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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Governor Kasich’s proposed two-year budget makes big changes to the formula used to fund K-12 schools. He says those districts that have the highest property wealth and the highest income from taxpayers will get less money from the state.  And he knows that might mean many suburban schools will be flat funded, or even face cuts.

Advocates for Medicaid expansion say it has been successful and they are gearing up for a possible fight with Ohio lawmakers to keep it in place. Bobby Douglas, the executive director of the Liberty Center Connections in Wooster, says the expansion has been a huge help to Ohioans suffering from substance abuse.

It is not uncommon for the Ohio Attorney General’s office to step in on some high profile cases throughout the state. The Steubenville rape case, the police involved shooting death of John Crawford in a Beavercreek Wal Mart and the fatal shooting of a 12 year old Cleveland area boy by a police officer are some of the most recent examples of situations where the A.G.’s office has taken lead roles. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the process for deciding whether to intervene in local cases is pretty simple.

Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper says the party is not ready to throw its support behind a U.S. Senate candidate yet.
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Cincinnati City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld is the latest Democrat to express interest in running against Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman. But other Democrats with more name recognition are also being considered as possible Portman opponents.  

U.S. Representatives Betty Sutton and Tim Ryan as well as former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland are on the short list. David Pepper, the Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, says it won’t back anyone right now. 

Ohio driver's licenses and state IDs have a new look in the new year.
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Ohioans will be in for a surprise when they renew their Ohio Driver’s license or state identification card.

Driver's licenses and state-issued IDs have a new look, effective immediately. The salmon colored background on those cards has been replaced with one that’s a blue/green color.  And the laminate on the front of the card is different too.  It now contains the word “OHIO” and the year “1803” near the top of the card. 

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Ohio lawmakers have finally come to a bipartisan agreement on redistricting that many are calling historic. The process of drawing lines for legislative districts has been controversial in the past, but an agreement passed in the Senate Friday will be sold to Ohioans as a way to make that process more fair.

“This is the most significant bi-partisan activity that I have been involved in in my time here in the House and the general assembly,” said Democratic State Representative Vernon Sykes, who’s leaving after 26 years in the statehouse.

Ohio State Rep. Peter Beck has resigned from the Ohio House.
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A Republican state representative from the Cincinnati area is resigning. 

State Rep. Peter Beck has resigned effective Nov. 30. He was not going to represent his Southwest Ohio area much longer anyway since he was defeated by another Republican last month. 

But Beck’s resignation is noteworthy since he has been accused of helping to scam investors by misleading them about a start-up software company he knew was insolvent. Beck faces a trial later this month on 69 felony counts including fraud, theft, perjury, money laundering and receiving stolen property.

Backers of the controversial measure called the "heartbeat bill" being considered in the Ohio House are trying a new strategy to get Ohio lawmakers to pass it during the lame duck session. The bill would make abortion illegal at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

A BB gun/pistol with a realistic look. This one is tagged with an orange tip to indicate it's not a real gun.
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One state lawmaker says toy guns look too much like real guns. Democratic House Representative Alicia Reece is introducing a bill that she says would make BB guns, air rifles and airsoft guns sold in Ohio more easily distinguishable.

“It would look at color strip, would look at changing the color and at some point would look at changing the look of a gun," she said.

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Abortion is likely the first thing that comes to many people’s minds when they hear the words, women’s issues. But that’s only one issue women are concerned about. In fact, there are other issues that many women say are more significant to them. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports on what those women want and how they are going about the process of getting it.

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