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  • Bill to shrink controlling boards power meets criticism in House committee
  • Sam Howard
    Northeast Ohio Media Group
  • (January 28, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — Less than six months after he voted to approve $2.5 billion worth of Medicaid expansion in Ohio, State Sen. Chris Widener told a House committee Tuesday that the State Controlling Board shouldn’t be saddled with those kinds of high-stakes appropriations.

  • Ariel Castro-inspired bill passes through Ohio House
  • Sam Howard
    Northeast Ohio Media Group
  • (January 15, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A bill inspired by Cleveland’s Ariel Castro and passed unanimously Wednesday in the Ohio House of Representatives would prevent men from suing for parental rights to children fathered as a result of rape or sexual battery.

  • Husted, voting rights groups settle on Motor Voter Act case
  • Sam Howard
    Northeast Ohio Media Group
  • (January 13, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state of Ohio agreed to a settlement Monday with voting awareness groups Judicial Watch and True the Vote, effectively ending a lawsuit that lasted almost a year and a half.

  • Bill alters how inspector general is chosen
  • By Ryan Clark (ryanclark@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Meyer inherited the investigation when Gov. John Kasich appointed him in 2011. Meyer initially said a report would not be released, but he changed course nearly a year ago when a government-watchdog group pressured the office to release a report, which is required by law.

  • By Joshua Jamerson (jjamerson@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (February 16, 2013) — For those considering filing state income-tax returns within the next week, the state Department of Taxation says that to do so could be a disservice to your pocketbook.

  • Ohio Senate Republicans say job growth is top priority
  • By Rex Santus (rstantus@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Senate President Keith Faber, a Celina Republican, said his party is focused on employment because “good jobs are essential to family stability and economic growth.”

  • Article by Stewart Robert
  • (February 10, 2013) — Food-borne illnesses cost Ohioans about $2.8 billion each year.

  • Food at risk?
  • Article by Stewart Robert
  • (February 10, 2013) — About 43 percent of food-borne illness outbreaks can be traced to food prepared at restaurants, according to the latest available U.S. data, making ordering from a menu the single-largest source for unsafe food.

  • Article by Stewart Robert
  • (February 10, 2013) — When Garrett A. Guillozet enters a restaurant for a routine inspection, he is armed with test strips, a flashlight and a thermometer.

  • By Ryan Clark (ryanclark@dispatch.com
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (February 10, 2013) — Two men in traditional Chinese lion costumes danced through Sunflower Chinese Restaurant under large, ornate heads complete with fluttering eyelids and flapping mouths.

  • Kasich’s Ohio tax plan might hurt small business
  • By Ryan Clark (ryanclark@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Small businesses, which rarely have internal accounting or legal employees, might have to cut costs or pass the tax expense on to customers.

  • By Joshua Jamerson (jjamerson@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • It is not known how many people were denied licenses.

  • By Sara Jerde (sjerde@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (February 7, 2013) — Ohio State University researchers say they have created a process to draw energy from coal without burning the fossil fuel, reducing 99 percent of the pollution tied to climate change.

  • Consumers unsure about broader sales tax
  • By Joshua Jamerson (jjamerson@dispatch.com) and Ryan Clark (ryanclark@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (February 6, 2013) — Sitting in a salon chair with her hair over her face, Sylvia Stevens wondered if Ohio consumers would win or lose should Gov. John Kasich get the tax overhaul he wants.

  • Replacing car plates would be required under budget proposal
  • By Ryan Clark (ryanclark@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • The department says law-enforcement officers are finding it difficult to read the older plates because of rust or faded numbers. State law already requires owners to replace plates if and when they become unreadable, but they would have to do so every seven years under this proposal.

  • Brown wants more pediatric-research funding
  • By Joshua Jamerson (jjamerson@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • But unconventional methods helped Madison, who had type-1 spinal muscular atrophy, a rare disease impairing her motor functions. Now the Dublin resident is 15 years old.

  • By Ryan Clark (ryanclark@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (January 29, 2013) — State Sen. Lou Gentile is adding his voice to calls for Gov. John Kasich and his administration to consider alternatives to closing 13 regional offices of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

  • State contemplates forcing motorists to replace license plates for $10 fee
  • By Rex Santus (rsantus@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Currently, drivers are required to replace plates only when letters and numbers become “unreadable, or when the state determines that the plates are no longer viable,” said Joe Andrews, director of communications for the department.

  • State contemplates forcing motorists to replace license plates for $10 fee
  • By Rex Santus (rsantus@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Currently, drivers are required to replace plates only when letters and numbers become “unreadable, or when the state determines that the plates are no longer viable,” said Joe Andrews, director of communications for the department.

  • Eat while learning? No objection
  • By Joshua Jamerson (jjamerson@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • The no-eating rule has been a part of the program since its start in 1988, said Chris Davey, spokesman for the court. Davey said it was unclear why the rule was adopted.

  • By Sara Jerde (sjerde@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (January 26, 2013) — Nearly 40 major road projects across the state that had been repeatedly shuffled and rescheduled last year have been prioritized, finalized and recommended to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

  • Scourge of flu remains strong
  • By Sara Jerde (sjerde@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (January 26, 2013) — Flu remains widespread in Ohio, and cases are elevated across the country, according to numbers released yesterday by state and federal health officials.

  • Gahanna may raise income tax to 2.5%
  • By Sara Jerde (sjerde@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Mayor Becky Stinchcomb has asked city council to consider putting the income-tax increase on the May 7 ballot. If approved, it would go in effect on Jan. 1. The council must pass a resolution to place it on the ballot by Feb. 6.

  • 3 bogus hunting guides sentenced
  • By Joshua Jamerson (jjamerson@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Scott Walsh advertised himself as a hunting guide and sold multiday hunts costing $250 to $1,200. He said he owned or had permission to hunt on 1,600 acres of deer-hunting property in the New Albany area. He actually owned no property and had permission to hunt on only 15 acres of land, according to an Ohio Department of Natural Resources investigation.

  • Hoaxed player dragged into Citizens United fight
  • By Ryan Clark (ryanclark@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Coleridge spoke to about 20 people during a press conference last week. Later, about 30 people marched to the Ohio Statehouse with signs and a megaphone to spread their message.

  • Last group of Columbus recyclers starts Feb. 1
  • By Sara Jerde (sjerde@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • The Northeast Side is the fifth region of the city to receive containers since the program was approved in June. The city has distributed more than 200,000 receptacles.

