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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.

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Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus sets 2020 goals for reproductive rights, health

By: - January 14, 2020

Just weeks after the birth of her twin daughters in 2004, state Rep. Erica Crawley, D-Columbus, went to an emergency room with severe abdominal pain. At the time, she was breastfeeding her girls, and was still recovering from the trauma of their emergency C-section. She sat in the waiting room for hours in pain. She […]

Democratic Ohio House member looks to introduce automatic voter registration bill

By: - January 10, 2020

A new proposal to require voters to be automatically registered to vote could be filed in the Ohio House by the end of the week, according to its sponsor. State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney, D-Cleveland, is pushing forward with a move that has been supported by Secretary of State Frank LaRose in the past, and […]

Brown, Portman boast support of new trade agreement

By: - January 9, 2020

Ohio’s U.S. Senators gave their input on a new trade agreement approved by the Senate Finance Committee this week. Both U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Sen. Rob Portman spoke positively about the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (USMCA) by the committee on Tuesday. Brown mentioned a provision he said he worked to […]

Teachers union funds books for Ohio schools, urges State to do the same

By: - January 8, 2020

What would you do with your piece of a $50,000 grant to help bring back Ohio’s school libraries? Teachers in a Parma school hope to educate middle schoolers about dyslexia, to better understand the challenge some fellow students face. Teachers in Franklin County want to provide bilingual books and expose students to a more diverse […]

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Ohio Senator proposes ban on abortion drugs via telemedicine

By: - January 7, 2020

An Ohio Senator is looking for co-sponsors to a bill that would ban telemedicine as a way of receiving abortion medication. State Sen. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, sent a letter to senate members on Tuesday explaining the bill that would affect the prescription of a two-pill regimen, Mifepristone and Misoprostol, used in inducing an abortion. […]

National group: Ohio among the worst in religious equality

By: - January 7, 2020

A national civil rights organization that monitors states’ measures regarding religious equality has called Ohio one of the worst in the country.  Citing anti-abortion legislation and a religious liberties bill, the American Atheists said religious equality is “under attack” in Ohio. “Ohio lawmakers are more interested in imposing their religious views on citizens than protecting […]

Judges’ political party can inform voters, experts and advocates say

By: - January 6, 2020

Experts and election advocates in Ohio are seeing the positives in including a judicial candidate’s party affiliation on a general election ballot, something a new Ohio House Bill proposes to do. Late last month, House Bill 460 was introduced, which would allow judges to include their political party on the ballot, in a change from […]

Search for contractors continues Ohio’s orphan oil and gas plugging efforts

By: - January 3, 2020

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is starting a new phase of a process to address idle and orphan oil and gas wells. As part of the Orphan Well Program, the state is looking for contractors to plug about 200 wells in the next year all over the state, with millions in legislature-approved funding ready […]

The census is coming: 2020 brings new head count

By: - January 2, 2020

With 2020 comes a new decade and a new presidential election, but it also brings a new head count conducted by the United States Census Bureau. The survey, done every 10 years by mandate of the U.S. Constitution, will be conducted starting in mid-March, when most of the country will have received letters instructing them […]

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New Ohio House bill would allow judges to include party affiliation on ballot

By: - December 31, 2019

A House Bill introduced during the holiday break would allow judges to run under party affiliation, which the sponsors of the bill say would allow voters to have more information about the candidates. House Bill 460 would allow judges races to become partisan in a general election, as opposed to the non-partisan ballot which also […]

New year, new court fight over Down syndrome abortion

By: - December 30, 2019

The new year will bring new discussions on a law that prohibited abortions after a Down syndrome diagnosis. A panel of judges for the 6th United States Circuit Court of Appeals set a new hearing date for March 11, and a briefing schedule starting Jan. 13 in the case pitting a Cleveland women’s health clinic […]

Distracted Driving the focus for highway patrol as holiday travel increases

By: - December 26, 2019

Ohio’s governor says he is directing the highway patrol to focus on distracted drivers this holiday season. Gov. Mike DeWine cited highway patrol numbers that showed an increase in traffic fatalities in five of the last six years. Distracted driving, he said in a release, is a “major contributing factor” in those fatalities. “As we […]