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Ohio Board of Education President Tom Gunlock refused to release communications requested by state Auditor Dave Yost in an annual audit and probe into the education department’s rigging of charter-school evaluations. In a three-page letter, Gunlock said the communications between education department attorneys and employees regarding the evaluations were protected under attorney-client privilege.
A Pickerington teacher has been reinstated to her job after charges against her in the death of her husband were dropped. “She has been fully reinstated as a result of the charges being dropped,” school district spokesman David Ball said this morning.
First up, Senate 2016. In April, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland was up 9 points on Sen. Rob Portman. Now Strickland, a Democrat, is leading Portman, a Republican by 3 points. Because of the margin or error, Quinnipiac deems it too close to call. As for Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, who will face Strickland in a Democratic primary, 86 of people say they don’t know enough about him to form an opinion. Portman does lead Sittenfeld 49-27 percent.
Canal Winchester Mayor Mike Ebert will run uncontested on the Nov. 3 ballot after challenger Victor Paini unexpectedly withdrew from the race, citing work responsibilities.
SPRINGDALE, Ohio (AP) — A Louisiana man was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment after his young son was found wandering in an extended-stay hotel in the middle of the night, police in this Cincinnati suburb said.
Delaware will spend $145,000 to buy and demolish two blighted houses so an intersection near Conger Elementary School can be realigned.
WASHINGTON — For years, many in southern Ohio have lived in something like an economic purgatory, with their hopes pinned on the possibility of a uranium- enrichment plant to replace the Cold War-era plant shuttered in 2001.
Melissa Etheridge left her mark on the Ohio Reformatory for Women on Wednesday, but her experience at the prison left her deeply affected as well. For about 30 minutes, the rocker played songs and spoke words of hope and encouragement to an audience of about 2,300 inmates. Her visit was sparked by a video of a group of Ohio Reformatory inmates singing one of her songs. The group participates in Tapestry, a multi-faceted program for 90 women recovering from alcohol or drug addictions.
After years of heavy fighting over school choice in Ohio, lawmakers yesterday provided overwhelming bipartisan backing for “landmark upgrades” to the state’s much-criticized charter school laws. “This bill is going to be a game-changer for the charter school sector of Ohio,” said Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering. “I think this is going to give us the opportunity to have charter schools that we are proud of.” Many school-choice advocates have displayed little pride in Ohio’s expanding charter school system recently, which one national choice supporter calling it the “Wild, Wild West” of charter schools.
According to a new poll out this morning, Ohioans slightly favor former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland over Sen. Rob Portman, support legalizing marijuana and give Gov. John Kasich his highest approval rating yet. Here’s a look at how each issue played out in the Quinnipiac poll:
Felony charges have been dropped against a Pickerington school teacher who authorities say caused her husband’s death when she hit him with a car during a dispute. The way the charges were dropped against Angela K. Luke, however, means they can be filed again if a county grand jury sees fit to indict her. Luke, 40, initially was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and reckless homicide in the death of her husband, Daniel A. Luke, 42.
Ohio lawmakers received a joint call Wednesday to curb their tough-on-crime sentiment until a potentially sweeping overhaul of the state’s criminal code is complete. Legislators are undermining efforts to reform sentencing laws and decrease prison and jail populations by continuing to introduce bills creating new crimes and enhancing prison sentences, critics said.
State officials announced on Wednesday new funding to expand efforts to assist some of Ohio’s most vulnerable victims of sexual abuse and other crimes. A $75,000 grant awarded to Disability Rights Ohio was among $51 million handed out by Attorney General Mike DeWine to dozens of organizations serving crime victims across the state.
CLEVELAND — A dramatic and disturbing video recorded by a police body camera shows Cleveland patrol officers, including one whose ballistic vest had been struck by gunfire, trying to convince a man to drop his gun before four other officers shot him to death. One of the videos released today shows Theodore Johnson shooting at the officers. One of the rounds struck the chest area of Patrolman David Muniz’s ballistic vest. Another video, recorded by Muniz’s body camera, shows a despondent Johnson telling officers that he wants to die. “I know you just shot me, but I’m not going to shoot you,” Muniz tells Johnson.
One week after a gunmen killed nine people in Oregon, Senate Democratic candidate P.G. Sittenfeld called on both former Gov. Ted Strickland and Republican Sen. Rob Portman to “renounce” their past support from the National Rifle Association. Sittenfeld, a Cincinnati city councilman who is challenging Strickland in the Senate Democratic primary, said in a video circulated by his campaign that “any politician who lacks the courage to take on the NRA and to stand up against the slaughter in our streets does not deserve to represent Ohio in the Senate of the United States.”
Four bears were seized Wednesday from an Ohio property, the second time in three days that the state took animals from owners as it cracks down on owners who haven't complied with tightened requirements for owning dangerous wild creatures.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Patriot Coal says it expects to lay off more than 2,000 workers in West Virginia.
Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaign woke up to some unpleasant news this morning. The Republican is losing his home state, according to the latest Quinnipiac Poll released. Kasich falls behind billionaire Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. This was after he led the GOP field two months ago.
The Ohio attorney general’s office on Tuesday asked a Lucas County judge to declare invalid several key sections of Toledo’s new “Sensible Marihuana Ordinance.”
A Delaware, Ohio, man was killed when the minivan he was driving went off the road and crashed into a tree east of Marysville late Tuesday afternoon. Christopher Ball, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Rt. 132 in Dover Township, according to the State Highway Patrol.
To protect themselves and keep their addresses private, survivors of domestic violence might not register a car with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles or register to vote — things other people take for granted.
Ohio Republicans now favor two GOP presidential candidates over their own governor, according to the latest poll released this morning. The Quinnipiac Poll focused on swing states of Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania is likely to be a blow to Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaign considering he was winning his home state two months ago.
Tami Longaberger isn’t the only one to whom the Longaberger Co. might owe money. Licking County Auditor Mike Smith said the Newark basket-maker founded by Longaberger’s father owes $373,847.68 in back taxes.
A widespread overhaul to Ohio’s much-criticized charter school laws was altered and passed unanimously by a joint committee today, setting up expected final votes in the House and Senate on Wednesday.
A nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research on cannabis plans to build a $24 million medical marijuana research facility at a proposed Licking County grow site if voters approve ResponsibleOhio’s marijuana-legalization amendment this fall.
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