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.

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Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana in Ohio say they are hoping to get the issue on the statewide ballot this fall.

Ohio’s Children’s hospitals will be getting two million dollars for two different types of research.

There’s a problem commonly known as right church, wrong pew.  It’s when a voter goes to the right polling place but ends up casting a ballot in the wrong precinct. 

All of the members of the Ohio Supreme Court and all of the state’s top office holders are typically on hand at the Governor’s State of the State speech. But as Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports, this year is different.

The Ohio ballot board says there’s no reason to split a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow medical marijuana into more than one part. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has details.

The Quinnipiac University poll poses this: There’s a bill before the state legislature that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, usually 6 to 8 weeks into pregnancy.  Do you support or oppose this bill?  Forty five percent of Ohioans say they support it and 46 percent say they oppose it. 

President Barack Obama has been certified to be on the March ballot throughout the state. Republicans Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum will also be on the ballot in every area of the state.  But in Santorum’s case, his name won’t appear on ballots twice like the other GOP candidates.

Backers of the proposed bill that would outlaw abortion in Ohio at the point where a fetal heartbeat could be detected are trying a new tactic to get state senators to move the bill forward. They brought young children to the Statehouse and gave them teddy bears that made the sound of a fetal heartbeat. The children then took those bears to Senators who are considering the so called heartbeat bill. One of its major backers, Janet Folger Porter, said she thinks the group’s efforts are working.

Ohio Republican Party Chair Kevin DeWine and Ohio Democratic Party Chair Chris Redfern say they are friends but they are usually adversaries when it comes to political issues and candidates.  But now they have issued a joint news release, asking an appeal to Ohioans. 

There were one thousand and 80 people killed on Ohio’s roads last year.  That was more than in 2009 when a record low number of people died as a result of roadway accidents.  One thousand twenty two were killed that year. 

Ohio is on track to set a new modern day record this year.  The fatality count on the state’s roads right now is below one thousand.  The Ohio State Highway Patrol wants to keep those numbers low.  So it’s going to have troopers on the roads, looking for unsafe driving. 

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