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Susan Tebben

Susan Tebben

Susan Tebben is an award-winning journalist with a decade of experience covering Ohio news, including courts and crime, Appalachian social issues, government, education, diversity and culture. She has worked for The Newark Advocate, The Glasgow Daily Times, The Athens Messenger, and WOUB Public Media. She has also had work featured on National Public Radio.

Ohio Dems lay out infant, families support legislation

By: - May 25, 2022

Democratic legislators laid out what they say are needed improvements to Ohio law to impact parents and babies in the state. Through elimination of sales taxes on diapers, tax credits for infant formula and caps on price increases during baby formula shortages, Democrats say the legislation would address real needs of families, instead of restricting […]

Ohio, Kentucky governors request federal funding for Brent Spence

By: - May 25, 2022

An application for nearly $2 billion in federal funding was submitted by the governors of Ohio and Kentucky specifically targeting the Brent Spence Bridge corridor that spans the borders of the two states. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said they asked for $1.66 billion from the Multimodal Projects Discretionary Grant, a […]

Ohio Supreme Court: Traffic cameras allowed, but so is reduced state funding in Ohio municipalities

By: - May 23, 2022

Two Ohio cities claimed the legislature’s oversight of traffic camera revenue was against their right to self-govern, but the Ohio Supreme Court has disagreed. East Cleveland and Newburgh Heights both use traffic cameras to catch violations, and say they are protected by the Home Rule Amendment, a measure that gives municipalities the ability to self-govern […]

Ohio legislators and anti-abortion speakers argue over abortion ban in contentious hearing

By: - May 20, 2022

Supporters of the newest abortion “trigger” ban in Ohio testified against “forcing” pregnant individuals to have the choice of abortion in the state, and faced tense exchanges with Democratic legislators. The House Government Oversight Committee held its second hearing on House Bill 598 on Thursday, which would ban abortion in Ohio in the event that […]

House bill would make voters choose safety measures in schools

By: - May 19, 2022

A bill that may be up for a vote soon in the Ohio House would put the decision of whether or not to have a school resource officer up to the voters in each school district. House Bill 501 seeks to change Ohio law that the sponsors of the bill say doesn’t define “school safety […]

Economists: Abortion ban would have negative impacts on labor force, education

By: - May 17, 2022

Nearly two dozen economists in the state agreed that prohibiting abortion in Ohio would negatively impact labor force participation and educational attainment, according to a new survey. The Ohio Economic Experts Panel answered a survey conducted by Scioto Analysis. The survey asked whether the economists agreed that prohibition of abortion in Ohio would reduce “women’s […]

Redistricting commission again answers for contempt charges

By: - May 13, 2022

The Ohio Redistricting Commission has yet again responded to requests of the Ohio Supreme Court to hold members in contempt for their actions on legislative redistricting. The state supreme court asked that co-chairs state Rep. Jeff LaRe and state Sen. Vernon Sykes, along with the other members, Gov. Mike DeWine, state Sen. Rob McColley, Auditor […]

Federal suit challenges abortion ban in Ohio city

By: - May 11, 2022

The National Association of Social Workers and a pro-abortion rights organization in Ohio are going to federal court to attempt to get a city-level abortion ban thrown out. The ACLU of Ohio, along with D.C.-based firm Democracy Forward, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Western Division on […]

Dems flip abortion fight, seek to legalize abortion in Ohio

By: - May 11, 2022

Ohio House legislators say they intend to flip the legislative narrative in the state, pushing for a state constitutional amendment legalizing abortion in opposition to the many bans being considered. State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, and Jessica Miranda, D-Forest Park, face a hard fight to get the measure through a General Assembly currently encompassed by […]

Redistricting Commission: Leave unconstitutional maps for 2022 election

By: - May 10, 2022

The Ohio Redistricting Commission is asking the state supreme court to rule on a legislative plan previously deemed unconstitutional only after it has been used for the 2022 general election. Those that agreed to resubmit a February version of the legislative redistricting plan treated the new/old plan as a “stop-gap” measure in arguments against objections […]

Lawyers, abortion advocates prepare for ‘sea change’ from Roe v. Wade decision

By: - May 9, 2022

The leak of a draft opinion appearing to spell drastic changes to abortion legalization in the country has caused many Ohio abortion advocates to accept what they’d been expecting for months. Roe v. Wade may be overturned this summer by the U.S. Supreme Court, and rather than deny what they’ve anticipated since the court took […]

Ohio Redistricting Commission members maintain innocence on contempt

By: - May 9, 2022

Current and former members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission have defended themselves against allegations of contempt of the Ohio Supreme Court, despite saying the claims are moot now that the commission has adopted a map before the deadline. Court challengers had asked the Ohio Supreme Court to revisit contempt allegations in legislative redistricting cases. The […]