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Ohio House speaker hires defense attorney over FBI questions
 Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger said he hired a criminal defense attorney because he heard the Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking questions about him. “Quite frankly, I’ll be up front: I think politics is a pretty dirty place right now. I have not been subpoenaed,” Rosenberger told this newspaper in an exclusive...

Posted: 18 days ago

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger said he hired a criminal defense attorney because he heard the Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking questions about him. “Quite frankly, I’ll be up front: I think politics is a pretty dirty place right now. I have not been subpoenaed,” Rosenberger told this newspaper in an exclusive...
Domestic violence laws expanded in Ohio
 Victims of dating violence — often young women — will soon be able to get civil protection orders against their ex-partners as a tool for ending physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 1 into law on Thursday. It will take effect in 90 days. State Rep. Emilia Sykes, D-Akron, a primary sponsor...

Posted: 19 days ago

Victims of dating violence — often young women — will soon be able to get civil protection orders against their ex-partners as a tool for ending physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 1 into law on Thursday. It will take effect in 90 days. State Rep. Emilia Sykes, D-Akron, a primary sponsor...
OSU investigating doctor accused of sexual misconduct with athletes
 Ohio State University is investigating a now deceased doctor who worked for decades as an athletic trainer for the wrestling team. The university said on Thursday it notified law enforcement about allegations of sexual misconduct against Dr. Richard Strauss, a former wrestling team doctor who died in 2005. The allegations include incidents...

Posted: 19 days ago

Ohio State University is investigating a now deceased doctor who worked for decades as an athletic trainer for the wrestling team. The university said on Thursday it notified law enforcement about allegations of sexual misconduct against Dr. Richard Strauss, a former wrestling team doctor who died in 2005. The allegations include incidents...
Sept 8 deadline to start Ohio medical marijuana program still on
 Five months away from the deadline for the new medical marijuana industry operations in Ohio, state regulators are managing expectations and redefining what “operational” will look like on Sept. 8. “We have to temper our view of what this program will look like on Day One,” said Ohio Department of Commerce Director...

Posted: 20 days ago

Five months away from the deadline for the new medical marijuana industry operations in Ohio, state regulators are managing expectations and redefining what “operational” will look like on Sept. 8. “We have to temper our view of what this program will look like on Day One,” said Ohio Department of Commerce Director...
Gov. John Kasich to be on NPR quiz show
 Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a lifelong politico, will appear on NPR’s quiz show “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” under the segment where the hosts ask famous people about obscure things. Kasich is scheduled to record the segment called “Not My Job” before a live audience Thursday at the Palace Theatre in...

Posted: 20 days ago

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a lifelong politico, will appear on NPR’s quiz show “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” under the segment where the hosts ask famous people about obscure things. Kasich is scheduled to record the segment called “Not My Job” before a live audience Thursday at the Palace Theatre in...
Ohioan who played for Notre Dame sues over brain injuries
 The Ohio Supreme Court will consider a lawsuit against the University of Notre Dame and the NCAA for failing to protect a former player from brain injuries during his college career. Steven T. Schmitz, a former running back and receiver, played for the Fighting Irish from 1974 to 1978. Schmitz and his wife Yvette filed suit in October 2014...

Posted: 22 days ago

The Ohio Supreme Court will consider a lawsuit against the University of Notre Dame and the NCAA for failing to protect a former player from brain injuries during his college career. Steven T. Schmitz, a former running back and receiver, played for the Fighting Irish from 1974 to 1978. Schmitz and his wife Yvette filed suit in October 2014...
Doctors top list of highest paid state employees
 Nurses and doctors, including specialists such as psychiatrists, working in Ohio’s prisons and mental health system dominate the list of 108 state employees who pulled in more than $190,000 in gross pay last year. Dr. Zinovi Goubar, a psychiatrist for the Ohio Department of Mental Heath and Addiction Services, often is the highest paid...

