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Dayton woman convicted in 1994 teen slaying to be freed Christmas Day
 Tyra Patterson, a Dayton woman who has garnered international support for her claims of innocence, will walk out of state prison as a free woman on Christmas Day, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The Ohio Parole Board voted in October to grant release for Patterson, now 42. She is currently being held at...

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Tyra Patterson, a Dayton woman who has garnered international support for her claims of innocence, will walk out of state prison as a free woman on Christmas Day, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The Ohio Parole Board voted in October to grant release for Patterson, now 42. She is currently being held at...
Ohio bill seeks to stop shops from installing unsafe used tires
 Shops that install bald, punctured, bulging or otherwise unsafe tires on cars and trucks could face penalties and lawsuits, according to a bill passed 31-1 by the Ohio Senate. Current law bars motorists from driving on unsafe tires. The bill from state Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Hudson, would also make it illegal for businesses to install unsafe...

8:18 PM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Shops that install bald, punctured, bulging or otherwise unsafe tires on cars and trucks could face penalties and lawsuits, according to a bill passed 31-1 by the Ohio Senate. Current law bars motorists from driving on unsafe tires. The bill from state Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Hudson, would also make it illegal for businesses to install unsafe...
State regulators defend medical marijuana program despite controversy
 Under fire by losers in the medical marijuana growing sweepstakes, the Ohio Department of Commerce spent nearly an hour Thursday issuing a full-throated defense for how it reviewed, scored and judged 109 applications for a dozen large-scale grower licenses. “Was this process fair and thorough and impartial? Absolutely,” Commerce...

6:11 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Under fire by losers in the medical marijuana growing sweepstakes, the Ohio Department of Commerce spent nearly an hour Thursday issuing a full-throated defense for how it reviewed, scored and judged 109 applications for a dozen large-scale grower licenses. “Was this process fair and thorough and impartial? Absolutely,” Commerce...
Controversy, legal threats mar Ohio’s medical pot launch
 With the announcement last month that 12 sites — including one in Yellow Springs and another one in Springfield — would receive large-scale grower licenses, Ohio regulators took perhaps their biggest step yet in launching the state’s multi-billion medical marijuana industry. But the fight over who wins and loses may be far...

3:22 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

With the announcement last month that 12 sites — including one in Yellow Springs and another one in Springfield — would receive large-scale grower licenses, Ohio regulators took perhaps their biggest step yet in launching the state’s multi-billion medical marijuana industry. But the fight over who wins and loses may be far...
Autopsy records from Pike County killings can be withheld, court rules
 The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday that autopsy records in the 2016 Pike County murders may be withheld from the public until the homicide investigation is closed. The 4-3 ruling comes in a case filed by the Cincinnati Enquirer and Columbus Dispatch against the Pike County Coroner’s office. The newspapers were seeking release of...

2:54 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday that autopsy records in the 2016 Pike County murders may be withheld from the public until the homicide investigation is closed. The 4-3 ruling comes in a case filed by the Cincinnati Enquirer and Columbus Dispatch against the Pike County Coroner’s office. The newspapers were seeking release of...
Ohio Senate votes to ban abortions if Down syndrome diagnosed
 The Ohio Senate voted 20-12 in favor of a bill that would make it a crime for doctors to perform abortions on women who want to terminate their pregnancies because Down syndrome has been detected. The bill, which already cleared the Ohio House on a 64-31 vote on Nov. 30, will now go to Gov. John Kasich for consideration. The latest ban comes...

2:41 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

The Ohio Senate voted 20-12 in favor of a bill that would make it a crime for doctors to perform abortions on women who want to terminate their pregnancies because Down syndrome has been detected. The bill, which already cleared the Ohio House on a 64-31 vote on Nov. 30, will now go to Gov. John Kasich for consideration. The latest ban comes...
Report questions $1.8 million paid by WSU to consultant
 The Ohio Inspector General’s office Tuesday said it flagged as questionable about $1.8 million of the $2.3 million Wright State University paid economic development consultant Ron Wine and sent a 20-page report on the findings to the Greene County prosecutor’s office and state auditor for review. But an attorney for Wine, who...

