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New polls show Sherrod Brown up big over Jim Renacci in US Senate race
 Two new polls out show U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown with a big lead over his Republican challenger Congressman Jim Renacci. Brown is running for a third term in the U.S. Senate this November. Quinnipiac pollsters said Brown holds a 51-34 percent lead over U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, in the senate race. Brown has a 55 percent job approval...

Posted: 11 days ago

Two new polls out show U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown with a big lead over his Republican challenger Congressman Jim Renacci. Brown is running for a third term in the U.S. Senate this November. Quinnipiac pollsters said Brown holds a 51-34 percent lead over U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, in the senate race. Brown has a 55 percent job approval...
Poll says Ohio governor race too close to call between Cordray, DeWine
 The race for Ohio governor between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine is too close to call, a new independent poll released Wednesday shows. The Quinnipiac University poll says support for Cordray stands at 42-percent while DeWine trails him by just 2 percentage points. “The closeness between Richard Cordray and Attorney...

Posted: 11 days ago

The race for Ohio governor between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine is too close to call, a new independent poll released Wednesday shows. The Quinnipiac University poll says support for Cordray stands at 42-percent while DeWine trails him by just 2 percentage points. “The closeness between Richard Cordray and Attorney...
What is impact of Supreme Court ruling in Ohio voter purge case?
 The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Ohio’s law for removing voters from registration rolls does not violate federal law. The vote was split 5-4 with the conservative justices in the majority. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., said the court rejected arguments in the Ohio case that the practice violates a federal law intended to increase...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Ohio’s law for removing voters from registration rolls does not violate federal law. The vote was split 5-4 with the conservative justices in the majority. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., said the court rejected arguments in the Ohio case that the practice violates a federal law intended to increase...
OSU investigating deceased doctor for sexual misconduct
 For nearly two decades, Dr. Richard Strauss treated athletes and students at Ohio State University as a team doctor in the athletics program and a physician at the student health services center. Over the years, Strauss — who died by suicide in California in 2005 at age 67, according to records — was lauded as a national and international...

Posted: 14 days ago

For nearly two decades, Dr. Richard Strauss treated athletes and students at Ohio State University as a team doctor in the athletics program and a physician at the student health services center. Over the years, Strauss — who died by suicide in California in 2005 at age 67, according to records — was lauded as a national and international...
Payday lending a ‘horrible cycle’ for some Ohioans
 One out of 10 Ohioans have used payday loans to make ends meet, according to a local lawmaker looking to change a system that some people say has ruined their financial lives. Supporters of payday lending say House Bill 123, which passed last week by the Ohio House to cap high interest rates and regulate minimum payments, will cut off access...

Posted: 14 days ago

One out of 10 Ohioans have used payday loans to make ends meet, according to a local lawmaker looking to change a system that some people say has ruined their financial lives. Supporters of payday lending say House Bill 123, which passed last week by the Ohio House to cap high interest rates and regulate minimum payments, will cut off access...
Ohio prison officials keep inmate bus murder report secret
 Ohio prison officials are refusing to release an internal report on a how an inmate managed to murder another prisoner on a transport bus without the guards even noticing. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said on Friday that the report is exempt from public disclosure because it is a “security record.” DRC...

Posted: 16 days ago

Ohio prison officials are refusing to release an internal report on a how an inmate managed to murder another prisoner on a transport bus without the guards even noticing. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said on Friday that the report is exempt from public disclosure because it is a “security record.” DRC...
Clark, Champaign officials hoping for state approval for ‘critical’ new voting machines
 Voting systems at Clark and Champaign County polling places haven’t been updated since George W. Bush was president. Technology has greatly evolved in the last 12 years, and the Ohio House agreed — voting should too. The House unanimously voted Thursday to give $114.5 million in state funds to counties to purchase new voting machines...

Posted: 16 days ago

Voting systems at Clark and Champaign County polling places haven’t been updated since George W. Bush was president. Technology has greatly evolved in the last 12 years, and the Ohio House agreed — voting should too. The House unanimously voted Thursday to give $114.5 million in state funds to counties to purchase new voting machines...
State OKs money to replace, repair voting machines ahead of 2020
 Local elections officials sounded relief Thursday after the Ohio House approved $114.5 million in state funds for counties to purchase new voting machines ahead of the 2020 presidential election. “We’re happy to see it,” said Llyn McCoy, Greene County’s elections director. “The equipment itself is becoming obsolete...

