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Doctor-assisted suicide bill coming to Ohio Statehouse
 Nearly three decades after Jack “Dr. Death” Kevorkian pushed doctor-assisted suicide into the national spotlight, state Sen. Charleta Tavares says it’s time that Ohio legalize the practice with strict safeguards in place. The Columbus Democrat announced that she will soon introduce the “death with dignity” bill...

8:35 PM Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

Nearly three decades after Jack “Dr. Death” Kevorkian pushed doctor-assisted suicide into the national spotlight, state Sen. Charleta Tavares says it’s time that Ohio legalize the practice with strict safeguards in place. The Columbus Democrat announced that she will soon introduce the “death with dignity” bill...
Ohio looking to change bail system, focusing less on money
 The ACLU of Ohio says a plan to shift courts away from using cash-bail systems is a good start but doesn’t go far enough to fix the broken system. ACLU lobbyist Gary Daniels and Policy Counsel Caitlin Hill are encouraging state lawmakers to change House Bill 439, which aims to reduce the use of cash bail and instead assess the risk...

7:55 PM Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

The ACLU of Ohio says a plan to shift courts away from using cash-bail systems is a good start but doesn’t go far enough to fix the broken system. ACLU lobbyist Gary Daniels and Policy Counsel Caitlin Hill are encouraging state lawmakers to change House Bill 439, which aims to reduce the use of cash bail and instead assess the risk...
Ohio Supreme Court rules traffic stop purse search unconstitutional
 The Ohio Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 decision Tuesday that a state trooper’s search of a woman’s purse during a traffic stop violated constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. Writing the lead opinion, Justice Bill O’Neill said in the course of events leading to the arrest, the trooper provided...

4:12 PM Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 decision Tuesday that a state trooper’s search of a woman’s purse during a traffic stop violated constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. Writing the lead opinion, Justice Bill O’Neill said in the course of events leading to the arrest, the trooper provided...
State considers punishing cities that use traffic, red-light cameras
 State lawmakers are holding hearings today on a bill that would cut state funding to cities using speed and red-light cameras. House Bill 410, sponsored by Cincinnati Republican Rep. Bill Seitz and Oakwood Rep. Jim Butler, would require cities to file all traffic camera cases in municipal court and would reduce state funding to cities by...

4:01 PM Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

State lawmakers are holding hearings today on a bill that would cut state funding to cities using speed and red-light cameras. House Bill 410, sponsored by Cincinnati Republican Rep. Bill Seitz and Oakwood Rep. Jim Butler, would require cities to file all traffic camera cases in municipal court and would reduce state funding to cities by...
Battle heats up over how Ohio should draw congressional district lines
 Rather than fix a broken system, a plan backed by Republican state lawmakers will make certain Ohio voters get gerrymandered congressional districts for years to come, according to grassroots groups that are pushing a vastly different reform package. The groups — Common Cause Ohio, League of Women Voters of Ohio and the Ohio NAACP &mdash...

9:17 PM Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

Rather than fix a broken system, a plan backed by Republican state lawmakers will make certain Ohio voters get gerrymandered congressional districts for years to come, according to grassroots groups that are pushing a vastly different reform package. The groups — Common Cause Ohio, League of Women Voters of Ohio and the Ohio NAACP &mdash...
Anger over effort to free convicted killer: ‘He beat my sons to death’
 Even after 32 years, the trauma of finding her mother, sister, niece and two young sons slaughtered and three more children left for dead never leaves Tia Talbott. “I just keep wishing it wasn’t real — that it was a dream or bad nightmare and I would wake up and this is all not real,” she said. Talbott is having to...

11:00 AM Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018

Even after 32 years, the trauma of finding her mother, sister, niece and two young sons slaughtered and three more children left for dead never leaves Tia Talbott. “I just keep wishing it wasn’t real — that it was a dream or bad nightmare and I would wake up and this is all not real,” she said. Talbott is having to...
Losers appeal Ohio medical pot licensing decisions
 State officials are scrambling to hold more than 60 appeal hearings for companies that did not win medical marijuana cultivator licenses in Ohio. So far, 68 of the 161 rejected applicants have filed for a “119 hearing,” in which a hearing officer listens to the state and the business present their cases on why the licensing decision...

