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How will Cincinnati-area representatives vote on Obamacare replacement?

By Connor Perrett
WCPO

(March 23, 2017) — Republicans have been dreaming to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act since it became law in 2010. Will they get their chance to do that soon?


Hamilton County commissioner requests almost $1.5 million to fight heroin epidemic

By Connor Perrett
WCPO

(March 22, 2017) — Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus testified this week before the Ohio House of Representatives Finance Committee, asking for the state to invest nearly $1.5 million to fight the county’s heroin epidemic.


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.


Truancy bill would require call to parent within hour of students absence

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(March 12, 2017) — Ohio students who miss school without an excuse can expect a phone call home within an hour of failing to arrive if a truancy bill in the legislature becomes law.


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.


Columbus activists protest Trump’s new immigration bill

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(March 7, 2017) — In response to the revamped order that Trump rolled out on Monday, close to 100 people gathered Downtown Tuesday afternoon to protest his plan, saying it’s just another ban on Muslim refugees.


The Daily Briefing: Activists host In Memoriam for the Sen. Rob Portman town hall that never was

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(March 6, 2017) — About 200 people filled the rows of the First Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday night in honor of Sen. Rob Portman’s town hall that never was.


New laws crowding prisons, ACLU says

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(March 3, 2017) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio asked Thursday that lawmakers temporarily halt adding new criminal offenses and sanctions to state law until the Criminal Justice Recodification Committee, which plans to simplify the criminal code, completes its work later in the two-year session.


Ohio issues record number of concealed-carry permits in 2016

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(March 1, 2017) — Ohio issued a record-breaking 158,000 concealed-carry gun permits in 2016, and 75 percent of them were for newly licensed individuals.


Dating violence protection bill passes House with 92-2 vote

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 28, 2017) — Victims of dating violence would get the ability to obtain civil-protection orders under a bill approved Tuesday by the Ohio House, 92-2.


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.


Portman denies keeping Democrats out of political event

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 24, 2017) — Sen. Rob Portman denied claims that his office prevented Democrats from attending a political dinner where he spoke Wednesday.


College roommate of Trumps Supreme Court nominee says Gorsuch not anti-gay

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 24, 2017) — The Columbus Lawyers Chapter might not have been able to get Judge Neil Gorsuch to make an appearance, but they invited three of the next best people to a luncheon panel Friday.


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.


Who really stopped Dems from attending Portman speech?

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 23, 2017) — Rob Portman’s press secretary said today the GOP U.S. senator wasn’t the one prevented Democrats from attending a political dinnernner where he spoke Wednesday night.


Portmans office weeds out Democrats from attending his political speech

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 22, 2017) — Some called off from work to drive two hours north of Ohio State University to hear Sen. Rob Portman speak at a Lincoln Day Dinner, sponsored by the Seneca County Republican Party. Unfortunately, the morning of the the dinner, some ticket holders learned that their tickets had been rescinded and their money refunded because of their political affiliations.


Senator proposes statewide scholarship program for private schools

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 21, 2017) — In the continued legislative push favoring school choice in Ohio, a lawmaker introduced a plan on Tuesday designed to help middle-class parents afford to send their kids to the private school of their choice.


School Employees Retirement System picks new executive director

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 17, 2017) — For retired bus drivers, school custodians, cafeteria workers and administrative and educational aides, finding access to health care can be difficult. Richard Stensrud, as newly appointed executive director of SERS, says he is committed to help.


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,.


Husted doesnt want uninvited feds overseeing elections

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 11, 2017) — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted addressed his objections to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security decision to designate voting machines and other aspects of the election process as in need of urgent cybersecurity assistance at the Ohio Election Association Officials’ conference this afternoon.


Husted fights fed designation for voting systems

By Kat Tenbarge
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 11, 2017) — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted disapproves of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to designate voting machines and other aspects of the election process as in need of urgent cybersecurity assistance.


Republican, Democratic lawmakers alike call for Kasich to declare state of emergency over heroin

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(November 18, 2016) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Ohio can agree on one thing: They want Gov. John Kasich to declare a state of emergency over the state’s heroin and pain pill epidemic.


Ohio’s political future might lean Republican

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(November 12, 2016) — Ohio has long been considered to be a presidential bellwether. That means Ohio picks the winner of a presidential election, and picks the winner by a similar margin as the country as a whole. And the state is pretty consistent at it: before this November election, the state failed to be on the winning side only two times since 1896.


Incumbent Rob Portman bests Dem. Ted Strickland for Ohio U.S. Senate seat

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(November 8, 2016) — Ohio Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has won re-election over Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland in a race Democrats once considered a good opportunity to pick up a Senate seat.


Tesla owners wouldn’t be able to drive on most roads if this bill passes

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(November 6, 2016) — The future of driverless or “autonomous” cars is getting ever closer for Ohioans, with many car companies expecting to produce self-driving cars by 2020. But with new technology comes new regulations.


Can Clinton and Trump sway young voters? These college students aren’t so sure

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(November 1, 2016) — Millennials and younger generations have had trouble bringing themselves to vote for either major party presidential candidate in this years election — in fact, millennials viewed Voldemort, the evil wizard who terrorized Harry Potter, more favorably than either Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in a Time Magazine poll earlier this year.


Ohio lawmakers and lobbyists battle over cost of renewable energy

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(October 30, 2016) — Renewable energy could save Ohio residents hundreds of dollars a year. That is, if state lawmakers and lobbying groups can agree on how and when to invest in it here.


Bill introduced could make ballot selfies legal

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(October 26, 2016) — It’s Election Day. You go into your local polling station to cast a ballot and snap a selfie with your filled-in ballot. Then you tweet it (or Snap it or post it on Facebook, Instagram or another social media platform). You just inadvertently committed a fifth-degree felony.


Cincinnati mistakenly uses sewer funds to pay police

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(October 25, 2016) — More than $100,000 of Metropolitan Sewer Districts funds were used by the City of Cincinnati to pay the salaries of various city employees, according to an audit report released Tuesday by Ohio State Auditor Dave Yost.


Snow plow truck outposts are getting old, with little future money to renovate

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(October 14, 2016) — Ohioans hopefully dont have to worry about winter weather for another month or two, but when it comes, they might hit with an unexpected problem.


Democrats gather in Columbus as Obama talks policy, Trump

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(October 13, 2016) — Over 2,000 Democrats came together Thursday night to downtown Columbus for the annual Ohio Democratic Party Dinner to hear a man who only has 98 days left at his job, though many of them might wish he were staying longer.


Trump ‘greedy’ for not paying taxes, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown says

By Kaitlin Fochesato
Columbus Dispatch

(October 6, 2016) — Late this morning, a U.S. Supreme Court justice stopped by the Statehousealbeit just on a t-shirt. Tanisha Robinson is the founder of Print Syndicate, a company that translates memes and online trends into t-shirts and more. Robinson was sporting her best-selling t-shirt in the Ladies’ Gallery of the Statehouse: a print of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wearing a crown with the proclamation, “Notorious RBG.”


Strickland calls Teamsters’ endorsement of Portman a payoff

By Kaitlin Fochesato
Columbus Dispatch

(October 6, 2016) — Former Democratic Gov. Strickland hurled a new accusation Wednesday against his opponent for the U.S. Senate, Republican incumbent Rob Portman: The senator may have done something illegal.


Jon Husted says bogus election fraud article offends him as ‘a Christian’

By Kaitlin Fochesato
Columbus Dispatch

(October 6, 2016) — Secretary of State Jon Husted is now voicing his displeasure with an article claiming “tens of thousands” of fraudulent Hillary Clinton votes had been found in a warehouse somewhere in Franklin County.


Lawmakers race to change Ohio’s renewable energy standards

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(October 6, 2016) — Time is running out for Ohio Republicans who want to change the states renewable energy standards, and a battle with Gov. John Kasich over what those changes might look like remains.


E-poll machines should work well this year, board of elections says

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(October 5, 2016) — New technology may have hampered the November 2015 general election in Hamilton County, but officials say they are confident that this year everything will go smoothly.


Fantasy football: Proposed bill clarifies some sites are illegal

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(September 30, 2016) — Online daily fantasy sports sites like DraftKings and FanDuel brought in nearly $3 billion combined in revenue in 2015 and are becoming increasingly popular among sports fans across the United States, including Ohio.


Women in central Ohio suburbs in spotlight in presidential campaign

By Kaitlin Fochesato
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 30, 2016) — From average voters to political pundits, everyone has been looking for hints of how this unprecedented presidential election will end, particularly in bellwether Ohio. Less than 40 days before the election, central Ohio might offer a key demographic: suburban women.


State Democratic leaders call on the governor for help in opiate epidemic

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(September 28, 2016) — State Rep. Greta Johnson, D-Akron, walked up to the podium in the Ohio statehouse Wednesday and repeated her statement four times:

Today, two or three people are going to die from overdoses in Summit County.


Former Ohio State doctor gets $100,000 in age discrimination settlement

By Kaitlin Fochesato
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 26, 2016) — Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will pay $100,000 as part of a settlement unveiled Monday to a former doctor who alleged age discrimination in a 2015 lawsuit filed in the Ohio Court of Claims.


Anne Holton, Tim Kaine’s wife, stops in Columbus on tour of Ohio

By Kaitlin Fochesato
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 22, 2016) — A class of about 16 preschoolers had a new friend to play with Thursday afternoon: Anne Holton, wife of the Democratic nominee for Vice President Tim Kaine.


Chelsea Clinton stumps for her mom in Westerville

By Kaitlin Fochesato
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 16, 2016) — Becker was one of about 100 guests who attended brief remarks made by Chelsea in the Ohio Together office on Westerview Drive that opened last week. The venue was a rented office space with a small stage, in between a hot yoga studio and a printing press.


Columbus home-health agency owes Ohio more than $600,000, Yost finds

By Kaitlin Fochesato
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 13, 2016) — A home-health agency owes the state $612,023, according to an release from State Auditor Dave Yost this morning.


Proposal could save CPS millions — but is there a catch?

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(September 12, 2016) — Cincinnati Public Schools could save more than $11 million a year if a recent state auditor’s proposal is put into place — but local and state teacher union leaders say the plan could harm the quality of education for young students in the district.


Ohio bill would make ‘revenge porn’ illegal

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(September 12, 2016) — The act of putting sexually explicit images or videos of someone online without that person’s consent — most commonly known as revenge porn — could soon be illegal in Ohio if a bill introduced last week becomes law.


Longer terms for presiding and administrative judges proposed

By Kaitlin Fochesato
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 12, 2016) — Local courts may soon be able to set longer terms for presiding and administrative judges, according to a proposed rule change announced today.


Group disputes calls that Donald Trump won’t support women

By Kaitlin Fochesato
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 9, 2016) — White is a lawyer with an office in downtown Columbus who hails from New Albany. She represents a voter that the Trump campaign is hoping to connect with during its Trump for Women Ohio tour, especially since the most recent Quinnipiac Poll released Thursday shows Trump down among women 3 9-52 percentin Ohio against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.


Want to vote this fall? Heres how to make sure you are registered

By Kaitlin Fochesato
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 6, 2016) — Have you been confused by all of the voting news and not sure whats happening? We have answers for you.

You will likely hear from Secretary of State Jon Husted soon. His office is contacting more than 1.6 million Ohioans eligible voters who have not registered. He also sent out absentee ballot applications to all registered voters this weekend with early voting set to start on Oct. 12.


Donald Trump promotes tough immigration policies in Wilmington

By Liam Niemeyer
WCPO

(September 2, 2016) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continued to talk about his policies for trade reform and immigration in his second stop in Southwest Ohio on Thursday in Wilmington.


Sherrod Brown stops in Columbus

By Kaitlin Fochesato
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 1, 2016) — If you were wondering what Brown thought of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent trip to Mexico, he said, “I don’t pretend to understand why he does what he does.”


Groups urge Ohio State Medical Board to remove Ohio Right to Life head Michael Gonidakis

By Kaitlin Fochesato
Columbus Dispatch

(August 22, 2016) — Most of the groups that have signed a letter demanding the removal of the Ohio State Medical Board’s president openly favor abortion rights. But for Common Cause Ohio, that isn’t the case.


Portman speaks to trafficking surviors, responds to Strickland’s new ad on trade

By William T. Perkins
Columbus Dispatch

(February 21, 2016) — Sen. Rob Portman told a group of human trafficking survivors Monday that he was making progress in an effort to shut down illegal activity on Backpage.com a site many of them were trafficked through.


Strickland announces economic plan slated to support working class

By William T. Perkins
Columbus Dispatch

(February 21, 2016) — Former Gov. Ted Strickland said today that if he is elected to the U.S. Senate he intends to rebalance the economy to better support working-class citizens.


Democrats push for early voting, but turnout sparse on first day

By William T. Perkins
Columbus Dispatch

(February 17, 2016) — Early voting began for this year’s primary election today, and, despite Democratic efforts to get their voters out early, the turnout was low for both parties.


Pat Tiberi introduces federal ‘fetal remains’ bill

By William T. Perkins
Columbus Dispatch

(February 11, 2016) — The Protecting the Dignity of Unborn Children act, introduced Thursday by Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, would impose penalties on individuals or groups who dispose of aborted fetal remains in “landfills or navigable waterways.”


Dayton man still pursuing 20-year dream to get Wright Flyer on Ohio state seal

By William T. Perkins
Columbus Dispatch

(February 5, 2016) — For William W. Burnett, a 65-year-old Dayton-area resident, Ohios connection with aviation history is a principle of the true facts and he’s quick to correct anyone who thinks otherwise.


Ohio Senate passes bill that would divert funds from Planned Parenthood

By Joshua Lim
WCPO

(February 5, 2016) — The Ohio Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would that would ban state money from going to organizations that provide abortions. The vote was 22-8.


Rep. Joyce Beatty to attend NAACP Image Awards

By William T. Perkins
Columbus Dispatch

(February 4, 2016) — Theres a big difference between the U.S. House floor and a Hollywood red carpet, but by Friday night, Rep. Joyce Beatty will know what it feels like to have set foot on both.


Ohio bill would let K-9 partners retire with officers

By William T. Perkins
Columbus Dispatch

(February 3, 2016) — When police officers retire from service in Ohio, it sometimes means saying goodbye to their closest colleagues their K-9 partners.


Veteran kicked out of Army for sexual orientation gets status upgrade 60 years later

By William T. Perkins
Columbus Dispatch

(January 29, 2016) — A local veteran undesirably discharged from the military due to his sexual orientation more than 60 years ago will have his discharge status upgraded after decades of hiding his identity and service history.


Ohioans may soon be able to register to vote online — but should it wait until 2017?

By Joshua Lim
WCPO

(January 29, 2016) — Ohioans would be able to register to vote without the need to sign, print or mail a paper form if a proposed bill related to online voter registration is passed.


Privacy continues to be key issue in ‘fetal remains’ hearings

By William T. Perkins
Columbus Dispatch

(January 27, 2016) — Proponents of two fetal remains bills said at a committee meeting today that the bills will help give women peace of mind after an abortion that the fetuses will not be ground up in a trash disposal.


