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Several bail reform measures on the table for Ohio lawmakers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There are five different pieces of legislation in the Ohio General Assembly that would make significant changes to the state’s laws on bail, which includes a proposed statewide ballot issue. The topic of bail reform has been discussed in the Ohio Statehouse for years, but it gained renewed interest… 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.

A doctor found innocent after murder trial permanently loses their license

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A doctor found innocent of murder charges in multiple patient deaths has surrendered his medical license after determining that practicing medicine again in Ohio would be impossible. William Husel was accused of ordering excessive doses of painkillers for 14 patients in the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System. Despite his acquittal last… Read More

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What would overturning Roe mean for birth control?

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Overturning Roe v. Wade could have implications for more than access to abortion; medical and legal experts say it could open the door to restrictions on other types of reproductive health care. “To say that we are incredibly concerned would, I think, actually be putting it mildly,” said Dr. Kavita Arora,… Read More

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Lawyer in a landmark abortion rights case discusses a potential Roe reversal

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — A leaked early draft of a coming Supreme Court decision suggests Roe v. Wade could be struck down. The landmark decision established the constitutional right to abortion and the last major challenge to it came in a 1992 case called Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey. Kathryn Kolbert, an attorney… Read More

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Ohio Democratic Party sues DeWine over FirstEnergy, nuclear bailout law records

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration, saying they’re breaking the state’s public records law in turning over documents with information blacked out. The lawsuit demands those documents related to the House Bill 6 corruption scandal be turned over without the redactions.Democrats are searching… Read More

Protesters gather at State and High Streets in Columbus to show their opposition to Ohio's new voting maps plan.

Groups fighting GOP-drawn legislative maps say federal court ruling rewards gerrymandering

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A voting rights advocacy group and a national Democratic organization is criticizing the federal court ruling that would allow Republicans to implement unconstitutional state legislative district maps. A panel of federal judges, by a 2-1 decision, ruled that state officials involved in the redistricting process have until May 28… Read More

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Federal court will pick invalidated legislative maps if Ohio officials cannot meet new deadline

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A panel of three federal judges has told the Ohio Redistricting Commission that they will implement new Ohio House and Ohio Senate district maps if state officials cannot reach a new agreement by May 28. Two of the three judges decided that the map they would choose would be… Read More

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Shawnee State University pays $400K to professor who refused to use a student’s pronouns

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PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (NPR) — A public university professor in Ohio who was disciplined four years ago for refusing to use a transgender student’s pronouns is being awarded $400,000 following a lawsuit against the university. Nick Meriwether, a philosophy professor at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, sued the college in 2018 after he was disciplined… Read More

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Ex-finance director at Huntington Tri-State Airport pleads guilty to theft

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio woman who was finance director for a West Virginia airport has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $49,500 in federal funds from the facility. U.S. Attorney Will Thompson’s office says 46-year-old Melissa Sue Hall of South Point, Ohio, pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft from programs receiving federal funds. Thompson’s office… 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.

William Husel found not guilty in one of Ohio’s largest murder cases

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — A jury has found former Mount Carmel doctor William Husel not guilty on all 14 counts of murder. Husel was charged with murdering 14 patients at Columbus’ Mount Carmel West Hospital by prescribing them too much of the opioid fentanyl. The defense argued Husel was providing comfort care to dying patients. Husel… Read More

Travelers line up wearing protective masks indoors at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago in December 2021.

These airlines are dropping mask mandates after a federal judge’s ruling

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Updated April 19, 2022 at 8:14 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — U.S. airlines are lifting mask mandates, after a federal judge in Florida ruled against the Biden administration’s mandatory mask mandate for travelers on planes and other public forms of transportation. Monday’s ruling quickly reshaped U.S. air travel, as a cascade of carriers from… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine signs SB263 into law on January 6, 2021.

DeWine supports constitutional amendment to change rules for setting bail

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The push to put a constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot gained the endorsement of Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, who said public safety should be considered when judges are setting cash bail. State lawmakers are holding committee hearings on a resolution that would put the issue on the… Read More

Commissioners hand out different maps to be submitted during a Ohio Redistricting Commission meeting on March 2, 2022.

