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Gov. DeWine issues warning on vaping, wants to raise smoking age
 Gov. Mike DeWine and his top administrators on Wednesday took aim at the scourge of youth smoking and vaping, calling for Ohio to increase the purchase age for tobacco and vape products to 21. “The e-cigarette industry is targeting the next generation with highly addictive fruit- and candy-flavored nicotine products,” said Ohio...

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Gov. Mike DeWine and his top administrators on Wednesday took aim at the scourge of youth smoking and vaping, calling for Ohio to increase the purchase age for tobacco and vape products to 21. “The e-cigarette industry is targeting the next generation with highly addictive fruit- and candy-flavored nicotine products,” said Ohio...
Small town speed traps: Where are they in the Dayton region?
 The ACLU of Ohio identified 51 municipalities where motorists are nearly five times more likely to get a traffic ticket than they are in major metro areas. In “Off the Records: Profiteering and Misconduct in Ohio’s Mayor’s Courts,” a new report released this week, the civil liberties group crunched 2016 ticket data...

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The ACLU of Ohio identified 51 municipalities where motorists are nearly five times more likely to get a traffic ticket than they are in major metro areas. In “Off the Records: Profiteering and Misconduct in Ohio’s Mayor’s Courts,” a new report released this week, the civil liberties group crunched 2016 ticket data...
ACLU Ohio reports mayor’s courts need reforms
 Mayor’s courts across Ohio operate with little oversight and have a financial incentive to wring revenue from drivers as a means of stocking the municipal coffers, according to a report issued Monday by the ACLU of Ohio. DID YOU KNOW THERE’S AN ELECTION MAY 7?: Find out what’s on your ballot in our voters guide The civil...

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Mayor’s courts across Ohio operate with little oversight and have a financial incentive to wring revenue from drivers as a means of stocking the municipal coffers, according to a report issued Monday by the ACLU of Ohio. DID YOU KNOW THERE’S AN ELECTION MAY 7?: Find out what’s on your ballot in our voters guide The civil...
How much money from new gas tax will local communities get for road fixes?
 Money from Ohio’s newly increased tax on gasoline and diesel fuel won’t start pouring in until October but local jurisdictions are already thinking about how many more roads they can repave and repair with the new money. “I think every mayor across the region is probably doing a cartwheel about that money,” said Dayton...

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Money from Ohio’s newly increased tax on gasoline and diesel fuel won’t start pouring in until October but local jurisdictions are already thinking about how many more roads they can repave and repair with the new money. “I think every mayor across the region is probably doing a cartwheel about that money,” said Dayton...
Ohio consumers could pay $300M through electric bill fees under new plan
 Ohio consumers would pay $300 million through new fees in their electric bills to create a new pot of state money — more than half of which could go to bailout two nuclear power plants along Lake Erie. At a Friday press conference, Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, detailed legislation he is pushing to eliminate surcharges...

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Ohio consumers would pay $300 million through new fees in their electric bills to create a new pot of state money — more than half of which could go to bailout two nuclear power plants along Lake Erie. At a Friday press conference, Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, detailed legislation he is pushing to eliminate surcharges...
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine answers questions about ‘Heartbeat’ abortion law
 On Thursday, our reporters Lynn Hulsey and Laura Bischoff had an opportunity to ask Gov. Mike DeWine about the “Heartbeat” abortion bill he just signed. Here’s his answers to their questions: DeWine: “It will ultimately, if it’s sustained it would be sustained by the Supreme Court. Without change in...

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On Thursday, our reporters Lynn Hulsey and Laura Bischoff had an opportunity to ask Gov. Mike DeWine about the “Heartbeat” abortion bill he just signed. Here’s his answers to their questions: DeWine: “It will ultimately, if it’s sustained it would be sustained by the Supreme Court. Without change in...
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signs ‘Heartbeat’ abortion bill
 After a nearly 10-year battle in the Ohio Statehouse, Gov. Mike DeWine signed the heartbeat abortion ban into law Thursday, which is sure to spark a constitutional challenge in federal court. The new law is nearly a complete ban: making it a felony for doctors to perform abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early...

