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‘Botched abortion’ bill passes Ohio Senate as Roe v. Wade trigger ban gains support

BY: - October 28, 2021

A bill seeking to regulate doctors’ actions in statistically rare “failed abortions” was approved by the Ohio Senate on Wednesday, the same day that anti-abortion advocates spoke out on a bill connected to Roe v. Wade. Just hours after passing Senate Bill 157 through the Government and Oversight Committee, senators passed the bill on for […]

Dayton Commission mailers rope state party into fight between progressives and centrists

BY: - October 28, 2021

From Congress to city councils, progressives and centrists in the Democratic party are wrestling over whose vision should define the party’s future. In Dayton, that fight is playing out in the race for city commission, and a pair of mailers attacking two progressives have roped in the state Democratic party. The mailers attack commission candidates […]

U.S. attorney general defends FBI probe of threats against school board members

BY: - October 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans grilled Attorney General Merrick Garland for more than four hours on Wednesday about a Justice Department investigation into threats made to local school board members in multiple states. Garland at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing declined to revoke a memo he wrote asking the FBI to meet with local law enforcement to […]

COMMENTARY

The American founders didn’t believe your sacred freedom means you can do whatever you want

BY: - October 28, 2021

By Maurizio Valsania, Università di Torino President Joe Biden has mandated vaccines for a large part of the American workforce, a requirement that has prompted protest from those opposed to the measure. Meanwhile, a similar move in New York City to enforce vaccinations has resulted in more than a dozen businesses’ being fined for flouting […]

Wildfire responders urge Congress to improve disaster aid process for at-risk communities

BY: - October 28, 2021

WASHINGTON —  The federal government should re-examine its emergency response systems to better assist communities at risk from the growing threats of wildfire, state and local wildfire responders told members of Congress Tuesday. Wildfires across the United States have become larger, more intense and longer-lasting  this century in part due to changes in the global […]

Congressional redistricting hearing scheduled for Thursday; no vote expected

BY: - October 27, 2021

After weeks of questions and uncertainty, the Ohio Redistricting Commission is expected to have a hearing on the congressional mapmaking process Thursday, but is not expected to take a vote on any proposed maps. Instead, Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp has said the legislature will take up congressional redistricting once the commission misses its Oct. […]

Justice DeWine defends redistricting recusal decision despite murky track record

BY: - October 27, 2021

Since taking his seat on the Ohio Supreme Court bench, Justice Pat DeWine has recused himself from 37 cases. Perhaps most colorfully, he’s bowed out of eight tied to a doctor accused of performing medically unnecessary spinal surgeries, who then fled to his native Pakistan to avoid prosecution. In court filings, DeWine explained he was […]

Aetna, an Ohio Medicaid contractor, accused of denying kids care in Pennsylvania

BY: - October 27, 2021

In a case that could have implications for Ohio, a Pennsylvania whistleblower is accusing Aetna of making it impossible for the parents of some kids on Medicaid to find doctors. The insurer then pocketed money from the state for services not rendered, the suit alleges. Aetna denies the charges. The case is relevant here because […]

Ohio School Boards Association ends affiliation with national group over request to probe threats

BY: - October 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The National School Boards Association is walking back its letter to President Joe Biden asking for federal help for school board members who have been harassed and threatened over masking requirements and discussions of race in public schools. The shift came after Republican members of Congress led by Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley raised strong objections […]

Biden vaccine rules worry rural hospitals about potential strain

BY: - October 27, 2021

Story from Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, short-staffed rural hospitals have been stretched to their limits. Some have cut back, delayed or eliminated services such as elective surgeries, labor and delivery, and other inpatient care. Nurses and other health care employees have worked double shifts, and many rural […]

FDA panel recommends OK for Pfizer’s vaccine for kids 5 to 11

BY: - October 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal vaccine advisory panel on Tuesday recommended authorizing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a decision that means as soon as next week everyone in the U.S. over age 5 is expected to be eligible for a shot. The vote by the Food & Drug Administration panel, with 17 […]

Firm that facilitated $22B in contracts won’t say if any went to its clients

BY: - October 26, 2021

When the Ohio Department of Medicaid this year selected six companies to manage $22 billion worth of managed-care business, it was supposed to be a competitive process. But some pretty big questions linger about how competitive it actually was.  Somehow, an Ohio-based company was dinged because it hadn’t worked outside the Buckeye State. But giant, […]