Stivers, Beatty discuss problem of homeless veterans

By William T. Perkins
Columbus Dispatch

(January 26, 2016) — Veterans who return from duty with less than an honorable discharge about 15 percent can lose out on medical services offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


Medical marijuana amendment could be on on 2016 Ohio ballot

By Joshua Lim
WCPO

(January 26, 2016) — A Washington D.C.-based organization wants to put a medical marijuana amendment on Ohio’s November ballot.


Proposed Bill Would Allow Ohioans to Carry Concealed Firearm Without Permit, Training

By Katy Anderson
WOUB

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Death-penalty opponents marching from Lucasville to Columbus

By: Dina Berliner

(October 9, 2015) — The group of death-penalty opponents were on day four of an 83-mile, weeklong journey to Columbus, where they plan to hold a rally on Saturday near the Statehouse.


Manufacturers emphasize jobs for Ohio

By: Dina Berliner

(October 9, 2015) — Manufacturing-company executives gathered on Friday to talk about how jobs can be drawn to Ohio while staying competitive nationally and abroad.


Ohio bill would keep info secret on domestic-violence victims

By: Dina Berliner

(October 7, 2015) — To protect themselves and keep their addresses private, survivors of domestic violence might not register a car with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles or register to vote things other people take for granted.


New Opportunities for Ohio Entrepreneurs

By: Katy ANderson

(October 1, 2015) — A new partnership between Google and the Secretary of States Office is working to make sure Ohio is a prime location when creating a new business.


Changes Proposed to Ohios Civil Asset Forfeiture Process

By: Katy Anderson

(October 1, 2015) — ColumbusA proposed bill would require a conviction in order for Ohios government to withhold someones property suspected to be involved in criminal activity. The bill, introduced by State Representative Robert McColley, would reform Ohios process of Civil Asset Forfeiture.


Law Enforcement Fighting Back Against Drugs and Related Crime

By: Katy Anderson

(October 1, 2015) — With drug addiction a growing epidemic across Ohio, law enforcement are seeing an increase in drug related crimes. In an effort to fight back, officers have expanded their resources to a statewide level.


Vice President Biden Speaking Out About Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

By: Katy Anderson

(October 1, 2015) — ColumbusVice President Joe Biden visited the Ohio State University Thursday evening to talk to students about the Its On Us campaign.


Local Business in the Spotlight for Promoting Healthy Living in Ohio

By: Katy Andersen

(October 1, 2015) — One local business is in the spotlight for promoting a healthy way of living to people in the Athens area. Inhale Yoga Studio was one of nine businesses featured in the Ohio Business Profile program. The program was created by Secretary of State John Husted to highlight local businesses across the state.


Ohio House approves bill to remove questions about convictions from job applications

By: Dina Berliner

(October 1, 2015) — Legislation that could make it easier for people with convictions to be considered for civil service jobs passed the Ohio House today.


Ohio legislators seek statewide rules for Uber

By: Dina Berliner

(September 30, 2015) — Not even a week after Uber announced a plan to expand its service in Ohio by 10,000 drivers, legislators in the state House made the case for expanded regulation of the popular app-based ride service.


Democrats call for Republicans to pass charter school reform bill

By: Dina Berliner

(September 29, 2015) — House Democrats are calling on Republicans to hasten passage of House Bill 2, which looks to implement reforms on tax-funded, privately operated charter schools.


Speaking near Cincinnati, Rick Santorum says ISIS affiliates ‘know who I am’

By: Dina Berliner

(September 28, 2015) — CINCINNATI Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says he was featured in an ISIS-produced magazine four months ago and hes proud of it.


Ohio’s online checkbook gains more than 100 additions

By: Dina Berliner

(September 24, 2015) — More than 100 local governments and school districts have agreed to put all their financial information online for Ohio taxpayers to see.


Use of drug more powerful than heroin increased greatly in Ohio, state health officials say

By Ben Postlethwait
WCPO

(September 24, 2015) — Ohio law enforcement officials have seen a major increase in fentanyl, an opiate that is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, state health officials announced Thursday.


Pro-pot Buddie mascot gets Colbert shoutout

By: Dina Berliner

(September 23, 2015) — The comedian and former The Colbert Report host turned his focus last night to the states upcoming vote to legalize recreational and medical marijuana, warning viewers kids before the segment to leave the room because this segment contains graphic references to Ohio.


Sen. Portman says he would support Trump as GOP nominee

By: Dina Berliner

(September 23, 2015) — If presidential candidate Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination, GOP senators might just back him up.


Seniors concerned about Social Security at AARP sessions

By: Dina Berliner

(September 23, 2015) — Diana Redman of Gahanna is retired, but most of her life was spent in the workforce contributing to Social Security from which she gets benefits.


At Ohio town halls, Tiberi, Bolton say nuclear deal only helps Iran

By: Dina Berliner

(September 10, 2015) — NEWARK, Ohio With a congressional vote this month on the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi is on a mission to inform Americans of his opinion about the agreement.


Sherrod Brown wants federal funding for Columbus-Westerville COTA bus line

By: Dina Berliner

(September 10, 2015) — Federal funding for a proposed bus rapid-transit line that would run from Westerville to downtown Columbus may be in jeopardy, according to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.


Group wants to push stricter term limits in Ohio

By: Dina Berliner

(September 10, 2015) — A new petition handed in to Attorney General Mike DeWines office on Friday aims to strengthen term limits in the Ohio legislature.


Sen. Rob Portman discusses problem of underage trafficking, awareness

By: Dina Berliner

(September 10, 2015) — U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, who co-chairs the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking, attended a roundtable discussion Thursday at the Franklinton facility to celebrate the opening of Gracehaven and to hear suggestions from the community.


Hillary Clinton says she would love to debate Donald Trump

By: Dina Berliner

(September 10, 2015) — Hillary Clinton told an adoring Columbus crowd of 500 that she would love to debate Donald Trump.


New campaign targets gambling addiction

By: Dina Berliner

(August 25, 2015) — In early 2014, the state created a campaign to prevent gambling addiction, I Lost a Bet, which targeted 18- to 34-year-old men, who are statistically the most at-risk to form a gambling addiction.


Ohio bill could require kids to learn cursive writing, despite Common Core

By Bradley Parks

(April 11, 2015) — COLUMBUS Cursive writing could soon be a requirement for Ohio elementary school students.


Mandel Pushing Local Governments To Post Spending On Ohio Checkbook

By Bradley Parks

(April 7, 2015) — Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is asking local governments to post their expenditures online.


Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel asking local governments to post their expenses online

By Bradley Parks

(April 7, 2015) — COLUMBUS Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is asking local governments and school boards to post their expenses online to show how public tax dollars are spent.


Quinnipiac Poll Shows Ohioans Favor Strickland, Support Marijuana Legalization

By Bradley Parks

(April 6, 2015) — A new poll released by Quinnipiac University shows Ohio voters support former Gov. Ted Strickland over incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman in next years Senate race.


Young Republicans push to support same-sex marriage

By Maria DeVito

(April 2, 2015) — Members of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry are in Ohio this week to meet with top state and local GOP leaders to garner support for removing anti-same-sex marriage language in the Republican platform.


Sen. Sherrod Brown Denounces Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

By Bradley Parks

(April 1, 2015) — Sen. Sherrod Brown spoke out against Indianas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, inviting businesses to instead invest in Ohio.


Sen. Sherrod Brown bashes Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

By Bradley Parks

(April 1, 2015) — COLUMBUS Sen. Sherrod Brown spoke out against Indianas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, inviting businesses to instead invest in Ohio.


Ohio may cut promotional gaming credits for casinos and racinos

By Bradley Parks

(March 31, 2015) — Ohios casinos and racinos have failed to generate the kind of money promised in the 2009 campaign to approve them.


As the nation emerges from the recession, people look to several measures to determine just how far we have come back and how f

By Bradley Parks

(March 26, 2015) — COLUMBUS The Ohio Department of Transportation will decide the fate of the proposed relocation of Ohio State Route 32 by the end of the year.


Bill allowing open containers in some areas passes Ohio House

By Bradley Parks

(March 26, 2015) — COLUMBUS Baseball fans and partiers are one step closer to being able to carry open containers near Great American Ballpark in time for the All-Star Game in July.


What The Jobs Report Doesn’t Tell You: Poverty In Southeast Ohio

By Bradley Parks

(March 23, 2015) — As the nation emerges from the recession, people look to several measures to determine just how far we have come back and how far we have to go. Economic recovery can become a matter of perspective.


Bill Aims To Boost Penalties For Repeat Violent Criminals

By Bradley Parks

(March 21, 2015) — Ohio lawmakers are targeting violent crime with a new bill that would increase prison time for repeat offenders.


Ohio bill could end Common Core-based tests

By Bradley Parks

(March 18, 2015) — COLUMBUS Ohios Common Core-based tests for math and English language arts could soon face their end.


Ohio ranked No. 1 in nation for transparency in government spending

By Maria DeVito

(March 18, 2015) — After trailing other states, Ohio is now at the top of the list for transparency in government spending.


Rep. Craig gets honored for work with veterans

By Maria DeVito

(March 17, 2015) — Former Columbus City councilman and current State Rep. Hearcel Craig was inducted into the Military Order of the Purple Heart today.


Want to drive 75 mph legally? Lawmakers have a proposal for you

By Maria DeVito

(March 16, 2015) — Less than two years after the speed limit was raised on some of Ohios highways, some lawmakers want to increase it again this time to 75 mph.


Portman pushes for less regulation to help businesses

By Maria DeVito

(March 13, 2015) — Sen. Rob Portman said today streamlining federal regulations will bring more jobs to Ohio.


Ohio Clergy Call For Withdrawal From Immigration Lawsuit

By Bradley Parks

(March 12, 2015) — More than 200 Ohio clergy members are calling on Attorney General Mike DeWine to withdraw Ohio from a lawsuit attempting to block President Barack Obamas executive action on immigration.


Powdered alcohol gets federal approval, but Ohio may ban it

By Maria DeVito

(March 12, 2015) — While powered alcohol was approved for sale by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau yesterday, lawmakers in Ohio are trying to outlaw it.


Advocates push for more restrictions on teen drivers

By Maria DeVito

(March 11, 2015) — After lawmakers in the Ohio House removed regulations on teen drivers from the transportation budget, advocates are pushing those in the Senate to reinstate what they call modest, practical and reasonable provisions.


ATF backs off on banning green-tip bullet

By Maria DeVito

(March 11, 2015) — A popular type of ammunition for AR-15 semiautomatic rifles wont disappear from shelves after a federal agency reconsidered a proposed ban.


Ohio Senate turning to educators, experts to help craft testing policy

By Bradley Parks

(March 5, 2015) — COLUMBUS Ohio is putting standardized testing under the microscope amidst a barrage of concerns from students, parents and educators.


Interactive civics website coming to Ohio

By Maria DeVito

(March 5, 2015) — The Capitol Square Foundation is teaming up with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University and iCivics to create an interactive website for students that will teach them about civics in Ohio.


Ohio students won’t be penalized for opting out of Common Core-based tests

By Bradley Parks

(March 4, 2015) — COLUMBUS Students and school districts wont face penalties for opting out of Common Core-based tests.


Transportation budget passes Ohio House, Eastern Corridor could soon face deadline

By Bradley Parks

(March 3, 2015) — COLUMBUS — The much-debated, multi-phased Eastern Corridor project, in the works for more than 15 years and debated for four decades, appears to be one step closer to a deadline.


Ohio legislature doing little to fight heroin

By Bradley Parks

(March 2, 2015) — COLUMBUS Drug overdoses became Butler Countys top killer in 2014 with heroin as the key culprit in cases investigated by the county coroner.


Brown: Netanyahu address shouldn’t happen

By Maria DeVito

(March 2, 2015) — While in town to discuss extending funding for the Childrens Health Insurance Program, Sen. Sherrod Brown said he will attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus address to a joint session of Congress tomorrow, but he doesnt think the address should happen.


Sen. Brown urges extension of child health care program

By Maria DeVito

(March 2, 2015) — Meredith Mendoza is a working mother, but her employer provided health insurance isnt enough to provide for her three children.


Red Cross passes out smoke detectors on West Side

By Maria DeVito

(February 27, 2015) — Sandra Mollett knows just how dangerous house fires can be.


Abortion rights advocates gather at the Statehouse

By Maria DeVito

(February 26, 2015) — As part of a nationwide day of events, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio partnered with Ohio lawmakers and advocates of abortion rights who are against legislation limiting abortions today.


Ohio schools window for testing extended because of weather

By Maria DeVito

(February 24, 2015) — Ohios students will have more time to complete standardized testing disrupted by bad weather.


Kasich wants nearly to triple cost of puffing on an e-cig

By Maria DeVito

(February 23, 2015) — This plan might take a smokers breath away: The price to use electronic cigarettes could almost triple under a tax proposed by Gov. John Kasich.


Five Percent Cut To College Costs Proposed

By Bradley Parks

(February 18, 2015) — A new bill would require Ohios public colleges and universities to develop plans to cut the cost of in-state attendance by 5 percent for academic year 2016-17.


Foundry has program to help former felons adjust

By Maria DeVito

(February 14, 2015) — Corey McDaniel was in and out of prison from the time he was 16 years old.


Surgeon general, in Columbus, urges parents to vaccinate

By Maria DeVito

(February 12, 2015) — U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was clear yesterday about whether parents should immunize their children.


Surgeon general, in Columbus, urges parents to vaccinate

By Maria DeVito

(February 12, 2015) — U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was clear yesterday about whether parents should immunize their children.


Serving in Ohio legislature often a family tie that binds

By Maria DeVito

(February 10, 2015) — When Rep. Michael Stinziano ran for office in 2010, it wasnt his first experience with constituents.


Minimum wage

By Maria DeVito

(February 5, 2015) — Ohio Senate Democrats are wanting to raise Ohios minimum wage.


Teen rapist given 112-year sentence appeals to Ohio Supreme Court

By Maria DeVito

(February 4, 2015) — The Ohio Supreme Court will decide whether its constitutional for a juvenile to receive a sentence that prevents the possibility of release.


A Deep Look Into Kasich’s Budget

By Bradley Parks

(February 3, 2015) — Ohio Governor John Kasichs budget proposal is now in the hands of the House Finance Committee. Hearings began Tuesday to kick off the legislative approval process as the budget is examined line-by-line.


Summit Owner On List Of Marijuana Proposal Investors

By Bradley Parks

(January 31, 2015) — ResponsibleOhio released its list of 10 primary investors in the ballot proposal that would legalize medical and recreational marijuana in the state of Ohio.


College credits, higher education reform part of state budget proposal

By Maria DeVito

(January 30, 2015) — DAYTON Gov. John Kasich hopes to make higher education more affordable and more accessible to more students from high school to adult learners through the two-year state budget he will roll out on Monday.


Five Takeaways From Statewide Officers Forum

By Bradley Parks

(January 29, 2015) — Ohios statewide officers met with journalists Thursday to discuss priorities heading into the upcoming year.


Ohio lawmakers welcome superintendents plan to trim standardized testing

By Maria DeVito

(January 29, 2015) — Lawmakers heard State schools Superintendent Richard A. Ross recommendations on cutting the time students spend taking standardized tests and said they will look to expand on them.


