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A large balloon in support of the Heartbeat Bill.

Judge Blocks “Heartbeat Bill,” Abortion Clinics to Remain Open

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A federal judge has temporarily blocked an Ohio law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, allowing clinics to continue to provide the procedure as a legal battle advances. Wednesday’s decision halts enforcement of the so-called heartbeat bill law that opponents argued would effectively ban the procedure as early… Read More

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Group Urges People To Avoid “Backyard Fireworks”

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A coalition of health and safety organizations is urging people to stop shooting off fireworks and to leave the festivities to the professionals. It’s legal to buy fireworks in Ohio, but it’s illegal to set them off here. And Sherry Williams, with Prevent Blindness, says it’s also dangerous. She notes a report saying more than 9,000 people went… Read More

AAA Predicts Record Traffic for 4th of July Holiday

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The Ohio Automobile Association (AAA) predicts a record 49 million people will be traveling for the 4th of July holiday. That includes 2.1 million Ohioans. Drivers are likely to face a little frustration because there’s a lot of constructions on Ohio’s roadways right now. Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Press Secretary Matt Bruning says there… Read More

Questions Raised About House Member And Bill She Supports

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The leader of the Ohio Democratic Party is criticizing a bill to give tax credits to people who donate to non-profit pregnancy crisis centers that steer women away from abortion. A co-sponsor of the bill operates one of the more than 100 centers around the state. The bill would give people fully-refundable tax credits for the amount they give… Read More

11th Ohio County Joins Disaster Declaration After Tornadoes

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) – Residents in one more Ohio county impacted by severe weather in late May will be eligible for federal assistance after the area was added to those covered by a disaster declaration from President Donald Trump. Gov. Mike DeWine says Mahoning County in northeast Ohio has been added to the previous 10-county… Read More

President Trump touted coal’s “comeback” at a WV rally.

Trump Expected in West Virginia for Private Fundraiser

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) – President Donald Trump is expected to visit West Virginia later this month for a reelection fundraiser. The Intelligencer reports Wednesday that the private fundraiser is being hosted by Robert E. Murray, the president and CEO of Murray Energy. It is scheduled to take place at WesBanco Arena on July 24. The… Read More

School Funding Formula Proposal Releases Estimates For Each School District

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School administrators are looking through the latest estimates from a new school funding formula proposal. While many lawmakers and some larger education groups, such as the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, have come out in support of the plan, there are individual school districts that are still not on board. The Cupp-Patterson school funding formula, HB305, proposes… Read More

Patrol Warns Against Drinking and Driving Over Holiday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The State Highway Patrol warns it will be cracking down on motorists in Ohio who drink and drive during the Fourth of July holiday reporting period. The reporting period beginning at midnight Wednesday continues through 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The patrol’s zero-tolerance policy is part of the national Drive Sober or Get… Read More

Case of Legionnaires’ Disease Investigated at Nursing Home

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SUNBURY, Ohio (AP) – Health officials say a resident of a central Ohio nursing home recently contracted Legionnaires’ disease. Health officials say they’re working to pinpoint the source and identify additional residents for testing. The Delaware General Health District says the nursing home is restricting water use to reduce potential exposure from features such as… Read More

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The Legal Lowdown On Fireworks In Ohio

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Ohio’s laws on fireworks can be confusing. You can legally buy products in Ohio that you cannot legally use here. Lawmakers have debated bills to change that but, so far, they haven’t made it through the full legislative process. Here’s the lowdown on what’s legal and what’s not. You can buy the big boom fireworks in Ohio,… Read More