  • Doctors praise new eggless flu vaccine
  • By Sara Jerde (sjerde@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (January 18, 2013) — Amid a national flu epidemic, and at a time when health officials are urging everyone to get a shot, doctors are praising a promising new vaccine.

  • By Joshua Jamerson (jjamerson@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (January 17, 2013) — Families of nursing-home residents across the state reported overall satisfaction with the care being provided to their loved ones in 2012, according to results of a state study released yesterday.

  • State fines Cleveland casino for unapproved software
  • By Ryan Clark (ryanclark@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • The same software, which tracks players and their promotional points at the casino, has since been approved by the Ohio Casino Control Commission.

  • By Sara Jerde (sjerde@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (January 16, 2013) — Ohio drivers have a new way to size up traffic before they hit the road.

  • Ohio liquor sales break another record
  • By Rex Santus (rsantus@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • (January 16, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohioans have broken the state record for liquor sales — for at least the sixth straight year.

  • Ohio Senate Democrats lay out their legislative priorities
  • By Rex Santus (rsantus@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Republicans outnumber Democrats 23-to-10 in the Ohio Senate, making the success of anti-gun legislation unlikely. Last session, the GOP-dominated legislature passed a bill that changed the definition of “unloaded” and allowed, for the first time, weapons to enter the Statehouse parking garage.

  • Storm-damaged Edgewater Marina will get repairs
  • By Rex Santus (rsantus@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • (January 14, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than two months after superstorm Sandy hurled through Cleveland, the Ohio Controlling Board approved $1.6 million Monday for emergency repairs to Edgewater Marina on the city’s West Side.

  • Ohio’s youngest inmates have become its most dangerous
  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • A corrections officer at the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility in Delaware County was hospitalized in September after three inmates charged into her office and attacked her. The beating left her with a concussion, a broken nose and damage to her eye.

  • Ohio weighing lots of factors before deciding whether to expand Medicaid
  • By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Gov. John Kasich’s administration announced in November that the federal government will run Ohio’s health care exchange, but officials have yet to make up their minds on another key portion of the law: whether or not to expand Medicaid.

  • Ohio prison reform slower than expected
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (December 13, 2012) — Decrease the number of inmates in Ohio’s prisons and save taxpayers money. That was the idea behind a sentencing reform law backed by state legislators on both sides of the aisle. It took effect last September, but more than a year later, WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports the legislation hasn’t worked as quickly as some had hoped.

  • Ohio schools face new grading system under proposed legislation
  • By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • The cumulative letter grade would go into effect immediately, while the updated measures would phase in gradually. The grading system is meant to be tougher on schools and replaces the current report card that ranks schools from Excellent with Distinction to Academic Emergency.

  • Ohio House OKs regulations to help guide businesses on Obamacare insurance exchanges
  • By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • The House approved the Republican sponsored House Bill 613 by a vote of 56-32 on Wednesday, sending it to the Senate. While most legislators seem to agree that the navigators are a good idea, some Democrats think it’s premature to set up regulation of navigators for an exchange that doesn’t yet exist.

  • Divorce cases could be easier in Ohio with new legislation
  • By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • The Ohio Senate passed the Collaborative Family Law Act unanimously last week. The House adopted the bill Tuesday by a vote of 87-2. The bill now heads to Gov. John Kasich to sign, which he is expected to do.

  • East Side robber could get more than 73 years
  • Article by Stewart Robert
  • (November 27, 2012) — An East Side man who pleaded guilty yesterday to robbing six people in four incidents last year could be sentenced to more than 73?years in prison.

  • High St. parking meters going live today
  • Article by Stewart Robert
  • (November 19, 2012) — Columbus is taking a step toward a more walkable Downtown with 30 new parking meters going into service today at 9 a.m.

  • Former U.S. Sen. George Voinovich talks fiscal cliff
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (November 16, 2012) — George Voinovich is talking about the so-called fiscal cliff, a package of tax increases and spending cuts that will take effect if Congress doesn’t act.

  • Young hunters get first crack at deer gun season
  • By Michael Locklear
    Ohio Public Radio
  • (November 16, 2012) — The number of deer taken during the archery season is up 23 percent in Ohio. That’s in the first month and a half of the season compared to the same period last year. This weekend, hunters under the age of 18 can start using guns. For Ohio Public Radio, Michael Locklear reports. [Listen to report]

  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Dozens of Planned Parenthood supporters showed up at the Statehouse yesterday to oppose House Bill 298, which would reprioritize how federal family-planning money is distributed in Ohio. The bill passed the House Health and Aging Committee 13-9.

  • Tuition going up at Columbus State in 2013
  • Article by Stewart Robert
  • (November 15, 2012) — Full-time students at Columbus State Community College will pay an extra $199 a year for tuition starting next summer.

  • Ohio bill would strengthen laws banning synthetic drugs
  • By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • But chemists who make the drugs keep finding new ways to circumvent the law by slightly altering the compounds, said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who announced new efforts Wednesday to fight the problem.

  • 2.2% water-sewer rate hike sought
  • Article by Stewart Robert
  • (November 13, 2012) — Columbus City Council introduced legislation yesterday to increase water rates by 4 percent and sewer rates by 1 percent next year. Council members are expected to approve the measure on Monday.

  • New Ohio law aims at deterring scrap-metal thieves
  • By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Prying catalytic converters off cars in public parking lots. Throwing a rope over copper communication wires, attaching the rope to a car and pulling the wires down miles at a time. In one case in 2008, an entire fire truck was stolen, cut up with a blow torch and sold.

  • Option for 2013: BikeShare rides
  • Article by Stewart Robert
  • (November 9, 2012) — Many restaurants, shops and attractions sit just out of reach for Downtown workers and residents: too far to walk, but not far enough to make driving and parking worth it.

  • Voters swayed by names, parties say
  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Republican Sharon Kennedy, a former Hamilton police officer and a judge since 1999, took a 14-point lead over Democratic Justice Yvette McGee Brown, a former domestic-relations and juvenile courts judge.

  • Ohio Supreme Court: 2 incumbent justices sent packing by voters
  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • As of late last night, Republican Sharon Kennedy, a former Hamilton police officer and a judge since 2005, was up by 14 points over Democrat-appointed Justice Yvette McGee Brown, a former domestic-relations and juvenile courts judge in Franklin County. Kennedy ran for the unexpired term filled by McGee Brown in January 2011. McGee Brown was appointed to the Supreme Court by outgoing Gov.