School Choice rally celebrates alternative schooling

By Bradley Parks

(January 28, 2015) — Yellow scarves lined the room at the Riffe Center Capitol Theatre across from the Ohio Statehouse Monday as students, parents, teachers and legislators gathered for National School Choice Week.


School choice supporters rally together

By Maria DeVito

(January 26, 2015) — Walter Woodard, a freshman at Mt. Vernon Nazarene College, didnt have the best school experience growing up until he transferred to Tree of Life Christian School in Columbus.


Reps talk to protect Ohio’s military installations

By Maria DeVito

(January 23, 2015) — Ohio’s Congressional Reps. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, Steve Stivers R-Upper Arlington, Bill Johnson R-Marietta, and Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, met with representatives from Ohios military instillations today in anticipation of a Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission to identify ways to protect and strengthen Ohios military assets from closer.


Fan of the Statehouse? There’s a license plate for that

By Maria DeVito

(January 20, 2015) — Ohioans already can show their support for different sports teams and branches of the military by selecting a license plate that features the teams or branchs logo.


President invites vet from Ohio to State of the Union speech

By Maria DeVito

(January 17, 2015) — WASHINGTON A wounded Army staff sergeant from Marysville will sit with first lady Michelle Obama in the U.S. House chamber on Tuesday night when President Barack Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address to lawmakers and a nationally televised audience.


Martin Luther King Jr. celebrated with song, speeches at Downtown event

By Maria DeVito

(January 16, 2015) — Seven-year-old James Oram told a packed Downtown church that Martin Luther King Jr. is his hero.


French, Kennedy take Supreme Court oaths

By Maria DeVito

(January 14, 2015) — The courtroom was standing room-only this afternoon as Ohio Supreme Court Justices Sharon L. Kennedy and Judith L. French took their ceremonial oaths of office for their six-year terms.


Prison Escapes in Ohio are Rare, Short-Lived

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(December 26, 2014) — Corrections officers in the 1970s called the practice of prisoners creating tools out of everyday items to help them escape mush-faking.


Recovery Houses Fill Void for Addicts

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(December 12, 2014) — Josh Kromer had been high on crack and awake for three days when he tried heroin for the first time.


Guide to Life: How to Get Help from Your Lawmakers

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(December 12, 2014) — Lawmakers sometimes get a bad rap for not doing what their constituents want. But, even if you disagree with their politics or policies, you might find them helpful at times.


Report: More than 30,000 Ohio Kids are Abused, Neglected

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(December 6, 2014) — Ohio family members are hurting each other by the thousands.


Kasich will Veto Sweeping Agriculture Bill if Landline Requirement isn’t Kept

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(November 26, 2014) — If lawmakers dont keep a requirement that phone companies must provide landlines, Gov. John Kasich will veto the sweeping agriculture bill, one of his cabinet directors told a Senate panel yesterday.


Former President George W. Bushs Book Signing Draws Hundreds to Costco

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(November 21, 2014) — Kendall Cottongim spent 13 hours in line, passing time talking with neighbors and catching moments of rest on a warehouse floor, for just 10 seconds yesterday with a former president of the United States.


Ohio House OKs Catchall Agriculture Measure

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(November 20, 2014) — The Ohio House passed a wide-ranging agriculture bill yesterday that would let telephone companies stop servicing traditional landlines and keep farmers from spreading manure on frozen fields to help fight toxic algae.


Bill Would Let Ohioans Keep Deer in Private Sanctuaries

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(November 20, 2014) — When a gentle fawn wandered into Cheryl Stephens backyard, she couldnt find anyone who could care for the orphaned creature.


State School Board Proposes Rule Change For Art, Music, Gym

By Angela Reighard

(November 12, 2014) — A proposed rule change by the Ohio State School Board has many up in arms about the future of art, gym, and music classes and their teachers.


Ohio’s Debate Over Early Voting

By Angela Reighard

(November 4, 2014) — All eyes are on the polls Tuesday evening as voters line up and cast their ballots for statewide races.


Marriage Equality Billboard Brawl

By Angela Reighard

(October 15, 2014) — A Columbus billboard advertising holy matrimony sparked a debate in the area with members of the LGBT community responding with a billboard of their own.


1 Isolated In Summit County After Nurse’s Ebola Diagnosis

By Angela Reighard

(October 15, 2014) — Health officials say one person in Ohio has been voluntarily quarantined after having household contact with the Texas nurse who recently visited Ohio and was later diagnosed with Ebola.


Former Inmate Receives Over $700,000 For Wrongful Imprisonment

By Caleigh Bourgeois

(October 14, 2014) — An Ohio man who was imprisoned for 17 years will be rewarded $721,560.08. A state legislative panel approved payment of damages to Darrell Houston to compensate for money he would have earned had he not been incarcerated.


State Health Officials: Ohio Prepared For Ebola

By Angela Reighard

(October 14, 2014) — The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) say Ohio is prepared for the unlikely event of an Ebola outbreak in the state.


Analyzing the Ads: Experts Weigh In On Statewide Campaign Commercials

By Angela Reighard

(October 9, 2014) — Numerous candidates for statewide offices are using “soft spots” this election season, featuring their children and catchy slogans. But, there is a deeper meaning behind these ads and some say they can tell us a lot about the election.


Corrections officers: Reductions in staff put big burden on others

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(October 7, 2014) — Leah Marquis, a corrections officer at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, said she felt the weight of staff reductions in her workload.


Arnold Schwarzenegger comes back to Columbus for rededication of statue

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(October 7, 2014) — The Terminators famous warning rang true. Arnold Schwarzenegger came back to Columbus for the rededication of his bronze likeness in its new home, the Greater Columbus Convention Center.


Charitable lottery machines turned on

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(October 6, 2014) — The Ohio Lottery Commission downloaded software for its next-generation charitable game machines, allowing 157 posts to start offering the games to their visitors yesterday.


Ohio Correction Employees Picket For Safe Prisons

By Angela Reighard

(October 6, 2014) — Members of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA) picketed Monday in front of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) demanding safer prisons.


Inductees in Ohio civil-rights hall of fame urge continued work for equality

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(October 3, 2014) — On a brief stroll for exercise in 2001, Joan Evelyn Southgate dreamed up a longer walk.


A Look at ‘Obamacare’ One Year Later

By Angela Reighard

(October 3, 2014) — Its been one year since the launch of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.


Abortions in Ohio hit record low since 1976

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 27, 2014) — The number of abortions in Ohio hit a 37-year low in 2013 with 23,216 performed, the Ohio Department of Health said in a report released yesterday.


New task force: Deaf, blind people woefully underemployed

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 25, 2014) — Almost half of blind and deaf Ohioans recently queried for a special report said they don’t have a job. Of those who did, about 35 percent don’t get more than 31 hours a week.


Ohio praised for anti-human trafficking efforts

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 25, 2014) — Ohio ranks among the top states in preventing and policing human trafficking, according to a recent report.


Road salt secured for Ohio counties, but prices skyrocket

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 23, 2014) — Some Ohio counties will pay a record amount for road salt this winter more than triple the rate of a year ago.


House democrats rally for a debate

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 23, 2014) — Two Democratic representatives don’t want to see the conversations between statewide candidates die.


Fifth and sixth graders promote voting through contest

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 23, 2014) — Middle school students will not be submitting a ballot this year, but they’ve shown they know the importance of it.


Electronic poll books may make paper passe

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 19, 2014) — Ohioans used to signing their names in thick poll books could start seeing more electronic tablets when they vote.


Bill would help domestic violence victims with privacy

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 19, 2014) — A state law that requires voter addresses to be public records has unintended consequences for victims of domestic abuse, advocates say.


Ohio judges now can order mentally ill into treatment

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 18, 2014) — Family members responsible for those with severe mental illnesses now have a clearer option for getting care to patients who might need it the most.


Rally celebrates recovery from drug addiction

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 17, 2014) — Tyler Lough was fortunate to end up in a jail in Springfield.


Hundreds answer call to serve on 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 13, 2014) — Once she stepped off the bus from Toledo, new AmeriCorps recruit NaReze Washington said she felt the weight of the organization she joined.


Citizens reflect on the 13th anniversary of 9/11

By Angela Reighard
WOUB news

(September 11, 2014) — On the lawn of the Ohio Statehouse, passersby pause to reflect on the 13th Anniversary of 9/11.


More discussion on grad requirements

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 9, 2014) — The State Board of Education graduation requirements committee passed one more recommendation today for the class of 2018 and beyond, but some committee members expressed concern about the speed of creating the graduation requirements rule and passing it before the end of the year.


Concussion risks for student-athletes drive initiatives

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 6, 2014) — Officials at middle- and high-school sporting events blew their whistles 544 times last year to check on young athletes for suspected concussions.


Congresswoman promotes women’s issues

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 3, 2014) — Women in leadership positions throughout Ohio gathered with Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Jefferson Township, today to discuss how they can support gender equality at all levels of the workforce.


Death penalty opponents hold forum

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 1, 2014) — Before the execution schedule resumes in Ohio next year, Ohioans to Stop Executions is calling for legislators to make significant reforms.


Ed committee makes recommendations on grad requirements

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(August 27, 2014) — Specifics on graduation requirements for high school freshmen are still up in the air, but those students futures could be clearer by the end of the year.


Mergers among Northeast Ohio communities unlikely, despite all the talk and collaboration

By Samuel Howard

(April 29, 2014) — Talk of merging communities in Northeast Ohio has increased as a growing number of cities and villages share services to save money.


Northeast Ohio communities have tight grip on state funds for shared services

By Samuel Howard

(April 29, 2014) — Northeast Ohio communities lead the state in landing loans and grants awarded by the state to promote the sharing of government services or the pooling of resources.


Franklin County dog-shelter director ousted

By Will Drabold

(April 25, 2014) — County administrators fired the director of the Franklin County Dog Shelter yesterday, less than two months into an investigation of management practices and allegations of animal abuse.


Ohio House candidate Jill Miller Zimon reels in more money than incumbent John Barnes

By Samuel Howard

(April 25, 2014) — Democratic state Rep. John Barnes of Cleveland may have more cash on hand than his challenger, Jill Miller Zimon, but Zimon has raised more than two-and-a-half times the amount Barnes has since January, state records show.


Officials seek public input on fixing Ohios state parks

By Will Drabold

(April 24, 2014) — State officials announced yesterday they will spend more than $100 million to rehabilitate Ohio state parks over the next two years.


DeWine holds onto commanding financial advantage, despite being out-raised by Pepper in Ohio Attorney General race

By Samuel Howard

(April 24, 2014) — Democratic challenger David Pepper has out-raised incumbent Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine by about 2-1 since January, according to campaign finance reports released Thursday.


Democratic candidate for Ohio Auditor Carney reports raising more than $300,000 in last few months

By Samuel Howard

(April 24, 2014) — Current State Rep. John Patrick Carney, a Columbus Democrat, has raised more than $328,000 since January in his campaign to be the next State Auditor.


Rep. Patmon out-raising challenger Eugene Miller in House race in 10th District

By Samuel Howard

(April 24, 2014) — Incumbent Rep. Bill Patmon, a Cleveland Democrat, is heading toward the May primary with almost four times as much money as his challenger, Eugene Miller.


Ohios state parks getting upgrades

By Will Drabold

(April 23, 2014) — After decades of budget cuts, Ohio has committed to spending tens of millions of dollars to give the states parks a face-lift.


Bighead carp DNA found in Muskingum River

By Will Drabold

(April 19, 2014) — Asian-carp DNA has been discovered in the Muskingum River, raising fears among wildlife officials that the invasive fish might have another route to Lake Erie.


National review of Columbus police brings 5 residents to forum

By Will Drabold

(April 18, 2014) — Only five Columbus residents offered accounts of their experiences with city police at a public forum last night.


Franklin County Dog Shelter director suspended during investigation

By Will Drabold

(April 16, 2014) — The director of the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center has been placed on administrative leave while the county investigates allegations of misconduct there.


State creates tougher fracking rules to reduce risk of earthquakes

By Will Drabold

(April 12, 2014) — State officials now say a series of earthquakes that shook Mahoning County last month likely were caused by fracking, leading them to create the most stringent drilling rules in the nation, requiring seismic monitoring near fault lines and epicenters.


Are pit bulls why more shelter dogs fail adoption test?

By Will Drabold

(April 11, 2014) — After the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center started testing pit bulls in 2013 for behavior instead of automatically labeling them as vicious, several shelter statistics rose.


Coleman puts support behind FitzGerald run

By Will Drabold

(April 10, 2014) — Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman said yesterday that he is endorsing Democrat Ed FitzGerald for governor against Gov. John Kasich, a Republican whom Coleman has publicly complimented.


State Treasurer Candidate Pushes Equal Pay Legislation

By Caleigh Bourgeois

(April 9, 2014) — According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women earn two-thirds of what men earn. Rep. Connie Pillich, a candidate for State Treasurer, is working for equal pay for women and men.


Federal Judge Rules Ohio Must Recognize Out-Of-State Same-Sex Marriages

By Caleigh Bourgeois

(April 9, 2014) — A federal judge has ruled that gay marriage be recognized by the state of Ohio, but it won’t take complete effect right away.


Vet at Franklin County dog shelter under scrutiny

By Will Drabold

(April 9, 2014) — Reports of animal abuse and misconduct at the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center have led to a formal investigation into complaints that the shelter veterinarian has unnecessarily killed shelter dogs.


Provisions on higher education in state budget review pass Ohio House

By Samuel Howard

(April 9, 2014) — Members of the Ohio House of Representatives passed provisions Wednesday for the state’s budget review that would alter how the state deals with public higher education.


Columbus approves food trucks on city streets

By Will Drabold

(April 8, 2014) — After years of discussion, Columbus has new regulations that will allow vendors to sell a taco, pita or other food from a truck parked on a city street.


State Rep. Connie Pillich, a candidate for Ohio treasurer, marks ‘Equal Pay Day’ by pushing equal pay bill

By Samuel Howard

(April 8, 2014) — Brian Hester said is largely based off the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which House Bill 456 would codify into state law. The act extended the time workers have to file claims when they are discriminated in the wages they earn.


Columbus spends on convention pitches

By Will Drabold

(April 7, 2014) — To fight the bitter cold of late January, Republican National Committee members kept warm with free OYO vodka, which was delivered to Washington, D.C., to give those choosing a city for the partys national convention a taste of Columbus.


Is added clarity on Ohio health insurance worth coverage cuts?

By Will Drabold

(April 4, 2014) — One Ohio legislator is pushing a bill she says streamlines the states health-insurance law, but others are concerned that it will cut coverage for those who most need it.


Inside The Ohio Emergency Management Agency’s Intelligence Unit

By Caleigh Bourgeois

(April 3, 2014) — Theyve helped to save lives, prevent attacks and find missing people in just hours, without even leaving their desks.


Sponsors Of Sexual Assault Bill Say They’re Facing Obstacles

By Caleigh Bourgeois

(April 1, 2014) — Ohio lawmakers who are sponsoring a bill that would eliminate time restrictions on prosecuting rapists said theyre running into obstacles.


