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Democrats, NAACP Sue Over Ohio Stand-Your-Ground Gun Bill

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Democratic lawmakers, the NAACP and a grassroots organizing group have sued the attorney general of Ohio saying the last-minute approval of a “stand-your-ground” gun bill is unconstitutional. The provision was added to a bill that had near-unanimous support in the final days of the Legislature’s two-year session in December. The bill introduced… Read More

Nan Whaley, a Democratic candidate for Ohio Governor in 2022, stands inside the entrance of Donkey Coffee, a local coffee shop, in Athens, Ohio, on Friday, June 11, 2021.

Governor Candidate: Corruption Allegations Baseless, Untrue

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democratic candidate for Ohio governor is calling corruption allegations against her contained in court documents filed several years ago but recently made public baseless and untrue. Nan Whaley is the mayor of Dayton and a candidate for governor. She says unfounded claims were made against her in a federal investigation… Read More

In this image provided by the West Virginia Governor's Office, Timothy Jackson, the latest million-dollar winner in West Virginia’s vaccination sweepstakes, poses with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice

W. Va. Governor Announces 50 New Winners In Vaccination Sweepstakes

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LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has surprised the most recent winner of the state’s vaccination sweepstakes. Wanda Coleman of Ronceverte got together Wednesday with former coworkers at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg. Justice made some remarks about the importance of being vaccinated against COVID-19, and school officials said… Read More

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Parkersburg Bars New Residential Drug Treatment Centers For A Year

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city has approved a moratorium on residential drug treatment facilities. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports the Parkersburg City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday to approve an ordinance that bars new centers until June 30, 2022. The vote came after multiple people spoke to support and oppose the proposal… Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

FirstEnergy Reevaluates Denial Of Ratepayer Funds In Bribe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Utility giant FirstEnergy Corp. says it’s reevaluating previous denials that the company used customer money to secretly fund a $60 million bribery scheme. The Akron-based company filed notice with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on Friday saying its deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Justice Department requires a re-examination of… Read More

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‘Collin’s Law’ Signed To Stiffen Hazing Penalties In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tougher criminal penalties for hazing in Ohio will take effect this fall, nearly three years after the death of the college student for whom the law is named. Gov. Mike DeWine signed “Collin’s Law” on Tuesday. It’s named for Collin Wiant, an Ohio University student who died in 2018. Momentum for… Read More

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Ohio Pandemic Unemployment Overpayments Hit $2.1 Billion

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s human services agency says overpayments in both the state and federal unemployment insurance program topped $2.1 billion during the coronavirus pandemic. That includes both overpayments made due to fraud and overpayments due to mistakes. Those errors could have been on the part of the filer, an employer or the state…. Read More

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3 Existing Conditions Approved For Ohio Medical Marijuana

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Members of an Ohio medical panel have added three existing conditions for purchasing medical marijuana in the state. The Ohio Medical Board’s marijuana committee determined earlier this year that arthritis, chronic migraines and complex regional pain syndrome fall into the existing category of chronic or intractable pain. Ohioans need a doctor… Read More

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DeWine Ending $300 Weekly Federal Coronavirus Payment

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has announced the state is ending its participation in the federal program providing $300 of weekly pandemic unemployment funds. DeWine, a Republican, said Thursday the state will stop participating as of June 26. Multiple states have announced the end of the benefit, which came on top of… Read More

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Ohio Urges Judges To Keep Census Bureau On Data Deadline

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s solicitor general urged a panel of appellate judges to hold the U.S. Census Bureau’s feet to the fire by issuing an order that would require the statistical agency to release data used for redrawing congressional and legislative districts by mid-August. Solicitor General Benjamin Flowers told the federal judges that an… Read More

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‘Monster’: 7 Life Sentences For Ex-VA Hospital Worker In Deaths

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former nursing assistant has been sentenced to seven consecutive terms of life in prison for injecting seven elderly veterans with fatal doses of insulin. Reta Mays was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Mays didn’t say why she did it before being sentenced on seven counts of… Read More

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Treasury Sends $12B In COVID-19 Relief To Ohio Governments

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Treasury Department said Monday that Ohio will receive nearly $5.4 billion in aid as part of Democratic President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, with another $6.6 billion going directly to counties, cities and townships. It’s part of the $350 billion program created under the American Rescue Plan to… Read More

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Witness Testimony Continues In Landmark W.Va. Opioid Trial

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Witness testimony has begun in a landmark opioid trial in which local governments in West Virginia have sued three large drug distributors that have been accused of fueling the opioid epidemic. Cabell County and the city of Huntington argue that the drug distributors created a “public nuisance” by flooding the area… Read More

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Trial Against Opioid Distributors Set To Begin In W.Va.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial is set to start in a lawsuit filed in West Virginia accusing three drug distributors of fueling a local opioid epidemic with excessively large shipments of painkillers over several years. The city of Huntington and Cabell County filed the lawsuit against drug distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson. The… Read More

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8 Indicted In Alcohol-Related Death After Fraternity Party

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors say eight people have been indicted in the alcohol-related death of an Ohio college student found unconscious after a fraternity party. Six of those indicted Thursday are charged with involuntary manslaughter. They range in age from 19 to 23. Twenty-year-old Bowling Green State University sophomore Stone Foltz was found by… Read More

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Columbus Mayor Requests Federal Probe Of Police Force

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has asked the Department of Justice for an investigation into the city’s police department following a series of police killings of Black people. The Democratic mayor says while the city is committed to reform and has already established a number of “significant” changes in the past few… Read More

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Kentucky Judge Blocks Follow-up Attempt To Limit Beshear COVID Orders

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has temporarily blocked another attempt by Republican lawmakers to restrict Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd extended a temporary injunction Wednesday. It applies to a measure passed over the governor’s veto. The measure specifies which of Beshear’s pandemic-related orders… Read More

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted

Ohio GOP Lieutenant Governor Faces Political Test Over Tweet

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted entered the coronavirus pandemic a Republican rising star. But his party’s hard turn to the right and many member’s deep hatred of COVID-19 restrictions have required deft recalculation. University of Cincinnati political scientist David Niven says Husted’s increasingly provocative rhetoric on social media over the… Read More