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Coalition leaders say GOP redistricting plan wont fix Ohio gerrymandering

(January 22, 2018) — Critics of a recently introduced Republican congressional redistricting plan came together Monday to make their case against it, saying it could worsen gerrymandering.

State sets up online resources for ECOT students, parents

(January 19, 2018) — In the wake of a Thursday night vote in which ECOT’s sponsor voted to shut down the online school, the Ohio Department of Education is offering assistance to affected students and their families.

Ohio Democratic lawmaker going after revenge porn

(January 18, 2018) — When Katelyn Bowden was told by an acquaintance on Facebook that intimate photos of her were posted on a widely available website, she thought that going to the police would help.

Advocates: State LGBT anti-discrimination law would help Ohio business

(January 17, 2018) — A recently released report places Ohio in the lowest possible category for LGBT anti-discrimination laws — a ranking that advocates say could be improved with the passage of an anti-discrimination bill.

Ohio Senate, House now have both banned abortions for Down syndrome

(November 15, 2017) — The House and Senate have now both passed bills that would ban abortions because the fetus might have Down syndrome.

Bill to ban Down syndrome abortions in Ohio headed to full Senate

(November 14, 2017) — Despite not receiving a party-line vote, the Ohio Senate version of a bill that would ban abortions if the unborn child has Down syndrome moved one step closer to being signed into law.

Should Ohio keep softer high school graduation requirements?

(November 13, 2017) — Faced with a host of students who might not get their diplomas, the Ohio’s state school board backed off tougher graduation requirements for this year’s high school seniors.

Todays veterans photographed with Civil War technology

(November 12, 2017) — Todd Garland stared down the camera with a stern look, blinking violently as the camera’s flash reverberated around the studio.

DeWine awards grants to Ohio veterans organizations

(November 9, 2017) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office is awarding $971,000 in grants to Ohio veterans’ organizations.

Republicans join effort to abolish death penalty in Ohio

(November 5, 2017) — With another execution looming next week in Ohio, a Democratic lawmaker is pushing a bill that would eliminate the death penalty in the Buckeye State.

Ohio House bans Down syndrome abortions, hears Heartbeat Bill

(November 2, 2017) — After a lengthy, emotional debate, the Ohio House approved a controversial bill Wednesday that would ban abortions in cases in which the fetus might have Down syndrome.

Bill to ban Down-syndrome abortions set for Ohio House vote Wednesday

(October 31, 2017) — A bill that would ban abortions sought because the fetus might have Down syndrome is scheduled to be voted on by the Ohio House Wednesday afternoon, and its likely passage would put it a step closer to becoming another state law limiting abortions.

Ohio House panel OKs ban on abortions for Down syndrome

(October 25, 2017) — In the past seven years, the Ohio legislature and Gov. John Kasich have enacted 19 bills chipping away at abortion rights.

Democrats propose universal health-care coverage for Ohio

(October 24, 2017) — State lawmakers are proposing legislation that would give health insurance to all Ohioans.

Parole Board urges no clemency for Franklin County murderer

(October 20, 2017) — The Ohio Parole Board recommended that Gov. John Kasich deny clemency to a Franklin County man who is scheduled to be executed next month.

Crew SC: Area lawmakers differ on state money for Downtown soccer stadium

(October 18, 2017) — Local state lawmakers don’t want to see the Columbus Crew SC leave, but they differ on the lengths they are willing to go to keep the team in town after owners announced their intent to relocate if they don’t get a new, Downtown stadium.

3 of 4 high school seniors on track to meet Ohio graduation requirements

(October 17, 2017) — About three-fourth of Ohio high school seniors are on track to earn a diploma in the spring, but more likely will graduate thanks to new, softer standards for the class of 2018.

Luncheon spreads message that not all offenders fit in same basket

(October 17, 2017) — Marcia White is neither proud nor ashamed that she killed her abusive husband.

“It is an unfortunate fact about my life, but nonetheless, I did commit a violent act,” White said.

Cyberbullying victim seeks awareness day in Ohio

(October 10, 2017) — When Britain Bennett started getting cyberbullied as a high school sophomore, she tried to laugh it off.

Right to Life leader wins support for state medical board reappointment

(October 3, 2017) — Despite complaints from abortion-rights supporters, Ohio Right to Life President Michael Gonidakis is one step closer to getting another five-year term on the State Medical Board.