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Grandfather, Wife Face Murder Charges In Death Of Girl, 5

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NEW BOSTON, Ohio (AP) — Court records show an Ohio man and his wife have been charged with aggravated murder in the death of the man’s 5-year-old granddaughter. The Portsmouth Daily Times reports 5-year-old Annabell Greene was flown Wednesday to a Columbus hospital where she died. Her grandfather, 46-year-old Richard Greene, and his 38-year-old wife,… Read More

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Lawyers Seek To Halt Purdue Pharma Political Contributions

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma’s creditors want a federal bankruptcy judge to order the company to request permission before making any more political contributions. The issue arose this week after a report that the company gave to political organizations after declaring bankruptcy. Associations representing Democratic and Republican attorneys general and Republican governors have… Read More

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Judge Deals Blow To Kentucky Governor’s Executive Orders

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky circuit court judge has issued a temporary restraining order against future executive orders related to the COVID-19 crisis. The Courier-Journal reports the order comes in a lawsuit from the Kentucky agriculture commissioner and an orchard and cider mill in Georgetown. The Kentucky attorney general also intervened in support of… 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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Ohio Sues Two Companies For Making Illegal Robocalls

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio has joined six other states in suing a pair of Texas-based businesses, saying they have blasted Ohioans with more than 59 million illegal robocalls offering extended car warranties and health care services. Attorney General Dave Yost says the companies have illegally used spoofing – making the call look like it’s… Read More

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Lake County Judge Rules Gyms Can Open Now

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci has issued a preliminary injunction against the state’s public health order closing gyms and fitness centers. The attorneys representing gyms say this ruling has wider implications. Lucci called the Ohio Department of Health’s orders to close gyms “oppressive” and “arbitrary” in his ruling that… Read More

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Ohio Ballot Campaigns Allowed More Flexibility on Signatures

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Ohio to allow groups pursuing voting law changes, a minimum wage increase and marijuana decriminalization more time and flexibility to qualify for ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic. Judge Edmund Sargus Jr.’s ruling Tuesday gives campaigns until July 31 to gather required signatures and allows them to… Read More

The Spot, located in Grandview west of downtown Columbus, is one of the 35 independent gyms suing the state over its shutdown order.

Libertarian Group Sues State Again Over Shutdown Orders, This Time for Closed Gyms

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A group of 35 independent gyms and fitness centers is suing the state, saying they could reopen for business safely but they’re not being allowed to. Attorney Maurice Thompson said in his filing that gyms maintain private memberships, control who can come in and often operate by appointment, they “pose a significantly… Read More

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West Virginia Supreme Court Upholds ‘Right-to-Work’ Law

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has upheld a so-called right-to-work law and handed a defeat to labor unions which had sought to protect workers’ union dues. In an opinion released Tuesday, the justices granted summary judgment to the state and overturned a February 2019 ruling by a lower court judge who… Read More

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Judge: Legitimate Cause to Limit Ohio Businesses Amid Virus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge gave Ohio officials an early victory in a lawsuit challenging the shuttering of nonessential employers in response to the pandemic. The judge rejected a Columbus bridal shop’s bid for a temporary restraining order that would have allowed it to reopen. While another hearing on the lawsuit is set… Read More

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Judges Urged To Reduce Bonds, Lower Jail Populations

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Even as more local governments begin moving to remote work, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has asked judges to keep courts open for emergency matters – while encouraging them to reduce bonds, stay eviction proceedings and release high-risk people from jails. As of Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health… 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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Marietta Doctor Convicted of Illegally Prescribing Pain Pills

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A federal jury has convicted an Ohio doctor accused of illegally distributing medication including pain pills. The government had charged Dr. Roger Anderson of Marietta with providing opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone to patients using pre-signed prescriptions and without examining the patients himself. Federal prosecutors also said the 65-year-old Anderson… Read More

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Legislation Would Lift Pain-and-Suffering Caps in Rape Cases

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Proposed legislation in the Ohio House would lift caps on pain-and-suffering awards in lawsuits brought by rape victims. The bill introduced this month by two Democratic lawmakers stems from a 2016 Ohio Supreme Court ruling that threw out a $3.6 million jury award to a woman raped by her pastor at… Read More

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New Criminal Charges Filed Against Suspended Ohio Sheriff

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WAVERLY, Ohio – A suspended Ohio sheriff has been indicted on multiple felony charges including a count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. The Columbus Dispatch reports the grand jury charges filed Friday against suspended Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader update a series of charges filed against him last year. The 18 new… Read More

A student walks to class on the campus of Shawnee State University, on March 16, 2006 in Portsmouth, Ohio.

US Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Transgender Pronoun Dispute

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PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — A judge has dismissed a professor’s lawsuit against a small, public university in Ohio that rebuked him for not addressing a transgender student using the student’s preferred gender terms. Nicholas Meriwether’s federal lawsuit alleged that Shawnee State University officials violated his rights by compelling him to speak in a way that… Read More

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Prosecutor: Others Could Be Implicated in Nelsonville Mismanagement Case

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ATHENS, Ohio — An investigation into financial mismanagement in Nelsonville may not end at the indictment of a deputy auditor, according to the Athens County Prosecutor. Stephanie Wilson, of Stewart, is reportedly cooperating with investigators as they dig deeper into the city’s practices. “I’m not sure whether other people will be criminally charged for it,” Athens… Read More

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Grand Jury Indicts Nelsonville Deputy Auditor for Alleged Payroll Fabrication

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(UPDATE 2/11/20 3:45 p.m.) Although none of the allegations involve their schools, WOUB News has a learned Stephanie Wilson was asked to resign her position from the Federal Hocking Local School District Board. The statement from the board reads, “The Federal Hocking School Board has been made aware of the allegations against newly elected Board… Read More

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West Virginia Judge Dismisses Murder Charge Against Teenager

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A murder charge against an 18-year-old West Virginia woman has been dismissed after prosecutors failed to find a key witness in the case. News outlets report that Andrea Glenda Moore was charged as an adult with murder in the 2018 shooting that killed Joann Dawn Saunders Childers, a 32-year-old mother of… Read More