Youngstown voters plan to refile Voting Rights Act complaint in federal court

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The motion to stop the certification of Ohio’s congressional primary results is expected to be refiled in another federal court. The motion would argue that the state’s congressional district map violates the Voting Rights Act because the mapmakers did not take into account racial demographics. After being rejected by… Read More

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Federal panel in Ohio punts dispute over congressional map

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judicial panel has declined to grant an order temporarily blocking certification of 2022 U.S. House races that have gone forward in Ohio under a disputed congressional map. In a largely technical ruling Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio advised a… Read More

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Federal judges to decide next steps in Ohio US House races

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judicial panel says it will decide by Tuesday whether to temporarily block the results of U.S. House races in Ohio that have gone forward under an unresolved congressional map. A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio announced the timeline Monday. Side parties… Read More

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Ohio Redistricting Commission goes back to the drawing board after a third court rejection

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Redistricting Commission has approved the first stages of a plan to have Republican and Democratic mapmakers work together to draft the commission’s fourth attempt at state legislative district maps. The plan calls for the mapmakers already working for the Republican and Democratic caucuses to create new House and… Read More

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Parents of Serah Bellar, who alleged a long history of sexual abuse, are sentenced to prison

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The parents of a former Athens County woman who alleged a long history of sexual abuse in the family home while growing up were sentenced to prison Thursday. Robert Bellar, 55, and Deborah Bellar, 50, both pleaded guilty to one count each of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and… Read More

Four members of the Equal Districts Ohio group participate in a press conference at the state house

Ohio coalition emphasizes their fight for ‘fair districts’ as supreme court deliberates

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Equal Districts Ohio, a coalition of community groups, said the supreme court should invalidate the state House and state Senate maps adopted by the Ohio Redistricting Commission because they do not reflect the state’s partisan makeup. The group reiterated their court challenge during an event at the Ohio Statehouse… Read More

Outside the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley in Columbus.

Judge pauses federal lawsuit challenging Ohio’s redistricting process, for the moment

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The lawsuit asking the federal court to step in and implement state legislative district maps is on hold until the Ohio Supreme Court takes further action. The many parties associated with Ohio’s redistricting process appeared in court Monday for a hearing over whether federal judges need to intervene in the… Read More

Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) looks at printouts of maps offered during the second meeting of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, as he questions Chris Glassburn, the map drawer for the Commission's two Democrats.

GOP redistricting commissioners file their rebuttal to challenge over Ohio congressional map

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission are laying out their arguments for why they supported or opposed the latest congressional district map. Republican redistricting commissioners say the congressional map they adopted on March 2 complies with the Ohio Supreme Court’s orders and creates a map that can be implemented… Read More

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Ohio’s new congressional district map faces another court challenge

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A national Democratic group has filed objections over new the new congressional district map, as the state’s top elections official says the May 3 primary could have to be changed. The National Redistricting Action Fund accuses Republicans on the Ohio Redistricting Commission of refusing to follow the directions of… Read More

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Purdue Pharma agrees to a new opioid settlement with US states

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has reached a nationwide settlement over its role in the opioid crisis. The deal reached Thursday would require members of the Sackler family who own the drugmaker to pay as much as $6 billion in cash. That’s at least $1 billion more than previously agreed on. In… Read More

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Corporate opioid payouts now being finalized would top $32 billion

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Over the next two weeks, some of the biggest U.S. corporations accused of “turbocharging” the opioid epidemic could finalize payouts to victims and governments worth roughly $32 billion. “We’ve lost more than a million Americans to this epidemic, and sadly, it’s at an all-time high as overdose deaths continue to rise,”… Read More

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) speaks to reporters before session on September 1. It was the first time he was back in the House since being stripped of his speakership in July.

Federal prosecutors say Householder criminal case shouldn’t be dismissed

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal prosecutors say former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder’s arguments that a racketeering conspiracy charge against him should be dismissed are legally invalid. Prosecutors filed a motion Tuesday in response to one filed by Householder’s attorneys earlier this month that prosecutors failed to produce “essential facts” in a July 2020 indictment against… Read More

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D- N.Y., stand together at a press conference in Washington D.C.

Congress approves bill to end forced arbitration in sexual assault cases

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Senate approved legislation banning the practice of using clauses in employment contracts that force victims of sexual assault and harassment to pursue their cases in forced arbitration, which shields accused perpetrators. Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., introduced the bill five years ago and lawmakers negotiated with… Read More