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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.

Attempted murder conviction vacated by Ohio Supreme Court due to statute of limitations

By: - November 4, 2022

With no authority to rewrite a statute of limitations that the Ohio Supreme Court said “works a grave injustice,” the court was forced to vacate the attempted murder conviction of a Logan County man, even with DNA evidence linking him to the crime. The state’s highest court unanimously vacated the attempted aggravated murder conviction for […]

Ohio sex education resources in demand post-Roe

By: - November 3, 2022

In a state with no consistent sex education standards, some Ohio groups are working with schools to get students the needed education, and even building programs for parents to have the tools they need to talk about it with their kids. With the fall of Roe v. Wade leading to battles over the right to […]

Ohioans speak in White House economic update on Black Americans

By: - November 3, 2022

An Ohio nonprofit leader met with White House officials and a former U.S. Congresswoman from Ohio Wednesday to talk about how Biden administration measures have impacted Black Americans. Prentiss Haney, co-executive director of the Ohio Organizing Collaborative spoke with members of President Joe Biden’s cabinet and special assistants to the president in the areas of […]

Groups with Ohio chapters file briefs in potential landmark U.S. Supreme Court redistricting case

By: - November 1, 2022

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider a redistricting case with implications that could be felt in Ohio, national groups with chapters who have fought Ohio’s unconstitutional district maps are hoping to make their mark. The League of Women Voters and their chapters from every state and the District of Columbia filed a amicus, […]

Secretary of state candidate’s request for more election observers denied

By: - October 31, 2022

An independent Ohio Secretary of State candidate who wanted a rule change regarding election observers has had her request denied by the Ohio Supreme Court. Terpsehore “Tore” Maras challenged a rule in place for Election Day, in which independent candidates are required to file with a group of fellow candidates to appoint election observers and […]

COVID-denial, election-denial not far apart, OSU researchers found

By: - October 28, 2022

You’ve probably heard of “gateway” drugs, but a group of researchers at Ohio State University say there’s such a thing as a “gateway conspiracy.” A duo of surveys done by psychology researchers and supported by the National Science Foundation seek to bolster the field of “conspiracy theory research,” which an announcement of the study said […]

Depression in Ohio higher than nation, poor mental health increasing

By: - October 27, 2022

A new study shows incidents of depression are above the national average in the Ohio, and reported suicides are up as well. Overall, the percentage of Ohioans reporting poor mental health was up, according to research from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. “Like other areas of health, data show that access to care is […]

Supreme Court candidates talk racism, redistricting in ‘faith and freedom’ forum

By: - October 26, 2022

Democratic candidates for the Ohio Supreme Court spoke on racism in Ohio’s court system, the future of redistricting in the state, and how a constitutional amendment on bail could impact the courts in a recent forum with religious leaders. Justice Jennifer Brunner, candidate for chief justice, attended the forum along with 10th District Court of […]

‘Nation’s report card’ shows downturns in math, reading data, including in Ohio

By: - October 25, 2022

Math and reading proficiency scores in Ohio, along with the nation, are trending downward, according to data collected as part of a national assessment of student data. Assessments done as part of the so-called “nation’s report card” were administered between January and March of this year, covering more than 224,000 fourth-graders and more than 222,000 […]

Ohio Supreme Court: Cedar Point customers can’t get refunds for pandemic changes

By: - October 24, 2022

The Ohio Supreme Court said an Ohio amusement park had every right to change their admission rules during the government-mandated COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. The court ruled that the owners of Cedar Point were “neither unjustly enriched nor in breach of contract” when the park was closed for two months during the pandemic shutdown, keeping 2020 […]

Ohio Redistricting Commission members are up for reelection. What were their roles?

By: - October 21, 2022

Ohio’s ongoing redistricting battles have impacted the November election by changing districts and creating the need for two primaries. The congressional redistricting map decision by the Ohio Supreme Court, which deemed the map unconstitutional and unduly partisan, is being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court by Republican legislative leaders Senate President Matt Huffman and House […]

Ohio legislative committee passes rule defining fetal heartbeat

By: - October 19, 2022

An Ohio legislative committee passed a rule on methods of identifying a fetal heartbeat that matched language in a previously passed abortion law, despite the fact that the law can’t currently be enforced. The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review passed an administration rule from the Ohio Department of Health entitled “appropriate methods for determining […]