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2 inmates, including 3-time killer, suspected of stabbing Ohio prison guard dozens of times
 Three-time killer Casey Pigge and a second convicted murderer are suspects in a brutal attack on a corrections officer at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, according to the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, the union that represents prison workers. Pigge was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend’s mother, his cellmate...

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Three-time killer Casey Pigge and a second convicted murderer are suspects in a brutal attack on a corrections officer at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, according to the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, the union that represents prison workers. Pigge was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend’s mother, his cellmate...
NRA-endorsed Gov. John Kasich now says it’s time for gun restrictions
 Republican Gov. John Kasich says it’s time to reconsider a ban on assault weapons — a dramatic change of heart that raises the question: Will Kasich use the bully pulpit to champion changes to gun laws in Ohio? In October, following the massacre that killed 58 people and injured more than 800 in Las Vegas, Kasich said he...

Posted: 3 days ago

Republican Gov. John Kasich says it’s time to reconsider a ban on assault weapons — a dramatic change of heart that raises the question: Will Kasich use the bully pulpit to champion changes to gun laws in Ohio? In October, following the massacre that killed 58 people and injured more than 800 in Las Vegas, Kasich said he...
John Kasich rips Congress, urges 'common-sense gun laws'
 Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who signed laws making it legal to carry concealed weapons at daycare facilities and college campuses, said he has “no confidence” Congress will approve what he called “common-sense gun laws” in the wake of a mass shooting last week at a Florida high school. During an interview Sunday on CNN&rsquo...

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who signed laws making it legal to carry concealed weapons at daycare facilities and college campuses, said he has “no confidence” Congress will approve what he called “common-sense gun laws” in the wake of a mass shooting last week at a Florida high school. During an interview Sunday on CNN&rsquo...
Kasich reverses his position on gun control, bashes Congress
 In a sharp departure from the views which won him the National Rifle Association’s endorsement in 2014, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he would support new gun restrictions such as universal background checks and perhaps a ban on the sale of some semi-automatic assault weapons. During an interview Sunday on CNN’s State-of-the-Union...

Posted: 5 days ago

In a sharp departure from the views which won him the National Rifle Association’s endorsement in 2014, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he would support new gun restrictions such as universal background checks and perhaps a ban on the sale of some semi-automatic assault weapons. During an interview Sunday on CNN’s State-of-the-Union...
Two Democrats running for governor skip voting, records show
 Democrat Jon Heavey is serious about running for Ohio governor. He poured $1.5 million into his campaign, created a snappy website and hired a team. “…I’m upset about Trump. And as a veteran with little tolerance for cowards, I’m here — quite frankly — because I’m mad as hell. Trump pretends to be...

Posted: 6 days ago

Democrat Jon Heavey is serious about running for Ohio governor. He poured $1.5 million into his campaign, created a snappy website and hired a team. “…I’m upset about Trump. And as a veteran with little tolerance for cowards, I’m here — quite frankly — because I’m mad as hell. Trump pretends to be...
Internal control ‘weaknesses’ could delay medical marijuana rollout
 A clerical error in grower license scoring and a review by the state auditor could delay the Ohio’s medical marijuana program. In a letter to Ohio Auditor Dave Yost on Thursday, Ohio Department of Commerce Director Jacqueline Williams offered to put the program on hold until issues are worked out. “Given the reservations raised...

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A clerical error in grower license scoring and a review by the state auditor could delay the Ohio’s medical marijuana program. In a letter to Ohio Auditor Dave Yost on Thursday, Ohio Department of Commerce Director Jacqueline Williams offered to put the program on hold until issues are worked out. “Given the reservations raised...
Ohio State Fair tragedy: State expected to settle with Fire Ball accident victims
 Victims in the Ohio State Fair accident are ready to release the state of Ohio as a party in potential litigation, the Ohio Attorney General’s office said Thursday. Dan Tierney, spokesman for Attorney General Mike DeWine, said a proposed settlement would release the state from responsibility and no state money would be paid out. This...

