAILS: Recall effort started against judge in Brock Turner case

NEW DETAILS: Recall effort started against judge in Brock Turner case

Critics of Judge Aaron Persky — the California judge who sentenced former Oakwood resident Brock Turner to six months in jail on sex assault charges — filed paperwork this week to begin collecting signatures for a June 2018 recall. Persky, a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge, is fighting back with his own campaign to retain his seat. Turner, who now lives in Greene County, was convicted...
Retracted CNN story a boon for president at war with media

Retracted CNN story a boon for president at war with media

For a president seemingly at perpetual war with "fake news," the resignation of three CNN journalists over a retracted story about a Donald Trump Russian connection is a gift from the political gods when the struggling effort to pass a health bill dominates the headlines. The White House quickly took advantage Tuesday with blistering presidential tweets and a media scolding at the afternoon...
Watchdog clears park service in inauguration disputes

Watchdog clears park service in inauguration disputes

An internal watchdog has found no wrongdoing by the National Park Service in a dispute over crowd size at President Donald Trump's inauguration. An unidentified person complained that a senior park service official had instructed employees to alter records related to crowd size for the inauguration. A separate complaint alleged that officials leaked information to the news media about a phone call...
Supreme Court term ended much different than it began

Supreme Court term ended much different than it began

The Supreme Court began its term nine months ago with Merrick Garland nominated to the bench, Hillary Clinton favored to be the next president, and the court poised to be controlled by Democratic appointees for the first time in 50 years. Things looked very different when the justices wrapped up their work this week. The court's final decisions and orders were almost emphatic declarations, if there...

House votes overwhelmingly to back NATO mutual defense pact

The House has overwhelmingly approved a resolution reaffirming the U.S. commitment to NATO's mutual defense pact. Lawmakers passed the measure Tuesday, 423-4, roughly a month after President Donald Trump failed to explicitly state his support for Article 5 during a visit to NATO headquarters. Article 5 is the alliance's "one for all, all for one" agreement. Trump did eventually back the...
Hillary Clinton tells librarians they protect truth, facts

Hillary Clinton tells librarians they protect truth, facts

Hillary Clinton received a standing ovation when she said librarians are on the front line of "the fight to defend truth and reason, evidence and facts." The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate spoke Tuesday during the American Library Association's meeting in Chicago. Clinton steered clear of Washington political issues, including the Republican health care bill and the recent U.S. Supreme...
Lawyers prepare to defend travelers to US at airports

Lawyers prepare to defend travelers to US at airports

When the Trump administration's travel ban takes partial effect this week, immigrant-rights lawyers plan to head to the nation's major airports to make sure eligible foreigners are able to get into the country. But attorneys say few people are likely to be affected, and they don't expect a repeat of the mass confusion that resulted earlier this year when President Donald Trump rolled out his original...
Senator wants to know if his communications were intercepted

Senator wants to know if his communications were intercepted

A key GOP senator weighing the pros and cons of U.S. foreign surveillance had the same question Tuesday as many Americans: Does the U.S. government sweep up their communications while monitoring targets abroad? Sen. Lindsey Graham didn't get an answer. The South Carolina Republican said Tuesday he has reason to believe that a conversation he had with a foreign individual was intercepted and that someone...
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman a ‘no’ on Senate health care bill

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman a ‘no’ on Senate health care bill

Less than an hour after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would pull the Senate version of a bill to replace the 2010 health care bill known as Obamacare, Sen. Rob Portman announced his opposition to the current draft.  "I am committed to creating a better health care system that lowers the cost of coverage, provides access to quality care, and protects the most vulnerable...
Gov. John Kasich says current health care bill is ‘unacceptable’

Gov. John Kasich says current health care bill is ‘unacceptable’

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has urged Sen. Rob Portman not to accept “a few billion” to fight the nation’s opioid epidemic in exchange for drastic cuts to Medicaid, saying that the former would be “like spitting in the ocean.” Kasich, appearing in D.C. Tuesday for a press conference with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said he last spoke to Portman, who may be...
Husted says he offers new vision for Ohio

