Ohio Headline Highlights is a weekly Sunday roundup of major and minor news about people, politics and government from last week.
On Friday John Kasich released a statement saying he was going to appoint Rick Hodges as Director of the Ohio Department of Health. Hodges is a former lawmaker who currently leads the Ohio Turnpike Commission but is not a doctor and doesn’t have any public health experience. He will replace Dr. Ted Wymyslo.
Ed FitzGerald confronted John Kasich Friday and asked him to come clean on knowing about what he called an “expedition to find dirt” that returned nothing except a public record that his 17-year old son got a traffic ticket for driving with a cracked windshield. More importantly, a Westlake policeman found nothing to be concerned about, two years ago in October, when he questioned FitzGerald and and a female passenger not his wife who stopped to map their way to a hotel.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it will challenge attempts by Ohio’s chief election official to restrict early voting and same day registration.
The president of OCSEA testified before a statehouse committee on the contract violations Ohio prison food vendor Aramark is guilty of, including operating a food service environment where maggots have been found on numerous occasions.
Recent performance metrics for the Affordable Care Act have been looking good, and the announcement Tuesday by Ohio Senior U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown that $65 million stayed in the collective pockets of 78,000 Ohio seniors and persons with disabilities, instead of in the deposit accounts of pharmaceutical giants, is more commonsense proof that Obamacare is working as designed.
A southwest Ohio lawmaker accused of misleading investors about a company’s financial status and using their money for personal gain has a pretrial hearing.
State officials say a search of three Ohio rivers found no invasive silver or bighead Asian carp.
A judge says the city of Cincinnati improperly borrowed millions of dollars designated for neighborhood projects to pay its taxes to the school district.
Republican lawmakers in the state House are beginning a push to repeal Common Core learning standards by year’s end, citing widespread discontent they’re hearing from parents, teachers and communities.
An online retailer is opening a call center in central Ohio and bringing about 900 new jobs.
A pretrial hearing has been postponed for a southwest Ohio lawmaker accused of misleading investors about a company’s financial status and using their money for personal gain.
A procedure allowing the Ohio prisons director to recommend to judges early release for certain offenders violates the constitutional separation of powers, a prosecutor says in a court challenge to the policy.
A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request from the Ohio Legislature to become part of a lawsuit challenging early voting rules in the key swing state.
The Justice Department on Wednesday sided with challengers of voting laws in Wisconsin and Ohio, saying in court filings that measures in those states unfairly affect minority voters.
Ohio’s largest anti-abortion group has endorsed a slate of sitting Republicans in the upcoming fall elections.
Despite opposition from a congressman and other southwest Ohio officials, Dayton will offer up two sites where immigrant children from Central America could be sheltered, the mayor and city manager told federal authorities.
The state on Wednesday announced a second fine against the private vendor that took over the job of feeding inmates last year as the company defended its operations before a prisons oversight committee.
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