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Could Ohio’s next Governor be a Democrat?

By Connor Perrett
WCPO

(March 16, 2017) — There are about 600 days until voters will have to decide who will fill Gov. John Kasich’s office when his final term is up, but that hasn’t stopped some from throwing their hats into the ring to replace him.


Ohio legislators are responsible for sending people to jail, ACLU report says

By Connor Perrett
WCPO

(March 9, 2017) — An American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio report claims too many individuals are being sent to prison each year, and they say those at the Statehouse are at fault.


Ohio Sen. Rob Portman denies claims he’s inaccessible to the public

By Connor Perrett
WCPO

(February 24, 2017) — Sen. Rob Portman denied claims Friday that he was inaccessible to the public and was met with protesters at an event at Columbus State Community College about the state’s opioid crisis.


Proposal would expand program that gives kids state-funded vouchers to attend private schools

By Connor Perrett
WCPO

(February 24, 2017) — An Ohio Senator hopes to “expand school choice” for students across the state by expanding funding for families that would help them send their children to a private school instead of a public one.


Ohio legislators propose bill to mandate cursive proficiency by fifth grade

By Connor Perrett
WCPO

(February 23, 2017) — Rep. Andrew Brenner, a Republican from Powell, Ohio and Rep. Marilyn Slaby, a Republican from Copley, Ohio have introduced a bill in the Ohio House of Representatives to require the teaching of cursive in Ohio schools.


Are local resources enough to combat Ohio’s opioid epidemic?

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 15, 2017) — At least eight Ohioans die of a drug overdose every day — or one every three hours. That statistic has grown just in the 13 months since Attorney General Mike DeWine held his first statewide opioid-crisis meeting in January 2016. More than 1,200 attended DeWine’s second meeting Tuesday, held at Fellowship Baptist Church in Canal Winchester.


State task force recommends schools educate all grade levels on substance abuse

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 10, 2017) — Teaching students of all ages social and emotional learning is a crucial step toward combating Ohio’s drug addiction crisis, Attorney General Mike DeWine suggests.


Alcohol-infused ice cream could soon be manufactured and sold in Ohio

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 10, 2017) — House Bill 23 would permit liquor manufacturers to make and sell ice cream containing between 0.5 percent and 6 percent alcohol by volume. The legislation was written on behalf of two ice cream shop owners from Conneaut, Joe and Christine Ericksen.


Gov. Kasich unveils tightened state budget: here’s what you need to know

By Connor Perrett
WCPO

(February 4, 2017) — As he’d been doing for weeks, Gov. John Kasich warned this week that the budget he was about to present at the “Building for Ohio’s Next Generation” event would be tighter than in years past.


Kasich had conversations about moving Cincinnati airport to Wilmington

By Connor Perrett
WCPO

(February 1, 2017) — Kasich told reporters Wednesday at the Ohio Associated Press 2017 Legislative & Political Preview Session he’s held discussions to move the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport from Boone County, Kentucky to Wilmington, Ohio.


Ohio launches trauma recovery network for victims of violent crime

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 31, 2017) — Ohio will follow California as the second state to offer a network of support services to victims of violent crime, including sexual assault and human trafficking, in a partnership between hospitals and victim services agencies.


State offering grant to count child victims of sex trafficking in Ohio

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 27, 2017) — The Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force wants to know, so the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services is offering applications for a $100,000 grant to fund research projects to estimate the number of children under 18 and victims aged 18 to 21.


Victims of dating violence could finally get legal protection in Ohio

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 27, 2017) — Closing what many regard as a gaping loophole in Ohio’s domestic-violence laws has become a top priority for state legislators.


New Hamilton County reps share their plans for their first term in the Ohio Statehouse

By Connor Perrett

(January 25, 2017) — Hamilton County will have two new representatives at the Statehouse this general assembly — both are women, both are democrats from Cincinnati and both are ready to get things done in Ohio.


Newly available cardinal license plates support wildlife diversity

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 24, 2017) — In celebration of the well-known red cardinal Ohio license plate’s 20th anniversary, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles has released the new edition for $25 in addition to the yearly vehicle registration fee. A total of $15 will go toward the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Wildlife Diversity Fund.


DeWine targets human trafficking of children

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 23, 2017) — The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Missing Persons Unit will regularly examine a database about missing children in Ohio to proactively identify potential human trafficking victims and alert local law enforcement.


Abortion rate lower than at any time since Roe v. Wade was passed, according to report

By Connor Perrett
WCPO

(January 20, 2017) — The national abortion rate has fallen to its lowest level since Roe v. Wade made the procedure legal in 1973, according to a recently released report.


Kasich: Community, not government, is best way to solve state’s problems

By Connor Perrett
WCPO

(January 13, 2017) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich warned about a tightened state budget Thursday, and told a Columbus audience full of mostly lobbyists that community action — not government intervention — was the best way to solve problems plaguing the state.


Two Cincinnati natives — both Pats — take seats on the Ohio Supreme Court

By Connor Perrett

(January 13, 2017) — Tuesday marked the first day on the bench of the Ohio Supreme Court for Pat DeWine and Pat Fischer, both former judges on the Hamilton County Court of Appeals. DeWine fared strong in the state, winning 56 percent of the vote. Fischer’s election was far closer, winning by less than one percent.


10-year-old who delivered water to Flint wins MLK award

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 12, 2017) — Ten-year-old Mackenzie received the Governor’s Humanitarian Award at the 32nd annual Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration. The fifth-grader from Berwick Alternative K-8 in Columbus demonstrated her commitment to selfless service through a safe-water fundraiser for the people of Flint, Michigan,.