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New report shows court, volunteers helped nearly 77,000 Ohioans reinstate DL’s

A program that waived or reduced fees for Ohioans with suspended drivers’ licenses saved $63 million in built-up fees during a six-month period, according to a new report.
The Ohio Poverty Law Center (OPLC) released the findings of a pilot project that waived eligible driver’s license reinstatement fees for low-income ... (full story)

AP Interview: New shooting hits home hard for survivor

CINCINNATI (AP) — Whitney Austin knew what a flurry of text messages asking how she was doing meant. A mass shooting.
Nearly one year ago, Austin, 38, survived 12 close-range gunshots in an attack in Cincinnati that left three people dead. Now, each time a similar attack takes place, the messages roll in. And as they arrive ... (full story)

Federal agency to consider protections for lake sturgeon

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators said last week they will consider extending legal protections to lake sturgeon — prehistoric fish once abundant in the Great Lakes but reduced to dangerously low numbers by overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said an initial ... (full story)

Public bodies cannot use secret ballots to take official action

A governmental body cannot conduct public business by way of a secret ballot, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently.
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court sided with Patricia Meade, the operator of community newspaper MORE Bratenahl, in a lawsuit against the village of Bratenahl. Meade claimed the village council violated t ... (full story)

Ohio Dems introduce legislation in response to Dayton mass shooting

Two weeks ago, Democrats in the Ohio House of Representatives had introduced a series of bills proposing background checks on all gun sales, extreme risk protection orders and a measure to address the gun-related suicides.
Filed as House Bill 317, the Protect Law Enforcement Act - or PLEA - would close so-called loopholes in the ... (full story)