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Jackie Borchardt

Jackie Borchardt covers Ohio government, politics and state issues from the Columbus Bureau. She has a masters degree from the Missouri School of Journalism and a bachelor of arts degree in English and Spanish from the University of Rochester. Borchardt has worked for newspapers and magazines in Illinois, Missouri and New Orleans. Before coming to the Dayton Daily News, she covered education in Wyoming for the state newspaper there. She also covered rodeo, shot clay pigeons with an Olympic medalist and caught two dozen rainbow trout on the Miracle Mile. When she is not working, she enjoys running, cooking and teaching her dog new tricks.

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$1.8 million requested to start up Ohio’s medical marijuana program

8:11 PM Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

Two state agencies are asking for $1.8 million to get Ohio’s new medical marijuana program off the ground. The Department of Commerce and State Board of Pharmacy, two of the three state agencies that will regulate the program, plans to request money for the new Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program on Monday from the state controlling...
2 bills aim to ease adoption process

4:27 AM Friday, Dec. 27, 2013

State lawmakers in both chambers are considering a plan to make the adoption process quicker and less expensive for adoptive parents, a goal anti-abortion advocates outlined earlier this year, but some involved in the process say the plan is unnecessary. A pair of bills in the House and Senate would increase the state adoption tax credit...
More adopted Ohioans get chance to learn parents’ names

2:57 AM Friday, Dec. 20, 2013

An estimated 400,000 adopted Ohioans could learn the identities of their birthparents in 2015 under a new law signed Thursday by Gov. John Kasich. The law allows people adopted in Ohio between 1964 and 1996 to request birth certificates from the Ohio Department of Health, just like those outside the 32-year window have been able to do for...
Poll show Ohioans divided on gay marriage

2:56 AM Friday, Dec. 20, 2013

Supporters of a gay marriage amendment to the Ohio Constitution say Ohioans are ready to vote “yes” to allow same-sex couples to legally wed here. But poll results released Thursday show that the support and opposition to the measure is nearly evenly split. FreedomOhio, the group behind the “Freedom to Marry” amendment...
Ohio to investigate 17 voting cases f0r voting fraud

8:00 PM Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

Secretary of State Jon Husted referred 17 cases of non-U.S. citizens illegally voting in Ohio — including two in Montgomery County and one in Butler County — to the state attorney general for further investigation. Husted’s office compared state voting records to records from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and found nearly...
Drug abusers turning to pet meds to feed habit

10:49 PM Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Hospitals and doctors’ offices around the state have cracked down on prescription drug abuse, and veterinarians’ offices may be next. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has heard from police officers and community leaders that people are either abusing drugs prescribed to pets or intentionally injuring animals to obtain...
At least 25% of students risk failing test to get to 4th grade
 Between one-fourth and 44 percent of Ohio third-graders would not pass the state test required to move on to fourth grade if it were administered today, according to information provided Thursday by the Ohio Department of Education. ODE plans to release the fall Ohio Achievement Assessment results on Friday, which are a first glimpse of how...

10:29 PM Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Between one-fourth and 44 percent of Ohio third-graders would not pass the state test required to move on to fourth grade if it were administered today, according to information provided Thursday by the Ohio Department of Education. ODE plans to release the fall Ohio Achievement Assessment results on Friday, which are a first glimpse of how...
Drug abusers may be injuring pets to get pain killers
 Ohio’s war on prescription drug abuse has a new frontline: The veterinarian’s office. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is working with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and state licensing boards to educate veterinarians about possible abuse by people who seek medications for dogs, cats and other pets. Jill Del Greco, a...

12:02 AM Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Ohio’s war on prescription drug abuse has a new frontline: The veterinarian’s office. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is working with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and state licensing boards to educate veterinarians about possible abuse by people who seek medications for dogs, cats and other pets. Jill Del Greco, a...
State House takes on animal abuse, voting, license plates in final votes of 2013

11:55 PM Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

The Ohio House on Wednesday passed bills to toughen penalties for people who harm pets, allow university student trustees to vote, coordinate voter databases and create a special license plate for disabled veterans, among other measures. The Ohio Senate recessed last week until after the holidays, leaving many bills to wait for final approval...
Ohio House puts spotlight on aerospace

10:40 PM Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

Miami Valley lawmakers are making moves to strengthen Ohio’s aerospace presence and secure Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and other federal defense facilities in Ohio. An informal group of lawmakers with an interest in aerospace met Wednesday morning to discuss plans to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of Ohio’s bases. A few...
Lawmaker wants stores pay workers triple overtime for Thanksgiving Day

8:50 PM Monday, Dec. 09, 2013

The first so-called “War on Thanksgiving” has passed, and some state lawmakers said once was enough. Rep. Mike Foley, D-Cleveland, wants to discourage stores from opening their doors on turkey day by making them pay triple overtime to employees working the holiday and Black Friday. Stores that remain closed on Thanksgiving would...