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House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) discuss the importance of increasing the wage for direct support professionals in the state budget.

State Increases Wages For Developmental Disability Support Professionals

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The state is increasing wages for direct support professionals who work one-on-one with people with developmental disabilities in hopes of creating more stability for families and providing a livable wage for workers. Jan Dougherty says her son Ryan, who has a developmental disability, has been able to keep a steady job with the help of a direct… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks to reporters

Gov. DeWine Outlines His Plans To Make Ohio’s Schools Safer

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Governor Mike DeWine says more needs to be done to make sure Ohio’s schools are safe. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports. Gov. DeWine signed an executive order to establish the Ohio School Safety Center. The seven member office will focus on being a safety resource for schools and students throughout Ohio. It will work with… Read More

The West Virginia state capitol building

Legislative Panel Says W.Va. Judges Should Get Raises

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A state legislative panel is recommending pay raises for West Virginia judges. The West Virginia Judicial Compensation Commission released its final report on Tuesday and said the state has some of the lowest paid judges in the country. The report says Supreme Court, circuit and magistrate judges should get 18.3% raises. Supreme Court… Read More

Kentucky on a map

Kentucky Newspaper’s Series on Abuse Cited as ‘Wake-up Call’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A charity group and others in Kentucky cited a local newspaper’s investigative series on child abuse as a wake-up call for the state. The Courier Journal of Louisville reports Kosair Charities and others hosted an event Tuesday to call on the community to help combat the “epidemic.” The newspaper’s five-part series details how Kentucky has… Read More

A gavel in front of some legal books

Trial Delayed in Alleged Threats to Anti-LGBT Delegate Case

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial has been delayed for a Virginia man accused of threatening a West Virginia delegate who equated the LGBTQ community to the Ku Klux Klan. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Monday bench trial for Jonathan George Benfer was delayed over several oversights. The absent Republican Delegate Eric Porterfield said he wasn’t informed… Read More

The Kentucky Statehouse

Kentucky Democratic Lawmakers to Push for Minimum Wage Increase

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Two Democratic lawmakers in Kentucky say they have a proposal that would eventually more than double the state’s minimum wage. Sen. Reggie Thomas of Lexington and Rep. Kathy Hinkle of Louisa say they’ll introduce the measure in the House and Senate during the 2020 session. Their legislation would gradually raise the… Read More

Jim Justice

Hearing Set for Case to Force WV Governor to Live in Capital

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Can the governor of West Virginia be forced to live in the state capital? A persistent lawsuit seeking to do just that is back in court Wednesday. Republican Gov. Jim Justice has been frequently criticized by members of both major parties for not spending time at the Charleston statehouse. Perhaps the most forceful… Read More

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, Gov. Mike DeWine and OBM Director Kimberly Murnieks

Governor: Ohio Medicaid Lead Abatement Plan Gets Federal OK

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio’s Department of Medicaid has received federal approval for its plan to enhance and expand Medicaid’s lead abatement program. DeWine said in a release Tuesday that the Children’s Health Insurance Program initiative was recently approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He says that means… Read More

The flag of Ohio

Ohio to Put Raccoon-Rabies Vaccination Baits in 14 Counties

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Department of Health is set to begin oral raccoon-rabies vaccination operations in 14 northeast Ohio counties. The department says the annual fall baiting operations done in partnership with federal and local agencies will begin on or around Friday, weather permitting. The baiting is intended to immunize raccoons that are at… Read More