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.

Ohio lawmakers are taking up a bill that would change gun laws in Ohio. Some are calling this Ohio’s Stand Your Ground bill. But backers of this legislation say that’s not a good way to portray it.

Republican lawmakers in the Ohio legislature are sponsoring a bill that they say would simplify municipal tax structures throughout the state. Representative Cheryl Grossman says this bill is necessary because local taxes are too complicated.

One of the Republican Senators who voted to allow the state to accept two and a half billion federal dollars for Medicaid expansion has introduced a bill to give Ohioans a tax break. The legislation is designed to capture savings in state government and give that money back to Ohio taxpayers.

Some Democrats at the Ohio Statehouse have introduced a bill that would require women and men earn equal salaries for equal work. Democratic State Representative Sandra Williams says it’s long overdue when you consider women are the heads of households in many Ohio families.

Ohioans who use the federal food stamp system ran into trouble this weekend. Lisa Hamler Fugitt of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks says the system went down when upgrades that the states didn’t know about were being made. The outage happened Saturday morning and went on for 12 hours in much of Ohio. Hamler Fugitt says to make matters worse, some retailers seemed to be unaware that they could call a one eight hundred number to get authority to allow recipients to purchase up to $50 worth of groceries on their accounts.

One of the leaders of Ohio’s Green Party says his group is collateral damage in a fight between Statehouse Republicans and the Libertarian Party. Green Party Co Chair Bob Fitrakis says a newly passed bill in the Ohio Senate hurts his group.

On October first, Ohioans can begin to look at insurance options on the new health care exchanges. The head of Ohio’s Department of Insurance predicts there will be problems but an advocate for the federal health care plan says this will open doors for more than a million Ohioans.

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost says a test of 20 counties and cities from different areas of the state shows about 40 percent are not fully following Ohio’s Sunshine Law. Yost says he's disappointed with the findings.

"We see so many people in local governments fighting to maintain and further that transparency but we also see places where the door is being shut and the curtains are being drawn. Barriers are being erected. And that’s just wrong. When government is not open but is closed, it is a short path for government to become our master instead of our servant."

Some Democrats at the Ohio Statehouse are introducing a new bill that they say will make sure Governors can’t receive money from private companies while they are in office.

A controversial abortion bill that failed in the last general assembly is back again. The heartbeat bill, the legislation that would ban abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected, has been re-introduced.

Janet Folger Porter, the head of a group that pushed the heartbeat bill last time around, had this to say to reporters at the Ohio Statehouse.

"Just suffice it to say, did you really think we were going to give up, really?" says Folger Porter.

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