  • Article by Stewart Robert
  • (November 5, 2012) — Smaller, local governments are more responsive and cost-efficient than their larger counterparts, according to a study commissioned by the Ohio Township Association, which is pushing back against budget-fueled calls for consolidation.

  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • At a concert hall/wing restaurant in northeastern Ohio, Johnson spoke yesterday to a few hundred people, focusing on the party platform of personal freedom.

  • Opening of absentee ballots under way, but not tallying
  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Votes taken electronically at the early-voting center on Morse Road also are counted on election night, Piscitelli said. Information from the voting machines is downloaded onto computer disks so the votes can be tallied.

  • Council studies Internet cafes
  • Article by Stewart Robert
  • (October 31, 2012) — About 40 percent of people seeking help for problem gambling from Maryhaven say Internet sweepstakes cafes provide their game of choice.

  • Ohio legislation would give further legal protection to juveniles
  • By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Minority Whip Rep. Tracy Maxwell Heard, a Democrat from Columbus, started drafting legislation last year in preparation for the Supreme Court’s decision. When the court ruled 4-3 on Oct. 3 that Ohio’s laws do not entitle juveniles to the right to an attorney before charges are filed, she decided to propose legislation in the General Assembly.

  • Article by Stewart Robert
  • (October 26, 2012) — Companies that are developing business in Columbus are placing a higher premium on the talent of the work force.

  • Group of lawmakers pushes for autism mandate
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (October 26, 2012) — Ohio lawmakers are again trying to require insurance coverage for autism. They’ve failed in the past but now have support from both parties.

  • Volunteers toeing the line
  • By Lydia Coutre (lcoutre@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (October 25, 2012) — Steve Scheel stood behind a yellow line facing the Franklin County early voting center, his arms folded over his Romney/ Ryan T-shirt. His shadow crossed the line, but his feet could not.

  • Ohio’s high Medicaid cost estimates questioned by some experts
  • By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Officials say it’ll come from 400,000 new Medicaid clients in the 24 months after the Affordable Care Act begins requiring most people to have health insurance. These are folks who are currently eligible for Medicaid but have never signed up.

  • Ohio consumer group calls for stricter food safety laws
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (October 24, 2012) — An Ohio consumer group says the implementation of stricter federal food safety laws has fallen short. The Ohio Public Interest Research Group released a report Wednesday on the progress in reducing food recalls in the state and across the country. Tabitha Woodruff says since the beginning of 2011, 27 Ohioans have gotten sick after eating food directly linked to recalls.

  • Issue 2 group launches website
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (October 23, 2012) — The group behind Issue 2 has launched another website to promote the redistricting proposal that would change the way congressional and legislative districts are drawn. Brian Rothenberg says it features an interactive map with Voters First’s take on each of Ohio’s 16 congressional districts.

  • Delaware health director leaving
  • Article by Stewart Robert
  • (October 20, 2012) — The Delaware Board of Health is looking for a new health commissioner as Frances Veverka leaves the position after 31 years.

  • President Obama visits Ohio University
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (October 18, 2012) — Fourteen thousand people showed up for a glimpse of the president Wednesday night. Barack Obama addressed the crowd on Ohio University’s College Green. WOUB’s Michael Locklear takes a look at the message to voters.

  • Nuns on the Bus stop in Athens with political message
  • By Michael Lockear
    WOUB News
  • The Catholics stopped at the Athens Community Center Sunday night. They are against abortion and like parts of Obamacare, but Monica McGloin says these sisters won’t tell you who to vote for.

  • Ohio University students line up for Obama tickets
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (October 15, 2012) — Folks in Athens are lining up to get their tickets to see the president. On Friday, we learned Barack Obama will make a campaign stop in town this week.

  • Chance to register for Nov. 6 passes
  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (October 10, 2012) — The deadline for registering to vote in the fall election in Ohio passed yesterday, and some Columbus residents were taking extra steps to make sure they can cast a ballot on Nov. 6.

  • Avoid the crush; keep stink bugs outside
  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (October 10, 2012) — Stink bugs invade our homes when the weather turns cold and make their presence known when we try to shoo them away.

  • State lawmaker indicted on 49 counts
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (October 10, 2012) — A state representative has been indicted on dozens of counts, including theft in office. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports from the Statehouse where the lawmaker was serving his fourth term.

  • Avoid the crush; keep stink bugs outside
  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (October 10, 2012) — Stink bugs invade our homes when the weather turns cold and make their presence known when we try to shoo them away.

  • Potency of political ads fleeting at best
  • Article by Stewart Robert
  • In the entire 2008 election, campaigns spent nearly $54 million on ads in Ohio, according to CNN. The National Journal pegs the number at nearly $112 million worth of ads in Ohio just since May.

  • At East High, parade tradition marches on
  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (October 6, 2012) — Dozens of spectators followed a procession of cheerleaders, dancers and band members decked out in orange and black uniforms as they made their way down Greenway Avenue last night.

  • Funding limits restrict help for youth offenders
  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (October 4, 2012) — An alternative to locking up juvenile offenders is working, a study says, but Ohio needs to find a better way to pay for it. The program, started in 1993, encourages counties to commit fewer juveniles to state youth prisons. Instead, low- and moderate-risk youths are treated in community-based programs.

  • Sheriff candidate would reject his salary
  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Mike Herrell also criticized Sheriff Zach Scott, his Democratic opponent, for taking both a salary and a pension.

  • Ohio conducts survey on pre-casino problem gambling
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (October 2, 2012) — The state put out the results of a survey on problem gambling Monday. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports from the Statehouse where officials announced the findings.

  • Fairfield County folks turn out to vote early
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (October 2, 2012) — Tuesday was the first official day you could cast your ballot in the Buckeye State. WOUB’s Michael Locklear talked to folks in Fairfield County who voted early.

  • Ideas to benefit city suggested as part of Design Week
  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (September 28, 2012) — Imagine a city where bison roam on the Statehouse lawn and packs of wolverines discourage Michigan fans from setting foot on the Ohio State University Oval.

  • Deer crashes in Ohio down for third year
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (September 27, 2012) — We’re approaching deer mating season, and that’s the time when more cars and deer collide on the road. But those crashes are actually down in Ohio again.

  • Poll: Obama ahead by 10 points In Ohio
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (September 26, 2012) — The latest Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll gives the president a double-digit lead in Ohio.

  • Issue 2 group grades Husted
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (September 25, 2012) — Ohio’s chief elections official got an informal “performance review” Monday from a group that has butted heads with the Republican over the redistricting proposal on the ballot. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports.

