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ACLU, voter groups sue in Ohio over new legislative maps

Sep. 23, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A lawsuit was filed Thursday challenging Ohio's newly drawn state legislative districts as giving an extreme and unfair advantage to the Republican Party. The American Civil Liberties Union, its Ohio arm and a law firm filed the litigation on...

Voter groups sue in Ohio alleging new state legislative maps are gerrymandered

Sep. 23, 2021 16:12 PM EDT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voter groups sue in Ohio alleging new state legislative maps are gerrymandered.

Ohio governor offers new vaccine incentive for young people

Sep. 23, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans ages 12-25 who receive the coronavirus vaccine can enter a new lottery making them eligible for five $100,000 college scholarships and 50 $10,000 scholarships, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday in his latest effort to boost number of people vaccinated against...

Andy Douglas, ex-Ohio Supreme Court justice, dies

Sep. 23, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Andy Douglas, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice who was part of the court’s liberal “gang of four” coalition that forced changes in the state’s school-funding system, died early Thursday. He was 89. Douglas had been in declining health...

Suits against Ohio State over sex abuse by doc are dismissed

Sep. 22, 2021 22:29 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge dismissed some of the biggest unsettled lawsuits over Ohio State's failure to stop decades-old sexual abuse by now-deceased team doctor Richard Strauss, saying Wednesday it’s indisputable Strauss abused hundreds of young men but agreeing with OSU’s...

Debate begins on Ohio's critical race theory ban bills

Sep. 22, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A debate over teaching the role of racism in American history was highlighted Wednesday as a committee weighed two bills before Ohio legislators that would prohibit such instruction. Teaching that focuses on the effect of racism on society would be...

Backers push new Ohio energy efficiency incentive plan

Sep. 22, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Utilities would set a goal of reducing energy waste by 0.5% a year, a far more modest goal than a previous 2% requirement, under legislation aimed at restarting energy efficiency programs, a co-sponsor of the bill testified Wednesday. The previous...

GOP state Sen. Matt Dolan jumps into US Senate race in Ohio

Sep. 20, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican state Sen. Matt Dolan formally entered the race for Ohio's open U.S. Senate seat on Monday, adding a centrist voice more akin to exiting Republican Rob Portman's than to the crowded, Trump-aligned field of GOP hopefuls. In a telephone...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Sep. 20, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

Cleveland Plain Dealer. Sept. 19, 2021. Editorial: In voting for admittedly flawed maps, DeWine and LaRose abrogated their duty to Ohioans What were Gov. Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Frank LaRose thinking in voting for what they both...

Ohio to receive 855 Afghan refugees through federal program

Sep. 16, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly 900 Afghan refugees will be arriving in Ohio and placed within eight local resettlement agencies as part of the first group of nearly 37,000 arrivals across the country, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday. “These are individuals who have...