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Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, the lead Democratic negotiator on a bipartisan gun bill safety bill, speaks to activists protesting gun violence and demanding action from lawmakers

Senators reach final bipartisan agreement on a gun safety bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Senate negotiators have reached a final agreement on a narrow bipartisan gun safety bill that could become the first gun control measure to pass Congress in decades. The legislation resulted from negotiations among 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats, and it is expected to have more than enough votes to overcome the… Read More

An evidence marker is laid down near a gun at a crime scene.

Criminal investigators in Ohio are getting help from the feds to solve crimes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Attorney General Dave Yost, a Republican, said the state’s crime fighting efforts are improving thanks to a partnership that can help law enforcement analyze ballistic evidence faster. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) will now have a direct link to the National Correlation and Training Center — a… Read More

Steve Dettelbach, candidate for Ohio Attorney General, speaks during a campaign rally, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.

Biden’s ATF pick is endorsed by ex-Justice Department officials

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WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 140 former Justice Department officials are throwing their support behind President Joe Biden’s nominee to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The ex-officials include two past attorneys general and worked for both Democratic and Republican presidents. They’re urging congressional leaders to quickly confirm Steve Dettelbach to the… Read More

U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Tim Ryan fills out his paperwork at the Ohio Secretary of State's office.

Tim Ryan wins U.S. Senate Democratic nomination in Ohio primary, AP says

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Congressman Tim Ryan has won the Democratic nomination in his run for U.S. Senate, according to a projection by The Associated Press. Ryan beat Morgan Harper, an attorney and community activist, and Traci Johnson, a business owner and activist. Ryan’s campaign focused on general election issues in hopes of… Read More

A drug overdose rescue kit is pictured in Buffalo, N.Y.

Drug overdose deaths are at a record high. Here’s what the White House plans to do

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBUR) — In its first detailed plan to slow the rise in drug overdose deaths, the Biden administration is emphasizing harm reduction. That means increasing access to clean needles, fentanyl test strips and naloxone. Clean needles help reduce the spread of disease. Fentanyl test strips enable drug users to check if they are… Read More

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona delivers remarks in Washington, D.C., in January

The student loan pause has been extended until the end of the summer

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it is again extending the moratorium on federal student loan payments, interest and collections, this time until summer’s end, Aug. 31. The U.S. Department of Education also unveiled a plan to reset the roughly 7 million borrowers who are in default, using the pandemic pause… Read More

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives at the Capitol Thursday to update reporters on the must-pass priority of funding the government.

Congress approves a short-term funding bill to avoid a government shutdown

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Updated December 2, 2021 at 9:25 PM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — A day before the federal government is scheduled to run out of money, Congress on Thursday approved a short-term spending bill that will keep federal agencies running through Feb. 18, 2022. The legislation now goes to President Biden, who needs to sign it… Read More

A row of USPS drop boxes

The Postal Service Is Slowing The Mail To Save Money. Critics Say It’s A Death Spiral

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Maybe you’ve noticed the birthday card that arrived belatedly or the check in the mail that didn’t pay your credit card quite on time. It’s not your imagination. The mail has definitely gotten less speedy. The U.S. Postal Service began slowing deliveries of first-class mail nationwide on Oct. 1. The price… Read More

Rob Portman

Portman Joins Most GOP Senators In Failed Attempt To Dismiss Impeachment Trial

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says forgoing a run for re-election does not change his approach to the upcoming impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Some believe not running for another term takes political pressure off of Portman if he wanted to vote to convict Trump in the… Read More

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman

U.S. Senator Rob Portman Explains Why He Will Vote For COVID-19 Aid Package

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman says he’ll vote for a COVID aid package when it comes to the Senate floor tomorrow even though it doesn’t contain everything he’d like. Portman said he wishes the package would include business tax credits and aid for them to purchase PPE, along with additional funding for state and… Read More

Ohio Department of Health conducting tests for COVID-19 with new testing equipment.

DeWine Calls For Federal Help With Testing Materials

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Governor Mike DeWine is calling on the federal government to help provide crucial materials that would allow a dramatic increase in testing for coronavirus in his state — and later reported a “very positive” response from the agency concerned. Gov. DeWine said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Ohio hospitals… Read More

The U.S. Capitol

Brown, Portman Talk Next Steps in Federal COVID-19 Response

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The federal government is in the process of sending out checks to most Americans as part of the stimulus package responding to the economic fallout of the coronavirus. U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) talk about some of the next steps they’d like to see from Congress…. Read More