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.

Republican state Reps. Tony Burkley and Brian Hill have introduced a plan to add four calamity days this year following a call from Gov. Kasich  who said many schools have exhausted their five allowable days off for snow or bad weather, or soon will. 

John Charlton at the Ohio Department of Education explains the Governor thinks many schools are going to exhaust the five calamity days now currently allowed by law. And Charlton says the hope is the extra calamity days will make it safer for school children.

There’s an online registry in Ohio that identifies habitual drunk drivers but recently, there have been cases where there have been gaps in that database. Staff Lieutenant Anne Ralston of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says the agency has upgraded the registry so that it compiles up to date information automatically from already existing electronic records.

“Prior to the revamp of the system, we only had 348 people who were habitual offenders who were being captured on the registry. Now after the revamp, we have over 5300 habitual offenders on the registry.”

When you look back at what the Ohio legislature did this year, you’ll discover a lot of controversial bills didn’t actually pass both chambers. Perhaps the biggest bill passed this year, the $62 billion dollar budget, also had some of those controversial bills attached to it.

A group that is trying to put a ballot issue before voters next fall to allow them to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage says a new poll shows most Ohioans will vote to pass it, but critics are not so sure that poll is accurate.

When Ian James of Freedom to Marry commissioned a recent poll, he had pollsters ask specific questions about the amendment his group wants to put on the ballot.  And he says the numbers in this poll show a majority of Ohioans are ready to pass the amendment his group is backing.

Ohio’s chief elections officer is asking prosecutors around the state to investigate 17 people who voted in Ohio during the 2012 election. Secretary of State Jon Husted says those voters were not legal U-S citizens.

"There were 17 non-citizens who voted in the 2012 general elections and 274 non-citizens that are registered to vote but did not cast a ballot."

There’s another bill in the Ohio House of Representatives to abolish the death penalty in the Buckeye State.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says 13 people lost their lives in crashes on Ohio’s roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend between midnight on November 27th to midnight Monday morning. The Patrol’s Sargent Vincent Shirey says the department also cracked down on drunk and impaired drivers.

State Auditor Dave Yost has completed his audit of the state’s non profit job creation company, JobsOhio.  The report comes after a long fight with state leaders and the legislature. It doesn’t contain any big problems but it doesn’t say everything has been handled correctly either.

“This has been a difficult audit. And you know, there was some arm wrestling along the way," says Yost.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has formed a unit of his office to deal with what he says is a heroin epidemic in Ohio.

“Frankly we have to fight this epidemic at the grass roots level, community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, village by village, township by township, city by city," says DeWine.  "Communities have to get mad and simply say enough is enough. New information our office has recently collected suggests that, at a minimum, eleven people die each week in Ohio because of heroin. "

Governor Kasich has granted a stay of execution to a condemned child killer from Northeast Ohio. The execution was supposed to take place Thursday.

Death row inmate Ronald Phillips wants to donate his organs to two members of his family and wants the rest of his organs to be given to strangers after he dies.  The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections denied that request.  But Governor Kasich is granting a stay of execution to give medical experts time to determine whether Phillips’ non vital organs or tissues can be donated. 

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