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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