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After a nearly 10-year battle in the Ohio Statehouse, Gov. Mike DeWine signed the heartbeat abortion ban into law Thursday, which is sure to spark a constitutional challenge in federal court. The new law is nearly a complete ban: making it a felony for doctors to perform abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early...
Local medical marijuana grower stuck in regulatory limbo
 Local entrepreneur Jason Wilson is sitting in regulatory limbo as he tries to launch his $4.3 million medical marijuana cultivation facility in the Miami Valley. The owner of Paragon Development Group LLC said he got approval from Huber Heights officials to build a grow facility and he listed the 6210 Executive Blvd as the address in his...

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Local entrepreneur Jason Wilson is sitting in regulatory limbo as he tries to launch his $4.3 million medical marijuana cultivation facility in the Miami Valley. The owner of Paragon Development Group LLC said he got approval from Huber Heights officials to build a grow facility and he listed the 6210 Executive Blvd as the address in his...
ACLU to sue Ohio over ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban
 The ACLU of Ohio plans to challenge Ohio’s “heartbeat” abortion bill, according to a tweet posted by the group Thursday. “We will be filing a lawsuit challenging SB 23 - the unconstitutional total abortion ban. Mike DeWine is expected to sign the bill in the coming days,” the tweet read. With opposing protest...

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The ACLU of Ohio plans to challenge Ohio’s “heartbeat” abortion bill, according to a tweet posted by the group Thursday. “We will be filing a lawsuit challenging SB 23 - the unconstitutional total abortion ban. Mike DeWine is expected to sign the bill in the coming days,” the tweet read. With opposing protest...
Ohio takes first steps to legalize sports betting
 Two lawmakers introduced a bill on Tuesday to legalize and regulate sports betting on professional and college athletics across the state. Legislation co-sponsored by state Reps. Dave Greenspan, R-Westlake, and Brigid Kelly, D-Cincinnati, would allow the Ohio Lottery Commission administer sports betting and give the Casino Control Commission...

Posted: 9 days ago

Two lawmakers introduced a bill on Tuesday to legalize and regulate sports betting on professional and college athletics across the state. Legislation co-sponsored by state Reps. Dave Greenspan, R-Westlake, and Brigid Kelly, D-Cincinnati, would allow the Ohio Lottery Commission administer sports betting and give the Casino Control Commission...
FBI case continues year after Ohio House Speaker Rosenberger resigned
 A year ago, Republican Cliff Rosenberger stunned his fellow lawmakers when he announced he was resigning his Ohio House seat and speakership and that he had hired a criminal defense attorney. A month after he stepped down, the FBI raided his home and storage unit in southern Ohio. But so far no charges have been filed. “Our only comment...

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A year ago, Republican Cliff Rosenberger stunned his fellow lawmakers when he announced he was resigning his Ohio House seat and speakership and that he had hired a criminal defense attorney. A month after he stepped down, the FBI raided his home and storage unit in southern Ohio. But so far no charges have been filed. “Our only comment...
Heartbeat abortion bill set for floor vote in Ohio House
 State lawmakers this week are expected to move closer to adopting one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the nation when the fetal heartbeat bill gets a floor vote in the Ohio House. The House Health Committee on Tuesday voted 11-7 in favor of the bill, which cleared the full Senate on a 19-13 vote on March 13. Ohio is among about...

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State lawmakers this week are expected to move closer to adopting one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the nation when the fetal heartbeat bill gets a floor vote in the Ohio House. The House Health Committee on Tuesday voted 11-7 in favor of the bill, which cleared the full Senate on a 19-13 vote on March 13. Ohio is among about...
New state law prevents marriage younger than 17
 Children under age 17 will no longer be permitted to marry in Ohio as a new child marriage law takes effect today. The new law comes in the wake of a Dayton Daily News investigation that found 4,443 girls age 17 or younger were married in Ohio between 2000 and 2015, including 59 who were 15 and younger. State records show three girls age...