  • Sewage control long slog
  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (September 24, 2012) — A rainy 2011 caused sewage overflows into Columbus waterways to more than double compared with 2010.

  • Ohio Constitution to get a thorough review
  • By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Issue 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot asks voters whether it is time to arrange a good old-fashioned constitutional convention.

  • Sewage control long slog
  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (September 24, 2012) — A rainy 2011 caused sewage overflows into Columbus waterways to more than double compared with 2010.

  • City fakes disaster for real practice
  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Those on the scene said the plane, carrying four passengers, crash-landed on the field while a large soccer tournament was going on nearby. Some spectators were hit with debris from the plane.

  • Ohio consumer groups concerned about bill that could limit landline phone service
  • By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • At a news conference Wednesday, the groups pointed to results of a survey of Ohio voters. The survey, funded by Citizens to Protect Ohio Consumer Freedom and conducted by Fallon Research, found that 74.4 percent of voters oppose the bill and that 86.3 percent think landlines are a vital communications link that need to be preserved. An official from CPOCF said the survey was conducted via both cell phones and landlines.

  • Leader of troubled youth prison is resigning
  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (September 20, 2012) — The head of a youth prison in Delaware County that has had a significant increase in inmate violence is resigning effective Oct. 5, eight months after she accepted the job.

  • Gene Harris to retire
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (September 20, 2012) — The Chair of the Ohio University Board of Trustees is retiring from her full-time position.

  • Groups fear phone companies could cut landlines
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (September 19, 2012) — Controversy is brewing in Ohio over what cell phones are fast replacing: landlines. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports from the Statehouse.

  • Third person dies of West Nile virus in Ohio
  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (September 18, 2012) — An 80-year-old Hamilton County man has become the third person to die in Ohio of West Nile disease.

  • Former Gov. Ted Strickland reacts to Romney video
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (September 18, 2012) — Former Gov. Ted Strickland is sounding off on the secret recording of Mitt Romney. The Democrat held a press conference at his party’s Ohio headquarters Tuesday.

  • Special court docket serves veterans
  • Article by Stewart Robert
  • (September 17, 2012) — On a medic run in 2006, first responder Zachary Bickenheuser saved the life of a childhood friend from a heroin overdose.

  • Getting drunks off road is goal
  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (September 15, 2012) — In 1999, Erin Smith was with two friends on motorcycles riding Downtown to attend Red, White & Boom.

  • Ohio lawmakers give final OK to public pension reforms
  • By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • All five bills received unanimous support in the Senate, and only one “no” vote was cast in the House of Representatives. Rep. Danny Bubp, a Republican from Adams County, voted against the bill affecting the State Teachers Retirement System.
    Senate President Tom Niehaus said the changes are needed to ensure workers get the benefits they were promised.

  • Ohio task force charged with overhauling higher ed funding
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (September 12, 2012) — A new task force could determine how higher education is funded in the state. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports Ohio University’s top administrator will have a seat at the table.

  • Kasich pays 9/11 tribute
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (September 11, 2012) — Gov. John Kasich paid his respects to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks Tuesday morning.

  • Food insecurity on the rise
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (September 11, 2012) — A new report shows more than 15 percent of Ohio households aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from.

  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • More than 100 students from a single government class at Harvard are being investigated for cheating on a take-home final where a professor noted that many tests contained similar answers. But some students told The New York Times that collaboration among students is innocent and acceptable.

  • VP Biden’s speech in Athens centers on fiscal policies
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (September 9, 2012) — Just days after the Democratic National Convention wrapped up, the Vice President visited three southeast Ohio cities. WOUB’s Michael Locklear takes a look at Joe Biden’s message to voters in Athens.

  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (September 8, 2012) — Hoping that the state will relinquish some control over hydraulic fracturing, environmental activist groups across Ohio are encouraging local governments to pass resolutions decrying the controversial practice.

  • By Pam Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Columbus Public Health is spraying for mosquitoes six days this week. In past years, the agency typically has sprayed three or four days a week, said spokesman Jose Rodriguez.

  • State might delay planned letter grades for schools
  • Article by Stewart Robert
  • (September 7, 2012) — Plans to create a new rating system for Ohio schools should be delayed until the investigation into whether districts altered attendance data produces answers, top state legislators are saying.

  • Volunteers plant flags on Statehouse lawn as 9/11 memorial
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (September 7, 2012) — The eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is just days away, and thousands of flags now fill the Statehouse lawn as a memorial. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports.

  • Franklinton residents, police express frustration
  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (September 6, 2012) — Tensions between Franklinton residents and Columbus police came to a head last night during a town meeting designed to open up communication between the two.

  • Ohio exotic animal law now in effect
  • By Michael Locklear
    WOUB News
  • (September 5, 2012) — Ohio’s exotic animal law takes effect today. A Licking Co. cougar owner says she’s had little success getting answers from the Ohio Department of Agriculture on what she needs to do to comply with the law.

  • Racism confronted by OSU students
  • By Michael Locklear
    Ohio Public Radio
  • (September 4, 2012) — More than a hundred Ohio State University students showed up at a town hall meeting tonight. The topic? Racism.

  • Violence called a product of society
  • Article by Stewart Robert
  • The problem is too widespread to consider it a function of individual illness or alcoholism, as many tend to believe, DeKeseredy said.

  • Two Athens County Democrats prepare for Democratic National Convention
  • By Michael Locklear (michael@michaellocklear.com)
    WOUB News
  • (August 31, 2012) — The Republicans wrapped up their national convention last night. Now, the Democrats are packing suitcases for their national convention, which starts Tuesday. That’s where they will officially nominate President Barack Obama for re-election.

  • Exotic animal law goes into effect next week
  • By Michael Locklear (michael@michaellocklear.com)
    WOUB News
  • (August 31, 2012) — The exotic animals bill, which restricts ownership of bears, tigers and other animals, goes into effect next week. A holding facility for the confiscated creatures is in the works.

  • Ohio Attorney General plans to appeal early voting decision
  • By Michael Locklear (cl198609@ohio.edu)
    WOUB News
  • (August 31, 2012) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the state will appeal today’s decision by a federal judge. The ruling allows early, in-person voting the three days before the election.

  • Violence called a product of society
  • Article by Stewart Robert
  • The problem is too widespread to consider it a function of individual illness or alcoholism, as many tend to believe, DeKeseredy said.

  • Texting while driving ban aims to save lives
  • By Michael Locklear (michael@michaellocklear.com)
    WOUB News
  • (August 30, 2012) — Ohio’s ban on texting while driving takes effect tomorrow (Friday). WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports the law is stricter on younger drivers. The goal is to save lives.

