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2021 saw record fatal ODs, gun deaths, car crashes in Ohio over 15 years, data shows

BY: - September 23, 2022

Last year saw the highest numbers of fatal overdoses, gun deaths, homicides, and motor vehicle fatalities among Ohioans over the last 15 years, according to data from the state health department. It was also the third-worst year on record for suicide deaths of Ohioans, just off the high mark set in 2018. Taken together, the […]

‘Incredibly disappointing:’ Gov. DeWine, Vance say no to debates

BY: - September 22, 2022

Republicans running for the U.S. senate and governor’s office in Ohio declined to face their opponents in a debate, organizers announced Wednesday. Both incumbent Gov. Mike DeWine and U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance will not appear at the planned October forums hosted by the Ohio Debate Commission, an independent outfit with ties to media around […]

GOP officials and a collegiate political scandal could nix Dem’s ballot slot in SE Ohio

BY: - September 21, 2022

An Athens County Democrat filed a lawsuit last week asking the Ohio Supreme Court to reverse a decision by the Republican Secretary of State and allow her onto the ballot in a southeast Ohio House district. The story of the ballot fight includes a scandal in Ohio University’s Student Senate, a primary election delayed by […]

Amid rising energy costs, Ohio aggregator dumps its 550,000 electric customers

BY: - September 19, 2022

Citing a foreign invasion in Europe, economic inflation, and hot weather, a northeast Ohio electric aggregator is dumping its 550,000 customers. The aggregator, the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC), said it’s taking reasonable steps to shield its customers from electric prices that have doubled in the past year and could double again this winter. […]

Appellate court resurrects OSU lawsuit over serial predator it employed

BY: - September 15, 2022

A panel of judges resurrected a lawsuit against Ohio State University brought by sex abuse victims who allege the school knew of and covered up the serial predation of a physician it employed. In a split ruling from the judges on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals released Wednesday, Judge Karen Nelson Moore writing for […]

Analysis: Only 1 in 4 Statehouse races will be competitive under new redistricting plan

BY: - September 15, 2022

  On the first run of Ohio’s new legislative redistricting system, as few as one in four races are likely to produce competitive general elections, a new analysis shows. All 99 seats in the Ohio House and 17 of 33 Senate seats are up this year. Of those 116 races, just 30 will take place […]

A crackdown didn’t stop this payday lender from cashing in on poor Ohioans

BY: - September 12, 2022

A Canton man borrowed $300 just as businesses began to close in the pandemic. He said he paid $780 on the loan with another $300 due. A Miamisburg woman said she has paid back $1,400 on a $1,000 loan and still owes more than $700. A Patsakala man said he paid off his $300 loan […]

Supreme Court to rule on whether those accused of crimes can carry guns

BY: - September 12, 2022

The Ohio Supreme Court will soon decide whether to overturn a state law that prohibits people accused of violent crimes from possessing guns. In 2017, authorities indicted a man named Delvonte Philpotts on accusations of rape, kidnapping and assault. While released on bond, Philpotts posted several photos on social media depicting himself carrying and wielding […]

Ohio State employed a serial sex abuser. Its fight with his victims lives on

BY: - September 6, 2022

As Ohio State University came to publicly acknowledge that a physician it employed abused hundreds of students over two decades, it also waged several high-stakes legal and political fights against some of his victims to narrow their path to financial damages, an Ohio Capital Journal investigation has found. In state and federal courtrooms and behind […]

Judge says lender created a ‘legal fiction’ to skirt payday loan reforms

BY: - September 1, 2022

A Franklin County municipal court judge last week rebuffed a “legal fiction” she said was concocted to evade Ohio’s new payday lending law and ruled against a company seeking to collect the debt. Judge Jodi Thomas, in what she indicated is one of the first major decisions under Ohio’s 2018 payday lending reform, ruled that […]

State government may soon kill a solar project in the governor’s backyard

BY: - August 31, 2022

Solar energy developers are facing peril after state officials recommended against granting them a permit to build a solar farm in Greene County capable of powering an estimated 34,000 homes per year. Opposition from local governments, primarily concerned about the rural aesthetics of the area, trump the Kingwood Solar’s signed leases with landowners, the payroll […]

DeWine ducks Whaley’s call for debate

BY: - August 29, 2022

Nan Whaley wants a debate with the governor. But will Mike DeWine go toe to toe with his Democratic challenger? He repeatedly avoided a clear answer on the subject Friday. “We’ll see. I suspect there will be joint appearances that some of the newspapers will be having, those will be available to people to watch […]