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Transgender group's birth certificate suit advances in Ohio

Sep. 23, 2019 1:31 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Four transgender people challenging an Ohio rule preventing people from changing the gender listings on their birth certificates have won their day in court. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson denied the state's request that the lawsuit filed by the ACLU, Lambda Legal and the...

City argues man cannot sue over gun restrictions

Sep. 23, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The city of Columbus is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to rule individuals have no right to sue the city to overturn gun restrictions. City Attorney Zach Klein argues gun rights activist Gary Witt has no legal grounds to challenge the ordinances because he hasn't been harmed by them....

New interview process for condemned inmates seeking mercy

Sep. 22, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Members of the Ohio Parole Board will be given extensive information about the background of condemned inmates asking for mercy before they interview the prisoners, under a change in board policy that addresses a longtime criticism of the interview process. Under the old approach,...

Commissioners say counties should control opioid lawsuits

Sep. 21, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio county commissioners say counties should have control of any settlement money derived from lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies. The County Commissioners Association of Ohio voted unanimously Friday to oppose giving the state attorney general...

Ohio GOP fined $100K for improperly funding voter database

Sep. 20, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Republican Party is paying a $100,000 civil penalty to the Federal Election Commission for improperly funding a 2014 voter turnout database built by the company of an ally of then-Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik). Cleveland.com reports an agreement announced last week cites the...

Man, young daughter killed in house fire

Sep. 19, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

QUAKER CITY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a house fire has killed a 42-year-old man and his 5-year-old daughter in Ohio. The (Cambridge) Daily Jeffersonian reports those killed in the blaze in Guernsey County's Quaker City early Thursday have been identified by authorities as Steve Myers and Lydia Myers....

More threatened voter registrations under review in Ohio

Sep. 19, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State election officials are reviewing about 1,000 more Ohio voter registrations that were flagged for cancellation during a recent purge to assure they weren't improperly deleted. Cleveland.com reports Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose's office undertook the review after...

State senators plan field hearings on Facebook, Google reach

Sep. 19, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A panel of state senators is hitting the road to gather input on how the broad reach of Facebook and Google impacts average Ohioans. Republican Senate President Larry Obhof (AWB'-hawf) said Wednesday that two October hearings are planned. One will be in Cleveland and the other in...

Ohio official: Opioid settlement should be spent locally

Sep. 18, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Any money Ohio might receive from a settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and other drugmakers should be spent at the local level, the state's top lawyer said Wednesday. Republican Attorney General Dave Yost told reporters that so many of the agencies that are responding to...

Report: Ohio conducted executions after drugmakers' warnings

Sep. 18, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A report says Ohio went ahead with executions in recent years even after drugmakers threatened to cut off supplies if medications were used for lethal injection. Copies of letters obtained by The Columbus Dispatch show drugmakers warned Ohio officials going back to at least 2015. The...