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Gov. DeWine’s Plan To Focus On Health Of Families Is Getting Good Reviews

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In his State of the State speech, Gov. Mike DeWine said he will have a team of cabinet members dedicated to dealing with public health including opioid abuse, mental health services and the health of families. And that idea is getting good reviews right now. DeWine’s OhioSTART program would provide what are called wraparound services… Read More

W.Va. Senate OKs Dropping Tax on Social Security Benefits

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A bill to eliminate West Virginia personal income taxes on Social Security retirement benefits has been passed by the state Senate. The Republican-led Senate voted 33-0 Thursday to approve the bill. The bill now returns to the House, which must concur on Senate changes to phase in the elimination over three… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Prosecutor: Time to Discuss New Execution Method

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A veteran prosecutor and longtime critic of delaying executions says it’s time for Ohio to consider new execution methods after a new round of delays was announced. Republican Ron O’Brien is prosecutor in central Ohio’s Franklin County. He says nitrogen gas is an option that has been discussed as an alternative… Read More

Sherrod Brown Won’t Run For President In 2020

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced Thursday he will not run for president in 2020. Throughout the past couple of months, Brown has campaigned in four early primary and caucus states. But he says he thinks he can be more effective by staying in the U.S. Senate. “It’s not fear of any specific opponent,” Brown says. “It wasn’t process. It… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

DeWine Delays 3 More Executions While Drugs Reviewed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday delayed three additional executions to give the Ohio prison system time to develop a new lethal injection method, responding to a federal judge’s scathing critique of the first drug used in the current process. Federal Judge Michael Merz said in January that inmates could suffer severe… Read More