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Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jan. 18, 2021 3:01 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: The unknown King The Toledo Blade Jan. 18 It may come as a shock to realize that, had he not been assassinated in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., could still be alive today. He would have turned 92 last week. He was a young man when he...

Ohio Dems tap 1st female chair, 1st Black executive director

Jan. 18, 2021 7:33 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Democratic Party is hoping that two historic picks last week — its first female chair and its first Black executive director — can restore its candidates' fortunes against the state's dominant Republicans while also healing internal party divisions. The choices...

The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during the funeral of Andre Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 at First Church of God in Columbus, Ohio.  Hill, a 47-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by Columbus Division of Police Officer Adam Coy in the early morning of Dec. 22, 2020 after officers responded to a non-emergency call in the area.  (Joshua A. Bickel/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Sharpton: Firing officer who killed Andre Hill is not enough

Jan. 5, 2021 5:33 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The life of Andre Hill was commemorated Tuesday morning as family and lawmakers called for justice to be brought against the white Columbus police officer who fatally shot the 47-year-old days before Christmas. “We don’t want your sympathy. We want justice,” the...

Legislators from the House of Representatives are sworn in to office at the State Capitol on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, in Helena, Mont. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Statehouses could prove to be hothouses for virus infection

Jan. 4, 2021 5:48 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — As lawmakers around the U.S. convene this winter to deal with the crisis created by the pandemic, statehouses themselves could prove to be hothouses for infection. Many legislatures will start the year meeting remotely, but some Republican-controlled statehouses, from Montana to...

FILE - In this June 12, 2014 file photo, Ohio Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Huffman addresses delegates as they meet to set up the framework for states to amend the U.S. Constitution at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Huffman, who was newly elected to become Ohio Senate president for the 134th General Assembly but will be sworn in from home Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, after contracting COVID-19.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Newly-elected Ohio senate president tests positive for virus

Jan. 4, 2021 11:06 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The newly elected Ohio Senate president will be sworn into office from his home Monday after contracting COVID-19 over the holidays. Senate President Matt Huffman experienced mild symptoms before the new year and is doing well, spokesperson John Fortney said. Huffman, a Republican...

Ohio governor signs bill requiring burial of fetal remains

Dec. 30, 2020 5:52 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fetal remains from surgical abortions in Ohio must be cremated or buried under a bill signed Wednesday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine. The bill updates a current state law requiring that aborted fetuses be disposed of “in a humane manner,” but “humane” is...

Ohio Supreme Court stops collection of nuclear plant subsidy

Dec. 28, 2020 5:53 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court on Monday issued a temporary stay to stop collection of a fee from nearly every electric customer in the state starting Jan. 1 to subsidize two nuclear power plants, a provision included in a scandal-tainted bill approved by the state Legislature in July 2019. The...

Ohio lawmakers fail to deal with tainted energy bill

Dec. 23, 2020 3:11 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio lawmakers ended their 2020 legislative session late Tuesday without repealing or replacing a scandal-tainted bill that provides a $1 billion bailout for two aging Ohio nuclear power plants, among other provisions. The Legislature adjourned for the year after sending Republican Gov....

Lawmakers fall short of overriding health orders bill veto

Dec. 23, 2020 10:02 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine's veto of a bill limiting the Health Department's ability to fight the pandemic will stand after Republican lawmakers wrapped up their two-year session without making good on a veto override threat. The bill that DeWine vetoed Dec. 3 would have allowed the Ohio...

Lawmakers push abortion restrictions, gun rights expansion

Dec. 18, 2020 4:35 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican lawmakers have sent bills to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine that would increase abortion restrictions, expand gun rights and ban the execution of the severely mentally ill. The measures come as the House and Senate wrap up business during the lame duck session before a new General...