Husted says he offers new vision for Ohio

The youngest contender in the Republican race for Ohio governor went straight to the age issue on Monday when asked about 70-year-old Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s decision to run in 2018. When asked about the newest addition to the race, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said, “‘New’ would not be the way to describe that.” Husted, 49, said he has “always...
What people are saying about Mike DeWine’s run for governor

What people are saying about Mike DeWine’s run for governor

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on Sunday that he will seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2018. He spoke as the DeWine Family Ice Cream Social. Here’s what some of the folks there had to say: “As far as his experience, as far as being able to address the needs of Ohio, everything from our children and education, which is so important to this state, to the opiate...
Gov. John Kasich’s website hacked

Gov. John Kasich’s website hacked

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s website was hacked today by a group claiming to support the Islamic State. The Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was also hacked. A screen appeared saying: “Anti: Govt all word. You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people. For every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries. I love Islamic state.” According to a report on CNN...
John Kasich against Senate health care plan; says don’t ‘rush’ it

John Kasich against Senate health care plan; says don’t ‘rush’ it

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Sunday he is “against” the Senate Republican leadership health-care bill as written, although he said he is “encouraging” lawmakers to “fix it” and not “rush” into passing the measure this week. In an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Kasich said the GOP bill does not include enough money to provide care for the...
Ohio Politics Today: State’s newest congressman looks back at first year, JobsOhio blunder as big as the moon

Ohio Politics Today: State’s newest congressman looks back at first year, JobsOhio blunder as big as the moon

Ohio Politics Today runs down the latest and best political stories around the state and recommended reads from around the web.  JobsOhio, the economic development program aimed at helping private businesses in the state, took out a page-sized ad in the widely read The Economist magazine, but left a noticeable mistake. In either a brilliant marketing move for free advertising or a mistake...
Mike DeWine running for governor

Mike DeWine running for governor

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on Sunday that he is running for Ohio governor, putting him in contention against two other statewide officials and a U.S. congressman seeking the Republican nomination in 2018. “When I am governor our state will be fundamentally different,” said DeWine. “I will be ready to go on day one. I will walk through the door with a plan and I will...
JobsOhio ad mistakenly claims John Glenn ‘orbited the moon’

JobsOhio ad mistakenly claims John Glenn ‘orbited the moon’

The state’s JobsOhio program bought a full-page advertisement in The Economist magazine that included a mistake stating former astronaut John Glenn orbited the moon According to Cleveland.com, the insert touting the state’s private economic development program mistakenly touted, “From the Wright brothers inventing powered flight to John Glenn orbiting the moon, Ohio has always...
Ohio sues to recoup $604K it spent on tainted Enon water cleanup

Ohio sues to recoup $604K it spent on tainted Enon water cleanup

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has sued the owner of a manufacturing plant’s estate to recoup more than $604,000 it spent cleaning up contamination that got into the village of Enon’s drinking water source more than 20 years ago. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency spent the money to oversee and supervise the cleanup of the soil and ground water, place an environmental covenant...
Ohio Politics Today: Should medics stop responding to overdoses?; Senate releases health bill details

Ohio Politics Today: Should medics stop responding to overdoses?; Senate releases health bill details

Here’s a look at today’s top political stories from around Ohio and Washington. Frustration with the escalating opiate epidemic is growing, along with costs for localities and emergency medical services. Middletown City Council member Dan Picard asked during this week’s meeting if the city was bound by law to respond to overdoses.  Picard noted people with cancer don&rsquo...
Businesses may face penalties for prohibiting guns in private vehicles

Businesses may face penalties for prohibiting guns in private vehicles

Business groups are fighting an Ohio Senate proposal that will open them up to civil lawsuits by employees and others who bring handguns on to company property. “For us this isn’t a concealed carry issue as much as this is an employer rights issue,” said Chris Kershner, vice president, public policy & economic development for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. “Employers...
Pizza delivery robots step closer to coming to Ohio

