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DeWine, Cordray race dead heat in new poll; DeWine ahead in money raised
 Ohio’s campaign season about to get loud, pricey and competitive. With early voting set to start in about a month, the campaigns and their allies have already been airing ads on TV, online and radio and booked time for more spots in the coming weeks. Borrell Associates says the governor race between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican...

Posted: 18 days ago

Ohio’s campaign season about to get loud, pricey and competitive. With early voting set to start in about a month, the campaigns and their allies have already been airing ads on TV, online and radio and booked time for more spots in the coming weeks. Borrell Associates says the governor race between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican...
Ohio leaders react to the deadly shooting in Cincinnati
 Four people are dead, including the gunman, after a shooting in the middle of downtown Cincinnati Thursday. The shooting happened at the headquarters for Fifth Third Bank near Fountain Square. Here’s what leaders and officials from around the state said about the incident Thursday:

Posted: 18 days ago

Four people are dead, including the gunman, after a shooting in the middle of downtown Cincinnati Thursday. The shooting happened at the headquarters for Fifth Third Bank near Fountain Square. Here’s what leaders and officials from around the state said about the incident Thursday:
Lucasville riot leader appeals case sealed by high court
 The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to seal records involving a post-conviction death penalty appeal brought by inmate James Were, who was convicted of murdering Corrections Officer Robert Vallandingham in the Lucasville riots 25 years ago. Because the case files are now sealed it is difficult to determine why the court decided to close...

Posted: 20 days ago

The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to seal records involving a post-conviction death penalty appeal brought by inmate James Were, who was convicted of murdering Corrections Officer Robert Vallandingham in the Lucasville riots 25 years ago. Because the case files are now sealed it is difficult to determine why the court decided to close...
Old issues emerge in Ohio governor race

Posted: 21 days ago

This isn’t 2010, but you might think so if you’re following this year’s contest for Ohio governor. Eight years ago — when the same two candidates were running in the attorney general’s race — Republican Mike DeWine hammered incumbent Democrat Richard Cordray over how long it took to process DNA evidence...
First local site gets license to process medical marijuana
 An Enon-based business won a medical marijuana processor’s license from the state Department of Commerce on Friday. Purpose Leaf LLC, on Dayton-Springfield Road south of Interstate 70, is the tenth processor to receive a state license. It is the first approved processor license in the Dayton-Springfield region. Processors take the harvested...

Posted: 24 days ago

An Enon-based business won a medical marijuana processor’s license from the state Department of Commerce on Friday. Purpose Leaf LLC, on Dayton-Springfield Road south of Interstate 70, is the tenth processor to receive a state license. It is the first approved processor license in the Dayton-Springfield region. Processors take the harvested...
Dayton could decriminalize marijuana. How that’s different than legalization.
 Dayton voters in a couple of months will get a chance to use the ballot box to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. Decriminalization is not the same as legalization. Regardless of how Dayton electors vote, marijuana will still be illegal under state and federal law, and people caught with small amounts of marijuana in the city still...

Posted: 26 days ago

Dayton voters in a couple of months will get a chance to use the ballot box to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. Decriminalization is not the same as legalization. Regardless of how Dayton electors vote, marijuana will still be illegal under state and federal law, and people caught with small amounts of marijuana in the city still...
Heroin-fentanyl mix caused apparent ODs at Ross Correctional Institution
 UPDATE @ 11:10 p.m.: A mixture of heroin and fentanyl has been identified by the Ohio State Highway Patrol as the substance that caused an apparent overdose of one inmate and required medical attention for 27 staff members at the Ross Correctional Institution (RCI) in Chillicothe on Wednesday morning. Approximately 31 inmates not affected...

Posted: 27 days ago

UPDATE @ 11:10 p.m.: A mixture of heroin and fentanyl has been identified by the Ohio State Highway Patrol as the substance that caused an apparent overdose of one inmate and required medical attention for 27 staff members at the Ross Correctional Institution (RCI) in Chillicothe on Wednesday morning. Approximately 31 inmates not affected...
Ohio House records provide details on ex-Speaker Rosenberger’s trips, messages
 Former Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger sent himself notes with reminders about key dates, books to read and pithy quotes he might want to roll out from time to time, according to a 55-page document included in a trove of records released Monday. Just after midnight on May 22, 2016, the Clarksville Republican sent himself note: &ldquo...

Posted: 27 days ago

Former Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger sent himself notes with reminders about key dates, books to read and pithy quotes he might want to roll out from time to time, according to a 55-page document included in a trove of records released Monday. Just after midnight on May 22, 2016, the Clarksville Republican sent himself note: &ldquo...
Ex-Ohio Speaker Rosenberger traveled 111 days in 2017, email shows
 Starting when he became speaker of the Ohio House in 2015, Republican Cliff Rosenberger hit the road, taking so many trips that at times his staff was uncertain of his whereabouts, according to documents released Monday. An email from Rosenberger’s office director Alyssa Sarko sent in May 2018 to Ohio House Chief Legal Counsel Mike...

Posted: 28 days ago

Starting when he became speaker of the Ohio House in 2015, Republican Cliff Rosenberger hit the road, taking so many trips that at times his staff was uncertain of his whereabouts, according to documents released Monday. An email from Rosenberger’s office director Alyssa Sarko sent in May 2018 to Ohio House Chief Legal Counsel Mike...
Former Ohio House speaker: Who is Cliff Rosenberger?
 Who is Cliff Rosenberger? He is the former Ohio House speaker who resigned in April 2018 after disclosing to this newspaper that he was facing a federal investigation. What are the feds investigating? The FBI has not confirmed it is investigating Rosenberger but agents raided his Clarksville home and Wilmington storage space on May 23 and...

