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Federal Judge Dismisses Ohio’s Lawsuit To Force Release Of Census Data

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A federal judge has dismissed Republican Attorney General Dave Yost’s lawsuit against the Biden administration to force the results of last year’s Census to be released by the end of this month. Ohio hoped to start drawing new legislative and Congressional maps soon, for the first time under a process… Read More

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Guernsey Co. Woman Sentenced To 20 Years In Case Related To Son’s Death

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CAMBRIDGE, Ohio (WOUB) — A Guernsey County woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison for her role in the 2018 death of her 6-year-old son. Tiera Mounts, 30, pleaded no contest Monday in Guernsey County Common Pleas Court to four felony counts of endangering children and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, according… Read More

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Ohio Attorney General Sues Census Bureau Over Delay Of Redistricting Data

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is suing officials at the U.S. Commerce Department and Census Bureau for delaying the release of 2020 census data used to redraw state legislative and congressional districts. Earlier this month, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that the timeline for providing redistricting data to states would be pushed back from… Read More

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FirstEnergy Agrees Not To Seek Subsidy In Agreement With AG

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has announced Ohio’s largest electric utility has agreed in a settlement to forgo collection of a guaranteed profit subsidy provision in a now-tainted energy bill. Yost says the subsidy would have allowed Akron-based FirstEnergy to collect $102 million from customers in 2021. Yost’s office sued FirstEnergy in… Read More

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announces the new study.

Republican AG To Seek Reelection, Not Portman’s Senate Seat

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost plans to run for reelection next year and said Monday he won’t seek the U.S. Senate seat that fellow Republican Rob Portman is leaving. Yost explained his decision on Twitter, saying he loves his current work as the state’s top prosecutor. “At this moment in history,… Read More

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With No Repeal Of HB6 In Place, Ohio AG Sues To Stop Monthly Nuclear Bailout Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There are only a few weeks until new charges are set to hit all Ohio electric bills, and there’s still no repeal of House Bill 6, the disputed law that created those charges. Now the attorney general has filed a second lawsuit involving collection of that money. The suit from… Read More

Attorney General Dave Yost announcing the results of Operation Autumn Hope at a press conference at the Statehouse.

Over 100 Arrests, 100 Survivors In Ohio’s Biggest Human Trafficking Sting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Around 50 law enforcement agencies have arrested 177 people and found 109 survivors in what’s considered the largest human trafficking sting ever in Ohio. Attorney General Dave Yost said Operation Autumn Hope brought in federal, state and local law enforcement to rescue survivors, recover missing kids, catch people seeking… Read More

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AG, Prosecutors Suggest Reforms Instead Of Ban On No-Knock Warrants

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — No-knock warrants have gotten a lot of attention – most notably in the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed in March during a shootout between her boyfriend and police in Louisville, Kentucky. Ohio’s Republican attorney general says he doesn’t want to ban those warrants, as some communities do, but… Read More

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Judge: Energy Company Can Continue Donations To Lawmakers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge rules that Ohio’s attorney general’s effort to block an energy company and its affiliated entities from donating to lawmakers is an infringement of First Amendment rights. A Franklin County judge denied Attorney General Dave Yost’s attempt to stop campaign contributions to Ohio lawmakers from First Energy while the House… 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 Says Yost’s Civil Case Does Not Have ‘Legal Merit’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — FirstEnergy is responding to a civil case filed against the company by Attorney General Dave Yost (R-Ohio) saying the utility company plans to “vigorously” defend itself. FirstEnergy spokesperson Jennifer Young says the company has followed the law when it comes to making political contributions. “The attorney general’s lawsuit unjustly targets… Read More

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announces the new study.

Yost Files Civil Case Against FirstEnergy, HB6 Corruption Defendants

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Attorney General Dave Yost (R-Ohio) is attempting to block nuclear power plants from receiving what could be more than a billion dollars of ratepayer money from the bailout passed a year ago through HB6. Yost filed a civil case in court, basing the lawsuit off the findings of a federal corruption… Read More

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Yost Considering Legal Action To Stall Electric Bill Hikes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Attorney General Dave Yost (R-Ohio) says he’s considering taking legal action to stall the billion dollar nuclear power plant bailout as legislators consider a possible repeal to the law that created the subsidies. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved the mechanism to be used to increase nearly every… 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.

