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Ohio may soon require recording of interrogations for some crimes
 All interrogations of suspects in serious crime cases, such as murder or rape, would be required to be recorded, if a bill introduced by state Rep. Phil Plummer becomes law. “This is about accountability and doing what’s right,” said Plummer, R-Butler Twp. A former Montgomery County sheriff, Plummer noted that his department...

Posted: 12 hours ago

All interrogations of suspects in serious crime cases, such as murder or rape, would be required to be recorded, if a bill introduced by state Rep. Phil Plummer becomes law. “This is about accountability and doing what’s right,” said Plummer, R-Butler Twp. A former Montgomery County sheriff, Plummer noted that his department...
Tired of waiting in line for driver’s license? Ohio may allow online check-in
 Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted have an idea to make the lines go faster at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles: online check-ins. DeWine and Husted on Monday rolled out a pilot project at a dozen deputy registrar offices across Ohio, including in Centerville, to allow BMV visitors to sign up online to get in line. Once checked-in...

Posted: a day ago

Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted have an idea to make the lines go faster at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles: online check-ins. DeWine and Husted on Monday rolled out a pilot project at a dozen deputy registrar offices across Ohio, including in Centerville, to allow BMV visitors to sign up online to get in line. Once checked-in...
Ohio Senate leaders want 8% income tax cut in budget bill
 Ohio Senate Republicans on Tuesday unveiled plans for an 8-percent across the board income tax cut, elimination of the two lowest tax brackets and continuing a business tax cut that allows some firms to avoid paying state income taxes on the first $250,000 in revenue. Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, said at a press conference that...

Posted: 7 days ago

Ohio Senate Republicans on Tuesday unveiled plans for an 8-percent across the board income tax cut, elimination of the two lowest tax brackets and continuing a business tax cut that allows some firms to avoid paying state income taxes on the first $250,000 in revenue. Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, said at a press conference that...
Alcohol-infused ice cream could be home delivered in Ohio if bill passes
 What would be better than alcohol-infused ice cream? How about the boozy treats delivered to your doorstep? One Ohio lawmaker is pushing a bill to allow for online ordering and direct shipping of alcohol-infused ice cream to customers as well as permit for delivery via a service such as UberEats or DoorDash. House Bill 160 is scheduled for...

Posted: 8 days ago

What would be better than alcohol-infused ice cream? How about the boozy treats delivered to your doorstep? One Ohio lawmaker is pushing a bill to allow for online ordering and direct shipping of alcohol-infused ice cream to customers as well as permit for delivery via a service such as UberEats or DoorDash. House Bill 160 is scheduled for...
Ohio voters may decide on gun background checks
 Ohio voters could weigh in requiring universal background checks for gun purchases if a citizens group collects enough signatures to get the issue on the statewide ballot. Ohioans for Gun Safety, a grassroots group, is launching a campaign to gather 132,887 valid signatures from registered voters to present a citizen-initiated statute to...

Posted: 8 days ago

Ohio voters could weigh in requiring universal background checks for gun purchases if a citizens group collects enough signatures to get the issue on the statewide ballot. Ohioans for Gun Safety, a grassroots group, is launching a campaign to gather 132,887 valid signatures from registered voters to present a citizen-initiated statute to...
How Steve Rauch grew $500 into multimillion-dollar demo contracts
 Steve Rauch — the long-time go-to contractor who has torn down hundreds of buildings in the region, many paid for with millions of tax dollars — started his business with $500 in capital. Rauch now faces state criminal charges in an environmental case and federal investigators have subpoenaed records about his business dealings...

Posted: 9 days ago

Steve Rauch — the long-time go-to contractor who has torn down hundreds of buildings in the region, many paid for with millions of tax dollars — started his business with $500 in capital. Rauch now faces state criminal charges in an environmental case and federal investigators have subpoenaed records about his business dealings...
Governor: Ohio must step up state oversight of county jails
 In the wake of high-profile lawsuits and inmate deaths in Cleveland, Dayton and around Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine announced plans to beef up state inspections and oversight of county jails. DeWine wants the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to hire nine more employees, boosting the force to 15, to conduct annual inspections. ODRC&rsquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

In the wake of high-profile lawsuits and inmate deaths in Cleveland, Dayton and around Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine announced plans to beef up state inspections and oversight of county jails. DeWine wants the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to hire nine more employees, boosting the force to 15, to conduct annual inspections. ODRC&rsquo...
Ohio doctor charged with 25 counts of murder in opioid overdose deaths
 An Ohio doctor is charged with 25 counts of murder after allegedly overprescribing powerful opioids, according to an indictment filed by Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien. Dr. William Husel, 43, is accused by prosecutors of murders between February 2015 and November 2018, when he was removed from patient care by Mount Carmel...

