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.

In 2008, 93,000 Ohioans voted in person at boards of elections on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the election.  But this year, that won’t be an option, unless a court rules otherwise. 

There’s a controversy over extended in person early voting hours in Ohio. Democrats are crying foul because some Republican leaning counties have put in place evening and weekend hours while other counties with more Democratic leanings are offering early in person voting only during normal business hours.

Now that backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to change the redistricting process have enough valid signatures to put the issue on the statewide ballot, attention turns to how to sell it to voters.  The supporters of the plan already have their mantra…..people not politicians.  But now opponents of the plan have a mantra of their own…..protect your vote.  Jenny Camper is with a group that plans to fight the proposed redistricting plan. 

About 600 backers of President Obama gathered at a union hall in downtown Columbus yesterday to hear Vice President Joe Biden explain Ohio is adding manufacturing jobs now because of President Obama’s bold decision to bail out the American auto industry. Biden said the President has bet on Ohio and America and says it’s paying off with gains in manufacturing jobs. But when comes to betting on America, Biden said it’s fair to question Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s record at his financial firm, Bain Capital.

Democrats, along with President Obama’s re-election campaign, have filed a federal lawsuit against Ohio to try to reinstate the three days of early in person voting before Election day.

In 2008, 93 thousand Ohioans voted in Ohio in the three days before the election.  Since then, Republican lawmakers have wiped out the 3 day window for most Ohioans. Only military members and their families can now take advantage of that opportunity.  Ohio Democratic Party Chair Chris Redfern says that’s not right.

The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate the train derailment in Columbus yesterday. Most of the people who were evacuated yesterday have returned to their homes.

National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Waynur says the train appeared to have a clear signal when it went into the area where cars derailed.  And Waynur says preliminary reports show speed was not a factor.

Last week, President Obama issued an executive order that gives young people who were brought into the country as young children and have lived here all of their lives some protection against deportation. Now a couple of Ohio Senators want to take that a step further in Ohio. Democratic State Senator Charleta Tavares explains her legislation to make college more affordable for children of undocumented immigrants.

Now that Governor Kasich has signed a bill into law that repeals a law he signed and Republican lawmakers approved last year, the next move will likely be a court battle.  Democrats, who were successful in getting nearly 400 thousand valid petition signatures to put the repeal on the fall ballot, say they will sue to keep it on the ballot.  The Democrats argue this is not a straight repeal because the early in person voting the weekend before the election has not been restored.  Republicans who approved the bill last year say they’ve voted to repeal it this year because they want to take co

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing C.T.I. Group for calling Ohio customers who were on the National Do Not Call Registry and for violating Ohio’s consumer laws.  DeWine says the company, which sells trading and investment software, repeatedly called customers who were on the list or who had asked not to be called.

Majority Republicans in the Ohio House were ready to vote on a bill that would have repealed the controversial election law, but at the last minute, that repeal legislation was pulled from consideration.