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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.

Supreme Court: Presence of drugs in body doesn’t equal possession

By: - October 1, 2021

The state’s highest court found that a woman can’t be charged with possession of drugs in Seneca County just because she and her newborn had drugs in their systems. The Ohio Supreme Court took up the case after Kelly Foreman appealed her conviction on felony drug possession charges, which he was charged with after giving […]

Total abortion ban bill enters Senate committee after day of protest

By: - September 30, 2021

A bill hinging on the downfall of federal abortion rights came into a Senate committee Wednesday with the support of its two Republican sponsors. Senate Bill 123 is a “trigger” bill that would allow the state to ban abortion with a change in the U.S. Constitution or the overturning of the U.S. Supreme Court decision […]

Senate Dems propose congressional map

By: - September 30, 2021

The day before the first deadline for congressional maps in Ohio, Democrats in the state Senate released a map of district lines which reduce the Republican lean in the state. The map was released as Senate Bill 237, and was introduced Wednesday by Ohio Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, and state Sen. Vernon […]

Federal funding for Portsmouth plant clean-up

By: - September 29, 2021

The clean-up and diffusion efforts happening at a former Piketon uranium plant will get a boost of federal money to continue the work. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will receive $3.5 million in grant money from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management. That money is tagged for “oversight and monitoring of the […]

Abortion ‘trigger bill’ coming to Senate committee

By: - September 28, 2021

A piece of legislation meant to go into effect if federal abortion rights protections are overturned will start its path through the Ohio legislature this week. Senate Bill 123 is set to appear in the Ohio Senate Health Committee on Wednesday morning. If passed, the bill would then await court challenges of the U.S. Supreme […]

Third lawsuit added to pile against redistricting maps

By: - September 28, 2021

Religious and environmental groups have added their name to the list of lawsuits against the Ohio Redistricting Commission and the four-year maps approved earlier this month. The lawsuit filed today by the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Ohio, the Ohio Environmental Council, is the third court challenge that’s been made to […]

Dems push for legislation after Strauss dismissals

By: - September 27, 2021

Days after lawsuits against a former OSU team doctor were dismissed because of the statute of limitations, Democratic state representatives want action to extend time and help to sexual assault survivors. A federal judge didn’t dispute the facts of the case in which Dr. Richard Strauss was accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of student athletes, […]

Lawsuit accuses Ohio Redistricting Commission of violating constitution

By: - September 24, 2021

The ACLU has filed an expected lawsuit disputing the partisan legislative redistricting maps passed earlier this month by the Ohio Redistricting Commission. The Ohio and national chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union, along with law firm Covington & Burling, LLP, announced the lawsuit Thursday afternoon, accusing the Republican majority of “disrespecting the letter and […]

Race education bills get big turnout in legislature, most urging opposition

By: - September 24, 2021

Both bills that would change the way racial issues are taught in schools appeared in an Ohio House committee this week, and the overwhelming majority of citizen speakers wanted to see the proposed legislation go away. House bills 322 and 327 were up for committee consideration on Wednesday, and Republicans amended HB 322 to specifically […]

Congressional redistricting plan still up in the air a week before deadline

By: - September 23, 2021

With one week to go before the first official deadline for the congressional district maps in Ohio, how and when the process will start is still unknown with one chamber leader anticipating yet another blown constitutional deadline. At a Fair Districts Ohio rally earlier this week across from the Statehouse, advocacy groups pushed forward in […]

Dueling protests take on race theory, state school board members and legislators join in

By: - September 22, 2021

The Ohio Board of Education met for its September meeting on Tuesday, but outside the building, protesters on both sides of the heated debate over race in education stood in the rain saying their piece. Board members didn’t just attend the meeting inside, however. Dr. Jenny Kilgore took time before the meeting to stand with […]

Proposed Ohio abortion bills would impose new mandates, spread misinformation

By: - September 21, 2021

Returning from summer break, the Ohio legislature could review two GOP-led pieces of legislation that would place health mandates on patients considering abortions. One of the bills, recently introduced by state Rep. Jennifer Gross, would require physicians to dictate the results of a mandated ultrasound and also provide information about a link between breast cancer […]