Posted: 26 days ago

Nurses and doctors, including specialists such as psychiatrists, working in Ohio’s prisons and mental health system dominate the list of 108 state employees who pulled in more than $190,000 in gross pay last year. Dr. Zinovi Goubar, a psychiatrist for the Ohio Department of Mental Heath and Addiction Services, often is the highest paid...
Springfield leaders: New red light camera bill unconstitutional
 Some Ohio lawmakers want to put up more hurdles for cities that use automated cameras to enforce traffic laws — including cutting their state funding — but Springfield leaders say the latest effort is unconstitutional. If red light cameras are used for safety, cities shouldn’t profit off of their use, said state Rep. Kyle...

Posted: 27 days ago

Some Ohio lawmakers want to put up more hurdles for cities that use automated cameras to enforce traffic laws — including cutting their state funding — but Springfield leaders say the latest effort is unconstitutional. If red light cameras are used for safety, cities shouldn’t profit off of their use, said state Rep. Kyle...
Area students join push to end school gun violence, but division remains
 The debate over how to stop the ceaseless and senseless taking of lives by mass shooters is louder than it has been in years — and nowhere louder than in and around American schools. Spurred last month by young survivors of a high school shooting that killed 17 of their classmates, teachers and coaches in Parkland, Fla., a movement...

3:21 PM Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018

The debate over how to stop the ceaseless and senseless taking of lives by mass shooters is louder than it has been in years — and nowhere louder than in and around American schools. Spurred last month by young survivors of a high school shooting that killed 17 of their classmates, teachers and coaches in Parkland, Fla., a movement...
Lawmakers vote to cut state funding from cities using traffic cameras
 Ohio lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday to put up more hurdles for cities that want to use automated cameras to enforce traffic laws House Bill 410 is the latest effort by state Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, to staunch use of the cameras that supporters say help make roads safer and opponents call modern-day speed traps designed to rake in...

9:55 PM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

Ohio lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday to put up more hurdles for cities that want to use automated cameras to enforce traffic laws House Bill 410 is the latest effort by state Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, to staunch use of the cameras that supporters say help make roads safer and opponents call modern-day speed traps designed to rake in...
Bondsmen oppose effort to move Ohio away from cash bail system
 Bail bondsmen came out swinging against legislation that would push Ohio courts away from using the current cash bail system in favor of assessing the risk each defendant poses to public safety or as a flight risk.  “I think this legislation is a big mistake,” said Theodore Owens, a former Columbus police detective who tracks...

7:22 PM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

Bail bondsmen came out swinging against legislation that would push Ohio courts away from using the current cash bail system in favor of assessing the risk each defendant poses to public safety or as a flight risk.  “I think this legislation is a big mistake,” said Theodore Owens, a former Columbus police detective who tracks...
Ohio sports teams seek state money to host major events
 Lawmakers are considering a bill to funnel more money into cities that host major sporting events, such as the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Columbus or the NCAA Men’s Division I wrestling championship in Cleveland, and the legislation is backed by big names in the business of sports. Representatives from the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland...

6:01 PM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

Lawmakers are considering a bill to funnel more money into cities that host major sporting events, such as the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Columbus or the NCAA Men’s Division I wrestling championship in Cleveland, and the legislation is backed by big names in the business of sports. Representatives from the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland...
Gun control advocates push for ‘red flag’ law in Ohio
 Just across the state line in Indiana, police are authorized to seize firearms from people who seem to be a risk to harming others or themselves under the Red Flag Law that Indiana adopted in 2005. After horrific mass shootings in Florida, Las Vegas and elsewhere, states across the country are taking a look at how these confiscation laws...

5:20 PM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

Just across the state line in Indiana, police are authorized to seize firearms from people who seem to be a risk to harming others or themselves under the Red Flag Law that Indiana adopted in 2005. After horrific mass shootings in Florida, Las Vegas and elsewhere, states across the country are taking a look at how these confiscation laws...
State senator, advocates push for Ohio medical marijuana program
 A state senator who’s a long-time medical marijuana advocate says it’s time to push aside roadblocks and put the program in place because patients can’t wait any longer. State Sen. Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, had a press conference Tuesday with two advocates who said medical marijuana made a difference in the treatments...