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Victims in the Ohio State Fair accident are ready to release the state of Ohio as a party in potential litigation, the Ohio Attorney General’s office said Thursday. Dan Tierney, spokesman for Attorney General Mike DeWine, said a proposed settlement would release the state from responsibility and no state money would be paid out. This...
Ohio House votes to add Wright Flyer to state seal
 In a nod to Orville and Wilbur Wright’s place in Ohio history, state lawmakers voted to add the Wright Flyer to the official state seal and coat of arms. Wright Brothers fans and family members have been pushing for the change for more than two decades. The Ohio House voted 89-3 in favor of a bill sponsored by state Rep. Rick Perales...

Posted: 8 days ago

In a nod to Orville and Wilbur Wright’s place in Ohio history, state lawmakers voted to add the Wright Flyer to the official state seal and coat of arms. Wright Brothers fans and family members have been pushing for the change for more than two decades. The Ohio House voted 89-3 in favor of a bill sponsored by state Rep. Rick Perales...
The Ohio legislature has been busy: Here are 6 bills we’re watching
 Ohio lawmakers are considering a wide array of issues at the Statehouse — everything from guns to dogs to education to abortion. Here is a look at what’s in the legislative pipeline. Education: Gov. John Kasich, and previous governors, have long held that the state Department of Education should be under the governor’s control...

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Ohio lawmakers are considering a wide array of issues at the Statehouse — everything from guns to dogs to education to abortion. Here is a look at what’s in the legislative pipeline. Education: Gov. John Kasich, and previous governors, have long held that the state Department of Education should be under the governor’s control...
Ohio considers raising child marriage age after DDN investigation
 An investigation by the Dayton Daily News into child marriage is prompting state lawmakers to introduce a bill that would bump up the legal marriage age to 18 for both males and females and allow 17-year-olds to marry with court approval. Current Ohio law requires brides to be at least 16 and grooms to be at least 18, but exceptions are made...

Posted: 9 days ago

An investigation by the Dayton Daily News into child marriage is prompting state lawmakers to introduce a bill that would bump up the legal marriage age to 18 for both males and females and allow 17-year-olds to marry with court approval. Current Ohio law requires brides to be at least 16 and grooms to be at least 18, but exceptions are made...
Vicious dogs: Ohio moves to change laws on dog owners
 Four years after the gruesome attack that killed Dayton resident Klonda Richey, state lawmakers are taking a double barrel approach to finally putting more teeth in the state’s vicious dog laws. State Reps. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, and Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, on Tuesday testfied on a bill in the Ohio House that mirrors legislation...

Posted: 9 days ago

Four years after the gruesome attack that killed Dayton resident Klonda Richey, state lawmakers are taking a double barrel approach to finally putting more teeth in the state’s vicious dog laws. State Reps. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, and Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, on Tuesday testfied on a bill in the Ohio House that mirrors legislation...
Cincinnati Democrat Connie Pillich expected to leave governor’s race
 Former state representative Connie Pillich — the last woman leading a Democratic ticket for governor — is expected to drop out of the race and endorse former attorney general Rich Cordray on Wednesday, sources close to the campaign said. Pillich, who could not be reached for comment, and her running mate Scott Schertzer are scheduled...

Posted: 9 days ago

Former state representative Connie Pillich — the last woman leading a Democratic ticket for governor — is expected to drop out of the race and endorse former attorney general Rich Cordray on Wednesday, sources close to the campaign said. Pillich, who could not be reached for comment, and her running mate Scott Schertzer are scheduled...
Westerville grieves slain officers; criminal charges filed against 2
 Several hundred Ohioans lined the streets of Westerville to pay tribute as a somber procession of hundreds of police cars escorted two fallen officers from the Franklin County morgue to two Westerville funeral homes. As the medic transport rolled by, officers and firefighters saluted, the crowd fell silent and people wiped away tears and...

Posted: 12 days ago

Several hundred Ohioans lined the streets of Westerville to pay tribute as a somber procession of hundreds of police cars escorted two fallen officers from the Franklin County morgue to two Westerville funeral homes. As the medic transport rolled by, officers and firefighters saluted, the crowd fell silent and people wiped away tears and...
Ohio Republican Party endorses DeWine for governor; Renacci for Senate
 Republican gubernatorial candidate Mary Taylor laced into her primary opponent, Mike DeWine, in a 4-minute speech to the Ohio Republican Party state central committee on Friday, calling DeWine a “shill for the entrenched special interests.” “He’s a career politician who has been on the state ballot in each of the last...

