Laura A. Bischoff

Laura Bischoff has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 1995 and focuses on state and federal government. She has been assigned to the Statehouse bureau since 2001 and has broken stories on the public pension funds, Ohio State University, Ohio Medicaid and politicians of all stripes.  Her work has earned her a number of state and national reporting honors.  Prior to her current assignment, Bischoff worked as a business reporter and covered Dayton city hall. She previously covered local government for the Flint (Mich.) Journal.  Bischoff was raised in Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  She lives in Worthington with her husband and two sons.

Latest from Laura A. Bischoff

Former Dayton Development Coalition leader J.P. Nauseef to lead JobsOhio
 Former Dayton Development Coalition leader J.P. Nauseef will be the next president of JobsOhio, the non-profit that heads up economic development efforts for the state. “J.P. Nauseef is the right person to lead JobsOhio,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a written statement. “His extensive experience in the economic development...

Posted: 2 days ago

Former Dayton Development Coalition leader J.P. Nauseef will be the next president of JobsOhio, the non-profit that heads up economic development efforts for the state. “J.P. Nauseef is the right person to lead JobsOhio,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a written statement. “His extensive experience in the economic development...
County jail, Dayton prison cope with water crisis
 The water emergency for the city of Dayton and Montgomery County meant that the county jail and a state prison in Dayton had to make adjustments for inmates. Montgomery County Jail inmates switched to bag lunches and dinner because of the initial precautionary boil water advisory, according to Sheriff Rob Streck.  The jail never lost...

Posted: 2 days ago

The water emergency for the city of Dayton and Montgomery County meant that the county jail and a state prison in Dayton had to make adjustments for inmates. Montgomery County Jail inmates switched to bag lunches and dinner because of the initial precautionary boil water advisory, according to Sheriff Rob Streck.  The jail never lost...
Montgomery County water outage: County to set up distribution centers, asks state for help
 Montgomery County is working on a plan to set up water distribution centers and is asking the state for help with the Dayton city-county water outage. "We have recognized we are going to need the state based on the population that's impacted," county Administrator Michael Colbert said in an interview with News Center 7 anchors James...

Posted: 2 days ago

Montgomery County is working on a plan to set up water distribution centers and is asking the state for help with the Dayton city-county water outage. "We have recognized we are going to need the state based on the population that's impacted," county Administrator Michael Colbert said in an interview with News Center 7 anchors James...
Water outage: Dayton and Montgomery County cancel boil advisories 
 A Wednesday water outage say the City of Dayton lose 2.52 million gallons of water in 10 minutes. During a Friday afternoon press conference, City Manager Shelley Dickstein said that the city is unable to say what caused the break until river levels drop and it can be accessed better. It is not clear how much the water needs to recede...

Posted: 3 days ago

A Wednesday water outage say the City of Dayton lose 2.52 million gallons of water in 10 minutes. During a Friday afternoon press conference, City Manager Shelley Dickstein said that the city is unable to say what caused the break until river levels drop and it can be accessed better. It is not clear how much the water needs to recede...
ODOT Director says Ohio must find money to fix roads or ‘more people will get hurt’
 Road construction and maintenance will stall, infrastructure will suffer and danger to drivers will increase if the state does not find money to fix roads, Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks told lawmakers on Wednesday. “Statistically, we know that deteriorating road conditions lead to more crashes and more crashes...

Posted: 3 days ago

Road construction and maintenance will stall, infrastructure will suffer and danger to drivers will increase if the state does not find money to fix roads, Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks told lawmakers on Wednesday. “Statistically, we know that deteriorating road conditions lead to more crashes and more crashes...
Ohio lawmaker pushes LGBTQ anti-discrimination bill
 While same-sex couples are legally allowed to marry, they can be fired from a job or kicked out of an apartment based on their sexual orientation in Ohio. State Sen. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, is planning to change that. Antonio, who is gay, announced that she will re-introduce the “Ohio Fairness Act” to prohibit discrimination...

Posted: 3 days ago

While same-sex couples are legally allowed to marry, they can be fired from a job or kicked out of an apartment based on their sexual orientation in Ohio. State Sen. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, is planning to change that. Antonio, who is gay, announced that she will re-introduce the “Ohio Fairness Act” to prohibit discrimination...
At least 43 schools in Ohio arm teachers and staff, report says
 Controlled door access, visitor screening and mass notification systems are the most common measures used in Ohio schools to protect kids and teachers, according to a new statewide survey sent to 5,620 buildings. Panic buttons, radio hookups to first responders, protective windows and physical barriers are used in fewer schools, according...

Posted: 3 days ago

Controlled door access, visitor screening and mass notification systems are the most common measures used in Ohio schools to protect kids and teachers, according to a new statewide survey sent to 5,620 buildings. Panic buttons, radio hookups to first responders, protective windows and physical barriers are used in fewer schools, according...
State Senate leader plans to eliminate thousands of business regulations in Ohio
 Republicans firmly in control of the Ohio Senate promised to eliminate thousands of business regulations, crack down on human trafficking, and change how drug users are treated in the criminal justice system. “You’ll see us focus on a number of big picture issues,” said Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, on Tuesday...

Posted: 4 days ago

Republicans firmly in control of the Ohio Senate promised to eliminate thousands of business regulations, crack down on human trafficking, and change how drug users are treated in the criminal justice system. “You’ll see us focus on a number of big picture issues,” said Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, on Tuesday...
Heartbeat abortion bill re-introduced by Ohio lawmakers
 Two Ohio lawmakers have re-introduced the “heartbeat bill,” which would outlaw abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. On Monday, state Reps. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, and Candice Keller, R-Middletown, introduced the “heartbeat bill” and said they have 50 co-sponsors for the measure in the 99-member Ohio House. House...

Posted: 5 days ago

Two Ohio lawmakers have re-introduced the “heartbeat bill,” which would outlaw abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. On Monday, state Reps. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, and Candice Keller, R-Middletown, introduced the “heartbeat bill” and said they have 50 co-sponsors for the measure in the 99-member Ohio House. House...
Yogi Kasich? Former governor tweets about his first yoga class
 Former Ohio governor John Kasich is taking up yoga with his wife, Karen Kasich, and posted a short video about his first foray into the ancient practice. “I took my first yoga class today, right beside my wife. You know, it was pretty hard, pretty challenging but I kind of figured out it’s not about me versus the world, it&rsquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

Former Ohio governor John Kasich is taking up yoga with his wife, Karen Kasich, and posted a short video about his first foray into the ancient practice. “I took my first yoga class today, right beside my wife. You know, it was pretty hard, pretty challenging but I kind of figured out it’s not about me versus the world, it&rsquo...
Former Dayton, Springfield trooper will lead Ohio Highway Patrol
 For the first time in state history, the Ohio Highway Patrol’s two highest ranking leaders will be an African-American and a woman. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday that Lt. Col. Richard Fambro will be the new patrol superintendent. Fambro’s career started in the Miami Valley. His first post assignment was in Dayton and...

Posted: 9 days ago

For the first time in state history, the Ohio Highway Patrol’s two highest ranking leaders will be an African-American and a woman. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday that Lt. Col. Richard Fambro will be the new patrol superintendent. Fambro’s career started in the Miami Valley. His first post assignment was in Dayton and...