Yost Seeks To Halt Payouts In Nuke Plants’ Bankruptcy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Attorney General Dave Yost asked a federal court Monday to temporarily halt payouts in a bankruptcy case involving two nuclear plants caught up in a $60 million bribery and corruption probe. Yost said the arrests of then-House Speaker Larry Householder and four associates in an alleged pay-to-play scheme surrounding a… Read More

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Review Finds Mentally Incompetent Ohioans Have Current Gun Licenses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohioans who have been deemed by a court to be mentally incompetent are not allowed to possess firearms or have concealed carry licenses. Yet a recent cross-check of databases by the state’s Attorney General showed more than three dozen mentally ill Ohioans still had active concealed carry permits. Ohio Attorney General Dave… Read More

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Bill Would Allow Attorney General To Prosecute Those Who Damage State Buildings

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Recent vandalism to the Ohio Statehouse and other high- profile government buildings has prompted an outcry from some of the state’s top leaders. Now, Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow the Ohio Attorney General to go after those who damage public buildings. Republican Rep. Jeff LaRe… Read More

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announces the new study.

Court Dismisses Charges Against Restaurant Over Reopening After COVID19 Shutdown

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A court in eastern Ohio has dismissed a case that brought criminal charges against the owner of a diner in Cambridge for failing to comply with rules set forth in the state’s reopening plan for restaurants. This was the outcome the state’s Attorney General had requested. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost admits the owner of the National Road… Read More

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Lawsuit Filed Against Ohio Man Accused Of Price Gouging For N95 Masks

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state has filed a lawsuit against a Cleveland-area man for hoarding personal protective equipment that is sorely needed by health care workers fighting coronavirus. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says Mario Salwan and some others sold N95 respirator masks on eBay for nearly 18 times the retail price…. Read More

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Creditors Cannot Seize Stimulus Checks From Ohioans

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Most Ohioans will soon be getting a stimulus check as part of a federal aid bill signed into law last month. Banks and creditors might see this as an opportunity to collect. But, Ohio’s law enforcement chief is putting them on notice that they can’t touch that money. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says the stimulus checks are protected… Read More

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Ohio’s Attorney General Explains His Definition of an Essential Business

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Hobby Lobby stores in Ohio are closed now after Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost sent the company a cease and desist letter. The company had claimed it was operating as an essential business. But as Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports, that company isn’t the only one that is being questioned… Read More

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Controversy Over Whether Order Stopping Elective Surgery Applies to Abortion Clinics

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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is ordering abortion clinics to stop all non-essential procedures. Those facilities are fighting back, saying their services are essential. Yost sent letters to Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio and the Women’s Med Center of Dayton, telling them to immediately stop performing non-essential and elective surgical abortions. Predictably, Ohio Right to Life… Read More

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announces the new study.

Ohio AG Says Jury Trials can be Suspended Because of Coronavirus Concerns

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The attorney general is advising Ohio’s courts that they can suspend jury trials to stop the spread of coronavirus. Attorney General Dave Yost’s opinion said courts may suspend jury trials for up to 270 days under state law in a pandemic emergency, because they could pose a health risk to jurors, to court personnel and to defendants…. Read More

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AG Wants More Time to Get Communities to Join Opioid Settlement Plan

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Friday is the deadline for Ohio communities suing drug makers and distributors to decide to continue with their lawsuits or join the state’s effort to reach what’s likely to be a massive settlement over the opioid crisis. Attorney General Dave Yost said there are several communities that haven’t yet had a chance to meet and discuss the… Read More

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announces the new study.

AG Wants Changes To How State Awards Tax Credits And Other Incentives

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Attorney General Dave Yost says he doesn’t like some of what he found in a review of state incentives for economic development projects in the final year of former Gov. John Kasich’s administration. He’s now pushing some changes to the way the state awards grants, loans and tax credits. Yost said half of nearly $14 million in… Read More