Posted: 13 days ago

An Ohio doctor is charged with 25 counts of murder after allegedly overprescribing powerful opioids, according to an indictment filed by Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien. Dr. William Husel, 43, is accused by prosecutors of murders between February 2015 and November 2018, when he was removed from patient care by Mount Carmel...
Ohio may require injured workers to declare citizenship to get workers comp benefits
 The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation budget bill on Wednesday became a flashpoint in the national debate over immigration and worker rights. The Ohio House voted 57-36 in favor of requiring injured workers to declare whether they are citizens, illegal workers or legal workers on their BWC benefits claim forms. Filing false information...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation budget bill on Wednesday became a flashpoint in the national debate over immigration and worker rights. The Ohio House voted 57-36 in favor of requiring injured workers to declare whether they are citizens, illegal workers or legal workers on their BWC benefits claim forms. Filing false information...
Seriously mentally ill killers may soon avoid execution in Ohio
 The Ohio House voted 76-17 in favor of legislation that would prohibit executing inmates who suffered from serious mental illness at the time they committed their crimes. House Bill 136, if it becomes law, would take the death penalty off the table for offenders who show they suffered from illnesses such as major depression or schizophrenia...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Ohio House voted 76-17 in favor of legislation that would prohibit executing inmates who suffered from serious mental illness at the time they committed their crimes. House Bill 136, if it becomes law, would take the death penalty off the table for offenders who show they suffered from illnesses such as major depression or schizophrenia...
Ohio lawmakers vote to strengthen amusement ride safety after state fair accident
 Nearly two years after the fatal FireBall accident at the Ohio State Fair, state lawmakers voted on Wednesday to beef up amusement ride safety inspections. House Bill 189, which passed 87-6, seeks to strengthen safety inspection standards, define qualifications for ride inspectors and clearly outline ride owner responsibilities. Eighteen-year-old...

Posted: 13 days ago

Nearly two years after the fatal FireBall accident at the Ohio State Fair, state lawmakers voted on Wednesday to beef up amusement ride safety inspections. House Bill 189, which passed 87-6, seeks to strengthen safety inspection standards, define qualifications for ride inspectors and clearly outline ride owner responsibilities. Eighteen-year-old...
Bond set at $1M for doctor charged with 25 counts of murder
 A Columbus area doctor is charged with 25 counts of murder by over prescribing powerful opioids, according to an indictment filed by Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien. Dr. William Husel, 43, is accused by prosecutors of murders between February 2015 and November 2018, when he was removed from patient care by Mount Carmel Health...

Posted: 13 days ago

A Columbus area doctor is charged with 25 counts of murder by over prescribing powerful opioids, according to an indictment filed by Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien. Dr. William Husel, 43, is accused by prosecutors of murders between February 2015 and November 2018, when he was removed from patient care by Mount Carmel Health...
Lawmakers may open window for lawsuits against OSU in doctor abuse case
 Men who say they were sexually abused by Dr. Richard Strauss at Ohio State University are pushing for a law change that would open the window for them to sue the university for damages. State Rep. Brett Hillyer, R-Ulrichsville, is sponsoring House Bill 249, which is tailored specifically to the OSU sex abuse case. Without the change, pending...

Posted: 14 days ago

Men who say they were sexually abused by Dr. Richard Strauss at Ohio State University are pushing for a law change that would open the window for them to sue the university for damages. State Rep. Brett Hillyer, R-Ulrichsville, is sponsoring House Bill 249, which is tailored specifically to the OSU sex abuse case. Without the change, pending...
Dayton-area tornadoes: Federal disaster money not coming soon but process started
 Residents may be storm-and-clean-up weary but federal disaster assistance isn’t expected to start flowing for a while. State and federal emergency management officials will assess tornado damage in 10 Ohio counties on Wednesday and Thursday, the first step toward unlocking FEMA money for Miami Valley residents and businesses hit by...

