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Ohio considers eliminating time limits to prosecute rape cases
 Rape kits collected from traumatized victims sat on police evidence shelves, untested and largely ignored for decades until former Attorney General Mike DeWine, now Ohio’s governor, told local law enforcement agencies that the state crime labs would handle them. During the course of five years, Ohio tested 13,931 kits and got 5,024...

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Rape kits collected from traumatized victims sat on police evidence shelves, untested and largely ignored for decades until former Attorney General Mike DeWine, now Ohio’s governor, told local law enforcement agencies that the state crime labs would handle them. During the course of five years, Ohio tested 13,931 kits and got 5,024...
Dayton shooting due to family breakdown, gay marriage, video games, state lawmaker says
 State Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, said in a post to her Facebook page that blame for the Dayton shootings should be placed on the breakdown of the traditional family, gay marriage, violent video games, professional athletes who protest the American flag, recreational marijuana and “snowflakes, who can’t accept a duly-elected...

10:03 PM Sunday, Aug. 04, 2019

State Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, said in a post to her Facebook page that blame for the Dayton shootings should be placed on the breakdown of the traditional family, gay marriage, violent video games, professional athletes who protest the American flag, recreational marijuana and “snowflakes, who can’t accept a duly-elected...
Dayton shooting: Democratic leader calls for U.S. Senate to deal with gun violence
 In the wake of a mass shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District that killed nine people and injured dozens, U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called for the Senate to return for summer break to deal with gun violence. “One awful event after another. (Senate Majority) Leader McConnell must call the Senate back for an emergency...

7:48 PM Sunday, Aug. 04, 2019

In the wake of a mass shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District that killed nine people and injured dozens, U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called for the Senate to return for summer break to deal with gun violence. “One awful event after another. (Senate Majority) Leader McConnell must call the Senate back for an emergency...
Dayton shooting: Many Ohioans have access to firearms
 The Dayton Daily News has examined state gun laws and has found that many Ohioans have easy access to firearms and accessories. In recent weeks, possible language to require background checks for most gun sales has moved closer to a possible place on a 2020 ballot, as Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said last month that an early round of...

2:56 PM Sunday, Aug. 04, 2019

The Dayton Daily News has examined state gun laws and has found that many Ohioans have easy access to firearms and accessories. In recent weeks, possible language to require background checks for most gun sales has moved closer to a possible place on a 2020 ballot, as Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said last month that an early round of...
DeWine to drug makers: It’s time to reach a settlement
 Ohio is showing positive signs in the opioid addiction crisis — a 22 percent drop in fatal drug overdoses in 2018, a substantial increase in doctors and pharmacies using Ohio’s powerful prescription monitoring database, and new state funding for prevention programs in K-12 schools, said Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday. “Overall...

5:35 PM Friday, Aug. 02, 2019

Ohio is showing positive signs in the opioid addiction crisis — a 22 percent drop in fatal drug overdoses in 2018, a substantial increase in doctors and pharmacies using Ohio’s powerful prescription monitoring database, and new state funding for prevention programs in K-12 schools, said Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday. “Overall...
Ohio House speaker raises big campaign money in 2019, reports show
 Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder raised $1.4 million in campaign cash in the first six months of 2019 — more than what the governor and four statewide elected officers raised combined. Money flowed into Householder’s campaign coffers from labor unions, nursing home operators, lobbyists, utilities and others, according to reports...

9:45 PM Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2019

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder raised $1.4 million in campaign cash in the first six months of 2019 — more than what the governor and four statewide elected officers raised combined. Money flowed into Householder’s campaign coffers from labor unions, nursing home operators, lobbyists, utilities and others, according to reports...
Controversial new Ohio energy law may go before voters in 2020
 A week after Gov. Mike DeWine signed a controversial energy bill into law, opponents filed the initial paperwork to put House Bill 6 on the statewide ballot for referendum. Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts filed the petition wording to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost on Monday along with nearly 3,000 initial signatures. The move signals...

