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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A coalition made of up mostly smaller family farmers says farmers receive only 19 cents of every dollar Ohioans spend on their Thanksgiving meals this year.

 

Ron Sylvester with the Ohio Farmers Union says figures from the US Department of Agriculture show turkey farmers get 93 cents on every pound of turkey that retails for $1.78 a pound. But other farmers get far less from the products they produce – such as wheat farmers.

 

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A new report from the University of Cincinnati estimates Ohioans will be spending 4.2% more this holiday season than last.

 

U.C. economist Michael Jones says there are several reasons why the shopping season forecast is expected to be $600 million more than last year.

 

A Republican lawmaker wants to ban schools from charging pay to participate fees schools charge for sports and music programs. Sen. Cliff Hite, a former high school football coach, says he doesn’t want families to have to pay fees for their kids to play, but he doesn’t want districts to do away with those activities either. He’s holding events around the state for people to testify and at the Columbus event, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, a football player in high school and college, told the crowd students need the positive values they get through playing sports.

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A Democratic lawmaker who suffers from multiple sclerosis says Ohioans are growing impatient waiting for medical marijuana. Sen. Kenny Yuko says he wants to come up with a way to license and regulate medical marijuana, saying he feels it’s time for state lawmakers to stop joking about the medical marijuana proposals he repeatedly sponsors.

“Every time we mention medical marijuana, immediately people envision Cheech and Chong, George Carlin and the millions of times I’ve heard the jokes how many joint sponsors do you have for your legislation?”

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Gov. John Kasich has applied for a waiver with the federal government to allow changes in work requirements for welfare recipients. The Director of the Department of Job and Family Services, Cynthia Dungey, says the current rules don’t allow for some Ohioans with low levels of education to get enough time in the classroom to get good jobs.

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The Ohio House has a new Education Committee chair. 

Republican Andrew Brenner says he’s always been interested in education and looks forward to taking over the helm of this important committee. He says cleaning up problems related to education in the state budget is one of the first things on the agenda.

“There were a lot of issues there, some of the stuff, especially I think the autism, some of the language we had in there will not work properly without some of the corrections," he said. "So there are several things there that we are going to be working on.”

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People who want medical marijuana in Ohio say they are ready to vote for Issue 3, even if they don’t particularly like all of the aspects of the plan.

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Ohio’s charter schools recently received a $71 million dollar grant from the federal government. Some of those schools are known to have issues with student performance. And because of that record, the state’s auditor wants to track how the money is spent.

Businesses that cause problems in neighborhoods could be shut down a little more easily under a proposed change to the state’s nuisance law.

Columbus resident Kenneth Gilbert is the president of his neighborhood association. He says an after-hours club in his neighborhood was dangerous and caused problems for residents.

“There were murders, there were drugs, there was prostitution, and we were told by the Popeyes there that they had to lock their doors because people were shooting up in the restrooms,” Gilbert says.

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Time is running out for Ohioans to register to vote in the November election.

The deadline to register is Oct. 5. There are three statewide issues on the ballot. Issue One changes the process for redistricting. Issue Two would make it harder for monopolies to be inserted in the constitution. And Issue three would legalize marijuana in Ohio.

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