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Year after State Fair tragedy, families ‘live with this every day’
 A year after the Ohio State Fair went from a scene of Americana to a deadly midway horror show, little has changed in the way Ohio’s eight full-time inspectors oversee the state’s 3,800 rides, the Dayton Daily News found. Eighteen-year-old Tyler Jarrell was killed and seven others were seriously injured in 2017 when a gondola...

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A year after the Ohio State Fair went from a scene of Americana to a deadly midway horror show, little has changed in the way Ohio’s eight full-time inspectors oversee the state’s 3,800 rides, the Dayton Daily News found. Eighteen-year-old Tyler Jarrell was killed and seven others were seriously injured in 2017 when a gondola...
Taking a trip to Lake Erie this summer? Check for slime before you go
 Last year, a slick, green slime covered more than 700 square miles of the western basin of Lake Erie — an algae bloom so big it was visible from outer space. The blooms can threaten drinking water, shut down beaches and quickly ruin vacation plans. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its latest harmful algal...

Posted: 4 days ago

Last year, a slick, green slime covered more than 700 square miles of the western basin of Lake Erie — an algae bloom so big it was visible from outer space. The blooms can threaten drinking water, shut down beaches and quickly ruin vacation plans. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its latest harmful algal...
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer: ‘We will vehemently contest all charges’
 Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, is scheduled to appear in Franklin County Municipal Court on Friday on charges that she inappropriately touched undercover police officers during a performance at a Columbus strip club. Her second night performance at Club Sirens, a strip club on the north...

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Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, is scheduled to appear in Franklin County Municipal Court on Friday on charges that she inappropriately touched undercover police officers during a performance at a Columbus strip club. Her second night performance at Club Sirens, a strip club on the north...
Springfield lawmaker on progress of payday lending reform he sponsored: ‘I am very pleased’
 The Ohio Senate voted 21-9 on Tuesday in favor of sweeping reforms for the payday lending industry, 10 years after Ohioans overwhelmingly embraced strict limits on how much lenders could charge. The bill co-authored by Republican Springfield representative Kyle Koehler was approved by the Ohio House in June, but there was a concern by supporters...

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The Ohio Senate voted 21-9 on Tuesday in favor of sweeping reforms for the payday lending industry, 10 years after Ohioans overwhelmingly embraced strict limits on how much lenders could charge. The bill co-authored by Republican Springfield representative Kyle Koehler was approved by the Ohio House in June, but there was a concern by supporters...
Payday lending bill clears Ohio Senate on bipartisan vote
 The Ohio Senate voted 21-9 on Tuesday in favor of sweeping reforms for the payday lending industry — 10 years after Ohioans overwhelmingly embraced strict limits on how much lenders could charge. The new reforms would impact roughly 1-million Ohio consumers who take out the short-term loans. “This is a pro-consumer bill,&rdquo...

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The Ohio Senate voted 21-9 on Tuesday in favor of sweeping reforms for the payday lending industry — 10 years after Ohioans overwhelmingly embraced strict limits on how much lenders could charge. The new reforms would impact roughly 1-million Ohio consumers who take out the short-term loans. “This is a pro-consumer bill,&rdquo...
Payday lending reform bill ready to advance in Ohio Senate
 State senators apparently struck a deal on a contentious payday lending reform bill but not everyone is happy: consumer advocates are cheering but industry insiders are jeering. Nick Bourke, director of consumer finance for The Pew Charitable Trusts, told senators that the new bill “will achieve true payday loan reform and save working...

Posted: 8 days ago

State senators apparently struck a deal on a contentious payday lending reform bill but not everyone is happy: consumer advocates are cheering but industry insiders are jeering. Nick Bourke, director of consumer finance for The Pew Charitable Trusts, told senators that the new bill “will achieve true payday loan reform and save working...
Laws will change Ohio school safety, behavior, suspensions
 Students and teachers will be operating under some new guidelines beginning this fall because the state legislature recently passed a host of measures aimed at balancing school safety techniques with the state’s interest in getting all children the best education possible. The state legislature has recently passed new laws that would...