  • Ohio reduces length of unemployment benefit time
  • By Michael Locklear (michael@michaellocklear.com)
    WOUB News
  • (August 30, 2012) — Good economic news in Ohio means bad news for those without work. The feds are cutting the number of weeks folks in the Buckeye State can get unemployment benefits by two and a half months.

  • Market-rate houses to give boost to Weinland Park
  • By Pamela Engel (pengel@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (August 30, 2012) — By early 2013, six new homes are to stand on a lot in Weinland Park that once was the site of two vacant, crime-ridden apartment buildings.

  • Ohio texting-while-driving ban takes effect Friday
  • By Kate Irby (kirby@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • House Bill 99, signed into law by Gov. John Kasich on June 1, makes texting while driving a secondary offense for adults, meaning officers cannot pull adults over based solely on suspicions of texting while driving.

  • Ohio’s mayor’s courts, big business
  • By Justin Conley and Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Despite longstanding criticism, no one seems willing or able to make changes. Some examples:

  • Ohio schools prepare for another budget hit
  • By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • (June 11, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — Therese Konrad, who has taught in the Rocky River School District for 24 years, says her students always rise to the challenges she presents them.

  • Ohio Gov. Kasich signs ban on texting while driving
  • By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • (June 1, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio – A statewide texting while driving ban received its seal of approval from Gov. John Kasich Friday after four years of deliberation by Ohio lawmakers.

  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (May 31, 2012) — The execution of a Cleveland man will go forward as planned next week after Gov. John Kasich denied a request for executive clemency yesterday.

  • Ohio to play a major role in the 2012 election
  • By Alyssa Hansen
    WOUB News
  • (May 29, 2012) — The November election is now less than six months away and the attention turns to Ohio. The Buckeye state is known for being a key battleground for presidential hopefuls.

  • Key employees of Toledo casino granted provisional licenses
  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Yesterday, the commission also voted to approve licenses for 77 other casino employees, some in Toledo and Cleveland and others who will work at the Columbus casino but are helping with the Toledo opening.

  • Exotic-animals bill awaits Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s signature
  • By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • (May 22, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio – A bill that would regulate the ownership of dangerous animals is awaiting Gov. John Kasich’s signature after quickly passing through the Ohio House and Senate Tuesday.

  • Ohio House panel approves anti-cancer bill
  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (May 17, 2012) — A bill to generate money for screening and treatment of breast and cervical cancers should soon reach the Ohio House floor.

  • Bill would help reduce scrap metal theft in Ohio
  • By Alyssa Hansen
    WOUB News
  • (May 16, 2012) — People looking to sell scrap metal to dealers in Ohio may be seeing some changes to the process. Senate Bill 193 aims to crack down on stolen scrap metals by requiring sellers to present photo identification.

  • Controversial pension-overhaul bills go forward
  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (May 16, 2012) — Despite misgivings about new powers granted to boards of the state retirement systems, at least four of five bills making sweeping changes in public-employee pensions are expected to reach the Ohio Senate floor today.

  • Commissioners provide jobs for teens
  • By Alyssa Hansen
    WBNS News
  • (May 14, 2012) — Federal funds are providing 16-hundred PAID summer jobs and internships for Franklin County teens, and that number may grow.

  • Wild horses pulled woman to auction
  • By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Two horses whickered restlessly inside the pen, both dark brown with white patches surrounding their wide, brown eyes. On the other side of those bars, she saw her dream.

  • Casto’s development on Northeast Side gets backing for rezoning
  • By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (May 10, 2012) — After months of negotiations with nearby homeowners, Casto Development is a step closer to building offices, homes and apartments near N. Hamilton and Dublin-Granville roads on the Northeast Side.

  • More than 1,000 public officials late filing financial reports
  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (May 10, 2012) — Nearly 1 in 10 public officials in Ohio failed to meet the deadline for filing annual financial reports aimed at giving the public an idea of their earnings and gifts they receive.

  • Bill to update Ohio gambling laws passes Ohio Senate
  • By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • (May 9, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio – A bill that would update Ohio gambling laws passed the Ohio Senate Wednesday, leaving out previous language that would have allowed one charity card room in each of the state’s 88 counties.

  • Pension-reform bills put more on workers
  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (May 9, 2012) — Four pension-reform bills with bipartisan backing were introduced in the Ohio Senate yesterday, but union concerns stalled a fifth bill.

  • Ohio Senate Committee Hears Testimony for Nitro’s Law
  • By Alyssa Hansen
    WBNS News
  • (May 8, 2012) — Supporters of a bill that would toughen animal cruelty laws had a chance to voice their support for Nitro’s Law today. The law is named after a three-year-old Rottweiler that starved to death at a kennel in Youngstown in 2008.

  • Four new bills push for pension reform
  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (May 8, 2012) — Four bills introduced today in the Ohio Senate with bipartisan backing would ignite reform for four state pension systems, but legislation for the fifth system was stalled because of labor concerns.

  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • In 1974, Paul Raymond Saultz raped 15-year-old Roberta and beat her to death. He had just been released from a state mental hospital after molesting a 12-year-old girl. He served 30 years for the crime against Roberta, and two years after he was paroled, he molested another girl.

  • Ohio Senate passes bill to ban texting while driving
  • By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • House Bill 99 was approved 25-8 after lawmakers argued over the bill’s balance between public safety and individual freedom. Along with banning texting, the bill would prohibit teenagers under 18 from using any electronic device while driving, with the exception of a GPS.

  • Pension reform might take a while
  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Schuring said it would be premature to pass legislation before an outside analysis of the pension systems is completed.

  • JobsOhio bill fixes public-records issue
  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Senate Bill 314, which passed 31-2 yesterday, completes the restructuring of the Ohio Department of Development and creates a tourism program for the state.

  • Local economy gets global view
  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Patrick Terrien, president and CEO of the Columbus Council on World Affairs, said the Fortune 100 companies in the greater Columbus area have extended their reach around the world and will continue to grow.

  • Sheriff to auction seized 2009 BMW
  • By Alyssa Hansen
    WBNS 10TV.com
  • Among the vehicles that will be available is a 2009 BMW 328i coupe taken from a suspected drug dealer.

  • Athens residents fear another rock slide
  • By Alyssa Hansen
    WBNS 10TV.com
  • (April 26, 2012) — Athens residents near the site of last month’s massive boulder crash are living in fear of another rock slide. Monitoring pins detected a tree’s movement on that same hillside this week.