5:52 PM Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

State officials are scrambling to hold more than 60 appeal hearings for companies that did not win medical marijuana cultivator licenses in Ohio. So far, 68 of the 161 rejected applicants have filed for a “119 hearing,” in which a hearing officer listens to the state and the business present their cases on why the licensing decision...
Revenge porn victim: ‘The cell phone had more rights than me’
 Nine months ago, Katelyn Bowden was shocked and humiliated to find intimate photos of her from her ex-boyfriend’s stolen cell phone landed on dozens of websites. Bowden reported it to the police, only to be told the only crime committed was the cell phone theft. “I was told that in the state of Ohio, the cell phone had more rights...

7:12 PM Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Nine months ago, Katelyn Bowden was shocked and humiliated to find intimate photos of her from her ex-boyfriend’s stolen cell phone landed on dozens of websites. Bowden reported it to the police, only to be told the only crime committed was the cell phone theft. “I was told that in the state of Ohio, the cell phone had more rights...
Pillich picks Marion mayor as running mate in governor’s race
 Democrat Connie Pillich picked a three-term mayor and former public school teacher as her running mate in the 2018 race for Ohio governor: Marion Mayor Scott Schertzer. “I knew I needed a local leader to join me in making Ohio a place that works for everyone. Scott Schertzer had to make hard choices and tough calls during the depths...

12:06 AM Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Democrat Connie Pillich picked a three-term mayor and former public school teacher as her running mate in the 2018 race for Ohio governor: Marion Mayor Scott Schertzer. “I knew I needed a local leader to join me in making Ohio a place that works for everyone. Scott Schertzer had to make hard choices and tough calls during the depths...
Lawmakers take steps to remove Ohio Supreme Court justice from bench
 Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill, a Democrat, is stepping off the bench Jan. 26 but Republican lawmakers are hot on his heels, calling for him to appear before the Ohio General Assembly to explain why he is campaigning for governor while also serving as a justice. Judicial conduct rules mandate that judges resign when the become...

10:14 PM Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill, a Democrat, is stepping off the bench Jan. 26 but Republican lawmakers are hot on his heels, calling for him to appear before the Ohio General Assembly to explain why he is campaigning for governor while also serving as a justice. Judicial conduct rules mandate that judges resign when the become...
LGBT bill picks up support in Ohio
 For nearly 10 years, advocates for gay rights have pushed for legal changes that would protect LGBT Ohioans from discrimination in housing, jobs and places of public accommodation, but in each legislative session the efforts have stalled. State Rep. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, said this time around, though, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce is...

9:05 PM Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

For nearly 10 years, advocates for gay rights have pushed for legal changes that would protect LGBT Ohioans from discrimination in housing, jobs and places of public accommodation, but in each legislative session the efforts have stalled. State Rep. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, said this time around, though, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce is...
Ohio officials tell residents not to worry: We’re not Hawaii
 Breath easy Ohio: The type of panic that occurred from a false alarm about an imminent missile strike in Hawaii over the weekend wouldn’t likely happen here. If you have a cell phone that receives text messages, you will automatically receive any alerts sent over the emergency system to warn Ohioans of tornadoes, flash floods or even...

10:00 AM Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Breath easy Ohio: The type of panic that occurred from a false alarm about an imminent missile strike in Hawaii over the weekend wouldn’t likely happen here. If you have a cell phone that receives text messages, you will automatically receive any alerts sent over the emergency system to warn Ohioans of tornadoes, flash floods or even...
Gov candidate Cordray talks shape of Ohio, Mellencamp lyrics in odd tweets
 Democrat Richard Cordray was barred by federal law from talking politics while serving as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for the past seven years. Now he is running for Ohio governor and he is unleashed. He’s taken to Twitter and his comments are getting a lot of reacitons. “Ohio has a unique and pleasing...

10:07 PM Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Democrat Richard Cordray was barred by federal law from talking politics while serving as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for the past seven years. Now he is running for Ohio governor and he is unleashed. He’s taken to Twitter and his comments are getting a lot of reacitons. “Ohio has a unique and pleasing...
Dayton Mayor Whaley drops out of governor’s race
 Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley ended her run for Ohio governor Friday and endorsed fellow Democrat Richard Cordray, saying “Now is the time for unity.” Whaley praised Cordray as smart and talented. “He believes in issues I care about, and he’s ready to fight for those every day Ohioans who have felt forgotten and ignored...

