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Special report provides guidance to local governments on detecting, deterring thefts of citizen payments

Ohio Auditor of State

Thieving public employees who capitalize on lax oversight have pocketed millions of dollars from transactions with citizens over past decade, according to a special report released recently by Auditor of State Dave Yost.Read More of "Special report provides guidance to local governments on detecting, deterring thefts of citizen payments "

Date Published: December 4, 2017

Bill would end practice of suspending driving privileges for non-driving offenses

KEITH ARNOLD, Daily Reporter Staff Writer

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A bipartisan lawmaker duo seeks to upend Ohio courts' practice of suspending an offender's driving privileges in instances in which the offense is unrelated to driving or using the vehicle in a criminal manner.Read More of "Bill would end practice of suspending driving privileges for non-driving offenses "

Date Published: December 4, 2017

Gym tax-break plan favors non-profits, shrinks tax base, opponents say

KEITH ARNOLD, Daily Reporter Staff Writer

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House lawmakers seated on the Ways and Means Committee recently heard concerns of individuals who say a plan to make tax exempt gym memberships at facilities operated by charitable, non-profit groups will harm business at for-profit gyms and local governments' bottom lines.Read More of "Gym tax-break plan favors non-profits, shrinks tax base, opponents say "

Date Published: December 4, 2017

Five people indicted for firearms crimes

The United States Attorneys Office Northern District of Ohio

Five people were indicted for firearms crimes and, in some cases, related violations, said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman.Read More of "Five people indicted for firearms crimes "

Date Published: December 1, 2017

Ohio Department of Education recognizes Schools of Promise and Schools of Honor

Ohio Department of Education

Ohio is recognizing 12 schools today for maintaining high academic achievement among their students, including many from economically disadvantaged circumstances that can make learning difficult.Read More of "Ohio Department of Education recognizes Schools of Promise and Schools of Honor "

Date Published: December 1, 2017

Third man indicted on federal charges including sex trafficking of minors

The United States Attorneys Office Northern District of Ohio

A third Toledo man has been indicted on federal charges including sex trafficking of minors, U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman and FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen D. Anthony said.Read More of "Third man indicted on federal charges including sex trafficking of minors "

Date Published: December 1, 2017

Bill would change language in online housing docs

KEITH ARNOLD, Daily Reporter Staff Writer

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Restrictive covenants and discriminatory language, all too common features of early 20th century deeds and other housing documents, are targets of a House bill that would allow for the offending language to be redacted from online versions of these documents.Read More of "Bill would change language in online housing docs "

Date Published: December 1, 2017

Ohio man convicted for killing migratory bird

The United States Attorneys Office Southern District of Ohio

(Athens County) Rick Kesterson, 37, of Glouster, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court for unlawfully killing an Osprey in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, it is unlawful to kill any migratory bird except as allowed by regulation.Read More of "Ohio man convicted for killing migratory bird "

Date Published: December 1, 2017

Shouting down free speech

Lata Nott, First Amendment Center

First Amendment Center

Is the First Amendment truly in danger? It can certainly seem like it when every week some new and alarming event happens that makes people wonder if our freedom to express ourselves is slipping away.Read More of "Shouting down free speech "

Date Published: December 1, 2017

Supreme Court of Ohio heard oral arguments last week, including whether a guardian can be appointed for an adult without notice

Dan Trevas, Supreme Court of Ohio

Supreme Court of Ohio

The Ohio Supreme Court heard three oral arguments Tuesday, November 21st, including a one made by a woman contesting the appointment of a guardian ad-litem for her right before her divorce proceedings went to trial.Read More of "Supreme Court of Ohio heard oral arguments last week, including whether a guardian can be appointed for an adult without notice "

Date Published: November 30, 2017

Former postal supervisor from Akron sentenced to three years in prison for stealing a kilo of methamphetamine out of the mail

The United States Attorneys Office Northern District of Ohio

Two former U.S. Postal employees were sentenced to prison for stealing packages containing marijuana from the U.S. mail and then selling the drugs, said U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman.Read More of "Former postal supervisor from Akron sentenced to three years in prison for stealing a kilo of methamphetamine out of the mail "

Date Published: November 30, 2017

House bill clarifies point at which speed limits become enforceable

KEITH ARNOLD, Daily Reporter Staff Writer

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Ohio motorists who wonder exactly when a posted speed limit change becomes effective may have a more concrete answer if a House bill clears both houses of the Ohio Legislature and makes it to Gov. John Kasich's desk.Read More of "House bill clarifies point at which speed limits become enforceable "

Date Published: November 30, 2017

Ohio's mineral resources valued at more than $1.6 billion in 2016

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Ohio’s mineral resources produced more than $1.6 billion worth of geologic commodities in 2016, according to a newly released report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The total value of all nonfuel industrial minerals exceeded $1 billion for the third straight year.Read More of "Ohio's mineral resources valued at more than $1.6 billion in 2016 "