4:46 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

The Ohio Inspector General’s office Tuesday said it flagged as questionable about $1.8 million of the $2.3 million Wright State University paid economic development consultant Ron Wine and sent a 20-page report on the findings to the Greene County prosecutor’s office and state auditor for review. But an attorney for Wine, who...
5 things to know about effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio
 Two men who put the question of marijuana legalization before Ohio voters in 2015 plan to do it again in 2018. Backers of the new marijuana issue say they’ll write the amendment and seek approval in early January to begin collecting the required 306,000 valid voter signatures by July 4. They said their “free market adult consumption...

11:47 PM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Two men who put the question of marijuana legalization before Ohio voters in 2015 plan to do it again in 2018. Backers of the new marijuana issue say they’ll write the amendment and seek approval in early January to begin collecting the required 306,000 valid voter signatures by July 4. They said their “free market adult consumption...
Should Ohio legalize recreational marijuana? Voters may decide in 2018.
 Ohio voters could decide in 2018 to legalize marijuana for recreational use if supporters of a constitutional amendment are able to get the issue on the November ballot. Cincinnati businessman Jimmy Gould and his business partner Ian James of Coumbus, the driving force behind the 2015 marijuana legalization issue that voters rejected by nearly...

12:57 AM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Ohio voters could decide in 2018 to legalize marijuana for recreational use if supporters of a constitutional amendment are able to get the issue on the November ballot. Cincinnati businessman Jimmy Gould and his business partner Ian James of Coumbus, the driving force behind the 2015 marijuana legalization issue that voters rejected by nearly...
Bill in Ohio House seeks to give judges more say in bail decisions
 Efforts to reform Ohio’s bail laws appear to be gathering steam in Columbus as groups on both sides of the aisle call for changes. Roughly 57 percent of inmates in Ohio jails are not there serving a sentence but instead awaiting trial, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction data. Ohio courts should look at...

8:31 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Efforts to reform Ohio’s bail laws appear to be gathering steam in Columbus as groups on both sides of the aisle call for changes. Roughly 57 percent of inmates in Ohio jails are not there serving a sentence but instead awaiting trial, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction data. Ohio courts should look at...
Should Ohio legalize recreational marijuana? Issue could be heading back to voters
 New information: We just got the details of the proposed marijuana constitutional amendment that may face Ohio voters in 2018. Get the details here. Earlier story: Ohioans may be voting again on full legalization of marijuana. Jimmy Gould, a backer of the 2015 statewide ballot issue, is expected to announce Monday that he...

8:10 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

New information: We just got the details of the proposed marijuana constitutional amendment that may face Ohio voters in 2018. Get the details here. Earlier story: Ohioans may be voting again on full legalization of marijuana. Jimmy Gould, a backer of the 2015 statewide ballot issue, is expected to announce Monday that he...
A look back: A year ago today, we lost an American hero
 A year ago today, Ohio and the world mourned the death of astronaut and statesman John H. Glenn, Jr. He was 95. Here are some quick facts about Glenn, a hero to many Ohioans and many more people throughout the world. 1) He grew up in small-town Ohio, married his childhood sweetheart in 1943 and served as a fighter pilot in two wars. Related...

11:00 AM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

A year ago today, Ohio and the world mourned the death of astronaut and statesman John H. Glenn, Jr. He was 95. Here are some quick facts about Glenn, a hero to many Ohioans and many more people throughout the world. 1) He grew up in small-town Ohio, married his childhood sweetheart in 1943 and served as a fighter pilot in two wars. Related...
Controversial Ohio Justice O’Neill to step down from bench on Jan. 26 and run for governor
 Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill will resign from the court Jan. 26, according to a letter he sent Friday to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who accepted the resignation.   Kasich, a Republican, will pick a successor to O’Neill, who is the court’s only Democrat. No timetable has been set, but a spokesman for Kasich...

5:23 AM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill will resign from the court Jan. 26, according to a letter he sent Friday to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who accepted the resignation.   Kasich, a Republican, will pick a successor to O’Neill, who is the court’s only Democrat. No timetable has been set, but a spokesman for Kasich...
Ethics investigation shows state worker solicited payment from vendor
 The chief information officer at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services solicited $37,000 from a vendor that has been paid nearly $250 million by the state since 2010, according to a new report by Ohio Inspector General Randy Meyer. Stuart Davis solicited the payment from CGI Technologies and Solutions, Inc. to sponsor Davis&rsquo...

