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.

State asks for Ohio Supreme Court dismissal in EdChoice lawsuit

By: - March 5, 2020

The state of Ohio is asking the state Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit demanding EdChoice vouchers be distributed as planned before the Ohio legislature moved the deadline. The Ohio Attorney General’s office filed the motion last week saying the school groups and individuals lack standing in their lawsuit. The attorneys for the state said […]

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Total abortion ban introduced in House, in case Roe v. Wade overturned

By: - March 4, 2020

A new abortion ban is being introduced in the Ohio House, this time aiming at total prohibition of abortions statewide. Dubbed the “Human Life Protection Act” by sponsor state Rep. John Becker, the bill would take effect if the federal case that legalized abortion in the nation, Roe v. Wade, is overturned. If and when […]

EdChoice stalls, decision due in less than a month

By: - March 3, 2020

The EdChoice decision needed in less than a month seems to have stalled, and legislators are still not in agreement as to what the solution is. About a week ago, the conference committee deliberating on House Bill 9 adjourned to take time to “get their minds unwarped,” as committee chair state Rep. Don Jones, R-Freeport, […]

Committee moves anti-abortion telemedicine bill forward amid opponents’ pleas for rejection

By: - February 28, 2020

Despite nurses, pastors, and pro-choice advocates urging rejection before the Wednesday vote, a Senate committee approved a bill to bar the use of telemedicine for abortion-related care. The Senate Health, Human Services, and Medicaid Committee moved Senate Bill 260 forward to the full Senate after a third hearing in which a roomful of Ohioans testified. […]

EdChoice debate: Opponents of district-funded vouchers say formula is the problem, not schools

By: - February 26, 2020

An Ohio legislative committee adjourned without making a decision on changes to the state’s private school voucher program, but not before hearing about 50 hours of testimony over the course of a week. The testimony came from schools districts and students from all reaches of the state, and included pleas to keep the EdChoice program […]

EdChoice debate: Private schools a beneficial option, students and administrators say

By: - February 26, 2020

Students and parents from Ohio’s private schools stayed up past their bedtimes in some cases to put their two cents in about the state private school voucher program’s fate. At conference committee hearings to decide on one particular proposal for EdChoice, private school advocates argued the workforce waiting for their students and the competitive nature […]

Planned Parenthood: Telemedicine bill takes healthcare away from underserved Ohioans

By: - February 25, 2020

Leaders of Ohio’s Planned Parenthoods say a bill to limit abortion-related telemedicine is not only unconstitutional, but cuts off access to safe health care for Ohioans who need it most. Senate Bill 260 is set for a hearing and possible vote on Wednesday, to prevent the use of telemedicine as a way to prescribe and […]

Rape survivors: Statute of limitations keeps us from justice

By: - February 24, 2020

Closure takes time. Survivors of rape sometimes need more time than Ohio law gives them. That was the agreement of the women who came forward to implore an Ohio Senate committee to support the elimination of a statute of limitations on rape. Anna Cunningham spoke for herself, her daughter, and her son, who both experienced […]

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‘Serves no purpose in the function of the law:’ Prosecutors, researchers come out against rape statute of limitations

By: - February 20, 2020

Supporters of an Ohio bill to eliminate the statute of limitations for rape included prosecutors, researchers and members of rape crisis centers from across the state. Former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann and the Medina County and Cuyahoga County prosecutors say eliminating the 25-year statute of limitations will help prosecutors bring justice and help victims […]

Abortion opponents: Telemedicine too risky for women

By: - February 20, 2020

Abortion opponents were in agreement on Wednesday that the woman’s safety should be the focus of care in Ohio abortion cases. Advocates spoke in support of a bill that would ban telemedicine as a way to receive abortion-related medicine, in particular the chemical abortion drugs mifepristone and misopristol. Dr. Lindsay Rerko told the Health, Human […]

Conservatives announce coalition to eliminate death penalty

By: - February 19, 2020

Conservative leadership in the Ohio House joined advocates in announcing a new effort to eliminate the death penalty in the state. The Ohio chapter of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, in conjunction with Ohioans to Stop Executions, met at the Statehouse on Tuesday to announce plans to lift support in the legislature and in […]

Manufacturing in Midwest purple states has seen ups and downs on Trump’s watch

By: and - February 18, 2020

In 2016, Donald Trump ran on “bringing back” manufacturing jobs to Rust Belt states like Ohio, which was one factor in his surprise wins in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania (and less surprising victory in neighboring Ohio).  “The heart of the [economic] slowdown has really been in manufacturing. The global manufacturing sector is in a recession […]