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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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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Getting a driver’s license has traditionally been one of the things sixteen year olds look forward to doing once they blow out the candles on their birthday cakes. But a new study suggests more teens are waiting until they are a little older these days to get a license.

Delaware area resident Seamus O’Flaherty didn’t rush out to take driver’s ed classes when he turned sixteen.

“My brain wasn’t ready.”

O’Flaherty says he felt like he needed a little more time to learn everything he needed to know before getting behind the wheel.  So he waited a year.

The organization that represents elections officials throughout Ohio has not taken a position on the federal court’s most recent ruling on changes to the state’s elections laws. Last week the court ordered the state to go back to some of the early voting options that were in place in 2010, but have since been eliminated by new laws. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted plans to appeal the ruling, but Aaron Oeckerman with the Ohio Association of Election Officials says his group didn’t ask Husted to do that.

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A group of conservative Ohio lawmakers thinks it’s time the legislature pass a bill under consideration that would require voters to show a valid driver’s license or state issued photo ID before they can cast a ballot.

The past week hasn’t been kind to Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, the Democrat running for Ohio Governor. He answered some uncomfortable questions about incidents that have surfaced in various news reports, but hasn’t responded to more questions that have come up. His problems are raising questions about what, if anything, this will mean to other Democrats running for statewide office.

The Ohio Department of Veterans Services is trying to get the word out about cash bonuses available to vets who have served since September 11, 2001.

A spokesman for the department says 81,000 Ohio vets have already received bonuses totaling tens of millions of dollars, but an important deadline is approaching: This is the last year for veterans who served in Iraq between March 2003 and December of 2011 to apply for the bonus.

Fireworks at Dayton's Riverscape Park Thursday. 4th of July
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Dayton celebrated Independence Day with 4th of July fireworks at Riverscape Park last night, and tonight look out for fireworks displays in Yellow Springs, Moraine, Englewood and at the Centerville Americana Festival. There are also displays at King’s Island and Waynesville.

Hitting an official show is a good idea, because some experts are recommending against backyard fireworks—saying they may not be legal, and that they can be disturbing or even traumatic for veterans.

Ohioans will vote on primary races for statewide offices, including Governor, as well as a statewide ballot issue that would allow the state to issue bonds for some capital improvements. There are more than 600 local issues on the ballot too.

On April first, election boards will start to mail out absentee ballots to those who have requested them, or Ohioans who want to vote early, in person, can vote at the early voting center designated by their county board of elections. 

The Chairman of Ohio’s Republican Party denies he or his party is behind the challenges to Libertarian Candidate Charlie Earl’s candidacy.  Libertarian candidates say those statements, which were made as part of a federal court hearing on Monday, could be important in the future.

School districts throughout the Miami Valley are working under different rules when it comes to making up snow days.
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The Ohio House has held off taking a formal vote on a plan to let schools take up to four additional days off this year because of the season's extreme weather.

At issue is a disagreement over how many days to allow. House Speaker Bill Batchelder says members plan to take an additional week to continue to work on the number of days in the proposal and review its costs.