Mumps fear is spurring inoculations

By Will Drabold

(April 1, 2014) — Though she is no fan of a needles sting, Bettina Slaughter was willing to wince and get the mumps vaccine yesterday to make sure she gets a job.


Firefighter boot camps to give feel for career

By Will Drabold

(March 29, 2014) — For as long as Trina Cain can remember, she wanted to drive the big, red truck that rolled up and down her street.


Ohio aims to curb chronic diseases

By Will Drabold

(March 27, 2014) — If the state has its way, there will be fewer overweight Ohioans by 2020, fewer teens who smoke and more residents who exercise every day.


Delaware is Ohios healthiest county, study says

By Will Drabold

(March 26, 2014) — Delaware County remains the healthiest Ohio county in which to live, according to annual rankings released today.


Columbus council agrees to purchase 25 more snowplows

By Will Drabold

(March 25, 2014) — The Columbus City Council allocated money to buy 25 new snowplows at last nights meeting, bringing the total purchased this year and last year to 52.


Changes Possible in Addiction Recovery Process

By Caleigh Bourgeois

(March 18, 2014) — A Gallipolis lawmaker wants behavioral counseling to become a requirement for recovering opiate addicts.


Scientists study Ohio’s quakes, fracking

By Will Drabold

(March 16, 2014) — For 100 years, Mahoning County had not experienced a sizable earthquake. But a little more than two years ago, the ground in the northeastern Ohio county started to shake. There have been a dozen earthquakes in the area near Youngstown since.


More quakes reported near fracking well

By Will Drabold

(March 14, 2014) — Geologists say there were 12 earthquakes near an active fracking well in northeastern Ohio four last week and eight this week.


Stakes high in mystery over fracking, quakes

By Will Drabold

(March 13, 2014) — The oil and gas industry, governments, environmental advocacy groups and others are watching to see whether a series of earthquakes in northeastern Ohio was caused by a nearby fracking operation.


Ideas grow to reduce Columbus’ sewer overflows

By Will Drabold

(March 10, 2014) — Ten years into a plan to stop raw sewage from flowing into rivers and streams, Columbus officials want to cease digging tunnels and start planting gardens.


Fewer Ohio teens say theyre drinking, smoking

By Will Drabold

(March 7, 2014) — The percentage of teens who abuse prescription painkillers is down, according to a youth health report, but nearly half of those surveyed say they text while driving.


Columbus collecting yard waste, recycling together

By Will Drabold

(March 4, 2014) — Starting this week, Columbus has changed the way it picks up recyclables and yard waste.


Firefighter fired for affair at Hilltop station

By Will Drabold

(March 1, 2014) — Marc Cain, the Columbus firefighter who was accused of having sex in a fire station, was fired yesterday.


Hotel-tax money to boost Columbus tourism, arts, human services

By Will Drabold

(February 28, 2014) — Supporters of Columbus tourism, culture and social services are applauding a city move to provide more funding to their respective interests.


Zoning board tables Olde Towne East apartment proposal

By Will Drabold

(February 27, 2014) — An empty lot laced with arsenic and oil has become a sticking point for Olde Towne East residents with competing visions for their neighborhood.


Zoning board OKs controversial Olde Towne East apartments

By Will Drabold

(February 26, 2014) — Brian Higgins, a Columbus developer, said he just wants to put up a modern building that would diversify Olde Towne Easts housing options.


Kasich Addresses Job Growth, Education In ‘State Of The State’

By Caleigh Bourgeois

(February 25, 2014) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich proposed ambitious new education plans during last night’s State of the State in Medina.


STRS funding letter doesnt satisfy pension-board chairman

By Will Drabold

(February 25, 2014) — Managers of the State Teachers Retirement System submitted a letter not a plan with possible ways they could pay off unfunded pension liabilities within 30 years, and thats a violation of state law, according to Rep. Lynn Wachtmann, chairman of the panel that oversees the states five pension funds.


Volunteers begin final sign-up push for health care

By Will Drabold

(February 23, 2014) — The aging decor of a union hall was energized by colorful posters and spirited presentations yesterday to inspire a final push for getting health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.


Several events tied to State of the State speech

By Will Drabold

(February 22, 2014) — As Gov. John Kasich gives his fourth State of the State address in Medina on Monday night, several other groups hope to grab some of the spotlight.


Tallying calamity days cost isnt easy

By Will Drabold

(February 21, 2014) — Some Republicans in the Ohio House cited the need to be responsible with taxpayer money during the recent debate over giving schools additional calamity days a debate that will continue in the Senate.


Kids get more time off than teachers in House-passed calamity-days bill

By Will Drabold

(February 20, 2014) — After a rough winter, teachers and students could get more calamity days after a contentious bill passed in the Ohio House yesterday.


Police & Fire fund argues pension cuts arent necessary

By Will Drabold

(February 14, 2014) — Ohios police and firefighter pension-fund managers argue that everything is fine; state Rep. Lynn Wachtmann says not so fast.


Aging voting machines could jeopardize elections, officials say

By Will Drabold

(February 13, 2014) — Across much of the country, voters are casting ballots at voting machines with expired warranties or outdated components.


Bill would require driver’s education for 21 and under

By Will Drabold

(February 12, 2014) — Drivers education classes could be mandated for thousands more young drivers in Ohio after an amendment was added to a bill in the state House that would increase restrictions for them.


Ohio officials tight-lipped on fracking, Mondays earthquakes

By Will Drabold

(February 12, 2014) — While geologists raised questions yesterday about whether a northeastern Ohio fracking operation caused a series of earthquakes in Mahoning County on Monday, state officials refused to provide any answers.


Cleveland-area administrators voice opinions, concerns about Third Grade Reading Guarantee

By Sam Howard

(February 10, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — If nothing changes between now and August, third-grade teachers in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District could be saddled with the task of holding back 164 students.


Cleveland Democrats push bill to encourage cooperation between state and airlines

By Sam Howard

(February 6, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — Before United Airlines announced its plan to eliminate flights from its Cleveland hub, two Statehouse legislators thought Ohio’s relationship with airlines could use some work.


Bill would extend subpoena power to city law departments

Sam Howard
Northeast Ohio Media Group

(February 4, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — The jury is still out on a bill that would give more investigative power to Ohio’s city and village law departments.


Ohio lawmakers might enable more clean needle exchanges

By Will Drabold

(February 2, 2014) — PORTSMOUTH, Ohio Without fear of prosecution, the man brought 10 needles he had used to pump heroin into his veins downtown for a trade.


Boards plan would spare teachers

By Will Drabold

(February 1, 2014) — The State Teachers Retirement Systems board says it has found a way to meet Ohio law without taking more from teachers or giving them less.


Criminalizing chemicals closes legal loophole

By Will Drabold

(February 1, 2014) — By criminalizing certain chemicals, Ohio could finally have a way to cease the sale of drugs such as bath salts and synthetic marijuana.


House, Senate GOP caucuses raise staggeringly more than Democratic counterparts

Sam Howard
Northeast Ohio Media Group

(January 31, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — Annual campaign finance reports filed Friday with Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office show Republican caucuses at the Statehouse have a staunch financial advantage against their counterparts across the aisle.


Same-sex marriage advocacy group rallies about $237,000 in last six months, about $26,000 in cash

Sam Howard
Northeast Ohio Media Group

(January 31, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — In its effort to challenge Ohio’s definition of marriage, FreedomOhio signaled in its annual campaign finance report Friday that it has crossed a threshold.


Though Northeast Ohio figures pale in comparison, some say tow truck abuse isnt only in Columbus

Sam Howard
Northeast Ohio Media Group

(January 30, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — Opponents of stricter towing regulations in Ohio have said that “predatory tow truck abuse” is a problem limited, by and large, to Columbus.


Bills foes question allowing guns in Ohio schools, churches

By Will Drabold

(January 30, 2014) — Jeannine Everhart, a doctoral student at the University of Toledo, was at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, when 32 people were killed.


Bill to keep trucks out of left-hand lanes waiting on committee support for green light

Sam Howard
Northeast Ohio Media Group

(January 29, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — A bill that would keep trucks out of left-hand lanes on Ohio’s largest highways has slowed down on the road out of a House committee since fall.


Bill to shrink controlling boards power meets criticism in House committee

Sam Howard
Northeast Ohio Media Group

(January 28, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — Less than six months after he voted to approve $2.5 billion worth of Medicaid expansion in Ohio, State Sen. Chris Widener told a House committee Tuesday that the State Controlling Board shouldn’t be saddled with those kinds of high-stakes appropriations.


First-term Ohio House lawmakers finding their way

By Will Drabold

(January 28, 2014) — Not all newbies learn the ropes the same way.


$404 million statewide public higher education budget proposal stresses modernization

Sam Howard
Northeast Ohio Media Group

(January 23, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio’s public colleges and universities especially those in Northeast Ohio shouldn’t expect the state to help foot the bill for much brick-and-mortar expansion in the near future.


2 House Democrats propose end to Ohios death penalty

By Will Drabold

(January 23, 2014) — Among multiple politicians and groups calling for a moratorium on executions in Ohio, two House Democrats presented evidence for why the practice should be eliminated forever.


Ohio House adopts $1.875 billion bond renewal slated for May ballot

Sam Howard
Northeast Ohio Media Group

(January 22, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — A resolution has cleared its final hurdle at the Statehouse toward sending $1.875 billion to local governments for infrastructure improvements.


Diametrically opposed lawmakers team up to change state constitution

Sam Howard
Northeast Ohio Media Group

(January 22, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new joint resolution in the Ohio House of Representatives that would allow Ohio’s voters to recall elected officials is coming from the Statehouse’s political odd couple.


Duo of legislators hopes to bring back work waiver for food stamp recipients

Sam Howard
Northeast Ohio Media Group

(January 22, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Gov. John Kasich decided last fall to reinstate the federal work requirement for food stamp benefits in the state, some were afraid as many as 140,000 Ohioans might go hungry by January.


Number of gun silencers skyrocket in Ohio, as legislators look to extend their use to hunting

Sam Howard
Northeast Ohio Media Group

(January 21, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — The number of noise suppressors, or silencers, for firearms more than doubled throughout Ohio from 2012 to 2013 and two representatives aim to let the state’s hunters put those accessories to use.


Legislative Democrats push anti-death penalty bills following controversial execution

Sam Howard
Northeast Ohio Media Group

(January 20, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the wake of Dennis McGuire’s controversial execution last week, legislative Democrats are ramping up efforts to halt or at least modify the death penalty in Ohio.


Beer bill would allow sale, production of high-alcohol brews

By Will Drabold

(January 18, 2014) — A few times a year, Mike Cilfone can be found just inside Kentucky near Cincinnati, looking to buy booze. Cilfone, 32, of Columbus, isnt looking for whiskey or bourbon; he drives more than two hours for beer often with a proof equal to some liquors that is not sold in Ohio.


Legislators urges DeWine to sue over federal law on detention

By Will Drabold

(January 17, 2014) — A resolution passed unanimously out of an Ohio House committee this week pressures the state attorney general to file a lawsuit over a section in a federal law that has already been upheld in court.


Children have their say about King holiday

By Will Drabold

(January 17, 2014) — Nine-year-old Olivia Moore rose to the pulpit and told a packed church in Columbus that she does not go to school with many kids who look like her.


Credit for religious education bill passes through House, pits Cleveland area Democrats against each other

Sam Howard
Northeast Ohio Media Group

(January 16, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A bill that would allow public school boards to give credit to high school students for off-campus religious education pitted two Statehouse Democrats from Greater Cleveland against each other Wednesday.


Ariel Castro-inspired bill passes through Ohio House

Sam Howard
Northeast Ohio Media Group

(January 15, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A bill inspired by Cleveland’s Ariel Castro and passed unanimously Wednesday in the Ohio House of Representatives would prevent men from suing for parental rights to children fathered as a result of rape or sexual battery.


Bipartisan proposal would let Ohioans recall officials

Will Drabold
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 15, 2014) — Two of the legislatures most ideologically opposed politicians have found common ground: giving citizens the ability to recall any elected official.


Bipartisan proposal would let Ohioans recall officials

By Will Drabold

(January 15, 2014) — Two of the legislatures most ideologically opposed politicians have found common ground: giving citizens the ability to recall any elected official.


$1.9 billion capital improvements program passes through Senate

Sam Howard
Northeast Ohio Media Group

(January 14, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A bond issue that appears headed for the May ballot could reap as much as $19.5 million annually for Cuyahoga County’s bridges, roads and sewers.


Ohio Legislators, Gov. Talk Jobs And Education

By Caleigh Bourgeois

(January 14, 2014) — With the State of the State only weeks away, Gov. John Kasich ® remained mum about politics during a forum Thursday.


Husted, voting rights groups settle on Motor Voter Act case

Sam Howard
Northeast Ohio Media Group

(January 13, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state of Ohio agreed to a settlement Monday with voting awareness groups Judicial Watch and True the Vote, effectively ending a lawsuit that lasted almost a year and a half.


STEM degrees may offer extra perk

By Will Drabold

(January 8, 2014) — Graduate with a technical or scientific degree, settle down in Ohio and the state might hand you cash.


Bill alters how inspector general is chosen

By Ryan Clark (ryanclark@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 21, 2013) — Democratic Reps. Connie Pillich and Chris Redfern want to end the “political inclinations and lack of competence” that they say have prevented Inspector General Randy Meyer from investigating wrongful acts in state government.


Don’t be in big rush to file state tax return

By Joshua Jamerson (jjamerson@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 16, 2013) — For those considering filing state income-tax returns within the next week, the state Department of Taxation says that to do so could be a disservice to your pocketbook.


Attorney General Mike DeWine says Internet cafes are ripe for crime

By Rex Santus (rstantus@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(February 13, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told an Ohio House committee Wednesday that internet sweepstakes cafes are ripe to become dens of criminal activity.


Ohio Senate Republicans say job growth is top priority

By Rex Santus (rstantus@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(February 13, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Outside the state budget, Republicans in the Ohio Senate say they have one big goal: more jobs.


Ohio Senate Republicans say job growth is top priority

By Rex Santus (rsantus@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(February 12, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — Outside the state budget, Republicans in the Ohio Senate say they have one big goal: more jobs.


Food at risk?

By Lydia Coutre
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 10, 2013) — About 43 percent of food-borne illness outbreaks can be traced to food prepared at restaurants, according to the latest available U.S. data, making ordering from a menu the single-largest source for unsafe food.


Inspections: ‘Critical’ violations not common

By Lydia Coutre
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 10, 2013) — When Garrett A. Guillozet enters a restaurant for a routine inspection, he is armed with test strips, a flashlight and a thermometer.


More scrutiny of nation’s meals

By Lydia Coutre
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 10, 2013) — Food-borne illnesses cost Ohioans about $2.8 billion each year.


Dancing “lion” helps Chinese greet new year

By Ryan Clark (ryanclark@dispatch.com
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 10, 2013) — Two men in traditional Chinese lion costumes danced through Sunflower Chinese Restaurant under large, ornate heads complete with fluttering eyelids and flapping mouths.