Posted: 13 days ago

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mary Taylor laced into her primary opponent, Mike DeWine, in a 4-minute speech to the Ohio Republican Party state central committee on Friday, calling DeWine a “shill for the entrenched special interests.” “He’s a career politician who has been on the state ballot in each of the last...
Juror’s letter leads Ohio Gov. Kasich to delay killer’s execution
 Gov. John Kasich is delaying the execution of Raymond Tibbetts after receiving a letter from a juror on his case, saying he should be spared. The governor moved Tibbetts’ scheduled execution from Feb. 13 to Oct. 17 and asked the Ohio Parole Board to review the letter and consider the issue it raises. The parole board voted 11-1 in March...

Posted: 14 days ago

Gov. John Kasich is delaying the execution of Raymond Tibbetts after receiving a letter from a juror on his case, saying he should be spared. The governor moved Tibbetts’ scheduled execution from Feb. 13 to Oct. 17 and asked the Ohio Parole Board to review the letter and consider the issue it raises. The parole board voted 11-1 in March...
Man convicted in local murder fights ‘cruel and unusual’ court costs
 Convicted murderer James L. Dunson makes about $40 a month at his state prison job — money that he’d like to spend on medical co-pays, deodorant and other personal items — but every cent of it is garnished by Montgomery County to whittle down the bill for his court costs. Dunson is arguing in court that the garnishment is...

Posted: 15 days ago

Convicted murderer James L. Dunson makes about $40 a month at his state prison job — money that he’d like to spend on medical co-pays, deodorant and other personal items — but every cent of it is garnished by Montgomery County to whittle down the bill for his court costs. Dunson is arguing in court that the garnishment is...
Former male stripper from Dayton makes another run for Ohio governor
 Dayton Democrat Larry Ealy, who once worked as an exotic dancer, is making a second run for Ohio governor. “Why make another run at it? I’ve got some unfinished business,” said Ealy, a 55-year-old father of 10. He said he believes minorities, particularly African-Ameircans, have been denied due process and equal rights. ...

Posted: 15 days ago

Dayton Democrat Larry Ealy, who once worked as an exotic dancer, is making a second run for Ohio governor. “Why make another run at it? I’ve got some unfinished business,” said Ealy, a 55-year-old father of 10. He said he believes minorities, particularly African-Ameircans, have been denied due process and equal rights. ...
Back-to-school sales tax holiday may become permanent
 State lawmakers are pushing to make the August back-to-school sales tax holiday permanent. The Ohio Senate voted 31-0 on Wednesday in favor of a bill to permanently extend the three-day event for back-to-school items. The bill now goes to the Ohio House for consideration. Related: Ohioans to get sales tax holiday in August For the past three...

Posted: 15 days ago

State lawmakers are pushing to make the August back-to-school sales tax holiday permanent. The Ohio Senate voted 31-0 on Wednesday in favor of a bill to permanently extend the three-day event for back-to-school items. The bill now goes to the Ohio House for consideration. Related: Ohioans to get sales tax holiday in August For the past three...
Major changes to how Ohio draws congressional districts heads to voters
 After decades of fighting and months of intense negotiations, Democrats, Republicans and non-partisan watchdog groups are standing shoulder-to-shoulder in favor of a new way of drawing congressional districts. The Ohio House on Tuesday voted 83-10 in favor of a resolution that passed the Senate on a unanimous vote on Monday night. The proposed...

Posted: 16 days ago

After decades of fighting and months of intense negotiations, Democrats, Republicans and non-partisan watchdog groups are standing shoulder-to-shoulder in favor of a new way of drawing congressional districts. The Ohio House on Tuesday voted 83-10 in favor of a resolution that passed the Senate on a unanimous vote on Monday night. The proposed...
Ohio Supreme Court ruling against abortion clinics could impact Kettering clinic
 The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday issued rulings on two cases that solidify the state’s restrictions on abortion clinics and could lead to further efforts to close more clinics, including the Women’s Med abortion clinic in Kettering. The state has tried to close the Kettering clinic using transfer agreement requirements that are...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday issued rulings on two cases that solidify the state’s restrictions on abortion clinics and could lead to further efforts to close more clinics, including the Women’s Med abortion clinic in Kettering. The state has tried to close the Kettering clinic using transfer agreement requirements that are...
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