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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

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New Abortion Law Won’t Be Enforced For Now

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A law that requires burial or cremation of fetal tissue from an abortion will not go into effect Tuesday as planned. An Ohio judge granted a preliminary injunction, stopping enforcement of the new law requiring fetal remains from an abortion be buried or cremated. Abortion clinics had requested this delay,… Read More

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Ruling Lets Lawsuit Over Transgender Pronoun Dispute Proceed


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CINCINNATI (AP) — A new federal appeals court ruling allows a professor to continue with his lawsuit against an Ohio school that rebuked him for not addressing a transgender student using the student’s preferred gender terms. The Friday ruling reversed a judge’s dismissal of Nicholas Meriwether’s case against Shawnee State University. Meriwether argued school officials… Read More

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States Sue To Undo Biden Pause On US Oil & Gas Lease Sales

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana and a dozen other states are suing the Biden administration to end a suspension of oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters. Louisiana’s Republican Attorney General, Jeff Landry, announced the federal lawsuit Wednesday. The suit also seeks a court order that the government go ahead with two offshore… Read More

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Fired West Virginia Teacher Loses Suit Over Bigoted Posts

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit of a West Virginia teacher who was fired for her social media posts. Former Huntington High School teacher Mary Durstein made a series of posts in 2017 that ridiculed Black people, Muslims and former President Barack Obama. The Herald-Dispatch reports that she challenged an… Read More

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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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Former Pike County Sheriff Gets 3 Years Prison For Theft

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WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A former Pike County sheriff who rose to prominence for the investigation of the execution-style slayings of eight family members was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for theft in office and other charges. Charles Reader, 47, sobbed and begged Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove for mercy during his sentencing… Read More

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Federal Lawsuit Over COVID Closures Dropped As Backers Change Legal Strategy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Opponents of Gov. Mike DeWine’s COVID restrictions and shutdowns have dropped their federal lawsuit they filed last fall, asking for the removal of the state of emergency that was declared in March. But that doesn’t mean the end of the legal fight is over. Attorney Robert Gargasz says the lawsuit was withdrawn due to a change in… Read More

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Former Nelsonville Deputy Auditor Indicted On Additional Theft And Corruption Charges

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) – The former deputy auditor in Nelsonville pleaded not guilty to new felony charges related to theft while in office after previously pleading guilty to similar charges. Stephanie Wilson, 47, of Stewart, was arraigned Thursday in Athens County Common Pleas Court after being indicted on a felony charge of engaging in a pattern… 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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Kentucky Man Pleads Guilty To Improper Shipping Of Nuclear Waste

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man charged with illegally dumping low-level nuclear waste at an Estill County landfill has pleaded guilty in federal court to two charges of shipping the waste without the proper labeling. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Cory David Hoskins faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up… Read More

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Bill Would Increase The Number Of Public Defenders In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — About 70% of people who are facing jail time in Ohio need the services of a public defender. But there’s a shortage of them. Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that its backers said would help. Democratic Rep David Leland (D-Columbus), an attorney himself, said his bill would increase… Read More

In this image taken from video footage released in a criminal complaint by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Alexander Sheppard, center, joins other rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

Tally Of Ohio Residents Charged In Capitol Breach Up To 10

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio men have become the latest people to be charged in connection to the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S Capitol after being identified by family and acquaintances to the FBI, according to U.S. District Court documents. Thirty-nine-year-old Derek Jancart and 21-year-old Alexander Sheppard join the eight other Ohioans… Read More

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Court Tosses Ohio Libertarians’ Latest Play For More Access

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Representatives of minor political parties in Ohio are conferring on whether to appeal after suffering their latest blow in a legal battle for more visibility and access in state elections. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati late Wednesday upheld a lower court’s finding against the Libertarian Party of… Read More

Body camera footage from Columbus Police officer Adam Coy just after the fatal shooting of Andre Maurice Hill on Dec. 22, 2020.

$3 Million Bond For Columbus Officer Who Fatally Shot Andre Hill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A magistrate judge has set bond at $3 million for a white former Ohio police officer charged with murder in the December shooting death of Andre Hill. Franklin County Magistrate Elizabeta Saken set the high bond Friday after the attorney for ex-officer Adam Coy unsuccessfully argued for bond between $25,000 and… Read More

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) talked to reporters on September 1, 2020, after returning to the House for the first time since his July arrest in a $61 million bribery scheme.

Another Plea Deal In Householder/Nuclear Bailout Corruption Case

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There’s another plea deal in the federal corruption case involving Republican former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford), the former chair of the Ohio Republican Party and a utility widely believed to be FirstEnergy. That case has been called the largest bribery scandal in state history. The dark money… Read More

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Ohio Valley States Will Reap $45M From Opioid Suit Settlement With McKinsey Consulting

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LOUSIVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia will collectively receive roughly $45 million as part of settlement agreements announced Thursday resolving lawsuits against consulting giant McKinsey & Company related to the opioid epidemic. States had sued McKinsey because the company had advised opioid medication makers and distributors for several years during the height… Read More

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W. Va. Man Arrested Near U.S. Capitol After Gun Found In His Vehicle Pleads Not Guilty, Released

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Updated Thursday, Jan. 29, 2021 at 1:00 a.m. WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVPB) — A 71-year-old West Virginia man was arrested Wednesday outside of the U.S. Capitol after a gun and 20 rounds of ammunition was found in his vehicle. U.S. Capitol Police arrested Dennis Westover of South Charleston, West Virginia and charged him with carrying a… Read More

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo Kimberly Hall, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, looks over a photo display outside her office, in Columbus, Ohio.

Child Advocates: Ohio State Foster Plan Illegal, Inadequate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Advocates for Ohio children cared for by relative adults say a state plan to address funding disparities for those children is illegal and inadequate. At issue are people who take custody of children they’re related to but who aren’t licensed foster parents. A long-time gap exists in Ohio between payments to… Read More