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Ohio Bill Would Require Docs to Talk About Controversial Reverse Abortion Procedure

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An Ohio Senate committee is set to hear from opponents of a bill that would provide what’s being called “reversed abortions.” Chemical abortions require two pills to be taken 72 hours apart. Barry Sheets with the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio says abortions can be reversed before that second pill is taken, especially… Read More

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and ballot issue supporters

Dayton Mayor Endorses Effort to Put Background Checks for Gun Sales on Ohio Ballot

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The group that’s collecting petition signatures to ask voters if the state should require universal background checks on gun sales says it plans to move full steam ahead. And the effort is getting a boost from the leader of Dayton where a mass shooting in August left 10 dead, including the gunman. Last week, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley stood with Gov…. Read More

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How Planned Parenthood’s Exit from Federal Program is Affecting Ohio

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An estimated 99 ,000 low income Ohioans who want birth control and reproductive health care services have fewer options now that Planned Parenthood nationwide has pulled out of the federal Title X program. Planned Parenthood objects to a new rule that it says restricts the doctor-patient relationship. And In nine counties, it’s the only provider that accepted Title X funds. Athens… Read More

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Key Lawmakers Want To Focus On Dangerous People, Not Their Weapons

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Gov. Mike DeWine’s gun plan calls for using the so-called “pink slip” process to separate people thought to be dangerous from their guns. But a top lawmaker is questioning that approach. Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) says many Republicans in the House don’t think reducing gun access is necessarily going to deal with the gun violence problem. “We really… Read More

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Why Ohio House Leader Dropped Protection For LGBTQ Employees

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The leader of minority Democrats in the Ohio House says when the new human resources handbook came out last month, it was missing the clause that provided job protection for LGBTQ employees. She wanted to know why that clause, which was in previous handbooks, had been removed. Democratic Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) says the… Read More

People hold signs that read "I Vape, I Vote" outside the Ohio Statehouse

Some Ohioans Are Fuming Over Flavored Vaping Products

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On the very day a new excise tax on vapor products went into effect, hundreds gathered for a rally at the Ohio Statehouse. Meanwhile, Gov. Mike DeWine called for new changes. People who use or sell flavored vaping products gathered on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse Tuesday. They chanted and held signs, urging Ohio lawmakers to… Read More

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Ohio’s Universities Tell Lawmakers To Deal Them Out Of Sports Betting Bills

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Ohio lawmakers have introduced bills to legalize sports betting. But Ohio’s universities don’t want to be dealt in on those bills or any others that involve expanded sports gambling. The President of the Inter-University Council of Ohio, Bruce Johnson, says leaders of state universities want college sports excluded from sports betting. “People who run athletics… Read More

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More Than 100 People Arrested In Human Trafficking Sting Operation

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A three-day, multi-agency, undercover human trafficking sting in Central Ohio has resulted in 104 people being arrested. This sting is just the latest in statewide efforts to combat human trafficking. Attorney General Dave Yost says 30 police agencies worked together in this sting….an operation called “Fourth and Goal.” 53 of 104 arrests were for felonies,… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Appeals Court Rules Ohio’s Execution Drug Method Is Constitutional After All

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A federal appeals court says an execution set for next May can go forward, because the condemned killer didn’t prove his claim that the state’s three-drug execution method is unconstitutional. Attorneys for Wayne Keith Henness argued the mixture creates the sensation of waterboarding. But the 6thCircuit Court of Appeals said they didn’t prove that. The ruling reverses a decision from a federal magistrate earlier this year, who… Read More