Kasich’s Ohio tax plan might hurt small business

By Ryan Clark (ryanclark@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 9, 2013) — Naming rights to stadiums would be subject to Gov. John Kasich’s proposed broadening of the state sales tax.


Denying Ohio driver’s licenses to immigants in dispute

By Joshua Jamerson (jjamerson@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 8, 2013) — For Omar Rodriguez, being pulled over by police meant more than getting a speeding ticket it could mean deportation.


Governor tosses out license plate replacement plan

By Rex Santus (rsantus@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(February 7, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A plan that would require Ohioans to replace their license plates every seven years has been scrapped.


OSU process gets “clean coal” energy

By Sara Jerde (sjerde@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 7, 2013) — Ohio State University researchers say they have created a process to draw energy from coal without burning the fossil fuel, reducing 99 percent of the pollution tied to climate change.


Consumers unsure about broader sales tax

By Joshua Jamerson (jjamerson@dispatch.com) and Ryan Clark (ryanclark@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 6, 2013) — Sitting in a salon chair with her hair over her face, Sylvia Stevens wondered if Ohio consumers would win or lose should Gov. John Kasich get the tax overhaul he wants.


Governor recommends Cleveland regain control of Cleveland Lakefront State Park

By Rex Santus (rsantus@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(February 6, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A proposal in the Ohio House would return control of Cleveland Lakefront State Park, a string of six parks along the lakeshore beset with maintenance and crime problems, to the city of Cleveland.


Plan to replace license plates blows a flat

By Ryan Clark (ryanclark@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 1, 2013) — Put down the screwdriver. It looks like Ohio drivers can keep their license plates.


Replacing car plates would be required under budget proposal

By Ryan Clark (ryanclark@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 30, 2013) — Ohioans might have to pay $10 every seven years to replace their license plates, starting with cars still running around with gold plates or bicentennial plates which the state would recall beginning in December.


Welfare agency’s merger plan stirs push to keep Athens County office

By Ryan Clark (ryanclark@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 29, 2013) — State Sen. Lou Gentile is adding his voice to calls for Gov. John Kasich and his administration to consider alternatives to closing 13 regional offices of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.


Brown wants more pediatric-research funding

By Joshua Jamerson (jjamerson@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 29, 2013) — When Madison Reed was 7 months old, doctors told her parents she wouldn’t live past 2.


Mayfield Heights Mayor Gregory Costabile pleads guilty to ethics violations

By Rex Santus (rsantus@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(January 29, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Mayfield Heights Mayor Gregory Costabile pleaded guilty Tuesday to two misdemeanor ethics violations for failing to disclose income he received from two companies that have done business with the city.


State contemplates forcing motorists to replace license plates for $10 fee

By Rex Santus (rsantus@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(January 28, 2013) — Columbus Ohio motorists would have to pay $10 every seven years and replace their license plates under a budget proposal from the Department of Public Safety.


State contemplates forcing motorists to replace license plates for $10 fee

By Rex Santus (rsantus@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(January 28, 2013) — Columbus Ohio motorists would have to pay $10 every seven years and replace their license plates under a budget proposal from the Department of Public Safety.


Eat while learning? No objection

By Joshua Jamerson (jjamerson@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 27, 2013) — There used to be something unacceptable although the Ohio Supreme Court can’t quite put its finger on what about lawyers eating and learning at the same time.


Scourge of flu remains strong

By Sara Jerde (sjerde@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 26, 2013) — Flu remains widespread in Ohio, and cases are elevated across the country, according to numbers released yesterday by state and federal health officials.


Roadway projects get panel’s approval

By Sara Jerde (sjerde@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 26, 2013) — Nearly 40 major road projects across the state that had been repeatedly shuffled and rescheduled last year have been prioritized, finalized and recommended to the Ohio Department of Transportation.


Gahanna may raise income tax to 2.5%

By Sara Jerde (sjerde@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 24, 2013) — Gahanna’s leaders are considering increasing the city’s income tax to 2.5 percent from 1.5 percent to make up for an $8 million budget gap.


3 bogus hunting guides sentenced

By Joshua Jamerson (jjamerson@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 23, 2013) — Three New Albany men received prison time, fines and hunting-license suspensions last week for operating an illegal hunting-guide service on property they didn’t own in the Columbus suburb.


Hoaxed player dragged into Citizens United fight

By Ryan Clark (ryanclark@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 22, 2013) — Manti Te’o‘s hoax girlfriend is the butt of Internet gags and numerous jokes, so why not make it the point of a group pushing for campaign-finance reform.


Last group of Columbus recyclers starts Feb. 1

By Sara Jerde (sjerde@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 19, 2013) — The last phase of Columbus’ curbside recycling program is to begin on Feb. 1, after the city rolled out the remaining bins to residents this week.


Doctors praise new eggless flu vaccine

By Sara Jerde (sjerde@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 18, 2013) — Amid a national flu epidemic, and at a time when health officials are urging everyone to get a shot, doctors are praising a promising new vaccine.


State fines Cleveland casino for unapproved software

By Ryan Clark (ryanclark@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 17, 2013) — Ohio casino regulators issued the first fine for one of the state’s casinos today after the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland used unapproved software for almost four months.


Ohio’s nursing homes get favorable ratings again

By Joshua Jamerson (jjamerson@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 17, 2013) — Families of nursing-home residents across the state reported overall satisfaction with the care being provided to their loved ones in 2012, according to results of a state study released yesterday.


State’s ohgo.com website provides freshest traffic info

By Sara Jerde (sjerde@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 16, 2013) — Ohio drivers have a new way to size up traffic before they hit the road.


Ohio liquor sales break another record

By Rex Santus (rsantus@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(January 16, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohioans have broken the state record for liquor sales — for at least the sixth straight year.


Ohio Senate Democrats lay out their legislative priorities

By Rex Santus (rsantus@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(January 15, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A possible assault-weapons bill, the expansion of early voting hours and school funding changes are among this year’s legislative priorities for Democrats in the Ohio Senate.


Storm-damaged Edgewater Marina will get repairs

By Rex Santus (rsantus@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(January 14, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than two months after superstorm Sandy hurled through Cleveland, the Ohio Controlling Board approved $1.6 million Monday for emergency repairs to Edgewater Marina on the city’s West Side.


Ohio’s youngest inmates have become its most dangerous

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(December 30, 2012) — The most violent prisons in Ohio aren’t the maximum-security facilities or those housing Death Row inmates.They’re those holding teenager.


Ohio weighing lots of factors before deciding whether to expand Medicaid

By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(December 24, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Many major provisions in the federal Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare don’t kick in until 2014, but that doesn’t mean state officials can sit on their hands.


Ohio prison reform slower than expected

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(December 13, 2012) — Decrease the number of inmates in Ohio’s prisons and save taxpayers money. That was the idea behind a sentencing reform law backed by state legislators on both sides of the aisle. It took effect last September, but more than a year later, WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports the legislation hasn’t worked as quickly as some had hoped.


Ohio schools face new grading system under proposed legislation

By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(December 7, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio The House’s passage of the latest Republican-backed education bill that implements a more demanding evaluation system for schools, along with other significant changes, will put Democrats and teachers on the defensive as the bill moves into the Senate next week.


Ohio House OKs regulations to help guide businesses on Obamacare insurance exchanges

By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(December 6, 2012) — Columbus Ohio lawmakers are moving a bill through the General Assembly providing the state with regulatory authority over so-called healthcare navigators, who will guide both individuals and small businesses through the healthcare exchanges mandated under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the bill established the healthcare navigators).


Divorce cases could be easier in Ohio with new legislation

By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(December 5, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Divorce proceedings should become less time-consuming, less expensive and easier on both couples and children following the passage of legislation Tuesday.


East Side robber could get more than 73 years

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 27, 2012) — An East Side man who pleaded guilty yesterday to robbing six people in four incidents last year could be sentenced to more than 73 years in prison.


Annual toy-safety survey: Dangerous playthings could spoil holiday joy

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 21, 2012) — Parents hitting the stores for holiday gifts this season might want to check more than their children’s wish list.


High St. parking meters going live today

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 19, 2012) — Columbus is taking a step toward a more walkable Downtown with 30 new parking meters going into service today at 9 a.m.


Former U.S. Sen. George Voinovich talks fiscal cliff

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(November 16, 2012) — George Voinovich is talking about the so-called fiscal cliff, a package of tax increases and spending cuts that will take effect if Congress doesn’t act.


Young hunters get first crack at deer gun season

By Michael Locklear
Ohio Public Radio

(November 16, 2012) — The number of deer taken during the archery season is up 23 percent in Ohio. That’s in the first month and a half of the season compared to the same period last year. This weekend, hunters under the age of 18 can start using guns. For Ohio Public Radio, Michael Locklear reports. [Listen to report]


Planned Parenthood bill gets panel’s OK

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 15, 2012) — Hours of testimony from those who oppose a bill that would cut funding for Planned Parenthood didn’t sway most House of Representatives committee members who voted on it.


Tuition going up at Columbus State in 2013

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 15, 2012) — Full-time students at Columbus State Community College will pay an extra $199 a year for tuition starting next summer.


Ohio bill would strengthen laws banning synthetic drugs

By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(November 14, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Lawmakers have sought to ban synthetic drugs such as bath salts and incense, which can cause paranoid and violent reactions in their abusers.


Puppy mill bill passes house committee

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(November 14, 2012) — The so-called “puppy mill bill” is one step closer to becoming law. The Ohio House voted to pass its version of the legislation by a vote of 91-5, but it was late Tuesday afternoon that members passed the crackdown on high-volume dog breeders out of committee. WOUB’s Michael Locklear was there and reports some discussion but little outright opposition.


2.2% water-sewer rate hike sought

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 13, 2012) — Columbus City Council introduced legislation yesterday to increase water rates by 4 percent and sewer rates by 1 percent next year. Council members are expected to approve the measure on Monday.


New Ohio law aims at deterring scrap-metal thieves

By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(November 12, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Determined thieves have gone to great lengths to get their hands on valuable scrap metal.


Proposed water-, sewer-rate hikes would raise Columbus bills 2.2%

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 12, 2012) — The Columbus City Council introduced legislation today to increase water rates by 4 percent and sewer rates by 1 percent next year. Council members are expected to approve the measure next Monday.


Option for 2013: BikeShare rides

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 9, 2012) — Many restaurants, shops and attractions sit just out of reach for Downtown workers and residents: too far to walk, but not far enough to make driving and parking worth it.


Voters swayed by names, parties say

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 8, 2012) — Neither Democrats nor Republicans lost a spot on the state’s highest court, but the parties still voiced frustration with how the election turned out.


Ohio Supreme Court: 2 incumbent justices sent packing by voters

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 7, 2012) — Two sitting Ohio Supreme Court justices, one Republican and one Democrat, were unseated in yesterday’s election, marking the first time in recent history that two incumbents were removed from the state’s top court.


Townships’ study calls them most efficient

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 5, 2012) — Smaller, local governments are more responsive and cost-efficient than their larger counterparts, according to a study commissioned by the Ohio Township Association, which is pushing back against budget-fueled calls for consolidation.


Libertarian Gary Johnson challenges whats a wasted ballot

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 3, 2012) — STREETSBORO, Ohio Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson, on the ballot in Ohio, doesn’t expect to win Tuesday’s election. All he’s asking for is 5 percent of the vote.


DNA profiles can be kept indefinitely, Ohio Supreme Court rules in Cleveland case

By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(November 2, 2012) — OLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that if the state legally obtains DNA from a suspect, investigators can keep the DNA profile indefinitely, whether or not the suspect is found guilty.


Ohio Issue 2 supporters say long ballot summary is confusing voters

By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(November 1, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Advocates of Issue 2 say they are worried that an overly long description of the issue on the ballot is confusing voters.


Opening of absentee ballots under way, but not tallying

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 1, 2012) — Workers have started the long process of opening the thousands of absentee ballots that have flowed in for this month’s election.


Partisan dating sites lure politically minded

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)

(November 1, 2012) — For some people, the scenario would be nightmarish: going on a great first date, only to learn later that the seemingly perfect match leans toward the opposite end of the political spectrum or doesn’t even care about politics.


Council studies Internet cafes

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 31, 2012) — About 40 percent of people seeking help for problem gambling from Maryhaven say Internet sweepstakes cafes provide their game of choice.


Ohio legislation would give further legal protection to juveniles

By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(October 26, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio legislators are taking action to try to ensure that courts offer juveniles the same legal rights as adults after a recent Ohio Supreme Court ruling.


Employers need those hired to be ‘work-ready’

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@kent.edu)
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 26, 2012) — Companies that are developing business in Columbus are placing a higher premium on the talent of the work force.


Group of lawmakers pushes for autism mandate

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(October 26, 2012) — Ohio lawmakers are again trying to require insurance coverage for autism. They’ve failed in the past but now have support from both parties.


Ohio teachers seek a voice in state legislature by running for office

By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(October 25, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Remember last year’s Senate Bill 5? The legislation that cut public employees’ power to collectively bargain, which was met with some support, a lot of outrage and ultimately a ballot measure that struck it down?


Ohio GOP puts out ad depicting Ohio Supreme Court candidate as sympathetic to rapists

By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(October 25, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio Supreme Court Justice Robert Cupp is distancing himself from a 15-second television ad produced by the Ohio Republican Party meant to aid his re-election campaign that claims his opponent sympathizes with rapists.


Volunteers toeing the line

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 25, 2012) — Steve Scheel stood behind a yellow line facing the Franklin County early voting center, his arms folded over his Romney/ Ryan T-shirt. His shadow crossed the line, but his feet could not.


Ohio’s high Medicaid cost estimates questioned by some experts

By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(October 24, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s administration says it is bracing for a billion-dollar hit.


Ohio consumer group calls for stricter food safety laws

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(October 24, 2012) — An Ohio consumer group says the implementation of stricter federal food safety laws has fallen short. The Ohio Public Interest Research Group released a report Wednesday on the progress in reducing food recalls in the state and across the country. Tabitha Woodruff says since the beginning of 2011, 27 Ohioans have gotten sick after eating food directly linked to recalls.


Issue 2 group launches website

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(October 23, 2012) — The group behind Issue 2 has launched another website to promote the redistricting proposal that would change the way congressional and legislative districts are drawn. Brian Rothenberg says it features an interactive map with Voters First’s take on each of Ohio’s 16 congressional districts.


Pro-Issue 2 group releases first TV ad

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(October 22, 2012) — With just two weeks until Election Day, the group behind Issue 2 has released its first television ad. Voters First says it’s a “substantial” statewide buy in support of a constitutional amendment that would change the way congressional and legislative districts are formed.


Delaware health director leaving

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 20, 2012) — The Delaware Board of Health is looking for a new health commissioner as Frances Veverka leaves the position after 31 years.


Sheriff reflects on exotic animals incident one year later

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(October 19, 2012) — It’s been one year since dozens of exotic animals were released from a Zanesville farm. Law enforcement officers tracked down and killed most of them.


President Obama visits Ohio University

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(October 18, 2012) — Fourteen thousand people showed up for a glimpse of the president Wednesday night. Barack Obama addressed the crowd on Ohio University’s College Green. WOUB’s Michael Locklear takes a look at the message to voters.


