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Columbus engages Central Ohio residents in the zoning code update with new exhibit

BY: - November 18, 2022

The city of Columbus has announced plans to go back to the drawing board with new updates to the city’s zoning map after 70 years. City partners and officials attribute the long wait to bureaucracy and systemic racism and hope to involve the community in the process. In a presentation on Nov.10, the City of […]

Biden student debt forgiveness plan on temporary hold after appeals court ruling

BY: and - October 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from carrying out its student loan forgiveness plan, until the court makes a determination on a request for an injunction brought by six Republican-led states, according to multiple media reports. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is giving the Biden administration […]

Analysis: Some workers still don’t have paid sick time post-pandemic

BY: - September 30, 2022

A study by the Economic Policy Institute showed disparities are still prevalent in paid leave, specifically sick time, in America. Ohio is seeing similar struggles, and policy experts still hope to see federal pandemic stimulus money go toward needed paid leave. The EPI report used data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify […]

Ohio GOP lawmaker introduces gun safety bill; includes red flag law, enhanced background checks

BY: - August 19, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   It is rare for Republican lawmakers to propose a gun safety […]

Ohio Supreme Court finds backpack marijuana search unconstitutional

BY: - July 1, 2022

At first, the officers said they searched her backpack looking for weapons. In the end, they found only marijuana-infused cereal and some of the drug in flower and concentrate form. Officers went on to charge Kennedy Burroughs with felony possession of marijuana. The Ohio Supreme Court unanimously overturned her conviction Tuesday. The justices ruled that […]

Congress sends Biden historic gun safety legislation, with GOP support

BY: - June 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress on Friday cleared the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years, a bipartisan package that was signed into law on Saturday morning by President Joe Biden. In a 65-33  vote, the bill, comprised of eight provisions, passed the U.S. Senate late Thursday. The House on Friday joined, approving the Senate’s bill 234-193, with […]

Latest Ryan campaign ad prompts pushback from AAPI community

BY: - April 4, 2022

In staccato repetition, Democratic Senate hopeful Tim Ryan insists the country’s primary challenge boils down to one word: China. But the Youngstown-area congressman’s framing of the issue is raising concerns within the Asian American community. Sharon Kim, from the organization Asian American Midwest Progressives, argued Ryan’s ad conflates legitimate critiques of the Chinese government with […]

With inflation, supply-chain kinks, plight of Ohio food banks grows

BY: - March 4, 2022

For millions of Ohioans, world events are making it harder to fill their pantries and refrigerators, an official who helps oversee the state’s food banks said on Wednesday. Those pressures will only increase pantries’ need for state assistance, she said. The coronavirus pandemic had already put pressure on the state’s food banks as demand increased […]

RNC calls Capitol violence “legitimate.” Do Ohio statewides agree?

BY: - February 11, 2022

The top elected Republican tried this week to give his colleagues cover to disagree with a party claim that the violent attack on Congress on Jan. 1. 2021 was "legitimate political discourse." Most Ohio's statewide elected officials have been less definite.

With big Medicaid changes looming, Ohio pharmacists complain of a lack of details

BY: - February 3, 2022

The Ohio Department of Medicaid plans to radically change the way it does business in July, but a group that helped motivate the reform effort says it hasn't provided some fundamental details. Some members of that group, the state's community pharmacists, say those details could determine whether they can stay in business — and whether some small towns become pharmacy deserts.

Pharmacy middlemen sue to stop rebate transparency

BY: - August 20, 2021

An industry group representing powerful drug middlemen has gone to court to stop a federal rule intended to bring transparency to rebates middlemen get from manufacturers. The middlemen are arguing that the rule, initiated by the Trump administration, will increase drug costs. But the group’s critics say that secretive rebates are a primary driver of […]

More than a year later, no discipline for cop who pepper-sprayed journalists

BY: - July 12, 2021

More than a year later, no discipline for cop who pepper-sprayed journalists. Columbus police union said to be blocking investigation.