Pizza delivery robots step closer to coming to Ohio

UPDATE: The Ohio budget Conference Committee OK’d a plan Tuesday night to allow delivery robots be used by businesses in Ohio.  The issue will head to the full Ohio House and Senate for a vote Wednesday night. EARLIER STORY: If things pan out the pizza dude bringing you your hot slices could be a compact little robot that looks pretty much like a cooler on wheels. The Ohio Senate version...
Panel begins work to fill $1.05 billion state budget revenue shortfall

Panel begins work to fill $1.05 billion state budget revenue shortfall

As state revenues continue to fall short of projections, the Ohio legislature’s six-person conference committee on Thursday began work on the 2018-2019 budget. “These estimates are a good example of why Senate leadership in the new budget reduced the growth of government, while investing in key programs like addiction treatment and education,” said John Fortney, spokesman for the...
New Carlisle likely to change plan to remove downtown parking spots

New Carlisle likely to change plan to remove downtown parking spots

A proposal to add right-turn lanes in downtown New Carlisle that would have eliminated about 30 parking spaces might be veering in a new direction. The Ohio Department of Transportation and the city of New Carlisle have proposed new traffic signals on Main Street at the intersections of Lake Avenue and Jefferson Street. The plan also includes adding turn lanes, which would mean getting rid of some...
Senate passes $132.7B state budget which freezes Medicaid enrollment

Senate passes $132.7B state budget which freezes Medicaid enrollment

The Republican-dominated Ohio Senate on Wednesday thwarted Democratic efforts to get a Medicaid expansion freeze taken out of the proposed budget and to repeal a tax break for small businesses. The Senate passed a $132.7 billion, two-year state budget that closes a $1.05 billion annual revenue shortfall by making cuts. The budget passed, 24-8. The House already passed its version of the budget and...
Driving while distracted could cost you $100 in Ohio

Driving while distracted could cost you $100 in Ohio

Driving while distracted could cost you an extra $100 if you are pulled over for speeding or another moving violation under a bill the Ohio House of Representatives approved on Wednesday. The law goes beyond driving while texting and State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, says it goes too far because it also covers talking on the phone, switching radio stations and other distractions beyond texting...
Portman met with N. Korea leaders last year in effort to free Warmbier

Portman met with N. Korea leaders last year in effort to free Warmbier

Sen. Rob Portman met secretly last December with North Korean’s delegation to the United Nations in an effort to gain the release of or at least get information about Otto Warmbier, the Cincinnati-area man who was imprisoned by the North Korean government and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for stealing a poster. Warmbier, who was detained for nearly a year and a half, was released last...
Ohio Senate wants to freeze new enrollment in expanded Medicaid program

Ohio Senate wants to freeze new enrollment in expanded Medicaid program

The state would freeze new enrollment in the expanded Medicaid program starting on July 1, 2018 under state budget amendments accepted Tuesday by the Ohio Senate Finance Committee. “I think the amendment reflects a difference between the Republicans and Democrats, where the Republicans want to deny people health care coverage,” said freeze opponent, State Sen. Michael J. Skindell, D-Lakewood...
Ohio judge OK’s alcohol, topless women for outdoor festival

Ohio judge OK’s alcohol, topless women for outdoor festival

A federal judge is giving a popular Columbus festival permission to sell alcohol despite having topless women in attendance. Comfest will take place June 23-25 at Goodale Park. The festival brands itself as a “free, non-corporate, yearly celebration of Columbus, Ohio’s community organizations, performers, artists and volunteers. According to The Columbus Dispatch, the festival won a temporary...
State may reduce a tax break for small businesses

