Jo Ingles (Ohio Public Radio)

Jo Ingles is an award-winning journalist who began her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s. Through the years, she’s worked in both radio and television as a reporter and production assistant. She’s assisted in the production of a presidential debate for ABC Television news, reported for a major commercial radio station in Louisville, and then came back to her native Ohio to begin working at the WOSU Stations in Columbus Ohio in 1989 to begin a long resume of work in public radio.

After working for more than a decade as a general assignment reporter at WOSU-AM, Jo was hired by the Ohio Public Radio/TV News Bureau where she’s worked for the past 11 years. She’s covered everything from tax hikes to Supreme Court proceedings to educational policies. Jo lives in southern Delaware county with her husband Roger and two children.

Jo Ingles

The Ohio Democratic Party is appealing a federal court decision that cancels the so-called "Golden Week", when voters can register and cast ballots at the same time.

Democrats say the court got it wrong when it ruled in favor of a new state law that did away with Golden Week. Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper says they're taking their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I think we have a strong case and we believe our best bet is that the five justices will see it that way but it certainly isn’t a slam dunk,” said Pepper. 

medical marijuana
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The state has authorized nearly two million dollars to be spent to set up the new medical marijuana program – which is supposed to take effect in less than three weeks.

Former Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland
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The Democratic candidate for US Senate is calling for a halt to the creation of private, for profit charter schools.

Democratic former Governor Ted Strickland held a campaign event with the state’s two large teachers’ unions, saying he is tired of high stakes testing and bureaucratic regulations of public school teachers. Afterward, he told reporters he also wants a moratorium on for profit charter schools.

“I’m opposed to for profit charter schools because I do not believe educating our kids should become a for profit activity.”

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A federal judge has ruled Ohio cannot enforce its new law that defunds Planned Parenthood.

Federal judge Michael Barrett has banned the new mostly Republican backed law. It sought to take more than one million federal dollars for things like H-I-V tests, cancer screenings and other prevention services from Planned Parenthood. The law had been put on hold last May. Katie Franklin with Ohio Right to Life, which supported the new law, is not happy about the decision.

Jo Ingles

Today is the deadline for submitting petition signatures for independent presidential candidates for the fall ballot in Ohio. The Libertarian Party of Ohio submitted their ticket's paperwork yesterday. But the party is using an unusual strategy to do that.

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In recent weeks, Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman has raised some eyebrows after receiving some endorsements from labor groups that often back Democrats. But some other big labor organizations in the Buckeye State are warning not to read too much into that.

The head of the Ohio AFL-CIO, Tim Burga, says his organization represents about a half million members who are backing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland for his stand on issues affecting workers.

“Rob Portman has been wrong and Ted Strickland has been right,” said Burga.  

Jo Ingles

Just hours after she was named the first female presidential nominee of a major political party, Democrat Hillary Clinton took a bus tour through Pennsylvania and Ohio.  Yesterday, she stopped in Columbus. 

A few thousand people stood in the blazing hot sun for more than three hours to hear Clinton and her new Vice Presidential pick, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
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If you have an Ohio driver’s license but are not registered to vote, you should be getting something in your mailbox soon from Ohio’s elections chief.

Secretary of State Jon Husted says the state’s voter rolls system is now linked with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles database, so he’s now able to make sure Ohio drivers can be voters if they want.

Once again, a bill that would allow Ohioans to opt out of union representation for public sector jobs has been introduced at the Ohio Statehouse.

Republican Rep. John Becker says unions wouldn’t have to represent government workers under his plan, “The major provision, of course, is just an opt-out for public sector employees that they don’t have to join a union if they don’t want to and would not have to pay any type of dues.”

Abortion rights supporters
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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a Texas law that required doctors performing abortions in the Lone Star state to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and required abortion clinics to meet standards for ambulatory surgical centers.  How does that ruling affect Ohio?

State lawmakers have put in place restrictions on Ohio abortion clinics that are similar to those in Texas. So the leader of NARAL Pro Choice Ohio, Kellie Copeland, says the Supreme Court’s ruling against the state of Texas is a victory for abortion clinics in Ohio too.

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