  • Take it slow
  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (April 20, 2012) — Seventeen crumpled orange-and-white construction barrels were placed in a Columbus State Community College parking lot yesterday, silent memorials to those who died in transportation work zones across Ohio last year.

  • Medical marijuana to be decided by Ohio voters
  • By Alyssa Hansen
    WOUB News
  • (April 20, 2012) — The November election may be months away, but Ohioans are already preparing to cast their votes on many issues… including whether or not to legalize a form of medical treatment that’s used in more than a dozen states and Washington DC.

  • City remains leery of storefront gambling
  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (April 19, 2012) — The Columbus City Council extended a moratorium on new storefront-gambling operations within city limits while state legislation to regulate them remains stalled in a committee.

  • Drug Take-Back Day attacks prescription abuse
  • By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (April 17, 2012) — Ohio is addicted. But even as prescription drug abuse continues to leave the state riddled with desperate junkies and early deaths, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is pushing to find the cure.

  • ‘Prepare to stop’ signs on way out
  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • The flashing signals can actually do more harm than good, traffic experts say, so many are being phased out and replaced with new technology.

  • Kenyon conference tests U.S. nation-building efforts
  • By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (April 13, 2012) — After a wave of revolution swept the Middle East last year, academics at Kenyon College questioned the U.S. policy of promoting democracy overseas.

  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Students from across the United States as well as Puerto Rico, Canada, India, Italy, Germany, Russia and the United Arab Emirates will travel to Huntsville, Ala., on Friday and Saturday to participate in the 19th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race.

  • Trees will represent blossoming relations
  • Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Columbus is among 38 American cities receiving a gift of cherry trees from Japan, 100 years after Tokyo shipped thousands of the trees to Washington, D.C. The Columbus trees will be planted on April 27 at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St.

  • Company Gets Federal OK To Expand Quarry Near Bald Eagles
  • By Alyssa Hansen
    WBNS 10TV News
  • (April 10, 2012) — CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has come to an agreement with the Melvin Stone Company on expansion plans for quarry in western Pickaway County, 10TV News reported Tuesday.

  • Stark ads spur calls to quit lines
  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched the $54?million television, radio, print and billboard ad campaign on March?19.

  • Holocaust memorial gets pushback
  • By Alyssa Hansen
    10TVnews.com
  • (April 6, 2012) — The head of the organization that oversees the statehouse is facing criticism from the Ohio Jewish community for remarks he made earlier this week about a Holocaust memorial at the Statehouse.

  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (April 5, 2012) — Some Ohio State University students are wearing an extra accessory to class this week: empty holsters.

  • Head of Ohio Statehouse review board criticized for comments about planned Holocaust memorial
  • By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Richard Finan, former Ohio Senate president and current president of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, told lawmakers Tuesday that Gov. John Kasich had bypassed the review board and “sprung the decision” to move forward with a Holocaust memorial by getting the proposal inserted into a capital appropriations bill.

  • State seeks help for kids in long-term foster care
  • By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (April 5, 2012) — Concerned that some children languish in foster care, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is calling together experts to identify solutions.

  • Ohio animal owners oppose bill that would impose new regulations
  • By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Animal owners, activists and pet organizations packed a hearing room in Columbus last week to testify against Senate Bill 310. Sponsored by Zanesville Republican Sen. Troy Balderson, the bill would create a list of wild animals that would be deemed dangerous, including big cats, bears, some primates and certain types of snakes.

  • Utica man sentenced in fatal wreck
  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Spencer Lorenza, 18, pleaded no contest in December and was found guilty of delinquency charges of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide, failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer and assault.

  • Man, 18, sentenced in fatal crash
  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Spencer Lorenza, 18, a Utica-area resident, then was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay restitution of $10,152 for crashing a pickup truck into an embankment and tree and killing Hannah, his passenger.

  • Ohio grapples with Stand Your Ground law
  • By Alyssa Hansen
    WOUB News
  • (April 2, 2012) — In the aftermath of Florida teen Trayvon Martin’s death, the focus turns to whether or not other states will adopt their own versions of the “Stand Your Ground Law” and Ohio is one of them.

  • Quickly addicted
  • By Pat Holmes
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (April 1, 2012) — Rebecca Bobb was a success story.

  • Death toll drops in drug war
  • By Deanna Pan and Pat Holmes
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (April 1, 2012) — After a decade of shattered lives and early graves, Ohioans finally might be seeing a glimmer of hope in the battle against prescription-drug overdoses.

  • By Deanna Pan
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (April 1, 2012) — Something was wrong with Cole.

  • House OKs limiting right to bench trials
  • By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (March 31, 2012) — The Ohio House either leveled the playing field or stood the constitution on its head this week.

  • Medical-marijuana backers seek funds
  • By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (March 31, 2012) — The Ohio Medical Cannabis Association has planted the seed for a ballot initiative that would put the question of medical marijuana to Ohio voters this November, and now it is working to ensure those efforts bear fruit.

  • Cleveland-area representatives announce bill to create Ohio Rape Crisis Fund
  • By Kelly Gifford (kgifford@plaind.com)
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Partnered with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Republican State Reps. Nan Baker of Westlake and Lynn Slaby of Copley Township this week announced House Bill 488, which would create an Ohio Rape Crisis Fund. The fund would be generated through an additional court fee of $100 for any sex oriented offense. The money would be used to create and better equip rape crisis centers in Ohio.

  • By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (March 29, 2012) — The Ohio General Assembly is closer to putting a leash on puppy mills after a seven-year struggle to end what some say is an abusive practice.

  • By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (March 29, 2012) — Just a month after a high-school shooting in Chardon left three dead and two seriously wounded, Gov. John Kasich and the General Assembly honored law-enforcement, firefighters, school officials and other first responders for their efforts.

  • Orange Township fire levy may be on ballot
  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (March 28, 2012) — The Orange Township Fire Department in Delaware County might ask voters to approve a 7.9-mill property tax in November to replace funds that have been almost completely depleted.

  • Ex-director of humane society pleads guilty to theft
  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • William Alan Hadley was convicted of three counts of theft, all fourth-degree felonies, after pleading guilty before Delaware County Common Pleas Judge Everett Krueger. He agreed to pay restitution of $26,973.

  • Report: How ‘right to work’ would benefit Ohio
  • By Justin Conley (jconley@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • The Ohio Ballot Board approved a petition last month to allow sponsors of the right-to-work measure to begin collecting signatures to put the issue on the ballot.