Posted: 9 days ago

Students and teachers will be operating under some new guidelines beginning this fall because the state legislature recently passed a host of measures aimed at balancing school safety techniques with the state’s interest in getting all children the best education possible. The state legislature has recently passed new laws that would...
Canton businessman and ex-convict seeks to help Renacci in Senate race
 When Canton businessman Ben Suarez launched a campaign that would likely help Republican Jim Renacci’s bid for U.S. Senate, Renacci’s team quickly moved to put distance between the congressman and the ex-convict. Suarez created the Justice Association LLC with the aim of clearing his own name, recovering some $30 million in damages...

Posted: 11 days ago

When Canton businessman Ben Suarez launched a campaign that would likely help Republican Jim Renacci’s bid for U.S. Senate, Renacci’s team quickly moved to put distance between the congressman and the ex-convict. Suarez created the Justice Association LLC with the aim of clearing his own name, recovering some $30 million in damages...
Medical marijuana in Ohio: 8 key questions answered as the program nears
 Medical marijuana was supposed to be in Ohio patients’ hands by Sept. 8, but officials say there’s no way that deadline will be met. Despite delays, regulators working through the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program continue to chip away at selecting and certifying the hundreds of entities involved in state’s medical...

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Medical marijuana was supposed to be in Ohio patients’ hands by Sept. 8, but officials say there’s no way that deadline will be met. Despite delays, regulators working through the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program continue to chip away at selecting and certifying the hundreds of entities involved in state’s medical...
Trump backs Jordan ‘100 percent’ against claims he ignored OSU sex abuse

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President Donald Trump weighed in with support for U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, who is facing accusations that he failed to report sex abuse within the Ohio State University wrestling program when he was a coach. Aboard Air Force One, Trump said he believes Jordan over the accusers. “Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I&rsquo...
Jordan questions timing of OSU sex abuse allegations
 U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, continued to push back against allegations that he knew that Ohio State University team doctor Richard Strauss was a sexual predator and failed to report the abuse when he was an assistant coach in the wrestling program between 1986 and 1994. Jordan questioned the timing of the allegations, insisted that he...

Posted: 12 days ago

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, continued to push back against allegations that he knew that Ohio State University team doctor Richard Strauss was a sexual predator and failed to report the abuse when he was an assistant coach in the wrestling program between 1986 and 1994. Jordan questioned the timing of the allegations, insisted that he...
What we know now: Jim Jordan and Ohio State wrestling
 Congressman Jim Jordan said he would have reported abuse had he known about it during his time as an Ohio State University wrestling coach. Former wrestlers allege Jordan, R-Urbana, knew a team doctor sexually abused athletes but failed to report it. Here’s what we know now about the allegations, Jordan’s response and Ohio State&rsquo...

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Congressman Jim Jordan said he would have reported abuse had he known about it during his time as an Ohio State University wrestling coach. Former wrestlers allege Jordan, R-Urbana, knew a team doctor sexually abused athletes but failed to report it. Here’s what we know now about the allegations, Jordan’s response and Ohio State&rsquo...
Congressman Jim Jordan accused of knowing about sex abuse at Ohio State, not reporting it
 Former athletes who wrestled for Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan when he served as an assistant coach at Ohio State University now say Jordan knew the team doctor at the time sexually abused athletes, but failed to report it. >> Read more trending news  Jordan, R-Urbana, founder of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus, has denied...

Posted: 14 days ago

Former athletes who wrestled for Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan when he served as an assistant coach at Ohio State University now say Jordan knew the team doctor at the time sexually abused athletes, but failed to report it. >> Read more trending news  Jordan, R-Urbana, founder of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus, has denied...
Congressman Jim Jordan knew about sex abuse at OSU, former wrestlers say
 Former athletes who wrestled for U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan when he served as an assistant coach at Ohio State now say he knew team doctor Richard Strauss sexually abused athletes but Jordan failed to report it. Jordan, R-Urbana, founder of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus, denies knowing anything about the allegations. Ian Fury, a spokesman...