Date Published: November 30, 2017

Despite health care costs, workforce issues, Ohio business leaders optimistic

BRANDON KLEIN, Daily Reporter Staff Writer

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The cost of health care keeps some business leaders in central Ohio up at night.Read More of "Despite health care costs, workforce issues, Ohio business leaders optimistic "

Date Published: November 30, 2017

Transportation recruiter charged with defrauding employers out of half million dollars

The United States Attorneys Office Southern District of Ohio

A federal grand jury has charged John E. Kelly, 62, of Columbus, with defrauding two employers out of approximately half a million dollars in an indictment returned here last week that was unsealed recently.Read More of "Transportation recruiter charged with defrauding employers out of half million dollars "

Date Published: November 29, 2017

Severe winter weather: 5 ways to protect yourself

Ohio Department of Insurance

As the weather turns colder and colder, Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment is stressing the importance of conducting an insurance review with an agent in advance of winter weather.Read More of "Severe winter weather: 5 ways to protect yourself "

Date Published: November 29, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions appoints members to U.S. Attorney Advisory Committee

The United States Attorneys Office Northern District of Ohio

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced the appointment of nine new U.S. Attorneys to serve two-year terms on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys (AGAC). The AGAC was created in 1973 and reports to the Attorney General through the Deputy Attorney General. AGAC represents the U.S. Attorneys and provides advice and counsel to the Attorney General on matters of policy, procedure, and management impacting the Offices of the U.S. Attorneys.Read More of "Attorney General Jeff Sessions appoints members to U.S. Attorney Advisory Committee "

Date Published: November 29, 2017

Public school board delegates approve amendments to OSBA legislative platform

Ohio School Board Association

The Ohio School Boards Association’s (OSBA) Delegate Assembly recently approved a number of amendments and added a plank to the association’s legislative platform. The platform conveys to legislators, policymakers, the public and the media where OSBA stands on issues impacting public education.Read More of "Public school board delegates approve amendments to OSBA legislative platform "

Date Published: November 29, 2017

Looking for a Medicare Part D plan? Consider these 3 things

BrandPoint

(BPT) Many people are surprised to find out that Original Medicare doesn't cover prescription drugs. For help with the cost of your medications, you can choose a standalone Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription coverage, but navigating your options can be complicated.Read More of "Looking for a Medicare Part D plan? Consider these 3 things "

Date Published: November 29, 2017

Akron women indicted for defrauding Department of Education out of $1.8 million through financial aid scheme

The United States Attorneys Office Northern District of Ohio

A 23-count indictment was filed charging three Akron women with defrauding the U.S. Department of Education out of $1.8 million through a scheme where they enrolled inmates and people whose identities they stole in an Arizona community college in order to obtain financial aid, law enforcement officials said.Read More of "Akron women indicted for defrauding Department of Education out of $1.8 million through financial aid scheme "

Date Published: November 28, 2017

Ohio again exceeds 15 percent minority business state purchasing standard

Ohio Department of Adminsitrative Services

For the third consecutive year, the State of Ohio has exceeded the goal of its Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program by purchasing 23.65 percent of eligible goods and services through certified minority-owned businesses, while spending just over $305 million. Ohio’s MBE program, mandates that state agencies set aside 15 percent of its annual purchases for goods and services for certified minority-owned businesses.Read More of "Ohio again exceeds 15 percent minority business state purchasing standard "

Date Published: November 28, 2017

Bill to create state registry of diabetes cases proceeds

KEITH ARNOLD, Daily Reporter Staff Writer

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Lawmakers in the Ohio House of Representatives heard testimony in support of a legislative measure to establish a population-based diabetes registry that would presumably result in improved care.Read More of "Bill to create state registry of diabetes cases proceeds "

Date Published: November 28, 2017

Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge to find new solutions for national epidemic

Ohio Development Services Agency

Ohio seeking breakthroughs to curb drug abuse and addictionRead More of "Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge to find new solutions for national epidemic "

Date Published: November 28, 2017

How you and your behavior affect your car insurance rates

BrandPoint

(BPT) The average American driver pays more than $1,300 per year for car insurance, but some pay a third of that average while others pay nearly 30 times that amount, according to research by The Zebra, an auto insurance search engine. High prices, wide disparity in rates and a number of misunderstandings could be why a survey by the same company found nearly 61 percent of Americans think their auto insurance is too expensive, and nearly 29 percent think it's an outright scam.Read More of "How you and your behavior affect your car insurance rates "

Date Published: November 28, 2017

Client protection fund releases figures for lawyer theft

Kathleen Maloney, Supreme Court of Ohio

Supreme Court of Ohio

The Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection in Ohio awarded $841,226.87 for 158 claims of attorney theft, according to the fund’s annual report for fiscal year 2017 released this month.Read More of "Client protection fund releases figures for lawyer theft "

Date Published: November 28, 2017

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