Ohioans will be able to vote in person on three days before election day

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(October 16, 2012) — Ohioans will indeed be able to vote in person on the three days before Election Day. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports.


Nuns on the Bus stop in Athens with political message

By Michael Lockear
WOUB News

(October 15, 2012) — A group of nuns is criss-crossing the state to talk politics. They call themselves “Nuns on the Bus” and are encouraging folks to vote their values.


Ohio University students line up for Obama tickets

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(October 15, 2012) — Folks in Athens are lining up to get their tickets to see the president. On Friday, we learned Barack Obama will make a campaign stop in town this week.


Changing campaign-finance laws might not deter corruption

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 12, 2012) — The system for monitoring campaign spending in Ohio relies on honesty, which can make it challenging to pick out bad apples.


Illegal signs litter the campaign trail

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 12, 2012) — What has become an accepted campaign-season tradition planting candidate signs along highway medians, freeway exits and on street corners is, in fact, illegal.


Chance to register for Nov. 6 passes

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 10, 2012) — The deadline for registering to vote in the fall election in Ohio passed yesterday, and some Columbus residents were taking extra steps to make sure they can cast a ballot on Nov. 6.


Avoid the crush; keep stink bugs outside

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 10, 2012) — Stink bugs invade our homes when the weather turns cold and make their presence known when we try to shoo them away.


State lawmaker indicted on 49 counts

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(October 10, 2012) — A state representative has been indicted on dozens of counts, including theft in office. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports from the Statehouse where the lawmaker was serving his fourth term.


Avoid the crush; keep stink bugs outside

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 10, 2012) — Stink bugs invade our homes when the weather turns cold and make their presence known when we try to shoo them away.


Potency of political ads fleeting at best

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 7, 2012) — The more you try to dodge the political ads bombarding Ohio, the harder they’ll try to find you.


OSU team creates high-tech salad bar for future NASA missions

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch)
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 7, 2012) — When astronauts fly to Mars and other far-flung destinations across the galaxy, they won’t have to rely solely on freeze-dried meat and powdered meals for sustenance.


At East High, parade tradition marches on

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 6, 2012) — Dozens of spectators followed a procession of cheerleaders, dancers and band members decked out in orange and black uniforms as they made their way down Greenway Avenue last night.


Nurses group wants schools to be able to act quickly in food allergy emergencies

By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(October 4, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio When a child suffers a severe allergic reaction, treatment must be delivered quickly. If not, the child could go into a coma or even die.


Funding limits restrict help for youth offenders

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 4, 2012) — An alternative to locking up juvenile offenders is working, a study says, but Ohio needs to find a better way to pay for it. The program, started in 1993, encourages counties to commit fewer juveniles to state youth prisons. Instead, low- and moderate-risk youths are treated in community-based programs.


State auditor looks into school attendance irregularities

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(October 4, 2012) — Southeast Ohio is “clean” so far in the school attendance audit. The State Auditor released an interim report Thursday.


Incumbent Scott is double dipping by taking pension, Republican says

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 3, 2012) — The Republican candidate for Franklin County sheriff promised yesterday to turn down the office’s salary if he is elected but said he will continue to collect his pension.


Sheriff candidate would reject his salary

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 2, 2012) — The Republican candidate for Franklin County sheriff promised yesterday to turn down the office’s salary if he is elected but said he will continue to collect his pension.


Ohio conducts survey on pre-casino problem gambling

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(October 2, 2012) — The state put out the results of a survey on problem gambling Monday. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports from the Statehouse where officials announced the findings.


Fairfield County folks turn out to vote early

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(October 2, 2012) — Tuesday was the first official day you could cast your ballot in the Buckeye State. WOUB’s Michael Locklear talked to folks in Fairfield County who voted early.


New early-voting site is bigger, better

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 29, 2012) — In-person absentee voters shouldn’t have to battle long lines and stand outside in cold weather this year thanks to a change in venue for the early-voting location, elections officials say.


Ideas to benefit city suggested as part of Design Week

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 28, 2012) — Imagine a city where bison roam on the Statehouse lawn and packs of wolverines discourage Michigan fans from setting foot on the Ohio State University Oval.


Deer crashes in Ohio down for third year

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(September 27, 2012) — We’re approaching deer mating season, and that’s the time when more cars and deer collide on the road. But those crashes are actually down in Ohio again.


Poll: Obama ahead by 10 points In Ohio

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(September 26, 2012) — The latest Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll gives the president a double-digit lead in Ohio.


Issue 2 group grades Husted

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(September 25, 2012) — Ohio’s chief elections official got an informal “performance review” Monday from a group that has butted heads with the Republican over the redistricting proposal on the ballot. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports.


Study to evaluate prescription of anti-psychotic meds to children on Medicaid

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(September 25, 2012) — Ohio Medicaid officials announced a plan Tuesday to take a look at how anti-psychotic drugs are being prescribed to children, especially those in foster care.


Sewage control long slog

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 24, 2012) — A rainy 2011 caused sewage overflows into Columbus waterways to more than double compared with 2010.


Ohio Constitution to get a thorough review

By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(September 24, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio While the presidential election is getting most of the attention on this November’s ballot, Ohioans will also decide whether it’s time to tinker with some of the guiding principles of this state Ohio’s constitution.


Sewage control long slog

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 24, 2012) — A rainy 2011 caused sewage overflows into Columbus waterways to more than double compared with 2010.


Ex-officials tout importance of U.S. foreign assistance

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 22, 2012) — The world economy $60 trillion right now is expected to blossom to $200 trillion in the next 25 to 30 years, said former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.


City fakes disaster for real practice

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 21, 2012) — Columbus first responders and government agencies must be prepared for anything including a radioactive plane crash in the middle of a soccer tournament.


Ohio consumer groups concerned about bill that could limit landline phone service

By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(September 20, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Consumer advocacy groups this week expressed their continued opposition to a bill moving through the Ohio legislature that would allow phone companies to withdraw landline phone service in some parts of the state.


Leader of troubled youth prison is resigning

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 20, 2012) — The head of a youth prison in Delaware County that has had a significant increase in inmate violence is resigning effective Oct. 5, eight months after she accepted the job.


Gene Harris to retire

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(September 20, 2012) — The Chair of the Ohio University Board of Trustees is retiring from her full-time position.


Anti-Issue 2 mailer deemed potentially misleading

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(September 20, 2012) — The Ohio Elections Commission found probable cause Thursday that an anti-Issue 2 ad is misleading.


Groups fear phone companies could cut landlines

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(September 19, 2012) — Controversy is brewing in Ohio over what cell phones are fast replacing: landlines. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports from the Statehouse.


Bill could mean fewer landlines in some parts of Ohio

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(September 19, 2012) — Controversy is brewing in Ohio over what cell phones are fast replacing: landlines. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports from the Statehouse.


Third person dies of West Nile virus in Ohio

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 18, 2012) — An 80-year-old Hamilton County man has become the third person to die in Ohio of West Nile disease.


Former Gov. Ted Strickland reacts to Romney video

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(September 18, 2012) — Former Gov. Ted Strickland is sounding off on the secret recording of Mitt Romney. The Democrat held a press conference at his party’s Ohio headquarters Tuesday.


Special court docket serves veterans

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 17, 2012) — On a medic run in 2006, first responder Zachary Bickenheuser saved the life of a childhood friend from a heroin overdose.


Getting drunks off road is goal

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 15, 2012) — In 1999, Erin Smith was with two friends on motorcycles riding Downtown to attend Red, White & Boom.


Federal expert: Future depends on fiscal morality

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 14, 2012) — Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker asked a crowd of roughly 100 people yesterday: “Does anybody believe we don’t have a problem? Please raise your hand high.”


Ohio ballot board lengthens description of Issue 2

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(September 14, 2012) — The Ohio Ballot Board met Thursday to rework its description of Issue 2. That would change the process for shaping congressional districts.


Ohio truckers helping state patrol nab criminals in new ‘Truck Shield’ program

By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(September 14, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Trucker Chad Brinker noticed a glow, like that of a cigarette tip, appear in a car beside him as he drove north on Interstate 71 in late July. But it didn’t look quite right, and when the car’s driver handed something to the passenger, he realized it was a marijuana pipe. He reported the incident.


Ohio lawmakers give final OK to public pension reforms

By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(September 13, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Beginning in January, many Ohio public workers will face increased pension contribution rates and higher retirement-age requirements changes included in a package of public pension reforms Ohio lawmakers approved Wednesday with bipartisan support.


Ohio task force charged with overhauling higher ed funding

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(September 12, 2012) — A new task force could determine how higher education is funded in the state. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports Ohio University’s top administrator will have a seat at the table.


Groups deliver 80,000 signatures in effort to restore weekend voting

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(September 12, 2012) — Several groups delivered 80,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office Wednesday in an effort to restore weekend voting hours.


Kasich pays 9/11 tribute

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(September 11, 2012) — Gov. John Kasich paid his respects to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks Tuesday morning.


Food insecurity on the rise

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(September 11, 2012) — A new report shows more than 15 percent of Ohio households aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from.


Students don’t cheat; they ‘collaborate’

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 10, 2012) — Some students who grow up with a wealth of information at their fingertips on smartphones, tablets and laptops call working together on a test collaborating.


Ohio Controlling Board approves money for exotic animal holding facility

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(September 10, 2012) — The state will move forward with the construction of a facility to hold confiscated exotic animals. The Ohio Controlling Board approved the Department of Agriculture’s request for $3.5 million at a meeting this afternoon.


VP Biden’s speech in Athens centers on fiscal policies

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(September 9, 2012) — Just days after the Democratic National Convention wrapped up, the Vice President visited three southeast Ohio cities. WOUB’s Michael Locklear takes a look at Joe Biden’s message to voters in Athens.


Activists push local control of ‘fracking’

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 8, 2012) — Hoping that the state will relinquish some control over hydraulic fracturing, environmental activist groups across Ohio are encouraging local governments to pass resolutions decrying the controversial practice.


Ohio’s West Nile cases jump to 60

By Pam Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 7, 2012) — This season’s West Nile virus scare continues, as state health officials say Ohio’s confirmed number of human cases has increased to 60. That’s more than double the number documented three weeks ago.


State might delay planned letter grades for schools

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 7, 2012) — Plans to create a new rating system for Ohio schools should be delayed until the investigation into whether districts altered attendance data produces answers, top state legislators are saying.


Volunteers plant flags on Statehouse lawn as 9/11 memorial

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(September 7, 2012) — The eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is just days away, and thousands of flags now fill the Statehouse lawn as a memorial. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports.


Franklinton residents, police express frustration

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 6, 2012) — Tensions between Franklinton residents and Columbus police came to a head last night during a town meeting designed to open up communication between the two.


Ohio exotic animal law now in effect

By Michael Locklear
WOUB News

(September 5, 2012) — Ohio’s exotic animal law takes effect today. A Licking Co. cougar owner says she’s had little success getting answers from the Ohio Department of Agriculture on what she needs to do to comply with the law.


Racism confronted by OSU students

By Michael Locklear
Ohio Public Radio

(September 4, 2012) — More than a hundred Ohio State University students showed up at a town hall meeting tonight. The topic? Racism.


Absentee ballot applications in the mail to Ohioans

By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(September 1, 2012) — All registered voters in Ohio will soon receive an application to vote absentee in the November election.


Violence called a product of society

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(August 31, 2012) — Advocates fighting against domestic and sexual violence face many challenges in today’s society including society itself.


Two Athens County Democrats prepare for Democratic National Convention

By Michael Locklear (michael@michaellocklear.com)
WOUB News

(August 31, 2012) — The Republicans wrapped up their national convention last night. Now, the Democrats are packing suitcases for their national convention, which starts Tuesday. That’s where they will officially nominate President Barack Obama for re-election.


Exotic animal law goes into effect next week

By Michael Locklear (michael@michaellocklear.com)
WOUB News

(August 31, 2012) — The exotic animals bill, which restricts ownership of bears, tigers and other animals, goes into effect next week. A holding facility for the confiscated creatures is in the works.


Ohio Attorney General plans to appeal early voting decision

By Michael Locklear (cl198609@ohio.edu)
WOUB News

(August 31, 2012) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the state will appeal today’s decision by a federal judge. The ruling allows early, in-person voting the three days before the election.


Violence called a product of society

By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(August 31, 2012) — Advocates fighting against domestic and sexual violence face many challenges in today’s society including society itself.


Texting while driving ban aims to save lives

By Michael Locklear (michael@michaellocklear.com)
WOUB News

(August 30, 2012) — Ohio’s ban on texting while driving takes effect tomorrow (Friday). WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports the law is stricter on younger drivers. The goal is to save lives.


Ohio reduces length of unemployment benefit time

By Michael Locklear (michael@michaellocklear.com)
WOUB News

(August 30, 2012) — Good economic news in Ohio means bad news for those without work. The feds are cutting the number of weeks folks in the Buckeye State can get unemployment benefits by two and a half months.


Market-rate houses to give boost to Weinland Park

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(August 30, 2012) — By early 2013, six new homes are to stand on a lot in Weinland Park that once was the site of two vacant, crime-ridden apartment buildings.


Ohio texting-while-driving ban takes effect Friday

By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(August 29, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Texting while driving becomes illegal throughout Ohio Friday. But you can’t be penalized for it until March 1.


Rare mussels released to live long, procreate in Big Darby

By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(August 29, 2012) — Ohio State University and Metro Parks employees waded into Big Darby Creek yesterday morning to give about 1,500 endangered mussels a new home.


Ohio’s mayor’s courts, big business

By Justin Conley and Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch)
The Columbus Dispatch

(July 22, 2012) — The rap sheet against Ohio’s mayor’s courts says that some spend public funds on holiday parties and flower arrangements, fail to properly account for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and use traffic fines to prop up village budgets. Mayor’s courts have long drawn fire from opponents who say it’s time to throw the book at the state’s small-town “speed traps.”


Ohio’s local justice

By Rebecca McKinsey
The Columbus Dispatch

(July 22, 2012) — Worthington’s mayor’s court is an imposing one, as mayor’s courts go. It has a judge’s bench, a podium at which defendants stand and a large projector screen to replay videos of traffic violations.


Ohio schools prepare for another budget hit

By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(June 11, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — Therese Konrad, who has taught in the Rocky River School District for 24 years, says her students always rise to the challenges she presents them.


Judge in competency case of condemned killer glad for execution reprieve

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(June 7, 2012) — The judge who is determining the mental capacity of a Cleveland killer was glad that Gov. John Kasich issued an unusual two-week reprieve from an execution scheduled for yesterday.


Ohio Gov. Kasich signs ban on texting while driving

By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(June 1, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio – A statewide texting while driving ban received its seal of approval from Gov. John Kasich Friday after four years of deliberation by Ohio lawmakers.


Kasich won’t stop execution of murderer

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(May 31, 2012) — The execution of a Cleveland man will go forward as planned next week after Gov. John Kasich denied a request for executive clemency yesterday.


Ohio to play a major role in the 2012 election

By Alyssa Hansen
WOUB News

(May 29, 2012) — The November election is now less than six months away and the attention turns to Ohio. The Buckeye state is known for being a key battleground for presidential hopefuls.