Posted: 28 days ago

Who is Cliff Rosenberger? He is the former Ohio House speaker who resigned in April 2018 after disclosing to this newspaper that he was facing a federal investigation. What are the feds investigating? The FBI has not confirmed it is investigating Rosenberger but agents raided his Clarksville home and Wilmington storage space on May 23 and...
FBI investigation: List released of items removed from ex-House Speaker Rosenberger’s office 
 During his time as Ohio House speaker, Republican Cliff Rosenberger amassed — and eventually carted off — a huge haul of memorabilia, according to a 53-page inventory obtained by this newspaper. The catalog, provided to the FBI and news media outlets, lists everything removed from Rosenberger’s state offices on May 11, a...

Posted: 28 days ago

During his time as Ohio House speaker, Republican Cliff Rosenberger amassed — and eventually carted off — a huge haul of memorabilia, according to a 53-page inventory obtained by this newspaper. The catalog, provided to the FBI and news media outlets, lists everything removed from Rosenberger’s state offices on May 11, a...
Ohio House Speaker scandal: How it developed
 Federal authorities are trying to build a public corruption case against former Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger and three payday lending industry representatives, according to a search warrant and subpoena obtained exclusively by this newspaper. Here’s a look the life and career of Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and how this...

Posted: 29 days ago

Federal authorities are trying to build a public corruption case against former Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger and three payday lending industry representatives, according to a search warrant and subpoena obtained exclusively by this newspaper. Here’s a look the life and career of Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and how this...
Search warrant shows roadmap of investigation against former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger
 Federal authorities are trying to build a public corruption case against former Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger and three payday lending industry representatives, according to a search warrant and subpoena obtained exclusively by this newspaper. The search and seizure warrant sent to the Ohio House on May 22 lists three boxes and a thumb...

Posted: 29 days ago

Federal authorities are trying to build a public corruption case against former Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger and three payday lending industry representatives, according to a search warrant and subpoena obtained exclusively by this newspaper. The search and seizure warrant sent to the Ohio House on May 22 lists three boxes and a thumb...
Ohio’s aging prison population is adding costs for their care
 Tough-on-crime sentencing laws helped keep criminals like Arthur Schnipper Jr. behind bars for long periods, but as Ohio’s prison population gets older, the state is getting a taste of how expensive caring for frail inmates can be. Ohio earmarked $150 million as part of a master plan that will add 290 medical beds to the Franklin Medical...

Posted: 30 days ago

Tough-on-crime sentencing laws helped keep criminals like Arthur Schnipper Jr. behind bars for long periods, but as Ohio’s prison population gets older, the state is getting a taste of how expensive caring for frail inmates can be. Ohio earmarked $150 million as part of a master plan that will add 290 medical beds to the Franklin Medical...
Trump, in Columbus, fires up base for mid-terms with attacks on Dems

4:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018

Just days after his former campaign chairman was convicted and his former lawyer pleaded guilty, President Donald Trump returned to Ohio to rally the Republican Party faithful for the statewide ticket in the 2018 midterm elections. In a speech that ran nearly an hour, Trump served up red meat attacks on Democrats Richard Cordray, Sherrod...
Trump, in Columbus, fires up base with attacks on Dems
 Just days after his former campaign chairman was convicted and his former lawyer pleaded guilty, President Donald Trump returned to Ohio to rally the Republican Party faithful for the statewide ticket in the 2018 midterm elections. In a speech that ran nearly an hour, Trump served up red meat attacks on Democrats Richard Cordray, Sherrod...

8:25 PM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

Just days after his former campaign chairman was convicted and his former lawyer pleaded guilty, President Donald Trump returned to Ohio to rally the Republican Party faithful for the statewide ticket in the 2018 midterm elections. In a speech that ran nearly an hour, Trump served up red meat attacks on Democrats Richard Cordray, Sherrod...
Protecting your privacy: State may start using blockchain technology
 Get ready to hear more about the wonders of blockchain technology as Ohio’s business and political leaders push it as a tool to improve cyber security as well as efficiency in government and business. State legislative, business and university leaders held a press conference Thursday to explain blockchain and its potential in Ohio....

7:15 PM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

Get ready to hear more about the wonders of blockchain technology as Ohio’s business and political leaders push it as a tool to improve cyber security as well as efficiency in government and business. State legislative, business and university leaders held a press conference Thursday to explain blockchain and its potential in Ohio....
Kasich skipping Ohio GOP dinner Friday where Trump is headliner
 While President Trump addresses the Ohio GOP faithful on Friday, Gov. John Kasich has other plans — spending time with one of his daughters before she moves to college — and he insisted that he is not bothered by recent attacks against him by the president or by RNC Co-Chairman Bob Paduchik. Kasich, who appears to be considering...

8:40 PM Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018

While President Trump addresses the Ohio GOP faithful on Friday, Gov. John Kasich has other plans — spending time with one of his daughters before she moves to college — and he insisted that he is not bothered by recent attacks against him by the president or by RNC Co-Chairman Bob Paduchik. Kasich, who appears to be considering...
More Ohioans finding jobs, getting drug treatment under Medicaid, Kasich says
 In the four years since Ohio expanded Medicaid, more people are getting drug treatment, fewer people are using emergency rooms and fewer enrollees are smoking, according to a report from Gov. John Kasich’s administration released Tuesday. Medicaid costs state and federal taxpayers about $5 billion a year for the expansion. When asked...

7:34 PM Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018

In the four years since Ohio expanded Medicaid, more people are getting drug treatment, fewer people are using emergency rooms and fewer enrollees are smoking, according to a report from Gov. John Kasich’s administration released Tuesday. Medicaid costs state and federal taxpayers about $5 billion a year for the expansion. When asked...
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