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Right to Life leader wins support for state medical board reappointment

(October 3, 2017) — Despite complaints from abortion-rights supporters, Ohio Right to Life President Michael Gonidakis is one step closer to getting another five-year term on the State Medical Board.

Recovery is beautiful exults addicts at Statehouse rally

(September 29, 2017) — Wayne Ford stepped to the podium on the Statehouse steps wearing a gold mask.

Abortions in Ohio hit record low in 2016

(September 29, 2017) — The number of abortions in Ohio reached a new record low last year, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s 2016 Ohio Abortion Report.

Reagan Tokes Act aims to improve GPS monitoring

(September 27, 2017) — Lisa McCrary-Tokes stood alongside Ohio legislators Wednesday morning as a heartbroken mother.

Here is where you can hear local candidates

(September 26, 2017) — The Franklin County Consortium for Good Government will host a series of forums to look at local candidates and issues that will be on the ballot Nov. 7.

Four local law enforcement agencies getting money to fight opioid epidemic

(September 26, 2017) — Programs fighting the opioid epidemic in Franklin County will see a portion of the $3 million in grants administered by the Ohio attorney general’s office to help replicate or expand Drug Abuse Response Teams and Quick Response Teams.

Abortion on Down Syndrome fetus to be banned under Ohio bills

(September 25, 2017) — A week after Kelly Kuhns learned in a heartbreaking phone call that her son would be born with Down syndrome, abortion was mentioned.

Ohio lawmakers want to ban sexting up to age 21

(September 22, 2017) — The legal ramifications of sexting, or the transmitting or nude or seminude images of oneself, can follow a person years after they hit send.

Ohio gets B for helping criminals with mental illness

(September 20, 2017) — Ohio earned high marks on a new report looking at the availability of evidence-based treatments to help people with serious mental illness who have committed major crimes avoid more time behind bars.

Central Ohio DACA recipients wants to stay in America

(September 19, 2017) — Elvis Saldias grew up hiding a secret.

He came to the United States from Bolivia with his mom when he was nine years old on a visa that would expire a couple months later, making him undocumented.

Ohio justices hear arguments on state abortion regulation

(September 12, 2017) — About halfway through Ohio Supreme Court arguments Tuesday on what some call the biggest abortion case in the state’s history, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor wanted to know the impact of shutting down Toledo’s last abortion clinic.

Sept. 11 births, weddings bring mixed emotions due to 9/11

(September 11, 2017) — While fear gripped the nation on Sept. 11, 2001, Reed Blazek was being welcomed into the world at what is now OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Ohio’s ACT test scores above US average

(September 7, 2017) — Ohio is just slightly above the national average when it comes to ACT test scores of the 2017 graduating high school class.

New Ohio group calls for common sense gun laws

(September 7, 2017) — Holding a framed picture of his son Kenny, Kevin James told the story of how his child was struck down about seven years ago as an innocent victim of gun violence.

Hocking College ready to serve as medical cannabis testing site

(September 5, 2017) — Hocking College will house the state’s medical marijuana testing laboratory, plugging a gap in the process to legalize its sale, pending approval from the State of Ohio.

Columbus attorney who promoted diversity gets top legal honor

(September 1, 2017) — Norton Webster retired from his law practice about 20 years ago, but he still continues to go into his Columbus office almost every day he is in town to help clients.

Safety of judges, opioid crisis focus of State of Judiciary speech

(September 1, 2017) — Less than two week after a Jefferson County judge was shot, Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor expressed the need for security during her State of the Judiciary address Thursday.

Lawmakers propose shelter pet be designated Ohios official state pet

(August 29, 2017) — Ohio has the northern cardinal as the state bird and the white-tailed deer as the state animal, but comes up short in regards to a state pet.

How will Cincinnati-area representatives vote on Obamacare replacement?

(March 23, 2017) — Republicans have been dreaming to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act since it became law in 2010. Will they get their chance to do that soon?

Hamilton County commissioner requests almost $1.5 million to fight heroin epidemic

(March 22, 2017) — Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus testified this week before the Ohio House of Representatives Finance Committee, asking for the state to invest nearly $1.5 million to fight the county’s heroin epidemic.