Despite new statewide texting ban, cities creating stricter bans of their own

By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(May 25, 2012) — As a bill banning texting behind the wheel awaits Gov. John Kasich’s signature, some Northeast Ohio cities are proposing even more stringent restrictions on electronic devices of their own.


Key employees of Toledo casino granted provisional licenses

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(May 24, 2012) — Several casino employees have been licensed just in time for today’s “soft” opening of the Hollywood Casino in Toledo.


Exotic-animals bill awaits Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s signature

By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(May 22, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio – A bill that would regulate the ownership of dangerous animals is awaiting Gov. John Kasich’s signature after quickly passing through the Ohio House and Senate Tuesday.


Ohio House panel approves anti-cancer bill

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(May 17, 2012) — A bill to generate money for screening and treatment of breast and cervical cancers should soon reach the Ohio House floor.


Bill would help reduce scrap metal theft in Ohio

By Alyssa Hansen
WOUB News

(May 16, 2012) — People looking to sell scrap metal to dealers in Ohio may be seeing some changes to the process. Senate Bill 193 aims to crack down on stolen scrap metals by requiring sellers to present photo identification.


Controversial pension-overhaul bills go forward

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(May 16, 2012) — Despite misgivings about new powers granted to boards of the state retirement systems, at least four of five bills making sweeping changes in public-employee pensions are expected to reach the Ohio Senate floor today.


Commissioners provide jobs for teens

By Alyssa Hansen
WBNS News

(May 14, 2012) — Federal funds are providing 16-hundred PAID summer jobs and internships for Franklin County teens, and that number may grow.


Wild horses pulled woman to auction

By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(May 12, 2012) — SPRINGFIELD, Ohio Shelly Sessa stood just outside an iron pen, sunlight glinting off her rhinestone belt and dust swirling lightly around her tan cowboy boots.


Casto’s development on Northeast Side gets backing for rezoning

By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(May 10, 2012) — After months of negotiations with nearby homeowners, Casto Development is a step closer to building offices, homes and apartments near N. Hamilton and Dublin-Granville roads on the Northeast Side.


Ohio House Committee incorporates tablet technology

By Alyssa Hansen
WBNS News

(May 10, 2012) — An Ohio House Committee hearing testimony on exotic animal ownership is saving some trees in the process.


More than 1,000 public officials late filing financial reports

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(May 10, 2012) — Nearly 1 in 10 public officials in Ohio failed to meet the deadline for filing annual financial reports aimed at giving the public an idea of their earnings and gifts they receive.


Bill to update Ohio gambling laws passes Ohio Senate

By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(May 9, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio – A bill that would update Ohio gambling laws passed the Ohio Senate Wednesday, leaving out previous language that would have allowed one charity card room in each of the state’s 88 counties.


Pension-reform bills put more on workers

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(May 9, 2012) — Four pension-reform bills with bipartisan backing were introduced in the Ohio Senate yesterday, but union concerns stalled a fifth bill.


Ohio Senate Committee Hears Testimony for Nitro’s Law

By Alyssa Hansen
WBNS News

(May 8, 2012) — Supporters of a bill that would toughen animal cruelty laws had a chance to voice their support for Nitro’s Law today. The law is named after a three-year-old Rottweiler that starved to death at a kennel in Youngstown in 2008.


Four new bills push for pension reform

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(May 8, 2012) — Four bills introduced today in the Ohio Senate with bipartisan backing would ignite reform for four state pension systems, but legislation for the fifth system was stalled because of labor concerns.


Changes in regulation of painkillers expected to reduce addictions

By Alyssa Hansen
WBNS News

(May 7, 2012) — Recovery centers around the state expect to see some changes in their business as a result of Governor John Kasich’s announcement of new regulations for emergency rooms prescribing opiates.


“Roberta’s Law” would notify crime victims, families of convict’s parole hearings, release

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(May 4, 2012) — Roberta Francis’ father doesn’t want anyone to experience what happened to his daughter.


Ohio Senate passes bill to ban texting while driving

By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(May 4, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A bill that would ban texting behind the wheel passed the Ohio Senate on Thursday after a heated floor debate.


Pension reform might take a while

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(May 3, 2012) — The saying “Measure twice, cut once” is typically attributed to carpenters, but a member of the General Assembly is urging his peers to do the same.


JobsOhio bill fixes public-records issue

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(May 2, 2012) — After backlash from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the state Senate revised a bill yesterday to ensure that JobsOhio doesn’t receive more public-records exceptions than any other agency.


BMV branch honored for high organ donation rate among customers

By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(April 30, 2012) — For the eighth time in 10 years, the Hayden Road Bureau of Motor Vehicles has been honored for having the highest organ donor registration rate in Ohio.


Local economy gets global view

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(April 27, 2012) — This year, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s annual update on central Ohio’s economy extended beyond the region’s 12 counties and touched on dozens of foreign countries.


Sheriff to auction seized 2009 BMW

By Alyssa Hansen
WBNS 10TV.com

(April 26, 2012) — The Athens County Sheriff’s Office will auction several vehicles seized during investigations, 10TV News reported Thursday.


Athens residents fear another rock slide

By Alyssa Hansen
WBNS 10TV.com

(April 26, 2012) — Athens residents near the site of last month’s massive boulder crash are living in fear of another rock slide. Monitoring pins detected a tree’s movement on that same hillside this week.


Move to defund Planned Parenthood stopped by Ohio lawmakers, but issue could re-emerge

By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(April 24, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A provision to strip federal dollars from Planned Parenthood was abruptly removed by state lawmakers on Tuesday, but could reemerge soon.


‘Squawk box’ aims to deter fowl that foul

By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(April 21, 2012) — Luke Stedke is used to the reaction by now.


Take it slow

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(April 20, 2012) — Seventeen crumpled orange-and-white construction barrels were placed in a Columbus State Community College parking lot yesterday, silent memorials to those who died in transportation work zones across Ohio last year.


Medical marijuana to be decided by Ohio voters

By Alyssa Hansen
WOUB News

(April 20, 2012) — The November election may be months away, but Ohioans are already preparing to cast their votes on many issues… including whether or not to legalize a form of medical treatment that’s used in more than a dozen states and Washington DC.


City remains leery of storefront gambling

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(April 19, 2012) — The Columbus City Council extended a moratorium on new storefront-gambling operations within city limits while state legislation to regulate them remains stalled in a committee.


Drug Take-Back Day attacks prescription abuse

By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(April 17, 2012) — Ohio is addicted. But even as prescription drug abuse continues to leave the state riddled with desperate junkies and early deaths, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is pushing to find the cure.


Despite bipartisan support, patrol cautious about bill to raise Ohio’s interstate speed limit

By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(April 16, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio – A bill that would raise the speed limit to 70 mph on interstates in Ohio is getting support from both Republicans and Democrats at the Statehouse.


Ceremony Honors Ohio Civil War Soldiers

By Alyssa Hansen
WOUB News

(April 16, 2012) — The Ohio National Guard honored 19 Ohio soldiers for their role in a raid 150 years ago.


‘Prepare to stop’ signs on way out

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(April 14, 2012) — The state is getting rid of many of its “prepare to stop when flashing” signals that warn drivers that an upcoming traffic light is about to turn red.


Kenyon conference tests U.S. nation-building efforts

By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(April 13, 2012) — After a wave of revolution swept the Middle East last year, academics at Kenyon College questioned the U.S. policy of promoting democracy overseas.


Senate working on texting ban wording

By Alyssa Hansen
WOUB News

(April 11, 2012) — A statewide ban on texting while driving is caught up in senate committee.


OSU students prep “moon rover” race entry

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(April 10, 2012) — This week, high school and college students will get the chance to tool around the moon sort of.


Trees will represent blossoming relations

Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(April 10, 2012) — Ohio will represent a century-long relationship with an unlikely symbol this month a fragile, pink flower.


Company Gets Federal OK To Expand Quarry Near Bald Eagles

By Alyssa Hansen
WBNS 10TV News

(April 10, 2012) — CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has come to an agreement with the Melvin Stone Company on expansion plans for quarry in western Pickaway County, 10TV News reported Tuesday.


Stark ads spur calls to quit lines

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(April 7, 2012) — A graphic government campaign that offers “tips from former smokers” has caused a surge in calls to tobacco quit lines nationwide, even in states such as Ohio, where funding for cessation services has been cut in recent years.


Fmr. Ohio Senate President Faces Criticism For Memorial Remarks

By Alyssa Hansen
WOUB News

(April 6, 2012) — The head of the organization that oversees the Ohio Statehouse is facing criticism from the Ohio Jewish community for remarks he made earlier this week about a Holocaust memorial at the Statehouse.


Holocaust memorial gets pushback

By Alyssa Hansen
10TVnews.com

(April 6, 2012) — The head of the organization that oversees the statehouse is facing criticism from the Ohio Jewish community for remarks he made earlier this week about a Holocaust memorial at the Statehouse.


Students’ empty holsters a protest of campus gun bans

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(April 5, 2012) — Some Ohio State University students are wearing an extra accessory to class this week: empty holsters.


Head of Ohio Statehouse review board criticized for comments about planned Holocaust memorial

By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(April 5, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A prominent state politician is taking criticism for the way he expressed his reservations about a Holocaust memorial planned for the Statehouse grounds.


State seeks help for kids in long-term foster care

By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(April 5, 2012) — Concerned that some children languish in foster care, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is calling together experts to identify solutions.


Ohio animal owners oppose bill that would impose new regulations

By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(April 4, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio animal owners are roaring over a bill that would institute strict regulations that could result in many wild animals being taken away from their owners.


Ohio Supreme Court to decide former attorney general’s law license suspension

By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(April 4, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio Supreme Court will decide whether former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann should be allowed to practice law during a license suspension.


Utica man sentenced in fatal wreck

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(April 3, 2012) — NEWARK, Ohio A Utica man was sentenced today to 100 hours of community service for causing a crash that took the life of his teenage passenger.


Chardon leaders, first responders reflect on healing process

By Alyssa Hansen
WOUB News

(April 3, 2012) — Just over a month ago, a northeast Ohio school was rocked by a deadly shooting.


Man, 18, sentenced in fatal crash

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(April 3, 2012) — NEWARK, Ohio Rachel Gattrell stood in the Licking County Juvenile courtroom yesterday, faced the young man whose driving caused the death of her 16-year-old daughter and told him that she had forgiven him.


Statehouse official criticizes plan for Holocaust memorial

By Alyssa Hansen
WBNS 10TV.com

(April 3, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio The president of the group that oversees the Ohio Statehouse and surrounding area said on Tuesday that he was disappointed by Gov. John Kasich’s decision to build a Holocaust memorial on the Statehouse grounds without consultation.


Ohio grapples with Stand Your Ground law

By Alyssa Hansen
WOUB News

(April 2, 2012) — In the aftermath of Florida teen Trayvon Martin’s death, the focus turns to whether or not other states will adopt their own versions of the “Stand Your Ground Law” and Ohio is one of them.


Quickly addicted

By Pat Holmes
The Columbus Dispatch

(April 1, 2012) — Rebecca Bobb was a success story.


Death toll drops in drug war

By Deanna Pan and Pat Holmes
The Columbus Dispatch

(April 1, 2012) — After a decade of shattered lives and early graves, Ohioans finally might be seeing a glimmer of hope in the battle against prescription-drug overdoses.


Teen’s loss: “I miss him so much”

By Deanna Pan
The Columbus Dispatch

(April 1, 2012) — Something was wrong with Cole.


Here’s some advice if you ever win the lottery: Keep quiet, guard ticket, hire advisers

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(March 31, 2012) — You wake up today to discover you’re $640 million richer. What’s the first thing you do?


House OKs limiting right to bench trials

By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(March 31, 2012) — The Ohio House either leveled the playing field or stood the constitution on its head this week.


Medical-marijuana backers seek funds

By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(March 31, 2012) — The Ohio Medical Cannabis Association has planted the seed for a ballot initiative that would put the question of medical marijuana to Ohio voters this November, and now it is working to ensure those efforts bear fruit.


Cleveland-area representatives announce bill to create Ohio Rape Crisis Fund

By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(March 30, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A bill that calls for sex offenders to pay higher court costs could help create a steady flow of funding for rape crisis centers across Ohio.


Legislation would create stricter set of rules for state’s dog breeders

By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(March 29, 2012) — The Ohio General Assembly is closer to putting a leash on puppy mills after a seven-year struggle to end what some say is an abusive practice.


Lawmakers honor Chardon “heroes”

By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(March 29, 2012) — Just a month after a high-school shooting in Chardon left three dead and two seriously wounded, Gov. John Kasich and the General Assembly honored law-enforcement, firefighters, school officials and other first responders for their efforts.


Orange Township fire levy may be on ballot

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(March 28, 2012) — The Orange Township Fire Department in Delaware County might ask voters to approve a 7.9-mill property tax in November to replace funds that have been almost completely depleted.


Ex-director of humane society pleads guilty to theft

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(March 28, 2012) — DELAWARE, Ohio The former Delaware County Humane Society co-director choked up as he apologized yesterday for stealing a pickup truck and tens of thousands of dollars.


Report: How ‘right to work’ would benefit Ohio

By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(March 28, 2012) — Just eight months before Election Day, a potential “right-to-work” ballot measure is igniting a political debate over how Ohio can create more jobs.


Record lottery jackpot lures local players

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(March 28, 2012) — People are lining up in Columbus, and across the country, for the chance to become the world’s luckiest jackpot winner.


Humane society thief pleads guilty

By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(March 27, 2012) — DELAWARE, Ohio The former Delaware County Humane Society co-director pleaded guilty this afternoon to stealing a pickup truck and tens of thousands of dollars from the nonprofit and its other co-director.


Drug-overdose deaths a record in 2010

By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(March 9, 2012) — Ohio tallied a record number of accidental drug-overdose deaths in 2010, with Franklin County registering the highest single-county total.


Landlord enters not-guilty plea to code violations at Franklinton house

By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 28, 2012) — A landlord accused of code violations at a Franklinton house where three people died in December entered a not-guilty plea in Franklin County Environmental Court this morning.


Local high-school grads flock to OSU

By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 27, 2012) — More students from Dublin Coffman High School applied to Ohio State University than from all but one other school in the nation, with 211 students vying for a spot in the incoming class.


Exotic animals on agenda

By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 26, 2012) — Talk about exotic animals found its way into a Downtown veterinary conference this weekend amid a barrage of educational sessions and labs.


Columbus State job-training program touted by Jill Biden

By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 22, 2012) — Because he was struggling to pay child support, Marlon Hairston said, he had to take the first chance at earning an income that came his way.


Powerball lures fewer Ohioans but more money at $2 cost

By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 21, 2012) — About a month after lottery organizers doubled the price to play Powerball, Ohioans are playing less than before but responding to sizable jackpots just the same.


Artifacts at OSU evoke Glenn’s dramatic mission

By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 19, 2012) — There’s a grainy, black-and-white photo of John Glenn, reclining on the deck of the USS Noa. It’s Feb. 20, 1962, and Glenn’s wearing a NASA jumpsuit, a subtle grin, aviator sunglasses and black Converse sneakers, propped up against the side of the destroyer.


