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Marijuana plants sit under LED lights inside the Veg Room, in Eastlake, Ohio.

Patient Advocate In Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program Says It’s Too Bureaucratic

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An advocate for patients in Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program says he thinks more needs to be done to better serve patients. And he thinks he’s being retaliated against for speaking out about those concerns. Bob Bridges was removed from the panel by House Speaker Larry Householder. “I was not a yes man or a yes… Read More

Bill Would Give State Authority Over Local Lawsuits Against Drug Makers

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The family behind the maker of one of the main drugs blamed for the nation’s opioid crisis has reportedly offered $12 billion to settle a huge federal case in Cleveland. There are around 100 different lawsuits filed by Ohio cities and counties that are part of that case. And now there’s a bill in the works that would give the state authority over… Read More

West Virginia state Sen. Mike Maroney during the 2019 Legislative session.

West Virginia State Senator Charged With Prostitution

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia state Sen. Mike Maroney has been charged with soliciting a prostitute. A Marshall County court clerk says the Republican lawmaker turned himself in and was arraigned Wednesday morning on three misdemeanor charges. He has pleaded not guilty and paid a $4,500 bond. A criminal complaint says Maroney exchanged text… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Says He’ll Strengthen Gun Background Checks System

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Gov. Mike DeWine says his administration is adding another piece to his 17 point plan to reduce gun violence by calling for more required reporting into criminal databases used for background checks. DeWine’s plan to enhance criminal background checks includes requiring warrants to be added to state and federal background systems along with violent protective… Read More

Ohio State Supreme Court building

Five State Employees File Lawsuit Against State Leaders And Unions

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Five state employees have filed a lawsuit in federal court, claiming their rights have been violated by being required to pay union dues. Four employees with the Ohio Department of Transportation and one with the Ohio Department of Public Safety have filed suit against two labor unions, Gov. Mike DeWine and Department of Administrative Services Director Matt Damschroder…. Read More

Kentucky on a map

Kentucky Auditor: Pension Funds Not Following Transparency Law

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s state auditor says two of its largest public pension systems haven’t been properly disclosing information about how they invest money and pay investment managers in the spirit of a 2017 law requiring more transparency. News outlets report State Auditor Mike Harmon held a news conference Tuesday morning in Frankfort to… Read More

The Kentucky Statehouse

Wall Going up Between GOP, Democrats in Frankfort

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A wall is going up between Republicans and Democrats in Kentucky’s Capitol. The Courier-Journal reports Senate President Robert Stivers said he authorized building a wall in the State Capitol Annex so that three Republicans won’t have to share office space with Democrats. Stivers said GOP members should have the ability to… Read More

Andy Beshear

Beshear Puts Health Care at Forefront in New Ad

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Democrat Andy Beshear is trying to nudge health care to the forefront of Kentucky’s race for governor with a new TV ad. In the ad, Beshear said he’s fought to protect coverage for pre-existing conditions as attorney general and promises to do the same if elected governor. He personalizes the issue… Read More

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) discuss the importance of increasing the wage for direct support professionals in the state budget.

State Increases Wages For Developmental Disability Support Professionals

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The state is increasing wages for direct support professionals who work one-on-one with people with developmental disabilities in hopes of creating more stability for families and providing a livable wage for workers. Jan Dougherty says her son Ryan, who has a developmental disability, has been able to keep a steady job with the help of a direct… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks to reporters

Gov. DeWine Outlines His Plans To Make Ohio’s Schools Safer

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Governor Mike DeWine says more needs to be done to make sure Ohio’s schools are safe. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports. Gov. DeWine signed an executive order to establish the Ohio School Safety Center. The seven member office will focus on being a safety resource for schools and students throughout Ohio. It will work with… Read More