Politics & Gov

U.S. House to hold hearing on universal health care coverage proposals

BY: - December 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — Toward the end of his life, the late U.S. Rep. John Dingell Jr. reportedly asked his wife to carry the torch on his family’s signature cause: progressive health care reform. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, (D-Mich.) has made good on that promise during her three terms in Congress — and will continue to do […]

Supreme Court denies review of Kentucky ultrasound law

BY: - December 9, 2019

The United States Supreme Court declined to review a decision allowing Kentucky to require doctors performing abortions to conduct ultrasounds and describe the procedure’s findings to women.  While the law allows women to decline to look at the ultrasound screen and request for the volume be turned down on the machine, it requires the ultrasounds […]

Inside the fight to get GM to reinvest in Lordstown

BY: - December 9, 2019

So much can change in the course of one year.  The Lordstown General Motors assembly plant shut down in March after 53 years of production. Thousands lost their jobs and the closure sent the Mahoning Valley reeling. And now? In just the past month, GM sold that shuttered plant to an electric truck automaker and […]

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Study on unproven ‘abortion reversal’ drug halted due to risk to patients

BY: - December 9, 2019

A study on an unproven “abortion reversal” treatment that relates to a senate bill currently sitting in the Ohio Legislature has ended because of its risk to the female patients. The study was being conducted at the University of California, Davis, to see if the hormone progesterone could be used to stop abortion performed using […]

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U.S. House passes legislation to crack down on voter suppression

BY: - December 7, 2019

The U.S. House passed legislation on Friday that would give the federal government broader authority to police voting rights violations across the country.  The bill, a top priority for House Democrats, passed by a vote of 228-187, with just one Republican — Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania — breaking party ranks to vote for the […]

Happy holidays, don’t get scammed

BY: - December 6, 2019

It’s the holiday season, which means the spirit of giving is high, but it also means that there are those among us who would seek to prey on that charity and generosity by scamming people. In a news release called, “How the Grinch Stole Your Donation,” the Ohio Attorney General’s Office is offering tips and […]

Bipartisan state senators working to protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence

BY: - December 6, 2019

Just before Thanksgiving this year, Logan resident Natalie Nutter filed for divorce from her husband, Kevin. Weeks prior, Kevin Nutter, also of Logan, pleaded guilty to violating a protection order Natalie had filed against him, which she’d received after he’d made threats against her and her family. In exchange for his guilty plea, Kevin Nutter […]

Improvements coming to Ohio’s state parks in 2020

BY: - December 6, 2019

Better customer service, improved signage and more frequent naturalist programming.  Those are among the numerous suggestions on how to reform Ohio’s state parks system. These ideas were developed by a task force of nature experts and educators. They spent the summer of 2019 traveling to many of the 75 state parks to evaluate them for […]

Trump rule could end food stamp access for thousands in Ohio

BY: - December 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration this week finalized a regulation that’s expected to knock nearly 10,000 — or perhaps as many as 45,000 — Ohioans off food stamp benefits. It’s one of three controversial policies the administration is pursuing that aim to limit eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.  The numbers are complicated, […]

Dayton shooting, universal background checks brought up in gun reform bill hearing

BY: - December 5, 2019

Supporters of gun reform measures proposed by Gov. Mike DeWine said the legislation would be an important first step in curbing gun violence, but wouldn’t agree that universal background checks were a better solution. The Committee for Government Oversight and Reform met Wednesday to hear proponent testimony as they review Senate Bill 221, which proposes […]

GM, LG Chem to build new Lordstown plant, create 1,100 jobs

BY: - December 5, 2019

A partnership with General Motors and South Korean company LG Chem will lead to a new factory for electric vehicle batteries and reportedly create 1,100 jobs in Lordstown, Ohio. The facility will be located “in the Lordstown area,” GM announced on Thursday, the site of a former assembly plant that GM closed earlier this year. […]

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Supporters of ‘Duty to Retreat Act’ testify before Senate committee

BY: - December 5, 2019

A committee of state senators took another look Tuesday at a proposed change to the self-defense law that would eliminate the legal requirement for a person to try to escape an aggressor before fighting back with deadly force. Members of Ohioans for Concealed Carry and Ohio Gun Owners testified in support of Senate Bill 237, […]