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Ohio report finds many pregnancy-related deaths preventable

Nov. 17, 2019 2:24 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Health says nearly 200 women died from pregnancy-related causes over a recent eight-year period and many of their deaths were preventable. A report the department issued Friday identified 186 pregnancy-related deaths between 2008 and 2016, a ratio of 14.7 per...

Former Ohio lawmaker sentenced on federal fraud charge

Nov. 16, 2019 3:37 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio lawmaker accused of defrauding programs intended for disadvantaged businesses has been sentenced in federal court. Former Democratic State Rep. Clayton Luckie, of Dayton, received four months in prison Friday after a judge rejected a probation recommendation from the U.S....

Ohio bill would erase time limits, loophole in cases of rape

Nov. 16, 2019 12:17 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State senators in Ohio are debating a proposal to lift the statute of limitations on rape. It would also close a loophole that allows rape inside marriage to go unpunished. During Senate hearings that began Wednesday, Democratic co-sponsor Sen. Nickie Antonio, of Lakewood, said...

Ohio says study finds many pregnancy deaths were preventable

Nov. 16, 2019 11:42 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Department of Health says a study shows more than half of pregnancy-related deaths in Ohio over a four-year period were preventable. The Columbus Dispatch reports the statewide study released Friday shows that 57% of 89 reported pregnancy-related deaths from 2012 to 2016...

Arguments set for case of Ohio gun owner drunk inside house

Nov. 16, 2019 9:05 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments in February to decide whether a law prohibiting gun owners from carrying firearms while intoxicated should be applied inside a gun owner’s home. Lawyers for a Clermont County man arrested in 2018 after he acknowledged having an...

Measure introduced in Ohio would ban abortion outright

Nov. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group of conservative lawmakers in Ohio has introduced a bill to outlaw abortion outright except to save the pregnant woman’s life. State Rep. Candice Keller, a Republican from Middletown, says the bill’s backers are tired of taking an incremental approach to ending...

Ohio House OKs bill expanding religious freedom in schools

Nov. 15, 2019 11:30 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican-dominated Ohio House has approved a bill expanding religious freedom in public schools and allow students to engage in religious expression in their school assignments. The measure was sent to the Senate Wednesday after a 61-31 vote. The bill would remove a current...

Governor: Ohio plan to clean Lake Erie will work, take time

Nov. 15, 2019 7:43 AM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s new strategy to combat the toxic algae plaguing Lake Erie will focus on reducing agriculture runoff that feeds the yearly outbreaks by offering farmers financial incentives to change their practices, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday. The plan is the first time the state has...

Uber, Lyft urge Ohio to resume requiring front license plate

Nov. 15, 2019 5:25 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two rideshare companies are urging Ohio to resume requiring front license plates. Uber and Lyft submitted letters Thursday to Republican Senate President Larry Obhof (AWB'-hawf) in support of legislation that would again make it mandatory for Ohio drivers to affix license plates to...

State agency says Ohio suicide deaths rose 45% since 2007

Nov. 14, 2019 12:22 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of suicides in Ohio increased 45% from 2007 to 2018 amid a growing national public health crisis, according to a report released Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Health. Health Department Director Dr. Amy Acton said suicide has also increased by more than 50% in young...