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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Just after the clock struck midnight, the Ohio Redistricting Commission approved new Ohio House and Ohio Senate district maps, that are likely to guarantee a Republican supermajority for the next four years, by a vote of 5 to 2. The two Democrats on the panel voted against the plan…. Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The U.S. Capitol Police are on the verge of running out of money next month so both the Senate and House approved a $2.1 billion spending measure on Thursday to avoid furloughs and pay for overtime, training and more. It also direct funds to federal agencies handling humanitarian aid for U.S. allies… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — In the early 1980s, Robin Turner got caught up in the world of drugs. She was arrested and incarcerated pending trial until her brother helped her post bond. “I lost my housing. I had to pack up and move and move back in with my mom,” she said. Today, she is… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Utility giant FirstEnergy Corp. says it’s reevaluating previous denials that the company used customer money to secretly fund a $60 million bribery scheme. The Akron-based company filed notice with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on Friday saying its deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Justice Department requires a re-examination of… Read More
WASHINGTON (NPR) — In gripping emotional testimony, U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell recounted the “horrific and devastating” violence of Jan. 6 during the first hearing of the select committee investigating the insurrection. “My fellow officers and I were punched, pushed, kicked, shoved, sprayed with chemical irritants, and even blinded with eye-damaging lasers by a… Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — After lots of back and forth, Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senator says he thinks the bipartisan infrastructure deal he’s been working on with President Biden’s administration will happen. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says he and fellow lawmakers in the bipartisan working group realize the need for money for roads and… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOUB) — With a little over a day till the deadline on Wednesday, the new two-year $75 billion state budget is on its way to Gov. Mike DeWine after overwhelmingly bipartisan votes in the House and Senate late Monday evening. A surprise surplus of $3 billion more than budget forecasters predicted led to a compromise… Read More
The Trump administration rolled back the regulations last year, a move that was so controversial even some oil companies opposed it. Methane is an even more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Many businesses are hiring as pandemic restrictions are lifted, and some, such as Bagel Street Deli in Athens, are requiring that employees have the COVID-19 vaccine. This has many people asking: Is this even legal? The short answer is yes. “Right now, both on the federal and state level, there are no… Read More
ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — School administrators are raising questions about a new bill designed to help high school students get back on track following pandemic-related setbacks. The High School Academic Recovery Act would establish the Supplemental School Year Program. This would allow students at all public high schools to retake classes they completed during the 2020-2021 school year…. Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state budget process began during the pandemic, when schools and businesses were closed, unemployment numbers were at double digits, and terrifying predictions of death tolls were circulating. A year later, the state and Ohioans are flush with federal COVID relief money, so the budget picture has changed a… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — In a historic vote, the Ohio House has removed a former Speaker who was re-elected to his seat last fall, after he was arrested in what’s considered the largest bribery case ever in Ohio government. The House voted 75-21 to expel Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford), just a few days after… Read More
ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A Democratic candidate for governor toured through Athens last Friday and promised not to forget about Southeast Ohio if she’s elected. Nan Whaley said every citizen in the state should have a voice but claimed that past administrations have largely ignored this region. “You’ve been working more and more and getting… Read More
A senator is asking why a corporate landlord has filed to evict renters in predominantly Black counties at four times the rate as renters in predominantly white counties.
“After just 100 days, I can report to the nation: America is on the move again,” President Biden said in his remarks to lawmakers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — President Joe Biden will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on April 28. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi extended the invitation to Biden, “to share your vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment.” The speech will come just before Biden’s 100th day… Read More
The American Families Plan would expand free public education and make child care more affordable. The White House wants to pay for the measure by raising taxes on the country’s richest.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio will lose a seat in the US House of Representatives starting with next year’s election, bringing its total to 15 – its smallest Congressional delegation since 1833. And it’s unclear who among the 12 Republicans and four Democrats stands to lose their district when the lines are redrawn for… Read More
At issue is how much the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to carry concealed weapons outside their home for self-defense. The case will likely be argued in the fall.
On Earth Day, President Joe Biden convened world leaders for a climate summit, where he laid out an ambitious goal for U.S. policy on climate change. “The United States sets out to cut our global warming emissions in half by the end of the decade,” Biden said. “That’s where we’re heading as a nation.” But… Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — To discuss the ambitions of the climate summit and the very real challenges to President Joe Biden’s plans, we’re joined by Michael Mann, a climate scientist and professor of atmospheric sciences at Penn State University. He’s the author of, “The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet.” This… Read More
In an evenly divided Senate, the moderate Democrat is key to passing President Biden’s massive infrastructure and jobs proposal. Now he’s facing pressure from unions back home to support the measure.
The guilty verdict against the former officer has added new urgency around stalled talks on legislation to ban chokeholds and end qualified immunity for police. But the path remains far from clear.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s professional sports teams are calling on legislators to break the log jam in the debate over legalizing sports betting before they go on summer break. Ohio lawmakers are locked in a stalemate over plans to legalize sports betting. The holdup is over which agency should be in charge of… Read More
The 2020 census results are months overdue after COVID-19 upended the national count. Efforts to extend reporting deadlines stalled last year after Trump officials decided to cut short counting.