State may reduce a tax break for small businesses

Some Ohio Republicans are talking about reducing a state tax break for small businesses. If the change occurs it would mean higher taxes for small businesses that used the tax break since it was first approved in 2013. It’s not known if a majority will support a modified version of the total repeal called for by Democrats in the Statehouse, according to Ohio Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, and...
Mike DeWine launches campaign site, set to announce run for governor

Mike DeWine launches campaign site, set to announce run for governor

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is expected to announce on Sunday that he is running for governor and his campaign manager, Dave Luketic, today announced he had launched a “campaign website” on Monday night. Luketic confirmed that DeWine will make “an exciting announcement” at his Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social on Sunday at his Cedarville home. The event, which has been held...
Springfield leaders to vote on $24M hazardous waste dump clean-up plan

Springfield leaders to vote on $24M hazardous waste dump clean-up plan

Springfield city commissioners might join other local governments in supporting a reduced cleanup at the Tremont City Barrel Fill, a closed hazardous waste dump in northern Clark County. A resolution acquiescing — reluctantly supporting without protest — the implementation of a $24 million plan as a remedy for the 1.5 million gallons of industrial waste at the Tremont City Barrel Fill...

Jail beds for rent

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office again is renting jail beds to other jurisdictions after reopening a pod this spring that was closed because of the Great Recession. RELATED: Plans to open new jail pod moving slowly The county has been averaging six to 10 contract inmates a day, at a cost of $55 per person per day for beds at the county Incarceration Facility north of Troy. “We are limited...
Temporary medical marijuana business ban expires soon in Springfield

Temporary medical marijuana business ban expires soon in Springfield

A moratorium on medical marijuana businesses in Springfield will expire soon and city commissioners must decide whether to let it lapse or continue to ban them. Commissioners placed a six-month moratorium on new medical marijuana-related businesses in August 2016. That came after Gov. John Kasich signed a bill making cannabis legal for medical use under state law last year. RELATED: Springfield...
Mechanicsburg leaders say new partnership will cut vacant buildings

Mechanicsburg leaders say new partnership will cut vacant buildings

Mechanicsburg leaders say a new agreement with the Champaign County Economic Partnership will cut down on the number of vacant properties downtown. The village has taken multiple steps to get new businesses in town in the past two years, Administrator April Huggins-Davis said, including designating a portion of downtown as a historic district and passing a maintenance enforcement program for vacant...
‘How dare he’: Reporter, mother on how ball field shooting hit home

‘How dare he’: Reporter, mother on how ball field shooting hit home

Editor’s note: Washington Bureau reporter Jessica Wehrman, a native of Urbana, lives near Eugene Simpson Field in Alexandria, Va., where Congressman Steve Scalise and others were shot this week during practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. After spending the day reporting from the scene of the shooting, Jessica reflected on how the event impacted her family and her community just...
Trump EPA head praises Great Lakes program administration plans to eliminate

Trump EPA head praises Great Lakes program administration plans to eliminate

Environmental Protection Agency director Scott Pruitt may not be on board with White House plans to cut programs that directly affect the Great Lakes. Pruitt defended the program before the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday, in a report from the Detroit Free Press. Pruitt said cuts to the restoration program may cripple efforts to halt the invasive Asian carp, algae blooms that have become...
Dennis Rodman gives North Korean leader copy of Trump book “The Art of the Deal”

Dennis Rodman gives North Korean leader copy of Trump book “The Art of the Deal”

Dennis Rodman gifted North Korea with a copy of President Donald Trump’s book The Art of the Deal, as part of a group of gifts he wanted to leave before returning to the United States. Rodman was recorded giving North Korea’s Sports Minister Kim IL Guk with a copy of Trump’s book, according to various wire services including Agence France Pressse . The former Detroit Piston, San...
Overturned convictions could cost Ohio more under budget proposal