Posted: 17 days ago

Local elections officials sounded relief Thursday after the Ohio House approved $114.5 million in state funds for counties to purchase new voting machines ahead of the 2020 presidential election. “We’re happy to see it,” said Llyn McCoy, Greene County’s elections director. “The equipment itself is becoming obsolete...
Butler, Warren could collectively receive $5M from state for new voting equipment
 A plan to give $114.5 million in state funds to counties to purchase new voting machines cleared the Ohio House on a unanimous vote on Thursday. The money will be distributed to counties based in part on the number of registered voters they have. RELATED: ‘On its last legs’: Why election boards are seeking new voting machines...

Posted: 17 days ago

A plan to give $114.5 million in state funds to counties to purchase new voting machines cleared the Ohio House on a unanimous vote on Thursday. The money will be distributed to counties based in part on the number of registered voters they have. RELATED: ‘On its last legs’: Why election boards are seeking new voting machines...
Ohio moves toward banning hospitals from requiring nurses to work OT
 Hospitals would not be allowed to force nurses to work overtime as a condition of employment, if an Ohio House bill becomes law. The House voted 74-10 in favor of the bill, which now goes to the Senate for consideration. Ohio has some 200,000 nurses. Related: Ohio lawmakers may vote to ban mandatory OT for nurses State Rep. Robert Sprague...

Posted: 17 days ago

Hospitals would not be allowed to force nurses to work overtime as a condition of employment, if an Ohio House bill becomes law. The House voted 74-10 in favor of the bill, which now goes to the Senate for consideration. Ohio has some 200,000 nurses. Related: Ohio lawmakers may vote to ban mandatory OT for nurses State Rep. Robert Sprague...
Major changes to payday lending step closer to coming to Ohio
 The Ohio House voted 69-14 for a controversial bill that calls for a major crackdown on the payday lending industry. “The time for reform is now,” said state Rep. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, who introduced the bill in March 2017. The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate where lawmakers are already working on the issue. House Bill...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Ohio House voted 69-14 for a controversial bill that calls for a major crackdown on the payday lending industry. “The time for reform is now,” said state Rep. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, who introduced the bill in March 2017. The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate where lawmakers are already working on the issue. House Bill...
It takes 11 rounds of voting for Ohio lawmakers to pick new speaker of the House
 After 57 days of battle waged behind closed doors and out in the open, the Ohio House elected state Rep. Ryan Smith to lead the chamber through the last seven months of the legislative term — a period that is likely to be marked by a contentious campaign season and the cloud of a federal investigation. Speaker is one of the most powerful...

Posted: 18 days ago

After 57 days of battle waged behind closed doors and out in the open, the Ohio House elected state Rep. Ryan Smith to lead the chamber through the last seven months of the legislative term — a period that is likely to be marked by a contentious campaign season and the cloud of a federal investigation. Speaker is one of the most powerful...
Group wants to legalize recreational pot in Ohio, erase criminal records
 Entrepreneur and political activist Ian James and his business partners have big plans for marijuana across Ohio including two ballot issues that could come before voters — one to legalize recreational marijuana and one to erase marijuana convictions from criminal records. James was a primary driver behind Responsible Ohio, the group...

Posted: 18 days ago

Entrepreneur and political activist Ian James and his business partners have big plans for marijuana across Ohio including two ballot issues that could come before voters — one to legalize recreational marijuana and one to erase marijuana convictions from criminal records. James was a primary driver behind Responsible Ohio, the group...
Dayton payday lender could lose big if reform bill passes
 Dayton businessman Lee Schear and his company NCP Finance stand to lose big time if House Bill 123 — a sweeping reform of the payday lending industry that may get a floor vote this month — becomes law in Ohio. The legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, aims to close a loophole in state law that for the...