11:00 PM Monday, Jul. 29, 2019

A week after Gov. Mike DeWine signed a controversial energy bill into law, opponents filed the initial paperwork to put House Bill 6 on the statewide ballot for referendum. Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts filed the petition wording to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost on Monday along with nearly 3,000 initial signatures. The move signals...
Gov. DeWine uses state aircraft but not as much as Kasich initially did, records show
 In his first six months as governor, Republican Mike DeWine has used state-owned planes 15 times to travel across Ohio and to Washington, D.C. at a cost of $21,608, state Department of Transportation records show. On average, DeWine traveled with half a dozen passengers each trip — department heads, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, security officers...

2:57 PM Monday, Jul. 29, 2019

In his first six months as governor, Republican Mike DeWine has used state-owned planes 15 times to travel across Ohio and to Washington, D.C. at a cost of $21,608, state Department of Transportation records show. On average, DeWine traveled with half a dozen passengers each trip — department heads, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, security officers...
Ohio prisoners may be offered tattoo removal services
 Ohio inmates may soon be offered tattoo removal services within the state prison system, according to state prison officials. The state is exploring the costs and logistics of removing tattoos on prisoners’ faces, necks and hands, which can hurt their job prospects once they are released, said Ohio Department of Rehabilitation...

7:21 PM Saturday, Jul. 27, 2019

Ohio inmates may soon be offered tattoo removal services within the state prison system, according to state prison officials. The state is exploring the costs and logistics of removing tattoos on prisoners’ faces, necks and hands, which can hurt their job prospects once they are released, said Ohio Department of Rehabilitation...
Inmate confesses to prison murder in letter to newspaper
 A state prison inmate confessed to the beating death of a fellow prisoner at Warren Correctional Institution in a letter to the Columbus Dispatch, the paper reported today. Inmate Joel M. Drain, 37, wrote that he beat prisoner Christopher M. Richardson in an April 13 attack at the prison, which he claimed was captured on video surveillance...

6:34 PM Friday, Jul. 26, 2019

A state prison inmate confessed to the beating death of a fellow prisoner at Warren Correctional Institution in a letter to the Columbus Dispatch, the paper reported today. Inmate Joel M. Drain, 37, wrote that he beat prisoner Christopher M. Richardson in an April 13 attack at the prison, which he claimed was captured on video surveillance...
2 Ohio senators want state to re-instate front license plate requirement
 Two state senators and law enforcement leaders are pushing to re-instate Ohio’s front license plate mandate that is slated to end next July 1.  State Sens. Joe Uecker and Jay Hottinger, both Republicans, are joining the Buckeye Sheriff’s Association, Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, the Fraternal Order of Police Ohio...

6:13 PM Friday, Jul. 26, 2019

Two state senators and law enforcement leaders are pushing to re-instate Ohio’s front license plate mandate that is slated to end next July 1.  State Sens. Joe Uecker and Jay Hottinger, both Republicans, are joining the Buckeye Sheriff’s Association, Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, the Fraternal Order of Police Ohio...
Ohio prisoners may be offered tattoo removal services
 Ohio inmates may soon be offered tattoo removal services within the state prison system, according to state prison officials. The state is exploring the costs and logistics of removing tattoos on prisoners’ faces, necks and hands, which can hurt their job prospects once they are released, said Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction...

3:11 PM Friday, Jul. 26, 2019

Ohio inmates may soon be offered tattoo removal services within the state prison system, according to state prison officials. The state is exploring the costs and logistics of removing tattoos on prisoners’ faces, necks and hands, which can hurt their job prospects once they are released, said Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction...
Poll: 52 percent of Ohio voters oppose fetal heartbeat abortion ban
 A slim majority of Ohio voters — 52 percent — oppose banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected and 61 percent support the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion, according to a new poll released Friday by Quinnipiac University. In April, Ohio enacted a fetal heartbeat ban law...

11:00 AM Friday, Jul. 26, 2019

A slim majority of Ohio voters — 52 percent — oppose banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected and 61 percent support the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion, according to a new poll released Friday by Quinnipiac University. In April, Ohio enacted a fetal heartbeat ban law...
State shuts down 5 rides at Ohio State Fair
 Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda moved Thursday to shut down five rides — one permanently — on the second day of the Ohio State Fair. Two weeks ago as she showed off a newly refurbished chairlift ride at the State Fairgrounds, Pelanda warned she will shut down any amusement ride if state inspectors can&rsquo...

