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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Ohioans have more gaming options now that the state has casinos and video lottery terminals at race tracks. But the charitable groups that rely on bingo to support their missions say expanded gambling is making it more difficult to raise funds these days.

The Children's Toy Fund organization provides terminally-ill children with toys and has depended on charitable bingo for decades. But Jason Bogavitch, a spokesman for the group, says it is getting harder to make enough on the games anymore to make ends meet.

The statewide task force studying community and police relations in the wake of several high profile shootings heard from Governor John Kasich this week. 

The Governor says it’s important for the law enforcement, state and community leaders on the panel to come up with a clear message for their communities.

“We want to kind of prepare the ground to say 'here’s what we’ve done, here’s why we’ve done it and this is why we think it’s important,'" he said. "At the same time, law enforcement has got a lot on their back too.”

Protesters took to the streets in Cincinnati in 2008 demanding gay marriage rights.
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The Ohio and Michigan Democratic parties have come together to file a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on a gay marriage case it is considering. Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper says the parties want the nation’s highest court to overturn an appeals court decision that upholds bans on same sex marriage in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky.

A bill has been introduced in the Ohio legislature that would give businesses within the state an incentive to hire veterans.

Democratic State Representative Herschel Craig says businesses should want to hire veterans.

“Hiring veterans is not just good will. It is good business.”

Craig explains veterans have valuable skills. And yet, Representative Niraj Antani says too many veterans are unemployed.

“Veteran unemployment rate for post 9/11 veterans is tremendously high – 11.8% - whereas the state unemployment rate is low – 4.8%.”

In December, Ohio lawmakers passed a new redistricting process to put on the Ohio ballot this fall. But that plan doesn’t affect all redistricting, only legislative districts. Democratic State Rep. Mike Curtin has come up with a similar redistricting plan for congressional districts too.

“The 16 congressional districts in Ohio are even more badly hyper gerrymandered than our state legislative districts. They are all absurdly drawn districts. Everyone acknowledges that. And yet we are not dealing with it,” he said. 

Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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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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