  • Record lottery jackpot lures local players
  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Tickets for the half-billion-dollar prize can be bought until 10:45 p.m. Friday. The drawing is at 11 p.m.

  • Humane society thief pleads guilty
  • By Rebecca McKinsey (rmckinsey@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • William Alan Hadley was convicted of three counts of theft after pleading guilty before Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Everett Krueger.

  • Drug-overdose deaths a record in 2010
  • By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (March 9, 2012) — Ohio tallied a record number of accidental drug-overdose deaths in 2010, with Franklin County registering the highest single-county total.

  • Local high-school grads flock to OSU
  • By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (February 27, 2012) — More students from Dublin Coffman High School applied to Ohio State University than from all but one other school in the nation, with 211 students vying for a spot in the incoming class.

  • Exotic animals on agenda
  • By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (February 26, 2012) — Talk about exotic animals found its way into a Downtown veterinary conference this weekend amid a barrage of educational sessions and labs.

  • Columbus State job-training program touted by Jill Biden
  • By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (February 22, 2012) — Because he was struggling to pay child support, Marlon Hairston said, he had to take the first chance at earning an income that came his way.

  • Powerball lures fewer Ohioans but more money at $2 cost
  • By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (February 21, 2012) — About a month after lottery organizers doubled the price to play Powerball, Ohioans are playing less than before but responding to sizable jackpots just the same.

  • Artifacts at OSU evoke Glenn’s dramatic mission
  • By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Yet Glenn looks cool as a cucumber, relaxing behind one of the bulkheads on the recovery ship. Fifty years later, Glenn, now 90, remembers that moment, and how he felt after Friendship 7 safely splashed down in the Atlantic.

  • By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (February 18, 2012) — A $126 million science building at Ohio State University is the biggest construction project that would be funded through a wish list that public university leaders have presented to the state.

  • By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • The Ohio Liberty Council applied to become a 501©4 group in June of 2010, said group President Tom Zawistowski.

  • By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (February 16, 2012) — The vice prime minister of Israel sought to foster relations between his country and the state of Ohio today during a speech in the House chambers.

  • County fighting infant deaths
  • By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
  • (February 15, 2012) — Franklin County commissioners will soon learn whether the first installments of $7 million that the county plans to spend to decrease infant deaths are starting to pay off.

  • By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (February 2, 2012) — A bill that would change how Ohio schools calculate class time came under fire from both state and local school officials yesterday.

  • Bipartisan support may speed OK of 70 mph limit
  • By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • The sponsor of House Bill 395, Rep. Ron Maag, R-Lebanon, gave 2 1/2 minutes of testimony before taking questions from the committee.

  • Ohio still leaves sexual education to each district
  • By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • A coalition of health and education groups put out the recommendations this month, listing what students should know in each grade. For example, it says children should know the names of the male and female body parts by the end of second grade and know their functions by the end of fifth grade.

  • U.S. policy on Somalia gets mixed reviews
  • By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • The Obama administration has pursued a dual-track policy toward Somalia since 2010. Under this approach, the U.S. supports the weak transitional government while simultaneously engaging local and regional leaders to cultivate peace and stability.

  • U.S. policy on Somalia gets mixed reviews
  • By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • The Obama administration has pursued a dual-track policy toward Somalia since 2010. Under this approach, the U.S. supports the weak transitional government while simultaneously engaging local and regional leaders to cultivate peace and stability.

  • Roe v. Wade marked with rival Statehouse talks
  • By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Minutes after their event had ended, one floor below, seven women from the Post Abortive Coalition of Ohio shared their often tearful testimonies of their lives after abortion.

  • Save manufacturing and watch out for Romney, Strickland tells Obama
  • By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (January 23, 2012) — Former Gov. Ted Strickland shared some words of advice with President Barack Obama on how to woo Ohio voters in his State of the Union address tomorrow night: Save manufacturing and watch out for Mitt Romney.

  • By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Other candidates in the 3rd District Democratic primary include state Rep. Ted Celeste of Grandview Heights, Columbus City Councilwoman Priscilla R. Tyson, and former state Rep. Joyce Beatty. Because candidates have not yet been required to file fundraising forms, it was unknown last night whether any of them were receiving support from super-PACs.

  • By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (January 20, 2012) — Last year was a record year for drug shortages in the United States, causing hospitals to alter treatments and some patients to suffer painful side effects.

  • Low-rate loans might go to more farmers
  • By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (January 20, 2012) — State Republicans say that new legislation would give more Ohio farmers an opportunity to receive reduced-interest loans to offset their operating expenses.

  • Ward representatives for City Council urged
  • By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • The Columbus Coalition for Responsive Government, which is working to get an initiative on the November ballot, wants to expand the council from seven at-large members to four at-large and seven district representatives.

  • By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Ohio State spokeswoman Shelly Hoffman said yesterday that Gee would not comment further on the issue.

  • Ohio colleges to aid vets with PTSD, brain injuries
  • By Pat Holmes (pholmes@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (January 13, 2012) — Ohio State University and five other Ohio colleges are joining a national effort to combat post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries suffered in war.

  • Taylor continues criticisms of health-insurance exchange
  • By Deanna Pan (dpan@dispatch.com)
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • In November, Taylor co-sponsored a resolution encouraging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Congress to change a provision in the federal law that could negatively affect health-insurance agents and brokers. She said insurance agents and brokers provide a valuable service to their clients

  • By Pat Holmes
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (January 6, 2012) — Job training is the surest way to improve the local economy, two experts told the Columbus City Council yesterday as it weighs how to spend money in 2012.

  • Domestic Silence: The truth about abuse in Ohio
  • By Alex Stuckey
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (November 27, 2011) — Featured on the IRE website (Jan. 25, 2012), at http://www.ire.org/blog/extra-extra/2012/01/23/severe-flaws-ohios-abuse-laws/

  • Trustees OK pair of OU projects
  • By Alex Stuckey
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Trustees also gave school officials the authority to buy property in Dublin that will become home to a medical college.

  • Protesters fire up Issue 2 rally
  • By Tristan Navera
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Kasich spoke from a small lectern outside the tavern with a few haystacks in front of him and snow fences enclosing a small area for the Issue 2 supporters. Protesters stood about 60 feet away from the governor, free to heckle, chide, insult or refute Kasich at every turn.

  • City celebrates opening of first bicycle shelter
  • By Alex Stuckey
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City Council members, Ohio State University officials and others celebrated the opening this morning at a ceremony near campus.

