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Growing and Growth Collective’s Holistic Approach to Urban Ag Centers in BIPOC Neighborhoods

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Growing and Growth Collective’s Holistic Approach to Urban Ag Centers in BIPOC Neighborhoods

The Partners Achieving Community Transformation backed Growing and Growth Collective sets out to improve health outcomes and heighten community engagement through social action in high-BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) neighborhoods by facilitating programming that is responsive, culturally-relevant and evidence-based. Group volunteer Adrienne Williams has been growing in community garden spaces for over four […]

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Legal, Religious Leaders Come Together in Support of Death Penalty Ban

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Legal, Religious Leaders Come Together in Support of Death Penalty Ban

By Susan Tebben Supporters of a measure to eliminate the death penalty in Ohio include religious and legal leaders, who say the concept is both a waste of the state’s money and time, and unethical. “The death penalty is the most inefficient government program in existence in Ohio today,” said Timothy Young, Ohio’s state public defender. […]

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Ohio Health Experts Speak Out Against Bill Prohibiting Vaccine Mandates

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Health Experts Speak Out Against Bill Prohibiting Vaccine Mandates

By Tyler Buchanan Pediatricians and other infectious disease experts issued clear warnings about a proposed bill to weaken Ohio’s vaccination laws: Doing so would put children’s lives at risk and potentially expose the state to a resurgence of deadly viruses.  A half-dozen medical experts implored lawmakers to reconsider approving a new law that would prohibit vaccine […]

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Ohio House Expels Householder Nearly a Year After Racketeering Indictment

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio House Expels Householder Nearly a Year After Racketeering Indictment

By Jake Zuckerman The Ohio House voted Wednesday to expel Larry Householder, arrested on charges of public corruption nearly one year ago, from the chamber his Republican — and even some Democratic — colleagues thrice elected him to control. The expulsion could mark the end of Householder’s decades-long political career, which has included a previous tenure […]

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Senate Committee Eyes Vote to Protect Natural Gas from Cities’ Bans

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Senate Committee Eyes Vote to Protect Natural Gas from Cities’ Bans

By Jake Zuckerman An Ohio Senate committee could vote out legislation Tuesday that would shield the natural gas industry from the potential of cities seeking to crack down on fossil fuel emissions.  If passed, House Bill 201 would block any city or county from issuing any law or zoning code that “limits, prohibits, or prevents” people and businesses […]

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City Launches Own Vaccine Incentive Program With Urban League

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman City Launches Own Vaccine Incentive Program With Urban League

The City of Columbus will launch a vaccine program to combat vaccine hesitancy and incentivize Columbus residents that have not yet been vaccinated to get the shot. The $275,000 Vaccine Green program will be administered by the Columbus Urban League and will provide $100 to residents for getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine shot or $50 […]

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Senate Budget Calls for ‘Asset Tests’ for SNAP Recipients

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Senate Budget Calls for ‘Asset Tests’ for SNAP Recipients

By Jake Zuckerman The Ohio Senate added to its budget proposal a provision requiring the state to cut off food stamp assistance for poor Ohioans if their households save up $2,250 or more. It also imposes a requirement known as “change reporting.” This forces Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program clients to report every fluctuation in income — […]

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