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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 (KY) Daily Times, The Athens Messenger, and WOUB Public Media. She has also had work featured on National Public Radio.

‘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 […]

Election-denying Secretary of State candidate asks state supreme court to allow ‘election observers’

By: - October 18, 2022

An Ohio Secretary of State candidate who denied the validity of the 2020 election has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to compel the use of election observers in the November election. Terpsehore Maras, a podcaster who has also espoused QAnon conspiracy theories, filed a lawsuit against incumbent Secretary of State Frank LaRose, hoping to compel […]

New poll finds Roe v. Wade, same-sex marriage at top of voters minds going into November election

By: - October 18, 2022

A new poll from Baldwin Wallace University shows a largely favorable opinion of Gov. Mike DeWine, U.S. Senate candidate Tim Ryan and former President Donald Trump among Ohio voters. Found to be unfavorable by likely Ohio voters is a lack of gun control in the state and a lack of action on climate change. “On […]

Abortion ban blocked indefinitely by Hamilton County judge

By: - October 10, 2022

A Hamilton County judge once again blocked the six-week abortion law from taking effect in Ohio, and affirmed abortion clinics’ arguments that abortion is health care in a Friday ruling. “Abortion is safe health care to which Ohioans have a right,” Judge Christian Jenkins said. The judge blocked the Senate Bill 23 indefinitely as the […]

Abortion ban could impact LGBTQ+ community

By: - October 7, 2022

Potential abortion bans in the nation and in Ohio have been criticized by various groups, from doctors, to religious leaders and legal officials. The impact of bans on reproductive health procedures is also being felt within the LGBTQ community. “It just sucks all around,” said Kathryn Poe, a public policy and digital communications manager with […]

LaRose announces election ‘public integrity division’

By: - October 6, 2022

The state’s elections chief is pulling together a new method that he hopes will bolster trust in November’s general election, and others in the future. State Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office announced the “public integrity division,” which it says “consolidates many of the office’s current investigative functions, including campaign finance reporting, voting system certification, […]

Ohio legislators pledge anti-abortion measures at March for Life

By: - October 6, 2022

Standing united, a group of Republican legislators attended the anti-abortion March for Life on Wednesday at the Ohio Statehouse. State Rep. Jena Powell, R-Arcanum, was the only one to speak at the event, but she made it clear that Republicans in the General Assembly plan to press forward with measures to completely ban abortion. “This […]

Critical local government funding in Ohio should be restored, municipal league says

By: - October 5, 2022

Restoring local government funds for Ohio cities and villages should be a major priority in the newest state operating budget, according to policy experts and those who represent cities and counties. The Ohio Municipal League laid out their goals as the state operating budget discussion approaches, setting the LGF, which is used for the most […]

Ohio abortion report shows slight increase in 2021, before Roe went down

By: - October 4, 2022

The Ohio Department of Health’s latest annual count of abortions conducted in the state showed a slight increase in 2021, the year before Roe v. Wade was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court this summer. The data showed that 60% of abortions happening in the state were in pregnancies of less than nine weeks. […]