Posted: 19 days ago

Dayton businessman Lee Schear and his company NCP Finance stand to lose big time if House Bill 123 — a sweeping reform of the payday lending industry that may get a floor vote this month — becomes law in Ohio. The legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, aims to close a loophole in state law that for the...
Patients won’t be able to get medical marijuana in Ohio by Sept. 8 deadline
 Ohio regulators said Tuesday that medical marijuana will not be available to patients by the September 8 deadline set in state law. “It doesn’t look like any of the cultivators will be ready to have produce on the shelves by September,” said Mark Hamlin, senior policy advisor to the medical marijuana program at the Ohio...

Posted: 19 days ago

Ohio regulators said Tuesday that medical marijuana will not be available to patients by the September 8 deadline set in state law. “It doesn’t look like any of the cultivators will be ready to have produce on the shelves by September,” said Mark Hamlin, senior policy advisor to the medical marijuana program at the Ohio...
Medical cannabis stores are coming to Ohio: 5 questions answered for you
 Local residents will soon be able to visit medical marijuana stores in the Miami Valley. The Dayton-Springfield-Cincinnati region will get 12 medical marijuana stores, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy ruled on Monday. Locally, the stores will open in Montgomery, Greene, Butler, Warren, Clark and Hamilton counties. The Board of Pharmacy announced...

Posted: 19 days ago

Local residents will soon be able to visit medical marijuana stores in the Miami Valley. The Dayton-Springfield-Cincinnati region will get 12 medical marijuana stores, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy ruled on Monday. Locally, the stores will open in Montgomery, Greene, Butler, Warren, Clark and Hamilton counties. The Board of Pharmacy announced...
Two Clark County sites get permission for marijuana sales
 Two locations in Springfield will be allowed to sell medical marijuana, according to information released Monday by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. Pure Wellness LLC received permission for a site at 1711 W. Main St., while Cannamed Therapeutics LLC also had a Springfield site listed at 0 Raydo Circle. Sites in Dayton, Beavercreek, Riverside...

Posted: 20 days ago

Two locations in Springfield will be allowed to sell medical marijuana, according to information released Monday by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. Pure Wellness LLC received permission for a site at 1711 W. Main St., while Cannamed Therapeutics LLC also had a Springfield site listed at 0 Raydo Circle. Sites in Dayton, Beavercreek, Riverside...
Dayton, Beavercreek, Riverside, Lebanon to get medical pot stores
 Sites in Dayton, Beavercreek, Riverside, Lebanon and Springfield were approved Monday by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to sell medical marijuana. There will be 56 medical marijuana dispensary sites across the state, including 13 in southwest Ohio. The licensees are expected to open storefront operations in early September when Ohio’s new...

Posted: 20 days ago

Sites in Dayton, Beavercreek, Riverside, Lebanon and Springfield were approved Monday by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to sell medical marijuana. There will be 56 medical marijuana dispensary sites across the state, including 13 in southwest Ohio. The licensees are expected to open storefront operations in early September when Ohio’s new...
2 medical marijuana stores approved in Butler County
 The Dayton-Cincinnati region will get 12 medical marijuana stores, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy ruled today, and two will be located in Butler County. The stores will be located at: Butler County127 Ohio LLC in the Village of Seven Mile in Butler County;
CannAscend Alternative LLC, 300 No. Main St., Monroe. Warren CountyTherapeutic Healing...

Posted: 20 days ago

The Dayton-Cincinnati region will get 12 medical marijuana stores, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy ruled today, and two will be located in Butler County. The stores will be located at: Butler County127 Ohio LLC in the Village of Seven Mile in Butler County; CannAscend Alternative LLC, 300 No. Main St., Monroe. Warren CountyTherapeutic Healing...
Region to get 12 medical marijuana stores, here’s where they will be
   The Dayton-Springfield-Cincinnati region will get 12 medical marijuana stores, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy ruled today. The stores will be located at:  Pure Ohio Wellness LLC, 1875 Needmore Rd., Dayton;  CannAscend Alternative, 333 Wayne Ave., Dayton;  Schottenstein Aphria III LLC, 5604 Airway Rd., Riverside. Harvest...

Posted: 20 days ago

  The Dayton-Springfield-Cincinnati region will get 12 medical marijuana stores, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy ruled today. The stores will be located at:  Pure Ohio Wellness LLC, 1875 Needmore Rd., Dayton;  CannAscend Alternative, 333 Wayne Ave., Dayton;  Schottenstein Aphria III LLC, 5604 Airway Rd., Riverside. Harvest...
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