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Ex-Ohio Elections Chief Brunner Seeks Seat on High Court

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Democrat Jennifer Brunner (BROO’-ner) has announced plans to seek a seat next year on the Ohio Supreme Court as her party tries to wrest control of the high court from Republicans. The 62-year-old Columbus appellate judge joins the race with statewide name recognition. She served a four-year term as secretary of… Read More

Court Says Catholic School Can Challenge Competition Rules

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court is keeping the door open for a court challenge of reforms aimed at leveling the playing field for public and private school sports teams. The court on Tuesday ruled that a Hamilton County judge can properly consider a challenge by a Catholic school athletic league to “competitive… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court Declares FirstEnergy’s Grid Fee Illegal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a 2017 decision by state utility regulators that allowed FirstEnergy to charge an additional fee to be spent toward modernizing the electric grid. In a 4-3 decision Wednesday, the court sided with environmental and consumer groups that had challenged the so-called distribution modernization rider to… Read More

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Abortion Clinic’s Fate in Hands of State’s High Court

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KETTERING, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio abortion clinic’s future is now up to the state’s Supreme Court. Justices will decide whether to hear an appeal by Women’s Med Center, the Dayton area’s last abortion clinic. It continues operating during a long-running licensure dispute. At issue is Women’s Med’s inability to secure the waiver and written… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court Provides $3 Million in Technology Grants

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has announced 47 local court projects are receiving nearly $3 million in technology grants. The grants pay for security improvements and upgrades to case management systems through the Ohio Courts Technology Initiative. This is the fifth year for the grants since O’Connor started the… Read More

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Task Force Looking Into Using Risk Assessments In Bail Process

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The Ohio Supreme Court chief justice is gathering a team of experts to examine the state’s bail system, determining whether or not the system is unfair for people who are arrested but held on expensive bail before they can argue their case. Daniel Dew, with the conservative leaning Buckeye Institute says a high bail can… Read More

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State Defends School Takeover Law in Ohio Supreme Court Case

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state is arguing that lawmakers didn’t violate the Ohio Constitution or a procedural rule when they passed the divisive House Bill 70, which shifted control of poor-performing school districts. The Ohio Supreme Court is considering a case challenging the so-called Youngstown Plan, which puts operational control of such districts in… Read More

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In 2018, Ohio Supreme Court Made Big Decisions On Abortion, Death Penalty

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It was a big year for the Ohio Supreme Court, with decisions on abortion, the death penalty and bobbleheads and the final blow to what had been the state’s largest online charter school. These and others  decisions from the court were some of the stories that made headlines in 2018. One of the biggest rulings… Read More

Ohio High Court Strikes Order Blocking Traffic Camera Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s Supreme Court has ruled in a Toledo case that a trial court couldn’t block implementation of a 2015 state law deducting funding to local governments using traffic cameras to collect fines. The high court’s unanimous ruling Wednesday said lower courts couldn’t block the law because no lawsuit has challenged its… Read More