Overturned convictions could cost Ohio more under budget proposal

A provision tucked into Ohio’s currently drafted state budget bill would greatly expand who is eligible for state compensation because they were wrongfully imprisoned. Critics worry about the unknown cost and say it could be a lucky break for criminals who get off on procedural grounds. But supporters say the state has a debt to those mistreated by the justice system. “There’s only...
Springfield pastor leads vigil to support payday lending reform

Springfield pastor leads vigil to support payday lending reform

A faith-based coalition led by a Springfield pastor held a prayer vigil Wednesday at the Ohio Statehouse to bring attention to their payday lending reform bill in the midst of legislators finalizing the state budget. More than 100 religious leaders joined the the Faith Coalition: A Movement for Lending and Reform Central Church Rev. Carl Ruby of Springfield at the rally. “The need for this bill...
Protesters in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ garb attend committee meeting on Ohio abortion bill

Protesters in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ garb attend committee meeting on Ohio abortion bill

Several protesters dressed in costumes from “The Handmaid’s Tale” dystopian TV series on Hulu attended a committee hearing Tuesday at the Ohio Statehouse to protest an abortion bill. According to WBNS-TV in Columbus, the bill would ban the dilation and evacuation abortion procedure, what pro-life activists have called dismemberment abortion, using forceps and instruments to...
Eyewitness account: There was ‘just shooting, shooting, shooting’

Eyewitness account: There was ‘just shooting, shooting, shooting’

The Republicans were just finishing up with their baseball practice on a balmy morning in the D.C. suburbs when they began to hear gunfire. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, who had put on his batting gloves and headed to the batting cages along the first base line of Eugene Simpson Field in Alexandria, turned, only to hear Rep. Trent Kelly, a Mississippi Republican who, like Wenstrup, was an Iraq veteran, yell...
Despite Trump, Lucas County commissioners support Paris climate agreement

Despite Trump, Lucas County commissioners support Paris climate agreement

While President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate treaty last week, many localities are making pledges to comply with the agreement. The Lucas County Commissioners announced Tuesday they signed an open letter in support of the agreement, according to WTOL-TV in Toledo. Lucas County, the location of Toledo and the sixth largest county in the state, is at the heart of the...
Senate looks to end Medicaid expansion enrollment

Senate looks to end Medicaid expansion enrollment

The Ohio Senate will vote today on a $130 billion , two-year budget today that freezes Medicaid enrollment and leaves in place a business tax break that some Republicans and Democrats say is costing too much money. The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday approved more than 150 amendments Republican leaders wanted added to the budget proposal the committee had earlier approved. The budget makes cuts...
Springfield bus service seeing less passengers, more efficient service

Springfield bus service seeing less passengers, more efficient service

Fewer people are riding the Springfield City Area Transit bus service one year after the city commission increased prices and changed routes, but local leaders say the service is more efficient. The SCAT saw more than 249,000 passengers between June of 2015 through May of 2016 — the year-long period before changes were made to routes and pricing. About 193,000 riders used SCAT in the same period...
New Yellow Springs police chief wants to regain community’s trust

New Yellow Springs police chief wants to regain community’s trust

When you ask Yellow Springs Police Chief Brian Carlson what are the characteristics of a good officer, he’ll tell you in addition to integrity and honesty, police should be patient, compassionate and forgiving. EARLIER: Yellow Springs appoints interim chief It’s those last three characteristics that the new Yellow Springs police chief said he’d like to see more of in today&rsquo...
New Carlisle residents complain about ATVs, four-wheelers in city

New Carlisle residents complain about ATVs, four-wheelers in city

New Carlisle leaders are discussing how to deal with complaints from some residents about people driving ATVs and four-wheelers in the city. That city banned the use of all-terrain vehicles within the city limits. New Carlisle City Councilman Ethan Reynolds said the city has been receiving complaints in the past three months about the sports vehicles. Residents have complained about hearing the four-wheelers...
Three Ohio toddlers suffer opioid overdoses in one week

Three Ohio toddlers suffer opioid overdoses in one week

Three Ohio toddlers have suffered opiate overdoses in the last week, adding more tragedy to the state’s growing opioid epidemic. An Akron 1-year-old overdosed on pills and was revived at a nearby hospital on Tuesday, according to the Akron Beacon-Journal. He was given Naloxene and lived. Another Akron-area toddler wasn’t as lucky. Tymaine Thompson, 18 months old, died Sunday after...

