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Bill Would Give State Authority Over Local Lawsuits Against Drug Makers

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The family behind the maker of one of the main drugs blamed for the nation’s opioid crisis has reportedly offered $12 billion to settle a huge federal case in Cleveland. There are around 100 different lawsuits filed by Ohio cities and counties that are part of that case. And now there’s a bill in the works that would give the state authority over… Read More

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien speaks during a court hearing for defendant William Husel, second from left, as defense attorneys Diane Menashe and Jose Baez and assistant prosecutor James Lowe listen on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.

Doctor in Murder Case Gets 2 New Lawyers, June Trial Date

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio doctor charged with 25 counts of murder is now scheduled for trial next June and has two new lawyers, including one known for successfully defending high-profile clients such as Casey Anthony and Aaron Hernandez. That lawyer, Florida-based Jose Baez, calls the charges against William Husel “somewhat baffling.” Baez wouldn’t… Read More

Kentucky teachers fill the capitol for a rally.

Motion Seeks to Remove Judge From Teacher ‘Sickout’ Lawsuit

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration has asked that a state judge be removed from a lawsuit that challenges the use of Kentucky labor law to obtain the names of teachers who participated in “sickouts” to protest at Kentucky’s Capitol. News outlets report that a motion filed Tuesday seeks the removal of… Read More

West Virginia state Sen. Mike Maroney during the 2019 Legislative session.

West Virginia State Senator Charged With Prostitution

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia state Sen. Mike Maroney has been charged with soliciting a prostitute. A Marshall County court clerk says the Republican lawmaker turned himself in and was arraigned Wednesday morning on three misdemeanor charges. He has pleaded not guilty and paid a $4,500 bond. A criminal complaint says Maroney exchanged text… Read More

Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, West Virginia.

1,079 to Lose Jobs When West Virginia, Ohio Hospitals Close

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) – Notices filed in West Virginia and Ohio reveal that 1,079 workers will lose their jobs when two hospitals are closed this fall. Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filings indicate 736 workers will lose their jobs at Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, West Virginia, and 343 more will lose their jobs… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Says He’ll Strengthen Gun Background Checks System

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Gov. Mike DeWine says his administration is adding another piece to his 17 point plan to reduce gun violence by calling for more required reporting into criminal databases used for background checks. DeWine’s plan to enhance criminal background checks includes requiring warrants to be added to state and federal background systems along with violent protective… Read More

This April 16, 2019, file photo, shows a Juul vape pen in Vancouver, Wash.

Suit Charges E-cigarette Maker Markets Products to Teens

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio woman’s lawsuit against an e-cigarette maker charges that the manufacturer markets its nicotine vapor products to teens like her daughters and fails to warn consumers about the products’ high nicotine levels. The lawsuit filed this month in Columbus against California-based Juul Labs Inc. says the woman’s 16-year-old twin daughters… Read More

Kentucky on a map

Police Recruits in Kentucky Can Earn Associate’s Degree For Free

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Officials say a new initiative will allow Kentucky police academy recruits to earn an associate’s degree for free. A statement from the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet says it has partnered with the Department of Criminal Justice Training and Bluegrass Community & Technical College to offer the program, which is… Read More

Red and blue lights, as if from a police vehicle

VA Investigating Patient Deaths at West Virginia Hospital

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it is investigating allegations of “potential wrongdoing” resulting in multiple patient deaths at a VA hospital in West Virginia. VA Inspector General Michael J. Missal said in a statement his office has been looking with federal law enforcement into allegations at the Louis… Read More