6:23 PM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

A state senator who’s a long-time medical marijuana advocate says it’s time to push aside roadblocks and put the program in place because patients can’t wait any longer. State Sen. Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, had a press conference Tuesday with two advocates who said medical marijuana made a difference in the treatments...
Ohio lawmaker's bill to name Labrador retriever state dog gets 'ruff' response from PETA
 Ohio State Rep. Jeff Rezabek wants to name the Labrador retriever as the official state dog, but People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals would rather that the American mutt get the special designation. PETA, an animal rights group with 6.5 million members, fired off a letter to Rezabek, R-Clayton, to tell him that his well-intentioned...

5:40 AM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

Ohio State Rep. Jeff Rezabek wants to name the Labrador retriever as the official state dog, but People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals would rather that the American mutt get the special designation. PETA, an animal rights group with 6.5 million members, fired off a letter to Rezabek, R-Clayton, to tell him that his well-intentioned...
Bill naming Labrador Ohio’s official dog lands lawmaker in deep doo-doo
 State Rep. Jeff Rezabek wants to name the Labrador Retriever as the official dog of Ohio but the People for the Ethical Treament of Animals would rather that the American mutt get the special designation. PETA, an animal rights group with 6.5 million members, fired off a letter to Rezabek, R-Clayton, to tell him that his well-intentioned...

10:25 PM Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

State Rep. Jeff Rezabek wants to name the Labrador Retriever as the official dog of Ohio but the People for the Ethical Treament of Animals would rather that the American mutt get the special designation. PETA, an animal rights group with 6.5 million members, fired off a letter to Rezabek, R-Clayton, to tell him that his well-intentioned...
Ohioans may soon know which docs signed up for medical pot program
 Doctors who want to be in the business of recommending marijuana for their patients can now apply to the Ohio State Medical Board for certification. The first round of certifications is expected to be done by April 11, according to the medical board. Doctors seeking the certification will be required to complete a two-hour course. The Ohio...

7:33 PM Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

Doctors who want to be in the business of recommending marijuana for their patients can now apply to the Ohio State Medical Board for certification. The first round of certifications is expected to be done by April 11, according to the medical board. Doctors seeking the certification will be required to complete a two-hour course. The Ohio...
On gun issues, Ohio’s governor candidates far apart
 Throughout Ohio and across the country Wednesday, students locked arms in solidarity toward the victims of the Feb. 14 school shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. But there is little solidarity among the candidates running for Ohio governor about what to do about school shootings, or gun violence in general...

4:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

Throughout Ohio and across the country Wednesday, students locked arms in solidarity toward the victims of the Feb. 14 school shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. But there is little solidarity among the candidates running for Ohio governor about what to do about school shootings, or gun violence in general...
Gordon Gee’s travel as WVU president under scrutiny
 E. Gordon Gee is under scrutiny at West Virginia University for spending more than $2-million on private jet travel — a practice that the Dayton Daily News detailed when he led Ohio State University. Gee, who has been president of WVU since March 2014, spent more than $2.2 million between May 2014 and June 2017, including 31 trips to...

11:29 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

E. Gordon Gee is under scrutiny at West Virginia University for spending more than $2-million on private jet travel — a practice that the Dayton Daily News detailed when he led Ohio State University. Gee, who has been president of WVU since March 2014, spent more than $2.2 million between May 2014 and June 2017, including 31 trips to...
Ohio Parole Board recommends clemency for condemned killer
 The Ohio Parole Board voted 6-4 to recommend that Gov. John Kasich show mercy to convicted killer William Montgomery by commuting his death sentence. The 21-page report was issued to the governor on Friday. Supporters of Montgomery are raising claims that he is actually innocent in the murders of Debra Ogle and Cynthia Tincher in March 1986...

3:24 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

The Ohio Parole Board voted 6-4 to recommend that Gov. John Kasich show mercy to convicted killer William Montgomery by commuting his death sentence. The 21-page report was issued to the governor on Friday. Supporters of Montgomery are raising claims that he is actually innocent in the murders of Debra Ogle and Cynthia Tincher in March 1986...
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