Portman pushing gradual Medicaid expansion cut instead of elimination

With Senate Republicans struggling to produce a health-care bill, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio is pushing to gradually reduce federal dollars to finance an expansion of health coverage for low-income people as opposed to a House health care bill which eliminates all money by 2020. Although Senate Republicans have yet to agree on Portman’s compromise plan, it would provide Ohio and other states with...
Medical marijuana businesses interested in Clark County

Medical marijuana businesses interested in Clark County

Clark County has received multiple inquiries about medical marijuana businesses looking to locate here, including cultivation operations, which leaders say could bring jobs and investment to the community. No one would identify the businesses or specific sites in Clark County but local leaders said they’ve been approached with inquiries. Several national medical marijuana growers are expected...
Mike DeWine on Ohio’s opioid crisis: “Nothing makes sense about this”

Mike DeWine on Ohio’s opioid crisis: “Nothing makes sense about this”

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine ticked off the costs of the state’s opiate epidemic: Babies born addicted. A foster care system “bursting at the seams.” Jails overflowing. Employers unable to find qualified applicants who can pass a drug test. Then there was this: Every time someone dies of an opiate overdose, demand for opiates goes up in that community, as addicts are lured by...
Clark County backs reduced clean-up plan for industrial waste dump

Clark County backs reduced clean-up plan for industrial waste dump

Clark County commissioners agreed to support a modified cleanup at the Tremont City Barrel Fill, the first government entity to back the plan that would leave some of the hazardous waste buried on site. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a resolution of support Wednesday morning. Local leaders and activists were told to accept a reduced cleanup of the hazardous waste dump they’ve long...
UPDATE: Anthem’s departure from Ohio to impact thousands

UPDATE: Anthem’s departure from Ohio to impact thousands

Thousands of Ohio residents could be left scrambling for new insurance after Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s decision to pull out of Ohio’s Health Insurance Marketplace at the end of this year. Anthem’s decision comes just months after its competitor, Aetna, pulled out of the federal health insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) earlier this year. Indianapolis-based...
Comey hearings: How to watch, react and speak out

Comey hearings: How to watch, react and speak out

Former FBI Director James Comey has started his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He says that President Donald Trump sought his “loyalty” and asked what could be done to “lift the cloud” of investigation shadowing his White House. Comey will also tell lawmakers that he informed Trump that he was not personally under investigation, validating the president&rsquo...
President Donald Trump not taking usual plane to Cincinnati

President Donald Trump not taking usual plane to Cincinnati

President Donald Trump is flying to Cincinnati today, but he’s landing at Lunken Airport on the city’s east side on a smaller plane the he usually flies. The president will arrive on a 757, that still has the look of the larger Boeing 747. It’s not uncommon for presidents to use the smaller plane when flying in to smaller municipal airports. President Barack Obama used the smaller...
President Trump to nominate new FBI Director

President Trump to nominate new FBI Director

President Donald Trump announced his plans to nominate Christopher A. Wray to be the new Director of the FBI on Twitter Wednesday morning. Wray is a former Justice Department official and was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s lawyer, according to the Associated Press. For more updates on this breaking story CLICK HERE
State lawmaker group to focus on aviation jobs in Ohio

State lawmaker group to focus on aviation jobs in Ohio

A state panel intended to bolster aerospace in Ohio will likely target workforce development and protection of military bases as top priorities, an Ohio lawmaker says. The Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee appointed or reappointed 14 members Tuesday to the 21-member panel for two-year terms. They represent legislative, academic, commercial and military backgrounds across the state,...
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