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Children under age 17 will no longer be permitted to marry in Ohio as a new child marriage law takes effect today. The new law comes in the wake of a Dayton Daily News investigation that found 4,443 girls age 17 or younger were married in Ohio between 2000 and 2015, including 59 who were 15 and younger. State records show three girls age...
Ohio Parole Board under fire: 5 things to know
 The Ohio Parole Board is facing scrutiny after a public rebuke from former board member Shirley Smith. This Sunday, the Dayton Daily News dug into why the board is under fire and how it operates. Here’s five things reporter Laura Bischoff learned. RELATED: Ohio Parole Board member quits, calls agency secretive and toxic 1. The board...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Ohio Parole Board is facing scrutiny after a public rebuke from former board member Shirley Smith. This Sunday, the Dayton Daily News dug into why the board is under fire and how it operates. Here’s five things reporter Laura Bischoff learned. RELATED: Ohio Parole Board member quits, calls agency secretive and toxic 1. The board...
Dayton man killed 13-year-old 5 months after getting out on parole
 After denying parole for convicted killer Dameon Wesley three times, the Ohio Parole Board decided in 2012 that the Dayton man was ready for release after 18 years behind bars. He wasn’t. Five months after he walked out as a free man, Wesley shot and killed his ex-girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter, Briona Rodgers, and shot Rodgers&rsquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

After denying parole for convicted killer Dameon Wesley three times, the Ohio Parole Board decided in 2012 that the Dayton man was ready for release after 18 years behind bars. He wasn’t. Five months after he walked out as a free man, Wesley shot and killed his ex-girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter, Briona Rodgers, and shot Rodgers&rsquo...
Ohio parole board under fire from victims, inmates and lawmakers
 The powerful Ohio Parole Board operates largely behind closed doors: Initial hearings are not open to the public. Records are kept secret. Full board meetings are open to the public but debate and votes are conducted behind closed doors. In the wake of a public rebuke by former Parole Board member Shirley Smith, the system is now facing scrutiny...

Posted: 12 days ago

The powerful Ohio Parole Board operates largely behind closed doors: Initial hearings are not open to the public. Records are kept secret. Full board meetings are open to the public but debate and votes are conducted behind closed doors. In the wake of a public rebuke by former Parole Board member Shirley Smith, the system is now facing scrutiny...
Showdown between Dayton, state shaping up over traffic cameras
 Ohio lawmakers are going after millions of dollars that cities such as Dayton generate from red-light and traffic cameras setting up another battle over local control that could end up in court. The state transportation budget bill, signed Wednesday by Gov. Mike DeWine, includes language that will make it more difficult for cities to use...

Posted: 15 days ago

Ohio lawmakers are going after millions of dollars that cities such as Dayton generate from red-light and traffic cameras setting up another battle over local control that could end up in court. The state transportation budget bill, signed Wednesday by Gov. Mike DeWine, includes language that will make it more difficult for cities to use...
State goes after red-light, speed cameras; Dayton Mayor Whaley not happy
 State lawmakers want to make it more difficult for cities to deploy traffic enforcement cameras, which could spark another legal dispute between Ohio and its cities. Included in the compromise deal on the state transportation budget bill is a provision to require cities to file all traffic camera citation cases in municipal court. That means...

Posted: 16 days ago

State lawmakers want to make it more difficult for cities to deploy traffic enforcement cameras, which could spark another legal dispute between Ohio and its cities. Included in the compromise deal on the state transportation budget bill is a provision to require cities to file all traffic camera citation cases in municipal court. That means...
No more front license plate: Gov. DeWine signs bill doing away with it
 Ohio will drop its requirement that vehicles display license plates on the front bumpers — a mandate that has been in place for more than a century. Eliminating the front plate rule, beginning July 1, 2020, was included in a compromise deal reached by lawmakers on Tuesday in the two-year state transportation budget bill. Gov. Mike DeWine...

Posted: 16 days ago

Ohio will drop its requirement that vehicles display license plates on the front bumpers — a mandate that has been in place for more than a century. Eliminating the front plate rule, beginning July 1, 2020, was included in a compromise deal reached by lawmakers on Tuesday in the two-year state transportation budget bill. Gov. Mike DeWine...
10.5-cent gas tax increase signed by Gov. DeWine
 Ohio drivers will pay an additional tax of 10.5-cents per gallon of gas and 19-cents per gallon of diesel, beginning July 1, under a transportation budget signed Wednesday night by Gov. Mike DeWine. “This was a job that no one relished,” DeWine said Tuesday at a press conference with legislative leaders. “This was something...

Posted: 16 days ago

Ohio drivers will pay an additional tax of 10.5-cents per gallon of gas and 19-cents per gallon of diesel, beginning July 1, under a transportation budget signed Wednesday night by Gov. Mike DeWine. “This was a job that no one relished,” DeWine said Tuesday at a press conference with legislative leaders. “This was something...
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