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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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Court Rules More Ballot Drop Boxes Could Be Installed For November Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A Franklin County Common Pleas Court has ruled additional drop boxes can be installed prior to the November election if Secretary of State Frank LaRose wants them. Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper says the ruling is a win for voters who don’t want to mail their ballots and  live far away… Read More

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Ohio Absentee Ballot Order Halted To Allow Expedited Appeal


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An appeals court has halted a judge’s order directing Ohio’s elections chief to allow voters to apply for absentee ballots for the November presidential election by electronic means, including by fax or email, something sought by Democrats in the pivotal swing state. The appeals court Saturday halted Friday’s preliminary injunction pending… Read More

Larry Householder leaving federal court after arraignment

Householder Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Racketeering Charge

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Former House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) has pleaded not guilty in federal court to charge of racketeering. Householder, who was among the most powerful Republican leaders in the state, is accused of taking part in a bribery scheme in exchange for passing a nuclear power plant bailout. Householder, who is… Read More

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Former Blackjewel Miners Could Get More Money From Proposed Settlement

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CASPER, Wyo. (OVR) — A proposed $17.3 million settlement of a class action lawsuit would provide additional payment for hundreds of Appalachian coal miners who were suddenly left jobless by the abrupt bankruptcy of the Blackjewel mining company. The settlement must be approved by the judge overseeing the complicated Blackjewel bankruptcy case. Although it is not… Read More

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Notices Sent To W.Va. Families Of Babies Born Exposed To Drugs

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than 3,800 notices have been sent to the West Virginia families of babies born exposed to drugs as part of the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy case. The Herald-Dispatch reports a group of attorneys sought the names to send families a notice of pending litigation. The notice, sent out last week, says… Read More

Larry Householder leaving federal court after arraignment

New Hearing Scheduled For Ex-Ohio House Speaker In Bribery Scheme

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled a new hearing for the former speaker of the Ohio House who’s charged in an alleged bribery scheme. Republican Rep. Larry Householder and four others are accused of shepherding $60 million in energy company money for personal and political use in exchange for passing a legislative… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court To Hear Armed School Staff Training Case

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HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court will hear a school district’s appeal of a ruling that they must provide police-level training to employees carrying concealed weapons. Madison Local Schools voted to allow armed school employees after a 2016 shooting in which two students were shot and wounded by a 14-year-old boy. A group… Read More

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W.Va. Attorneys Seek Names Of Babies Born Exposed To Drugs

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A group of West Virginia attorneys are asking a judge to force the state to release the names of babies born exposed to drugs as part of the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy case. The Herald-Dispatch reports the lawyers want the names so they can send families a notice of pending litigation and… Read More

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Suit Settled Over Union Dues And Both Sides Declare Victory

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Four state employees who opposed paying union dues have settled a lawsuit they filed against the state last year. And both sides are declaring themselves winners. National Right to Work Foundation attorney Bill Messenger says the employees he represents were told they couldn’t quit paying for union membership until the contract expired in February 2021… Read More

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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