Posted: 15 days ago

Residents may be storm-and-clean-up weary but federal disaster assistance isn’t expected to start flowing for a while. State and federal emergency management officials will assess tornado damage in 10 Ohio counties on Wednesday and Thursday, the first step toward unlocking FEMA money for Miami Valley residents and businesses hit by...
PHOTOS: Tornado victims share their stories of survival
Joe Guth spent his entire 45 years on the same block of Troy Street in Old North Dayton but in just 30 seconds, a violent tornado bashed in the second story of his red brick house and blew out his windows. “It wouldn’t be so hard if I didn’t grow up here. That’s what makes it hard,” Guth said. LAURA A. BISCHOFF/STAFF

Posted: 15 days ago

Joe Guth spent his entire 45 years on the same block of Troy Street in Old North Dayton but in just 30 seconds, a violent tornado bashed in the second story of his red brick house and blew out his windows. “It wouldn’t be so hard if I didn’t grow up here. That’s what makes it hard,” Guth said. LAURA A. BISCHOFF/STAFF
Stories of Survival: ‘I thought I was done. I thought I was going to get swept away.’
 Joe Guth spent his entire 45 years on the same block of Troy Street in Old North Dayton but in just 30 seconds, a violent tornado bashed in the second story of his red brick house, snapped the tree his grandfather planted in 1960, blew out his windows and uprooted his life forever. “It wouldn’t be so hard if I didn’t grow...

Posted: 18 days ago

Joe Guth spent his entire 45 years on the same block of Troy Street in Old North Dayton but in just 30 seconds, a violent tornado bashed in the second story of his red brick house, snapped the tree his grandfather planted in 1960, blew out his windows and uprooted his life forever. “It wouldn’t be so hard if I didn’t grow...
Ohio House passes controversial energy bill changing electric fees
 The Ohio House voted 53-43 in favor of a controversial energy bill that will require Ohio’s 4.8 million electric customers to pay fees that will be used to subsidize two aging nuclear power plants and two coal-fired plants, including one in Indiana. House Bill 6 would wipe out surcharges currently paid by consumers for renewable energy...

Posted: 20 days ago

The Ohio House voted 53-43 in favor of a controversial energy bill that will require Ohio’s 4.8 million electric customers to pay fees that will be used to subsidize two aging nuclear power plants and two coal-fired plants, including one in Indiana. House Bill 6 would wipe out surcharges currently paid by consumers for renewable energy...
37 former athletes sue OSU in doctor abuse case
 Thirty-seven former Ohio State University student-athletes — including more than two dozen football players — filed suit against OSU on Wednesday in U.S. District Court, claiming the university turned a blind eye to sexual misconduct by physician Richard Strauss for 19 years. The lawsuit alleges that Strauss abused the students...

Posted: 20 days ago

Thirty-seven former Ohio State University student-athletes — including more than two dozen football players — filed suit against OSU on Wednesday in U.S. District Court, claiming the university turned a blind eye to sexual misconduct by physician Richard Strauss for 19 years. The lawsuit alleges that Strauss abused the students...
Tales from the storms: ‘Our whole house is ruined’
 Each of the tornadoes that struck the Miami Valley late on Memorial Day whirled with winds of more than 136 mph and harnessed the power to obliterate a well-built home or toss a car. Area residents today continue to tally the damage wrought by these twisters and the storm that produced them. Sunrise Tuesday revealed hundreds of damaged homes...

Posted: 21 days ago

Each of the tornadoes that struck the Miami Valley late on Memorial Day whirled with winds of more than 136 mph and harnessed the power to obliterate a well-built home or toss a car. Area residents today continue to tally the damage wrought by these twisters and the storm that produced them. Sunrise Tuesday revealed hundreds of damaged homes...
Ohio lawmakers set to vote on energy bill that increases electric fees
 A controversial energy bill is expected to be approved by the Ohio House Wednesday, despite last-ditch efforts by opponents to kill it. If House Bill 6 becomes law, Ohio consumers would pay $1.3 billion over six years in new surcharges on their electric bills, according to state Rep. Jamie Callender, R-Concord, co-sponsor of the legislation...

Posted: 21 days ago

A controversial energy bill is expected to be approved by the Ohio House Wednesday, despite last-ditch efforts by opponents to kill it. If House Bill 6 becomes law, Ohio consumers would pay $1.3 billion over six years in new surcharges on their electric bills, according to state Rep. Jamie Callender, R-Concord, co-sponsor of the legislation...
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