Posted: 14 days ago

Former athletes who wrestled for U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan when he served as an assistant coach at Ohio State now say he knew team doctor Richard Strauss sexually abused athletes but Jordan failed to report it. Jordan, R-Urbana, founder of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus, denies knowing anything about the allegations. Ian Fury, a spokesman...
State patrol focusing on safe driving around trucks
 The Ohio State Highway Patrol is warning drivers to be careful around commercial vehicles in an effort to combat the rising number of traffic collisions involving tractor-trailers and buses. Crashes involving commercial vehicles tend to be deadlier because of the the size and weight of the vehicles, and increased traffic around the Fourth...

Posted: 14 days ago

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is warning drivers to be careful around commercial vehicles in an effort to combat the rising number of traffic collisions involving tractor-trailers and buses. Crashes involving commercial vehicles tend to be deadlier because of the the size and weight of the vehicles, and increased traffic around the Fourth...
State Rep. Jeff Rezabek appointed to fill Montgomery County judge seat
 Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday appointed state Rep. Jeff Rezabek, a long-time family law attorney, to fill a vacancy on the Montgomery County Juvenile Court bench caused by the death of Nick Kuntz. Kuntz, who died May 6 after suffering a stroke on vacation, was set to retire after serving 24 years on the bench. Related: Nick Kuntz remembered...

Posted: 15 days ago

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday appointed state Rep. Jeff Rezabek, a long-time family law attorney, to fill a vacancy on the Montgomery County Juvenile Court bench caused by the death of Nick Kuntz. Kuntz, who died May 6 after suffering a stroke on vacation, was set to retire after serving 24 years on the bench. Related: Nick Kuntz remembered...
Cleveland terror plot thwarted: What federal officials are saying
 Federal officials are reacting to the news that law enforcement thwarted a plan to carry out a bombing in Cleveland during the Fourth of July holiday. Demetrius N. Pitts, 48, faces one count of attempting to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, according to court documents. Pitts was arrested Sunday morning...

Posted: 15 days ago

Federal officials are reacting to the news that law enforcement thwarted a plan to carry out a bombing in Cleveland during the Fourth of July holiday. Demetrius N. Pitts, 48, faces one count of attempting to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, according to court documents. Pitts was arrested Sunday morning...
Cleveland terror plot suspect has Dayton and Cincinnati ties, report shows
 Federal agents arrested a man with southwest Ohio ties who they say wanted to carry out a bombing attack during downtown Cleveland’s Fourth of July celebrations, authorities announced Monday.  Demetrius N. Pitts, 48, faces one count of attempting to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, according...

Posted: 15 days ago

Federal agents arrested a man with southwest Ohio ties who they say wanted to carry out a bombing attack during downtown Cleveland’s Fourth of July celebrations, authorities announced Monday.  Demetrius N. Pitts, 48, faces one count of attempting to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, according...
Ohio lawmakers back bill requiring teachers to out transgender students
 Under a bill pending in the Ohio House, teachers, school counselors and others who supervise children would be required to out transgender children to their parents,. The bill, sponsored by two Southwest Ohio Republicans, calls for affirming parents’ rights to determine what’s in their child’s best interest, including withholding...

Posted: 18 days ago

Under a bill pending in the Ohio House, teachers, school counselors and others who supervise children would be required to out transgender children to their parents,. The bill, sponsored by two Southwest Ohio Republicans, calls for affirming parents’ rights to determine what’s in their child’s best interest, including withholding...
First Ohio medical marijuana grow site gets OK to start; Central State to be test lab
 FN Group Holdings, LLC, got the green light from the state of Ohio to begin growing medical marijuana at its facility in Portage County — the first cultivator to win an operations certificate. State regulators also announced that it issued provisional licenses to Central State University and Hocking Technical College to set up medical...

Posted: 18 days ago

FN Group Holdings, LLC, got the green light from the state of Ohio to begin growing medical marijuana at its facility in Portage County — the first cultivator to win an operations certificate. State regulators also announced that it issued provisional licenses to Central State University and Hocking Technical College to set up medical...
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