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Alyssa Hansen

(March 26, 2012) — Alyssa Hansen is a fellow in Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Statehouse News Bureau. She’s working in the WBNS/ONN newsroom during her fellowship. A native of Pittsburgh, she’s interned with KQV Newsradio, worked as a student journalist at WOUB Radio (since 2008) and WOUB’s Newswatch since (June 2010).


Ohio to play a major role in the 2012 election

(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.


Bill would help reduce scrap metal theft in Ohio

(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.


Commissioners provide jobs for teens

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


Ohio House Committee incorporates tablet technology

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


Ohio Senate Committee Hears Testimony for Nitro’s Law

(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.


Changes in regulation of painkillers expected to reduce addictions

(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.


Sheriff to auction seized 2009 BMW

(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

(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.


Medical marijuana to be decided by Ohio voters

(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.


Ceremony Honors Ohio Civil War Soldiers

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


Senate working on texting ban wording

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


Company Gets Federal OK To Expand Quarry Near Bald Eagles

(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.


Fmr. Ohio Senate President Faces Criticism For Memorial Remarks

(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

(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.


Chardon leaders, first responders reflect on healing process

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


Statehouse official criticizes plan for Holocaust memorial

(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

(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.