8:33 PM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

The chief information officer at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services solicited $37,000 from a vendor that has been paid nearly $250 million by the state since 2010, according to a new report by Ohio Inspector General Randy Meyer. Stuart Davis solicited the payment from CGI Technologies and Solutions, Inc. to sponsor Davis&rsquo...
State auditor: Drug dealer scored applications for Ohio pot sites
 Just days after Ohio awarded a dozen companies licenses to grow medical marijuana, charges are being leveled that the scoring process was tainted and an investigation should be conducted. Media reports revealed that iCann, a consulting company hired under $150,000 contract with the Ohio Department of Commerce to help score the applications...

4:48 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

Just days after Ohio awarded a dozen companies licenses to grow medical marijuana, charges are being leveled that the scoring process was tainted and an investigation should be conducted. Media reports revealed that iCann, a consulting company hired under $150,000 contract with the Ohio Department of Commerce to help score the applications...
Undocumented workers may be denied worker comp benefits in Ohio
 The Ohio House voted 62-30 on Tuesday in favor of legislation that would block undocumented workers injured on the job from collecting workers’ compensation benefits. Sponsors of the bill, state Reps. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, and Larry Householder, R-Glenford, say the bill sends a message that Ohio doesn’t support illegal immigration...

7:25 PM Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017

The Ohio House voted 62-30 on Tuesday in favor of legislation that would block undocumented workers injured on the job from collecting workers’ compensation benefits. Sponsors of the bill, state Reps. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, and Larry Householder, R-Glenford, say the bill sends a message that Ohio doesn’t support illegal immigration...
Ohio lawmakers could mandate students learn cursive handwriting again
 Some Ohio lawmakers want elementary school students to be able to print letters by the third grade and write documents in “legible cursive handwriting” by the time they finish fifth grade. The Ohio House could vote Dec. 5 on a bill to require a return of teaching cursive writing In February, Ohio House Education Committee...

6:10 PM Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017

Some Ohio lawmakers want elementary school students to be able to print letters by the third grade and write documents in “legible cursive handwriting” by the time they finish fifth grade. The Ohio House could vote Dec. 5 on a bill to require a return of teaching cursive writing In February, Ohio House Education Committee...
Cordray launches run for governor; holding event in Dayton Wednesday
 Surrounded by friends and family and a pack of journalists, Democrat Richard Cordray launched his 2018 bid for Ohio governor in a local diner in his hometown in suburban Columbus on Tuesday, promising to focus on kitchen table issues. The question is, will Democrats in Ohio see him as their best hope against a Republican field of familiar...

3:26 PM Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017

Surrounded by friends and family and a pack of journalists, Democrat Richard Cordray launched his 2018 bid for Ohio governor in a local diner in his hometown in suburban Columbus on Tuesday, promising to focus on kitchen table issues. The question is, will Democrats in Ohio see him as their best hope against a Republican field of familiar...
State approves money for dump cleanup in Dayton
 The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will pay Rumpke of Ohio $500,000 to clean up soda, beer and wine stockpiled over the past two years in warehouses, trailers, tanks and outside of a property on Deeds Avenue in Dayton. The Ohio Controlling Board on Monday approved a request from the Ohio EPA for the clean-up contract without debate...

9:07 PM Monday, Dec. 04, 2017

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will pay Rumpke of Ohio $500,000 to clean up soda, beer and wine stockpiled over the past two years in warehouses, trailers, tanks and outside of a property on Deeds Avenue in Dayton. The Ohio Controlling Board on Monday approved a request from the Ohio EPA for the clean-up contract without debate...
Democratic governor candidates debate jobs, taxes, education issues
 Four Democrats running for governor in 2018 debated issues such as jobs, taxes, education and roads on Monday but looming off stage was a major development: Richard Cordray scheduled his gubernatorial campaign announcement for Tuesday in his hometown of Grove City. Cordray, who stepped down last month as director of the federal Consumer Financial...

6:41 PM Sunday, Dec. 03, 2017

Four Democrats running for governor in 2018 debated issues such as jobs, taxes, education and roads on Monday but looming off stage was a major development: Richard Cordray scheduled his gubernatorial campaign announcement for Tuesday in his hometown of Grove City. Cordray, who stepped down last month as director of the federal Consumer Financial...
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