Bill would allow Ohio drivers to be pulled over for cell phone use

BY: - January 15, 2020

A Democratic Ohio House member introduced legislation Tuesday that would make using cell phones while driving a primary offense, meaning law enforcement would be able to pull over drivers they observe using them. Currently, this is a secondary offense, meaning the driver would have to be pulled over for a separate offense before being dinged […]

World War movies, Ohio Republican Party endorsements, childbirth and the 2020 election

BY: - January 14, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: World War movies. I saw both 1917 and Jojo Rabbit this weekend. 1917 is unlike almost any other […]

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Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus sets 2020 goals for reproductive rights, health

BY: - January 14, 2020

Just weeks after the birth of her twin daughters in 2004, state Rep. Erica Crawley, D-Columbus, went to an emergency room with severe abdominal pain. At the time, she was breastfeeding her girls, and was still recovering from the trauma of their emergency C-section. She sat in the waiting room for hours in pain. She […]

DeWine’s leadership role with key Appalachian group welcome news around Ohio

BY: - January 14, 2020

Just how important is the Appalachian Regional Commission? There’s an old line that Andy Kuhn believes sums it all up: “A toilet doesn’t flush in rural America or rural Appalachia without ARC funds.” That’s how critical the Commission is to infrastructure advancement, the executive director of the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority declared. It is big […]

Lawsuit claims state stonewalled request for documents on drugs used in capital punishment

BY: - January 14, 2020

An attorney claimed the state has stonewalled her public records request, for the second time since 2016, seeking documents on drugs Ohio uses for capital punishment. Elizabeth Och, a Denver attorney, alleged to the Ohio Supreme Court in November that the state Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has failed to respond outright to a July […]

New programs to help Ohioans receive job training

BY: - January 13, 2020

New programs meant to offer job training opportunities to Ohioans are established with the signing of House Bill 2. Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and other state economics officials were on-hand for a signing ceremony Monday at a machine shop in Bluffton. HB2, sponsored by state Reps. Jon Cross, R-Kenton, and Michele Lepore-Hagan, […]

‘Loophole’ for failing charter schools blocked by state

BY: - January 13, 2020

Failing charters rejected.’s Patrick O’Donnell is reporting, “The Ohio Department of Education has blocked a ‘loophole’ that would have given millions in tax dollars to charter schools with bad grades by using another. “The department on Friday announced the 63 charter schools that did qualify to share in the $30 million fund that Gov. Mike DeWine and the […]

State data shows 25,600 homeless students in Ohio. That number has been increasing annually. 

BY: - January 13, 2020

On any given weekday, about 25,600 homeless students — 1.5% of all enrollees — walked into Ohio’s K-12 schools, according to state data from the 2018-2019 school year. Thirteen years ago, it was 7,560, or 0.5% of enrolled students. The data comes from the Ohio Department of Education, which is required under the 1987 McKinney-Vento […]

Meet the candidates vying for an influential utilities commission seat

BY: - January 13, 2020

One is a lawyer for a public utility in Northern Michigan. Another is a private consultant who assists utility companies in building solar and wind farms. There are also IT specialists, a finance manager, a health education specialist, a counselor and even a historian who says he wants the job to pay off personal debts. […]

U.S. House to vote on upending DeVos student loan forgiveness policy

BY: - January 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on a resolution that would overturn a federal rule that critics say guts protections for defrauded student loan borrowers. The resolution — led by Nevada Democratic Rep. Susie Lee — expresses congressional disapproval of the so-called borrower defense rule, which was revised by President […]

U.S. House votes to crack down on toxic chemicals; Trump threatens veto

BY: - January 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Friday to pass a comprehensive legislative package that would crack down on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of chemicals known as PFAS that are said to cause serious health problems. Used in tape, nonstick pans and other everyday substances, PFAS have been linked to cancer, decreased fertility, developmental […]

Lara Trump rallies supporters in Columbus ahead of president’s Toledo visit

BY: - January 10, 2020

As far as appetizers go, David Ensinger reasoned, this speech would make for a good one. This shaped up to be a good week for the Sunbury conservative — he’d see Lara Trump on Wednesday, then the commander in chief himself on Thursday at a rally in Toledo.  “The man is a genius,” Ensinger said […]