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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter speaks to the media at a news conference following closing arguments in Oklahoma's ongoing opioid drug lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson Monday, July 15, 2019, in Norman, Okla.

Oklahoma Judge Rules Against Drugmaker in Opioid Lawsuit, Orders $572M Payment

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Monday found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state’s opioid crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million to clean up the problem. Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman’s ruling followed the first state opioid case to make it to trial and could… Read More

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State’s Largest School District, Teachers OK 3-year Contract

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state’s largest school district and its teachers union have approved a three-year contract that includes pay raises and some smaller class sizes. The Board of Education for the 50,000-student Columbus City Schools district approved the agreement Monday. The Columbus Education Association ratified it Sunday. The union represents more than 4,000… Read More

In this Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses protest outside Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn.

Court Lets Purdue Pharma Court Records be Made Public

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The secret testimony from former Purdue Pharma President Richard Sackler and other records in a Kentucky opioids lawsuit must be made public after the state Supreme Court declined to review an earlier ruling. The court record was sealed in 2015 as part of a $24 million settlement between Purdue and the… Read More

Mayor David Scheffler (R-Lancaster, left) talks with Mayor Nan Whaley (D-Dayton) and Mayor Andrew Ginther (D-Columbus). They were at the Ohio Mayors Alliance luncheon where seven cities received more than $200,000 for local educational projects.

Bipartisan Ohio Mayors’ Group Lobbying Lawmakers On Gun Policy Changes

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Mayors are actively lobbying state lawmakers to consider a package of changes to gun laws and mental health policy unveiled by Gov. Mike DeWine in the wake of the Dayton mass shooting earlier this month. Democratic Dayton mayor Nan Whaley is a founding member of the Ohio Mayors Alliance, and a former Democratic candidate for governor. And she said… Read More

The Kentucky Statehouse

Wall Going up Between GOP, Democrats in Frankfort

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A wall is going up between Republicans and Democrats in Kentucky’s Capitol. The Courier-Journal reports Senate President Robert Stivers said he authorized building a wall in the State Capitol Annex so that three Republicans won’t have to share office space with Democrats. Stivers said GOP members should have the ability to… Read More

The Ohio Supreme Court building in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

State Supreme Court Offers New Learning Program for Schools

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Supreme Court is offering a new learning program that allows high school students to see how the court operates without leaving their classrooms. The court’s Civic Education Section recently unveiled “Under Advisement: Ohio Supreme Court Cases on Demand.” A court release says the program provides teachers with lesson plans developed… Read More

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Loaded Handgun Detected in Man’s Belongings at W.Va. Airport

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man from Washington state has been caught with a loaded handgun at a West Virginia airport. The Transportation Security Administration says in a news release TSA officers spotted the handgun Saturday at Tri-State Airport near Huntington. The statement says the 9 mm handgun loaded with 15 bullets was with the… Read More

Makeshift Memorial in Dayton

Group to Give Nearly $2M to Ohio Shooting Victims, Families

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio nonprofit is convening more than a dozen volunteers to oversee disbursement of nearly $2 million raised to help those affected by the recent mass shooting. The Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund had received nearly 4,300 individual gifts within the first 12 hours of the Aug. 4 mass shooting in… Read More