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Laura A. Bischoff

Laura Bischoff has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 1995 and focuses on state and federal government.  She has been assigned to the Statehouse bureau since 2001 and has broken stories on the public pension funds, Ohio State University, Ohio Medicaid and politicians of all stripes.  Her work has earned her a number of state and national reporting honors.  Prior to her current assignment, Bischoff worked as a business reporter and covered Dayton city hall. She previously covered local government for the Flint (Mich.) Journal. Bischoff was raised in Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  She lives in Worthington with her husband and two sons.

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Governor candidates DeWine, Cordray lay out economic plans for Dayton business leaders
 The two men running to be governor — Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine — each made the case Thursday that Ohio needs to address the workforce development gap with a full-spectrum of training programs. “This is really a tragedy that we have in the state of Ohio that we have many people who want to work but...

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The two men running to be governor — Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine — each made the case Thursday that Ohio needs to address the workforce development gap with a full-spectrum of training programs. “This is really a tragedy that we have in the state of Ohio that we have many people who want to work but...
Juvenile conviction can prevent someone from owning a gun as an adult, Ohio Supreme Court rules
 In a 6-1 ruling issued Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court said that a juvenile conviction can be used to keep an adult from legally owning or possessing a firearm. In 1994, at age 16 Anthony Carnes was convicted in juvenile court of felonious assault for punching another teen in the mouth, knocking out four teeth. RELATED: 3-D gun debate:...

Posted: 17 hours ago

In a 6-1 ruling issued Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court said that a juvenile conviction can be used to keep an adult from legally owning or possessing a firearm. In 1994, at age 16 Anthony Carnes was convicted in juvenile court of felonious assault for punching another teen in the mouth, knocking out four teeth. RELATED: 3-D gun debate:...
How did ex-deputy Ohio treasurer pull off a massive kickback scheme?
 Five years ago, federal officials indicted Ohio’s deputy state treasurer Amer Ahmad in the biggest kickback scheme in the history of state government — a bizarre case that included Ahmad’s international flight from justice, a diary titled “Journey to Freedom: Who said escaping injustice would be easy?,” more...

Posted: 23 hours ago

Five years ago, federal officials indicted Ohio’s deputy state treasurer Amer Ahmad in the biggest kickback scheme in the history of state government — a bizarre case that included Ahmad’s international flight from justice, a diary titled “Journey to Freedom: Who said escaping injustice would be easy?,” more...
President Trump coming to Ohio next week
 President Donald Trump will make his second political trip to Ohio in less than a month when he headlines the Ohio Republican Party’s state dinner in Columbus on Aug. 24. Ohio GOP Chairwoman Jane Murphy Timken announced Wednesday that the president will speak at the party fundraiser where tickets start at $250 per person. Trump held...

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President Donald Trump will make his second political trip to Ohio in less than a month when he headlines the Ohio Republican Party’s state dinner in Columbus on Aug. 24. Ohio GOP Chairwoman Jane Murphy Timken announced Wednesday that the president will speak at the party fundraiser where tickets start at $250 per person. Trump held...
Ohio to offer safety grants for bulletproof vests for police
 Attorney General Mike DeWine is teaming up with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to provide grants of up to $40,000 to police agencies to purchase protective vests for their officers. The new grant program comes as DeWine faces criticism from BCI agents, who complain their vests are past the manufacturer’s warranty dates. The...

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Attorney General Mike DeWine is teaming up with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to provide grants of up to $40,000 to police agencies to purchase protective vests for their officers. The new grant program comes as DeWine faces criticism from BCI agents, who complain their vests are past the manufacturer’s warranty dates. The...
Ford CEO to talk about smart mobility at Ohio summit
 Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Jim Hackett will give a keynote talk next month in Columbus at a Midwestern Governors Association summit on smart technologies. Republican Gov. John Kasich, the outgoing chair of the association, is hosting the summit to focus on how Midwestern states can capitalize on emerging and advanced technologies to position...

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Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Jim Hackett will give a keynote talk next month in Columbus at a Midwestern Governors Association summit on smart technologies. Republican Gov. John Kasich, the outgoing chair of the association, is hosting the summit to focus on how Midwestern states can capitalize on emerging and advanced technologies to position...
How much might Urban Meyer investigation cost Ohio State?
 Nothing is free, and that certainly goes for investigations of a football coach by a public entity.  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine granted firm Debevoise and Plimpton a budget of up to $500,000 to investigate how football coach Urban Meyer and others in the Ohio State department of athletics handled domestic abuse allegations...

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Nothing is free, and that certainly goes for investigations of a football coach by a public entity.  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine granted firm Debevoise and Plimpton a budget of up to $500,000 to investigate how football coach Urban Meyer and others in the Ohio State department of athletics handled domestic abuse allegations...
Ohio Supreme Court kicks kidney dialysis issue off the November ballot
 The Ohio Supreme Court delivered a knock out punch to a statewide ballot issue regarding kidney dialysis, ruling the petitions submitted to get on the November ballot invalid. In a 7-0 decision released Monday, the court determined that the petition circulators failed to file the proper forms before collecting voter signatures, as required...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Ohio Supreme Court delivered a knock out punch to a statewide ballot issue regarding kidney dialysis, ruling the petitions submitted to get on the November ballot invalid. In a 7-0 decision released Monday, the court determined that the petition circulators failed to file the proper forms before collecting voter signatures, as required...
Ohio State center of 2 high-profile investigations
 Just weeks after Dr. Michael V. Drake took over as president of Ohio State University, he faced an investigative report showing that wildly successful director of the OSU marching band turned a blind eye to a culture of sexual harassment and hazing. In July 2014, Drake fired OSU band director Jon Waters – a move that led to lawsuits...

Posted: 4 days ago

Just weeks after Dr. Michael V. Drake took over as president of Ohio State University, he faced an investigative report showing that wildly successful director of the OSU marching band turned a blind eye to a culture of sexual harassment and hazing. In July 2014, Drake fired OSU band director Jon Waters – a move that led to lawsuits...
Ohio medical marijuana: Where do things stand now, and what comes next?
 Marijuana products for Ohioans with a medical need were supposed to be on dispensary shelves in less than a month. Though that deadline won’t be met, state officials say the new program remains on track, just moving slower than outlined in the law Gov. John Kasich signed in June 2016.  The program authorizes use by patients with...

Posted: 5 days ago

Marijuana products for Ohioans with a medical need were supposed to be on dispensary shelves in less than a month. Though that deadline won’t be met, state officials say the new program remains on track, just moving slower than outlined in the law Gov. John Kasich signed in June 2016.  The program authorizes use by patients with...
Medical marijuana will be ready for testing in Ohio by end of year, company says
 With a month to go before Ohio’s new medical marijuana industry was supposed to be fully operational, state officials and business owners are finding the start up is taking longer than expected. In June, pharmacy officials announced 56 dispensary licenses where medical marijuana would be sold but it’s unclear when and how much...

Posted: 6 days ago

With a month to go before Ohio’s new medical marijuana industry was supposed to be fully operational, state officials and business owners are finding the start up is taking longer than expected. In June, pharmacy officials announced 56 dispensary licenses where medical marijuana would be sold but it’s unclear when and how much...