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After GOP attorney general intervenes, Democrats represent themselves in redistricting court filings

BY: - January 28, 2022

They say a man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client. Maneuvering by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, meanwhile, has all but forced ranking Democrats into the unenviable position of representing themselves in filings to the Ohio Supreme Court in a high stakes lawsuit that establishes political districts for Ohio’s elections […]

Ohio leads nation in COVID-19 deaths over last week

BY: - January 28, 2022

Ohio led the nation in COVID-19 deaths over the last seven days. The finding, per a New York Times tracker of federal data, belies the good news that infections and hospitalizations caused by the new coronavirus have trended downward over the course of the first month of 2022 in Ohio and around the U.S. Death […]

Feds expect Householder trial to take six weeks; could occur this fall

BY: - January 27, 2022

Federal prosecutors indicated Wednesday they expect the public corruption trial of former House Speaker Larry Householder will take about six weeks and could occur sometime this coming fall. Attorneys representing Householder and an alleged co-conspirator generally agreed a trial would take six weeks to leave time for jury selection and the parties to make their […]

DeWine made written policy ‘promises’ to the gun lobby. Will he keep them?

BY: - January 26, 2022

In 2018, Gov. Mike DeWine told the gun lobby, in writing, that he’d deliver as governor on two major firearms bills if they reached his desk. One expanded the use of lethal force in self defense. The other allowed Ohio adults to carry concealed weapons without training or a background check. About a year later, […]

Errors, deception preceded deadly nursing home covid outbreaks, inspections show

BY: - January 25, 2022

Regulators found infection control violations in at least three dozen Ohio nursing homes placed the health and safety of patients in “immediate jeopardy” during the COVID pandemic, an Ohio Capital Journal investigation has found. Between allowing nurses with active COVID-19 infections to report for their care duties, placing infected residents in shared rooms with uninfected […]

Ohio’s pandemic politics cast long shadow over omicron surge

BY: - January 21, 2022

After a severe bout of COVID-19 put him in the ICU and left him with significant respiratory systems, Dr. Emily Amin’s patient had questions about getting vaccinated. Most of the COVID-19 patients Amin treats at the Wexner Medical Center are either vaccinated but manage an immune-compromising condition, or unvaccinated. In an interview, Amin recounted how […]

FirstEnergy collected $460 million from customers; auditor unsure if it was spent on bribes

BY: - January 18, 2022

There’s no clear evidence to show the $460 million FirstEnergy Corp. charged its customers went to its stated purpose of modernizing the electric grid, a state-commissioned audit found. After three years of FirstEnergy collecting hundreds of millions via the “Distribution Modernization Rider,” a 2019 Ohio Supreme Court ruling blocked the company from continuing to apply […]

Meet the anti-vax doctor who just won a local school board race

BY: - January 14, 2022

For most the pandemic, Dr. Elizabeth Laffay, a licensed doctor of osteopathic medicine, worked from the outside in. She told state lawmakers that vaccines kill; she touted dubious COVID-19 treatments like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine on talk radio; she stormed a Big Lots with a small and barefaced crowd to protest its mask requirement; and she […]

Ohioans spent $211 million subsidizing two coal plants over last two years

BY: - January 12, 2022

Electric customers across Ohio collectively spent an estimated $211 million via add-on bill charges over the last two years to cover for losses from two coal-fired power plants that continue to bleed millions annually, according to new data from state regulators. The money to the Ohio Valley Electric Corp. (OVEC) — an entity comprised of […]

Ohio is 2nd in nation for COVID-19 deaths over last week

BY: - January 7, 2022

Ohio is second in the nation per capita in terms of the reported COVID-19 death rate over the last seven days, according to a database from The New York Times. Only Wyoming experienced a higher rate of COVID-19 deaths over the past week, the data shows. Nearly 30,000 Ohioans have died of COVID-19, including some […]

Hitting cops, roaming the Senate, smoking pot: DOJ says Ohioans were everywhere Jan. 6

BY: - January 6, 2022

In the big picture of the insurrection, the criminal charges against Alexander Sheppard are unremarkable. Federal prosecutors say Sheppard arrived in Washington D.C. from Powell, Ohio after posting on Facebook that the election was “RIGGED.” He faces five charges, including disorderly conduct in a Capitol building. He wasn’t accused of violence or destruction, but of […]

Dayton utility asks regulators to make electric shutoffs easier

BY: - January 4, 2022

A Dayton area utility company has asked state regulators to relax the rules around shutting off power to customers who are behind on their electric bills. State regulations require utility companies, after filing written notices with customers who owe them money, to send an employee to make a final house call before cutting their power. […]