  • Occupy Columbus lunch to put focus on SB 5
  • By Tristan Navera
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (November 1, 2011) — With a week to go until Election Day, Occupy Columbus is hoping to stir up discussion about the implications of Senate Bill 5.

  • Animal cruelty may hint of domestic violence ahead
  • By Alex Stuckey
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Their names were among those dotting the crisp, white tablecloths in the Statehouse Rotunda yesterday as about 30 people gathered for An Empty Place at the Table, an event sponsored by the Action Ohio Coalition for Battered Women.

  • By Tristan Navera
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (October 25, 2011) — Droves of Ohio State University students braved cloudy skies today to vent their frustrations and spread the message of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

  • Counties to lose as federal timber funds end
  • By Alex Stuckey
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (October 24, 2011) — Twelve southeastern Ohio counties could see federal timber-production funds cut as a partnership with the Wayne National Forest heads toward a year-end expiration date.

  • Group challenges personhood issue
  • By Tristan Navera
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (October 21, 2011) — A newly formed group filed a legal challenge yesterday to a proposed amendment that would ban abortion from conception.

  • Woman sues after her prison release
  • By Alex Stuckey
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (October 20, 2011) — A woman whose 1990 murder conviction was overturned because of improper testimony by a toxicologist is suing several Franklin and Licking county officials.

  • By Tristan Navera
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (October 18, 2011) — Organizers of the Occupy Columbus movement, denied their request to set up camp Downtown, have found themselves without a permanent base.

  • Protesters urge passage of jobs bill
  • By Tristan Navera
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • About 80 protesters with Jobs Not Cuts, a MoveOn.org affiliated group, marched from Wall Street to the Statehouse, where they joined with dozens more from the ongoing Occupy Columbus and We Are Ohio movements.

  • By Tristan Navera
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (October 11, 2011) — A state law that was meant to keep firefighters up-to-date on training is costing some departments their volunteers.

  • Occupy Columbus rally aims to show unity with protesters on Wall Street
  • By Tristan Navera
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Dawson said the power of the movement is its nonviolence. Sign-bearing demonstrators came and went from the crowd in front of the Statehouse throughout the morning, but the group numbered about 50 to 90 throughout the day, peaking at more than 100 around noon.

  • Homeless-housing project a promo for jobs act
  • By Alex Stuckey
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • The Commons at Third project, to be completed in 2012, will provide housing and job training for the homeless and disabled low-income population. It will be built with the help of $2.2 million of the $50.8?million Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds awarded to Columbus, a little more than half of which came through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

  • By Alex Stuckey
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • The law took effect last Thursday, and Akron was the first city labeled because of its 2010 deficit of $87.8 million and 2009 deficit of $117 million, Yost said.

  • State board OKs changes to two Senate districts
  • By Alex Stuckey
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • The changes to the map give the 21st District, represented by Sen. Shirley A. Smith, D-Cleveland, the majority-black voting population, instead of the 25th District, represented by Sen. Nina Turner D-Cleveland.

  • Guns in bars OK as of today
  • By Alex Stuckey
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (September 30, 2011) — Few people sitting in a bar, sipping cocktails and chatting with friends think about whether the person next to them is packing heat.

  • Man was dedicated to Upper Arlington
  • By Tristan Navera
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (September 30, 2011) — Services will be held next week for Clark P. Pritchett Jr., a former Upper Arlington mayor and community leader, who has died of cancer.

  • Former Upper Arlington mayor dies
  • By Tristan Navera
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (September 29, 2011) — Services will be held next week for Clark P. Pritchett Jr., former Upper Arlington mayor and community leader, who has died of cancer.

  • Bill seeks protections for gays
  • By Alex Stuckey
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • McGinnis believes this would not have happened had the Equal Housing and Employment Act existed five years ago.

  • By Alex Stuckey
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Janet Porter, formerly Janet Folger in the 1990s when she was legislative director of Ohio Right to Life, spearheaded efforts to get House Bill 125, the so-called heartbeat bill, passed by the Ohio House in June. That caused a schism with other anti-abortion advocates who fear the bill could backfire and hinder progress on reducing abortions.

  • City wants to hook up 1,000 jobless
  • By Tristan Navera
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (September 27, 2011) — Officials in Columbus hope to find jobs for 1,000 people in less than two months.

  • Job fairs seek to fill 1,000 positions
  • By Tristan Navera
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (September 26, 2011) — A new jobs initiative has a bold goal: to find jobs for at least 1,000 unemployed people in central Ohio by the end of the year.

  • Jury rejects self-defense in shooting
  • By Tristan Navera
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (September 24, 2011) — For the second time, Barnell Edward Ellis stood before a jury this week to say he killed Armond Paul Dunlap Jr. in self-defense.

  • OSU plan for geothermal wells between a rock and hard place
  • By Tristan Navera
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (September 21, 2011) — An Ohio State University plan to drill 450 geothermal wells to help heat and cool several buildings has run aground as soil conditions proved more difficult than expected.

  • By Alex Stuckey
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Advocates of the bill, which would ban abortions once a heartbeat is detected about six or seven weeks into pregnancy, packed the Statehouse Atrium, rallying supporters to get their senators to vote in favor of the bill.

  • By Darrel Rowland and Alex Stuckey
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • While do-overs are not allowed in gubernatorial elections, The Dispatch asked Columbus firm Saperstein Associates to poll Franklin County residents for an idea of how they would vote if Kasich and his predecessor, Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, faced off again now.

  • Obama woos young voters with plan
  • By Alex Stuckey
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (September 14, 2011) — More than 3,200 people erupted in cheers and booming applause as President Barack Obama mounted the stage at Fort Hayes high school in Columbus. Spectators leapt from their seats or stood on their tiptoes to get a glimpse of the leader of the free world.

  • $23,000 far from enough for Mount Sterling police
  • By Tristan Navera
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Mount Sterling Village Council officially accepted $22,853 last night from several donors, with the largest amount coming from Scott Jewett, owner of the local IGA store, who held a fundraiser and donated personal money in an attempt to save the department.

  • September 11 | 10 Years Later: Cautiously optimistic
  • By Darrel Rowland, Ben Geier and Alex Stuckey
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • In fact, the percentage of Columbus-area residents who believe that the U.S. and its allies are winning the war against terrorism has almost doubled in just the past year.

  • Bedbug complaints jump in central Ohio
  • By Tristan Navera
    The Columbus Dispatch
  • (September 10, 2011) — Bedbugs have been creeping from American households into hotels and now businesses, too.