6:35 PM Thursday, Jul. 25, 2019

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda moved Thursday to shut down five rides — one permanently — on the second day of the Ohio State Fair. Two weeks ago as she showed off a newly refurbished chairlift ride at the State Fairgrounds, Pelanda warned she will shut down any amusement ride if state inspectors can&rsquo...
Ohio poll: Biden only Democrat with lead on Trump
 Former Vice President Joe Biden holds an 8 point lead over President Donald Trump among Ohio voters and Biden is the only leading Democratic candidate who could beat the incumbent president in Ohio at this point, according to a new poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University, the first major poll of Ohio voters in months. The other top...

11:06 AM Thursday, Jul. 25, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden holds an 8 point lead over President Donald Trump among Ohio voters and Biden is the only leading Democratic candidate who could beat the incumbent president in Ohio at this point, according to a new poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University, the first major poll of Ohio voters in months. The other top...
Report calls for overhaul of Ohio’s bail system
 Ohio should make changes to its bail system to be more fair, save taxpayers money and ensure that people don’t sit in jail only because they’re too poor to post bail, according to a report from the Task Force to Examine the Ohio Bail System. The task force issued a 25-page report to the seven justices of the Ohio Supreme Court...

2:58 AM Thursday, Jul. 25, 2019

Ohio should make changes to its bail system to be more fair, save taxpayers money and ensure that people don’t sit in jail only because they’re too poor to post bail, according to a report from the Task Force to Examine the Ohio Bail System. The task force issued a 25-page report to the seven justices of the Ohio Supreme Court...
Local Congressmen Turner, Jordan, and Chabot grill Mueller during hearings
 Dayton-area members of Congress had a chance to question former special counsel Robert Mueller during his nearly seven hours worth of testimony on Wednesday focused on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, focused on the ex-special prosecutor&rsquo...

8:38 PM Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2019

Dayton-area members of Congress had a chance to question former special counsel Robert Mueller during his nearly seven hours worth of testimony on Wednesday focused on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, focused on the ex-special prosecutor&rsquo...
DeWine opens his first Ohio State Fair as governor
 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine opened and toured the 2019 Ohio State Fair on Wednesday with the gusto of a Greene County farm boy at heart, recounting 34 years of 4-H Club projects with his eight kids, sampling strawberry ice cream and sharing a creme puff with his wife, Fran, and their 6-year-old grandson. DeWine strolled through barns, petted sheep...

7:58 PM Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2019

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine opened and toured the 2019 Ohio State Fair on Wednesday with the gusto of a Greene County farm boy at heart, recounting 34 years of 4-H Club projects with his eight kids, sampling strawberry ice cream and sharing a creme puff with his wife, Fran, and their 6-year-old grandson. DeWine strolled through barns, petted sheep...
Apollo 11 astronauts life-size figures carved out of butter at state fair
 One small step for man, one giant leap for butter sculptors. In tribute to the 50th anniversary of the historic Apoll 11 moon landing, the 2019 Ohio State Fair, which opens Wednesday, is featuring a life-size display of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins carved in butter in a chilled diorama at the fairgrounds...

9:19 PM Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2019

One small step for man, one giant leap for butter sculptors. In tribute to the 50th anniversary of the historic Apoll 11 moon landing, the 2019 Ohio State Fair, which opens Wednesday, is featuring a life-size display of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins carved in butter in a chilled diorama at the fairgrounds...
Armstrong and astronauts carved out of butter at 2019 Ohio State Fair
 One small step for man, one giant leap for butter sculptors. The 2019 Ohio State Fair, which opens Wednesday, is paying tribute to astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins and 50th anniversary of the moon landing by carving them into butter in a chilled diorama at the fairgrounds. The life-size sculptures, which stand next...

5:21 PM Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2019

One small step for man, one giant leap for butter sculptors. The 2019 Ohio State Fair, which opens Wednesday, is paying tribute to astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins and 50th anniversary of the moon landing by carving them into butter in a chilled diorama at the fairgrounds. The life-size sculptures, which stand next...
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