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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 Governor joins 17 other governors in fighting federal charter school limits

By: - April 22, 2022

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is standing with nearly two dozen other governors in fighting against a proposed federal rule limiting charter school creation. The new rule would be a change to the U.S. Department of Education Charter School Program, and would require charters to prove that a school district they want to join is “over-enrolled” […]

Ohio federal court plans to intervene without legislative redistricting plan by May

By: - April 21, 2022

A federal court says without action in the latest legislative redistricting process, they will institute a previously rejected map into the 2022 election. The three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division has previously held back from making decisions in the uncertain redistricting effort concerning state Senate and […]

Shawnee State professor settles case, won’t be required to use identified pronouns

By: - April 21, 2022

A professor who sued an Ohio university over punishment for refusing to use a student’s pronouns will receive a six-figure settlement from the school. Shawnee State University said four years of litigation resulted in an “economic decision” to settle with philosophy professor Nicholas Meriwether. “Over the course of this lawsuit, it became clear that the […]

May primary continues for other races as state legislative district chaos continues

By: - April 20, 2022

Voting for the races in the May 3 primary is still going on, despite uncertainty concerning legislative maps. The primary ballot for May will include races for governor, attorney general, auditor of state, secretary of state, treasurer of state, Ohio Supreme Court and congressional races for U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, along with […]

Ohio abortion law remains locked in court after judge blocks enforcement

By: - April 18, 2022

An Ohio law that would, among other things, keep physicians connected to public medical schools from participating in abortion clinic practices has been blocked again by a Hamilton County judge. Senate Bill 157 has been in Judge Alison Hatheway’s court since February, when Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region, Women’s Med […]

Ohio Supreme Court rejects legislative maps, sets fifth redistricting deadline

By: - April 15, 2022

The Ohio Supreme Court turned away a fourth set of redistricting plans from the Ohio Redistricting Commission in a 4-3 decision on Thursday, but left the responsibility with the commission to redraw the maps yet again. In a separate announcement, the court also denied requests to hold commissioners in contempt of court for violating court […]

Study of Ohio arts industry during pandemic shows big hits to state economy

By: - April 14, 2022

An analysis commissioned by an Ohio arts foundation showed significant unemployment and economic losses in the arts, and thus in the state, as the pandemic cancelled shows and exhibits. The “creative industries,” as the arts are called in a report announced this week by the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, are a “critical economic […]

Federal court won’t intervene in Ohio’s congressional districts

By: - April 13, 2022

A federal three-judge panel still waiting on an Ohio legislative redistricting plan said Tuesday it won’t jump into congressional redistricting right now either. Chief Judge Algenon Marbley and judges Amul Thapar and Benjamin Beaton, representing the U.S. District Court’s Southern District of Ohio said a request by two Youngstown voters to wipe out the congressional […]

Candidate for Ohio governor pushes summer school to account for COVID learning loss

By: - April 12, 2022

One gubernatorial candidate is saying the state should push for voluntary summer school to account for losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and his running mate, state Sen. Theresa Fedor, D-Toledo, told reporters on Monday that the state has a “moral obligation” to pay for students to hit the books this […]

Infrastructure bill brings more public transit money to Ohio

By: - April 8, 2022

A second multi-million dollar influx of federal funding will be coming to public transit authorities throughout Ohio via an infrastructure bill passed earlier this year. The biggest portion of the funding, more than $65 million, will be headed to Cleveland, according to a listing of federal transit apportionments for the state. Dayton’s transit will receive […]

Ohio House Speaker says no primary election legislation coming soon

By: - April 7, 2022

Ohio’s House Speaker said Wednesday legislation is not coming to change the May primary date. Speaker Bob Cupp said the process was “in the hands of the federal court,” despite various court documents in which he argued that the election is a legislative issue and any changes should be made in the General Assembly. The […]

‘Under the circumstances,” Republicans say they came up with best legislative plan

By: - April 5, 2022

The GOP members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission who voted for a slightly reworked version of old legislative maps say they did the best they could “under the circumstances.” The Democratic members of the commission want the court to pick up the rejected plans of two independent mapdrawers instead, while rejecting the maps adopted at […]