4:57 PM Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley ended her run for Ohio governor Friday and endorsed fellow Democrat Richard Cordray, saying “Now is the time for unity.” Whaley praised Cordray as smart and talented. “He believes in issues I care about, and he’s ready to fight for those every day Ohioans who have felt forgotten and ignored...
Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci jumps in U.S. Senate race
 Republican Jim Renacci is dropping his gubernatorial campaign to start running for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, he said today. Renacci, a Congressman and business owner from Wadsworth, met with White House political staff and the National Republican Senate Committee on Wednesday. White House officials strongly encouraged Renacci to...

2:30 PM Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Republican Jim Renacci is dropping his gubernatorial campaign to start running for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, he said today. Renacci, a Congressman and business owner from Wadsworth, met with White House political staff and the National Republican Senate Committee on Wednesday. White House officials strongly encouraged Renacci to...
Hamilton businessman tapped to run with Mary Taylor in governor race
 Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is expected to name a Hamilton business leader as her running mate in the GOP gubernatorial primary, a source close to the campaign confirmed. Taylor will announce iMFLUX chief executive Nathan Estruth, a Cincinnati resident, as her choice for lieutenant governor at an event Wednesday at City Gospel Mission in Cincinnati...

5:32 PM Tuesday, Jan. 09, 2018

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is expected to name a Hamilton business leader as her running mate in the GOP gubernatorial primary, a source close to the campaign confirmed. Taylor will announce iMFLUX chief executive Nathan Estruth, a Cincinnati resident, as her choice for lieutenant governor at an event Wednesday at City Gospel Mission in Cincinnati...
If Trump asks, Renacci may run for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat
 If President Trump asks him to do it, Republican Jim Renacci might switch from the Ohio governor’s race to running for U.S. Senate, Renacci spokesman James Slepian said Monday. “If the president or White House reaches out and asks him to step in to the Senate race, he would strongly consider that,” Slepian said. Republican...

9:07 PM Monday, Jan. 08, 2018

If President Trump asks him to do it, Republican Jim Renacci might switch from the Ohio governor’s race to running for U.S. Senate, Renacci spokesman James Slepian said Monday. “If the president or White House reaches out and asks him to step in to the Senate race, he would strongly consider that,” Slepian said. Republican...
Dennis Kucinich is running for Ohio governor against 6 other Democrats
 Former Cleveland mayor and U.S. member of Congress Dennis Kucinich is running for Ohio governor, joining an already crowded field in the Democratic primary. Kucinich filed paperwork with the Ohio Secretary of State on Monday to declare his candidacy and name a campaign treasurer. Kucinich, 71, launched his political career nearly 50 years...

7:46 PM Monday, Jan. 08, 2018

Former Cleveland mayor and U.S. member of Congress Dennis Kucinich is running for Ohio governor, joining an already crowded field in the Democratic primary. Kucinich filed paperwork with the Ohio Secretary of State on Monday to declare his candidacy and name a campaign treasurer. Kucinich, 71, launched his political career nearly 50 years...
Group pushing ballot measure to increase regulation of puppy mills
 Following a dramatic showdown between animal rights groups and agriculture heavy weights seven years ago, Ohio struck a deal to bring about sweeping reforms for how farm animals are handled. But while officials made good on several promises, the state hasn’t acted in good faith when it comes to puppy mills, or large commercial dog breeders...

11:00 AM Monday, Jan. 08, 2018

Following a dramatic showdown between animal rights groups and agriculture heavy weights seven years ago, Ohio struck a deal to bring about sweeping reforms for how farm animals are handled. But while officials made good on several promises, the state hasn’t acted in good faith when it comes to puppy mills, or large commercial dog breeders...
Are you owed money? FIND OUT HERE
 Now that the holidays are over and the credit card bills are due, it might be a good time to check to see if the state of Ohio is hanging onto any money you forgot about. The unclaimed funds account holds $2.6 billion waiting to be returned to rightful owners, according to the Ohio Department of Commerce. Uncashed paychecks, abandoned rent...

8:30 PM Friday, Jan. 05, 2018

Now that the holidays are over and the credit card bills are due, it might be a good time to check to see if the state of Ohio is hanging onto any money you forgot about. The unclaimed funds account holds $2.6 billion waiting to be returned to rightful owners, according to the Ohio Department of Commerce. Uncashed paychecks, abandoned rent...
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