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Governor Kasich Appoints Annette Butler

Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday appointed Annette Butler, a fellow Republican, to be a Common Pleas judge. Ms. Butler is filling a vacancy left by former Judge Timothy J. McGinty, a Democrat who is running for county prosecutor. Ms. Butler will take office on December 12. She must run for election next fall to keep […]

Northern Ohio’s U.S. Attorney’s Office Garnered $48 Million This Year

The U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of Ohio is more than paying for itself. U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said Tuesday that his office made $48.6 million in civil and criminal collections in the budget year that ended September 30. The money collected is nearly triple the office’s annual budget. The office is also […]

Ohio to Get More than $22 Million from Vioxx Settlement

Ohio’s attorney general says the state will receive $22.8 million as its share of a settlement with drug maker Merck over marketing of the painkiller Vioxx. Attorney General Mike DeWine says the deal announced by the U.S. Justice Department should remind all drug companies to represent their products accurately and truthfully. The settlement resolves allegations […]

Blinks Used as Testimony in Murder Trial

A dying man’s videotaped eye blinks, which prosecutors say identify his killer, are a major part of the testimony at the defendant’s trial in Cincinnati. Ricardo Woods, of Cincinnati, is charged with murdering David Chandler. Police interviewed Mr. Chandler while he was in the hospital, paralyzed after being shot in the head and neck on […]

Inmates Sue When Prison Releases HIV Status

Seven HIV-positive inmates have sued the state, claiming they were ridiculed, harassed, and threatened after their medical records were released to the prison population. The lawsuits, filed in the Ohio Court of Claims, stem from an incident in June at the Mansfield Correctional Institution. Prison officials put a record of inmates being treated for HIV […]

President Obama Currently Leads in Ohio

A new Public Policy Polling survey in Ohio finds President Obama leading all of his Republican opponents by margins ranging from 9 to 17 points. Obama leads Mitt Romney, 50% to 41%, tops Herman Cain, 50% to 39%, beats Newt Gingrich, 51% to 38% and crushes Rick Perry, 53% to 36%. It’s important to note […]

Repeal Of Collective Bargaining Law Could Fuel Democrats For 2012

Ohio voters overturned Senate Bill 5, the law that stripped public employees of their right to collectively bargain, by a nearly two-to-one vote. The law, the centerpiece of Republican Governor John Kasich‘s legislative agenda and passed by the legislature this spring, will no longer be on the books after Tuesday night’s referendum vote. “It’s clear […]

Obama, Biden Congratulate Ohio

With Tuesday night’s vote overturning Senate Bill 5, the Obama administration and allies were quick to offer statements of solidarity and support. Jay Carney, the President’s press secretary, offered the following remark shortly after the Associated Press reported that Ohio voters rejected Issue 2, the ballot referendum on SB 5 that would restrict collective bargaining […]

Cleveland Rover Bites Voter’s Nose

An Election Day rover bit the nose of a voter in Cuyahoga County. The alleged assault happened on Memphis Avenue in Cleveland Tuesday afternoon. The victim, Greg Flanagan, went to MetroHealth Medical Center and called NewsChannel5 as he was leaving the hospital. Mr. Flanagan said the incident started when he saw a man arguing with […]

Ohio Repeals Senate Bill 5!

Ohio voters overturned a law signed last year that limited collective bargaining rights for public workers. With 28% of precincts reporting, 62% voted for repealing the law and 38% against it, according to the Ohio secretary of state’s office. The Republican controlled legislature approved the bill, and Republican Governor John Kasich signed it into law […]