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New poll: 93% of Americans support gun background checks
 ** A new poll by Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found that 72 percent of voters say Congress needs to do more to reduce gun violence, including half of Republicans, 93 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of independents. Here is what else pollsters found about support for specific gun policy proposals: Universal background checks...

5:00 AM Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019

** A new poll by Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found that 72 percent of voters say Congress needs to do more to reduce gun violence, including half of Republicans, 93 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of independents. Here is what else pollsters found about support for specific gun policy proposals: Universal background checks...
Gov. DeWine releases plan for stronger gun background check system
 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday a plan to enhance the background check system in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Dayton. Domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault protection orders as well as outstanding warrants for serious offenses such as kidnapping and robbery would have to be uploaded into law enforcement and gun...

8:21 PM Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday a plan to enhance the background check system in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Dayton. Domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault protection orders as well as outstanding warrants for serious offenses such as kidnapping and robbery would have to be uploaded into law enforcement and gun...
Ohio AG may take over local opioid lawsuits; Dayton mayor says it’s a ‘terrible idea’
 Lawmakers are considering giving Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost exclusive authority to file and settle civil lawsuits over statewide issues, including pending litigation filed against the pharmaceutical industry over the cost of the opioid addiction crisis. The four-page bill calls for depositing settlement money into a statewide fund and...

8:07 PM Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019

Lawmakers are considering giving Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost exclusive authority to file and settle civil lawsuits over statewide issues, including pending litigation filed against the pharmaceutical industry over the cost of the opioid addiction crisis. The four-page bill calls for depositing settlement money into a statewide fund and...
Regional marketing efforts gain steam
 Dayton area development leaders say an effort just announced by community leaders in Akron and Canton to market their region as one community is part of a trend of all areas of the state trying to present themselves as competitive for new companies and residents. IMPACT OHIO CONFERENCE COMING TO DAYTON Community leaders in two metropolitan...

4:01 AM Monday, Aug. 26, 2019

Dayton area development leaders say an effort just announced by community leaders in Akron and Canton to market their region as one community is part of a trend of all areas of the state trying to present themselves as competitive for new companies and residents. IMPACT OHIO CONFERENCE COMING TO DAYTON Community leaders in two metropolitan...
Gee, Kasich want hospitals to get opioid lawsuit settlement money
 Former Ohio governor John Kasich and former Ohio State University president E. Gordon Gee are making the case that potential national settlement money from lawsuits against the pharmaceutical industry should flow to those that provide front-line care in the opioid addiction crisis, including hospitals. State and local governments, including...

5:00 AM Friday, Aug. 23, 2019

Former Ohio governor John Kasich and former Ohio State University president E. Gordon Gee are making the case that potential national settlement money from lawsuits against the pharmaceutical industry should flow to those that provide front-line care in the opioid addiction crisis, including hospitals. State and local governments, including...
Ohio AG Yost supports media lawsuit for Dayton shooter’s school records
 Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a brief in a lawsuit filed by media outlets against Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local Schools to release student records of Dayton shooter Connor Betts. Yost argues in the amicus brief that federal and state student privacy laws do not apply in this case and the documents should be made public through Ohio&rsquo...

7:24 PM Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a brief in a lawsuit filed by media outlets against Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local Schools to release student records of Dayton shooter Connor Betts. Yost argues in the amicus brief that federal and state student privacy laws do not apply in this case and the documents should be made public through Ohio&rsquo...
U.S. House set to act on gun measures following Dayton, El Paso shootings
 In the aftermath of the mass shootings this month in Dayton and El Paso, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee will meet in early September to act on a series of gun control measures, including 10-round limits on ammunition magazines, red-flag laws, enhanced background checks and adding new reasons for blocking someone from buying a firearm...

9:23 PM Monday, Aug. 19, 2019

In the aftermath of the mass shootings this month in Dayton and El Paso, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee will meet in early September to act on a series of gun control measures, including 10-round limits on ammunition magazines, red-flag laws, enhanced background checks and adding new reasons for blocking someone from buying a firearm...
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...

4:01 AM Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019

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...
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