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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.

House pushes back EdChoice application date, sends amendment back to Senate

By: - January 31, 2020

It was the Ohio House of Representatives’ turn to work late into the night on a proposal to rework the state’s private school voucher program Thursday. After a long day of debate, the House decided to opt for more time. State representatives convened at about 9 p.m. to pass an amendment to Senate Bill 120, […]

House disagrees on EdChoice amendments, bill heads to conference committee

By: - January 29, 2020

Update 1/29 9:10 p.m. — The conference committee discussing the private school voucher program EdChoice has left the statehouse for the evening. House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, said in a statement Wednesday night that representatives have set forth a plan to replace EdChoice with an “entirely poverty-based” system. “It would allow schools — public and […]

Compromise brokered on education voucher program

By: - January 29, 2020

Changes to the private school voucher program are coming after a long day of back and forth over amendments made to address education officials’ concerns about the program. Negotiations over a private school voucher system went until Tuesday evening, pushing back the state Senate Higher Education Committee hearing to vote on the matter for several […]

Brown pushes DeWine on kinship care, national poll shows caregivers could be major voting bloc

By: - January 28, 2020

As a movement crosses the country promoting paid family leave expansion, a national poll found that caregivers could be a major voting bloc in the next election, and a U.S. senator from Ohio is urging the state to help fund this growing population. Ohio Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling on Gov. Mike DeWine […]

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Bipartisan Ohio bill seeks to raise age to own firearms to 21

By: - January 24, 2020

A bill with bipartisan sponsorship making its way through the Ohio legislature aims to raise the age for gun ownership from 18 to 21. Senate Bill 182 would also increase the maximum amount of prison time and fines attached to the charge of “improperly furnishing a firearm to an underage person.” Under the proposed law, […]

National report finds Ohio lagging in traffic safety laws

By: - January 24, 2020

As Ohio looks at more potential distracted driving legislation, a new study says the state needs to do more to help protect drivers.  The policy alliance Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety released a nationwide report on the state of safety laws in each state, and came up with recommendations for laws that need to […]

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Opponents of Duty to Retreat Act: Change in law would allow ‘open season’

By: - January 23, 2020

An effort to remove a duty to retreat from Ohio self-defense legislation came up against criticism from students, parents and elected officials in a hearing on the proposal. Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell shared his experience walking in the University Circle in his council ward, where he said a white woman called police because she […]

Student religious liberties bill introduced in Ohio Senate committee

By: - January 23, 2020

The sponsor of a bill he says is intended to make religious activities a regular part of schools, just as secular activities are, presented his measure to an Ohio Senate committee on Tuesday. State Rep. Timothy Ginter, R-Salem, introduced the bill in the Senate Education Committee, saying the proposal “is intended to protect the religious […]

Funding to reimburse Ohio law enforcement brings up concerns about warrant databases

By: - January 22, 2020

While Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine promotes gun reform laws, the state is offering law enforcement the chance to get reimbursed for funds spent apprehending individuals with warrants. As part of the 2020-2021 biennium budget, the Prisoner Extradition Reimbursement Program was provided $500,000 for law enforcement agencies “that have limited funds to extradite suspects arrested out-of-state […]

Distracted driving bill seeks to strengthen current law

By: - January 21, 2020

Sharon Montgomery was riding home on a Mount Vernon road after having dinner for her husband’s 51st birthday, when her life and its mission changed forever. It was on that road 19 years ago that she and her husband, John, passed through an intersection at the same time a driver flew through the same intersection, […]

Two more proposals seek to eliminate rape statute of limitations in Ohio

By: - January 16, 2020

An Ohio House Democrat is adding two more proposals to the legislature’s list of bills seeking to remove the statute of limitations for rape from state law. On Tuesday, state Rep. John Rogers, D-Mentor-On-The-Lake, introduced House Bill 470 and House Bill 472, with the goal of eliminating the 25-year limit on prosecution of rape cases. […]

$30 million in funding ready for H2Ohio farmers

By: - January 15, 2020

Farmers in some northwest Ohio counties can get funding to help reduce agricultural runoff and keep algal blooms out of Lake Erie, according to an announcement made Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the governor’s office said $30 million would be available next month through the governor’s “H2Ohio” program meant to address water quality […]