New OSU building tops colleges’ collective budget

By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 18, 2012) — A $126 million science building at Ohio State University is the biggest construction project that would be funded through a wish list that public university leaders have presented to the state.


Tea party group calls IRS “intrusive” in seeking information on nonprofit status

By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 17, 2012) — An Ohio tea party group is refusing to comply with requests from the Internal Revenue Service regarding its nonprofit status, deeming them “intrusive.”


Israeli official visiting Statehouse expresses concerns on Irans nuclear efforts

By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 16, 2012) — The vice prime minister of Israel sought to foster relations between his country and the state of Ohio today during a speech in the House chambers.


County fighting infant deaths

By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)

(February 15, 2012) — Franklin County commissioners will soon learn whether the first installments of $7 million that the county plans to spend to decrease infant deaths are starting to pay off.


Worthington schools need law changed for bond issue

By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 11, 2012) — Worthington schools want the right to make a rarely used type of tax even more unusual.


Ohio participates in earthquake drill on bicentennial of New Madrid temblors

By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 8, 2012) — At precisely 10:15 a.m. today, the computer-generated instructions sounded over the intercom and interrupted an ordinarily ordinary routine at the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Dublin.


Bill to delay school start until after Labor Day draws educators’ objections

By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 2, 2012) — A bill that would change how Ohio schools calculate class time came under fire from both state and local school officials yesterday.


Fatal white-nose syndrome found in Summit County bats

By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 2, 2012) — A deadly fungus that affects bats has been found in a Summit County Metro Park.


Bipartisan support may speed OK of 70 mph limit

By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(February 1, 2012) — Contempt for slow drivers especially those hogging the left lane on Ohio freeways apparently crosses party lines.


Not passing? Get out of left lane, bill says

By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 31, 2012) — Look out, left-lane lollygaggers: Life in the fast lane might get a little less comfortable.


Ohio still leaves sexual education to each district

By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 30, 2012) — A national group says schools should have specific guidelines for teaching sexual education, such as in which grades children should learn the proper names for genitalia, but Ohio doesn’t plan to follow the recommendations.


U.S. policy on Somalia gets mixed reviews

By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 28, 2012) — For decades, Somalia has been plagued by myriad problems famine, violence, piracy and thousands of refugees and not everyone agrees on how to solve them.


U.S. policy on Somalia gets mixed reviews

By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 28, 2012) — For decades, Somalia has been plagued by myriad problems famine, violence, piracy and thousands of refugees and not everyone agrees on how to solve them.


Roe v. Wade marked with rival Statehouse talks

By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 25, 2012) — This week’s 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion brought both sides of the debate to the Statehouse yesterday and their deliveries were just as different as their messages.


Save manufacturing and watch out for Romney, Strickland tells Obama

By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 23, 2012) — Former Gov. Ted Strickland shared some words of advice with President Barack Obama on how to woo Ohio voters in his State of the Union address tomorrow night: Save manufacturing and watch out for Mitt Romney.


‘Occupy’ protesters pounce on Kilroy at rally

By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 21, 2012) — Former U.S. Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy of Columbus stood yesterday alongside protesters to speak out against corporate influence on politics, criticizing the “ability to really distort the election process.”


Drug shortages alter patients’ care

By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 20, 2012) — Last year was a record year for drug shortages in the United States, causing hospitals to alter treatments and some patients to suffer painful side effects.


Low-rate loans might go to more farmers

By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 20, 2012) — State Republicans say that new legislation would give more Ohio farmers an opportunity to receive reduced-interest loans to offset their operating expenses.


Ward representatives for City Council urged

By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 18, 2012) — A coalition looking to create a “more accountable” Columbus City Council wrapped up its final educational session last night.


State parks cleaner with fewer trash receptacles

By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 15, 2012) — Ohio’s state parks are cleaner.


Gees apology accepted by Polish-American group

By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 14, 2012) — A national Polish-American group accepted an apology from Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee yesterday for what it called a “slanderous analogy.”


Ohio colleges to aid vets with PTSD, brain injuries

By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 13, 2012) — Ohio State University and five other Ohio colleges are joining a national effort to combat post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries suffered in war.


Web helps county surpass 105,000 in dog-license sales

By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 13, 2012) — Franklin County residents bought more dog licenses in 2011 than in any of the previous five years.


Sex-trafficking victim knows the value of hope

By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 13, 2012) — Jeanette Bradley had a normal, middle-class upbringing in Worthington until the incest began.


Taylor continues criticisms of health-insurance exchange

By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 11, 2012) — In her latest criticism of the federal health-care law, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor said yesterday she fears the state will have “little control” over mandated health-insurance exchanges, whether they are implemented by the federal government or the Kasich administration.


Job training wins experts’ backing as Columbus council mulls spending

By Pat Holmes
The Columbus Dispatch

(January 6, 2012) — Job training is the surest way to improve the local economy, two experts told the Columbus City Council yesterday as it weighs how to spend money in 2012.


‘Heartbeat bill’ would have big influence across state

By Tristan Navera
Hamilton Journal News

(December 17, 2011) — Under existing Ohio law, Allison Bowers and Carrie Holt had a choice.


Domestic Silence: Some courts reluctant to help abused gays

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 28, 2011) — Featured on the IRE website (Jan. 25, 2012), at http://www.ire.org/blog/extra-extra/2012/01/23/severe-flaws-ohios-abuse-laws/


Domestic Silence: The truth about abuse in Ohio

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 27, 2011) — Featured on the IRE website (Jan. 25, 2012), at http://www.ire.org/blog/extra-extra/2012/01/23/severe-flaws-ohios-abuse-laws/


Domestic Silence revisited: Abuse victims lacking shelter?

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 27, 2011) — Featured on the IRE website (Jan. 25, 2012), at http://www.ire.org/blog/extra-extra/2012/01/23/severe-flaws-ohios-abuse-laws/


Trustees OK pair of OU projects

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 19, 2011) — Ohio University’s proposal to spend $977.5 million on capital improvements over the next six years was one of two plans to win unanimous approval from the school’s trustees yesterday.


Adopted from foster care, children finally find a home for good

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 17, 2011) — Children ran around clutching toys much too big for their little fists, dodging chairs and tables as families laughed. The sight was unexpected in a courtroom.


Website offers forum to those with a cause

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 8, 2011) — Just a couple of clicks of a computer mouse stand between Internet users worldwide and social change.


Protesters fire up Issue 2 rally

By Tristan Navera
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 2, 2011) — HANOVERTON, Ohio Wide gaps in funding and polling might suggest otherwise, but there is still a fight to be had over Issue 2.


City celebrates opening of first bicycle shelter

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 2, 2011) — The city’s first bicycle shelter is open for business.


Occupy Columbus lunch to put focus on SB 5

By Tristan Navera
The Columbus Dispatch

(November 1, 2011) — With a week to go until Election Day, Occupy Columbus is hoping to stir up discussion about the implications of Senate Bill 5.


Animal cruelty may hint of domestic violence ahead

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 27, 2011) — Shannon Marie Nolan Broe, 24 beaten to death by her husband in 2011. She was pregnant with their daughter, Alexandra Jordan.


Oval becomes forum for students’ gripes

By Tristan Navera
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 25, 2011) — Droves of Ohio State University students braved cloudy skies today to vent their frustrations and spread the message of the Occupy Wall Street movement.


Counties to lose as federal timber funds end

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 24, 2011) — Twelve southeastern Ohio counties could see federal timber-production funds cut as a partnership with the Wayne National Forest heads toward a year-end expiration date.


Group challenges personhood issue

By Tristan Navera
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 21, 2011) — A newly formed group filed a legal challenge yesterday to a proposed amendment that would ban abortion from conception.


Supreme Court puts on a legal show in Hillsboro

By Tristan Navera
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 20, 2011) — HILLSBORO, Ohio As justices from the Ohio Supreme Court listened to arguments yesterday in Hillsboro, the already-cramped room was packed tighter than a pack of cigarettes.


Woman sues after her prison release

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 20, 2011) — A woman whose 1990 murder conviction was overturned because of improper testimony by a toxicologist is suing several Franklin and Licking county officials.


Protesters can’t occupy park

By Tristan Navera
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 18, 2011) — Organizers of the Occupy Columbus movement, denied their request to set up camp Downtown, have found themselves without a permanent base.


Violence among girls spurs more to seek help

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 16, 2011) — A state law enacted last year was originally meant to protect teenagers in destructive dating relationships.


East Side teen faces 22 counts in six attacks

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 15, 2011) — A 16-year-old East Side boy is charged with 22 felony counts stemming from attacks on six strangers in February.


Anti-abortion group begins push for constitutional amendment

By Tristan Navera
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 14, 2011) — An Ohio anti-abortion-rights group has gained enough signatures to begin its push for a constitutional amendment, to the chagrin of many opponents.


Protesters urge passage of jobs bill

By Tristan Navera
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 12, 2011) — A second day of Downtown protests brought more than 100 people to the Statehouse yesterday calling for jobs and “economic accountability.”


Ohio’s training-test rule trips up volunteer firefighters

By Tristan Navera
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 11, 2011) — A state law that was meant to keep firefighters up-to-date on training is costing some departments their volunteers.


Photos from Occupy Columbus demonstration

By Tristan Navera

(October 10, 2011) — These photos were taken on October 10, 2011 by Tristan Navera (Columbus Dispatch)


Occupy Columbus rally aims to show unity with protesters on Wall Street

By Tristan Navera
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 10, 2011) — When 71-year-old Sara Dawson told her children she’d be coming to the Occupy Columbus rally today, they asked if they should have bail money ready.


Homeless-housing project a promo for jobs act

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 8, 2011) — Just a shell of wooden 2-by-4s and cement blocks on Norton Avenue, the site of a once-abandoned lumberyard will soon become the fifth development of its kind to provide homes for Columbus’ homeless.


Deficit puts Akron in ‘fiscal caution’

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 6, 2011) — Akron has become Ohio’s first city to be stamped with the “fiscal caution” sticker, after results yesterday from a 2010 financial audit showed the city had a deficit exceeding $87.8 million.


Ohio Correction Employees Picket For Safe Prisons

By Angela Reighard

(October 6, 2011) — Members of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA) picketed Monday in front of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) demanding safer prisons.


State board OKs changes to two Senate districts

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 1, 2011) — Despite much confusion over the remapping of two state Senate districts in Cuyahoga County, the state Apportionment Board accepted an amendment in an emergency meeting yesterday an amendment identical to the one pulled out of the approved redistricting maps on Wednesday.


Loaded with confusion

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(October 1, 2011) — Most restaurant and bar patrons sauntering along the streets of central Ohio yesterday were probably blissfully unaware of the new ‘guns in bars’ law, especially because few establishments’ windows brandished additional signs barring said guns from the premises.


Guns in bars OK as of today

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 30, 2011) — Few people sitting in a bar, sipping cocktails and chatting with friends think about whether the person next to them is packing heat.


Man was dedicated to Upper Arlington

By Tristan Navera
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 30, 2011) — Services will be held next week for Clark P. Pritchett Jr., a former Upper Arlington mayor and community leader, who has died of cancer.


Former Upper Arlington mayor dies

By Tristan Navera
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 29, 2011) — Services will be held next week for Clark P. Pritchett Jr., former Upper Arlington mayor and community leader, who has died of cancer.


Bill seeks protections for gays

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 28, 2011) — Bonnie McGinnis considered herself a “good teacher.”


‘Heartbeat bill’ divides Ohio anti-abortion leaders

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 27, 2011) — Ohio’s once-unified anti-abortion movement has been splintered by the return of a former state leader rallying support for a restrictive bill that the head of Ohio Right to Life says is legally flawed.


City wants to hook up 1,000 jobless

By Tristan Navera
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 27, 2011) — Officials in Columbus hope to find jobs for 1,000 people in less than two months.


Job fairs seek to fill 1,000 positions

By Tristan Navera
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 26, 2011) — A new jobs initiative has a bold goal: to find jobs for at least 1,000 unemployed people in central Ohio by the end of the year.


Jury rejects self-defense in shooting

By Tristan Navera
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 24, 2011) — For the second time, Barnell Edward Ellis stood before a jury this week to say he killed Armond Paul Dunlap Jr. in self-defense.


State urged to OK texting-driver ban

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 23, 2011) — “How many more must die?” That’s the question Tina Yanssens has asked every day since her father, David Muslovski, was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by his 19-year-old neighbor on June 17, 2010.


‘Pill mill’ operator sentenced to more than 10 years in prison

By Tristan Navera
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 22, 2011) — The second of three women accused of running a “pill mill” in Columbus will see prison time. Charlene Breedlove-Jones, 53, was sentenced to 10 years, 10 months, in prison and must pay $4,011 in restitution.


OSU plan for geothermal wells between a rock and hard place

By Tristan Navera
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 21, 2011) — An Ohio State University plan to drill 450 geothermal wells to help heat and cool several buildings has run aground as soil conditions proved more difficult than expected.


‘Heartbeat bill’ backers push for Senate approval

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 21, 2011) — An “Abortion stops a beating heart” bumper sticker held high above her head, Janet Porter’s voice boomed above the more than 600 supporters of the so-called heartbeat bill at the Statehouse yesterday, calling on them to put an end to “abortion on demand.”


Governor’s race do-over: Would you vote the same way?

By Darrel Rowland and Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 19, 2011) — It’s just a poll, but county’s residents not sold on Kasich


Obama woos young voters with plan

By Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 14, 2011) — More than 3,200 people erupted in cheers and booming applause as President Barack Obama mounted the stage at Fort Hayes high school in Columbus. Spectators leapt from their seats or stood on their tiptoes to get a glimpse of the leader of the free world.


$23,000 far from enough for Mount Sterling police

By Tristan Navera
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 13, 2011) — MOUNT STERLING, Ohio Residents have donated almost $23,000 to keep the local police force on the streets, but this town’s troubles are far from over.


September 11 | 10 Years Later: Cautiously optimistic

By Darrel Rowland, Ben Geier and Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 11, 2011) — For the first time since the twin towers tumbled a decade ago today, fewer than 1 in 10 of us is “very worried” that there will be another terrorit attack soon in America, a new poll shows.


Bedbug complaints jump in central Ohio

By Tristan Navera
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 10, 2011) — Bedbugs have been creeping from American households into hotels and now businesses, too.


Hunger in Ohio rises to 6th-worst in U.S.

By Catherine Candisky and Alex Stuckey
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 8, 2011) — “Mommy, I’m hungry,” 3-year-old Keira Beatty blurted as she jumped into her mother’s arms.


School to partner with media organizations to offer public affairs reporting opportunities to students

Posted by Robert Stewart

(September 6, 2011) — In a time of shrinking resources and increased demand for watchdog reporting, the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University has established a program to enhance the education its students receive in public affairs journalism.


Rules still uncertain for early voting in Ohio

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(00 0, 0000) — More than 6 million registered voters in Ohio will be mailed an application for an absentee ballot today, but do you know when you can vote in the Nov. 4 election?