Five Fuyao workers contract COVID-19; 1500+ more to be tested, health department says

BY: - June 23, 2020

Officials are planning to test up to 2,000 workers at a windshield plant in the Dayton area after five employees tested positive for COVID-19. Dan Suffoletto, a spokesman for Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County, said the department plans to surge in blanket testing at Fuyao Glass America in Moraine in the next few days. […]

Ohio unemployment down, still remains in double digits

BY: - June 22, 2020

Ohio’s unemployment numbers decreased last month, with employment increasing mainly in goods-producing industries and the private service-providing sector. But unemployment remained in the double-digits. The state’s unemployment rate in May was 13.7%, down from 17.6% in April, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Wage increases in non-agricultural employment was up 127,100 […]

Protesters report adverse effects from tear gas exposure, demand Columbus ban chemical agents entirely

BY: - June 22, 2020

“I feel very violated by the state” Mason Hickman distinctly remembers the burning sensation as he inhaled a waft of tear gas on the Ohio Statehouse lawn when police used the chemical agent to disperse a group of peaceful protesters.  Afterwards, he felt exhausted — likely because of the blistering summer heat, he thought.  That […]

Ohio Supreme Court: Sexual conduct law ‘ambiguous’ on repeat-offender charges

BY: - June 22, 2020

Ohio Supreme Court justices last week ruled in favor of a Montgomery County man’s argument that he couldn’t be charged as a repeat offender in a sex-crime case because of a previous crime discovered after he was convicted. Gerald Pendergrass was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in September 2016, and the next […]

Ohio senator seeks removal of slavery exception from Ohio Constitution

BY: - June 19, 2020

An Ohio senator says he will be introducing a resolution to remove an existing piece of the Ohio Constitution that allows slavery as punishment for a crime.  State Sen. Cecil Thomas, D-Avondale, did not give a timeline for the introduction of the resolution, but announced his intention on Juneteenth, which commemorates June 19, 1865, when […]

Census responses are lower in poorer areas. Here’s what Ohio is doing about it.

BY: - June 19, 2020

Will the rich get richer? If census data collection ended today, they would. With few exceptions in Ohio, you can predict a county’s census response rate just by looking at how well-off its citizens are financially. Poorer counties tend to have much lower response rates than richer ones. With so much on the line — […]

Despite big predictions, not much state legal action against drug middlemen

BY: - June 19, 2020

There was a lot of talk by state officials about reigning in prescription middlemen working for the state. But on the legal front, there hasn’t been a lot of action. In February, 2019, as Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced his office would move against one company  accused of bilking the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, […]

Mayors pledge police reform, racial inequity efforts

BY: - June 19, 2020

Mayors from across Ohio said they are already implementing plans to address racial bias and increase police relations in their cities.  The Ohio Mayors Alliance said a Police Reform Support Network will be formed to take recommendations on changes to police and community efforts, and “focus on turning these ideas into action by supporting policy […]

Senate GOP unveils police reform bill that draws Democratic rebukes

BY: - June 19, 2020

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans unveiled a police reform bill Wednesday that takes a markedly different approach to police reform efforts backed by congressional Democrats. The Senate GOP bill would incentivize police departments to ban chokeholds, increase the use of body-worn cameras, improve training in de-escalation tactics and take prior records into greater account when making […]

Supreme Court rejects Trump administration challenge to DACA

BY: - June 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday salvaged an Obama-era program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young, unauthorized immigrants known as “Dreamers” to remain in the country without immediate fear of deportation. In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberal wing in finding that the Trump administration […]

Weekly unemployment claims in Ohio drop for seventh straight week

BY: - June 18, 2020

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) put out its latest jobless claims for the week ending June 13, with 32,788 more filed, marking the seventh straight week of declining jobless claims in Ohio. That brings the total number of jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last 13 weeks to 1,360,631, which […]

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Legislature considering lowering standards for armed teachers despite failed history of legislation

BY: - June 18, 2020

A piece of legislation that would reduce the amount of training needed to arm teachers in schools has a long history of similar attempts and varied interpretations of Ohio law. Senate Bill 317 is currently sitting in the Government Oversight and Reform committee, the chair of which, state Sen. Bill Coley, is the bill’s sponsor. […]