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COVID-19 ‘Vaccine Hunters’ Snagging Doses for Older Ohioans

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal COVID-19 ‘Vaccine Hunters’ Snagging Doses for Older Ohioans

By Jake Zuckerman Despite her advanced degrees and self-professed tech savviness, Dr. Joanne Hilden, a retired pediatric oncologist, couldn’t pin down an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine she was eligible for. It was like trying to find concert tickets, she said. One site after another, Hilden, 64, would leave her name and information on a list […]

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Ohio Abortion Ban Targeting Roe v. Wade Back in the Works

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Abortion Ban Targeting Roe v. Wade Back in the Works

By Susan Tebben The battle on abortion in Ohio will only be stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court or a change in the U.S. Constitution, according to reproductive law experts and those once again pushing for abortion bans. Two state legislators have introduced a bill making abortion procedures a felony, which marks the second time in […]

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Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing Them To Strike Down Health Orders, Setting up Clash With DeWine

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing Them To Strike Down Health Orders, Setting up Clash With DeWine

By Tyler Buchanan The Ohio General Assembly approved a bill Wednesday to allow lawmakers to strike down health orders they disagree with, sending the legislation to a governor who has already vowed to veto it.  Republican leaders in the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate committed to holding votes to override Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto […]

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Bill Removing Duty to Tell Cops About Concealed Weapons Moves Forward

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Bill Removing Duty to Tell Cops About Concealed Weapons Moves Forward

By Jake Zuckerman Republicans on a state House committee passed legislation Tuesday removing a requirement for licensed Ohioans to notify police that they’re carrying a concealed handgun or have one in the vehicle. Under House Bill 89, the CCW (concealed carry) licensees would only need to inform police about a weapon if the officer in question […]

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Advocates Say Ohio’s Student Debt Collection Methods are a ‘Barrier to Students’

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Advocates Say Ohio’s Student Debt Collection Methods are a ‘Barrier to Students’

By Susan Tebben The debt owed to the state of Ohio through defaulted payments like student loans is nearly 12 times the amount the state invests in higher education over a two-year budget cycle. That $63 billion, confirmed by the collection agency for the state — the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, includes things other than student […]

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Black Ohioans are 13% of Population, but 5.6% of Vaccine Recipients

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Black Ohioans are 13% of Population, but 5.6% of Vaccine Recipients

By Jake Zuckerman Of more than 1.8 million Ohioans who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose, only 5.6% went to Black Ohioans, who comprise about 13% of the population. The inequity is the latest example of disparate health outcomes in the state and nation along racial lines. The math is slightly worse among the […]

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Stand Your Ground Laws Tied to Increase in Violent Crime, Racial Inequities, Researchers Say

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Stand Your Ground Laws Tied to Increase in Violent Crime, Racial Inequities, Researchers Say

By Jake Zuckerman Laws that expand the right to shoot to kill in perceived self-defense yield unequal consequences in the justice system depending on whether the person shot was white, according to research published last week. So-called “stand your ground” laws, one of which was passed in Ohio last year, are also associated with a modest […]

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