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Attorney General Mike DeWine

Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, one of the state's best-known politicians, and Democrat Richard Cordray, who headed a federal consumer protection agency in the Obama administration, are headed into their third career match-up this fall after a raucous roller-coaster of a primary season left them damaged as they seek to replace Republican Gov. John Kasich.

November's general election will feature two moderates who fought off challenges from the Republican right and the Democratic left.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
Statehouse News Bureau

The Ohio attorney general's office says investigations of human trafficking cases rose last year to its highest level since the state began keeping track of those numbers.

 The Blade reports authorities investigated 202 human trafficking cases in 2017, a 50 percent increase from the previous year. The report released last week by the state attorney general's Human Trafficking Commission shows the majority of cases involved the sex trade.

The Red Cross Northern Miami Valley Chapter
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As flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey continues in and around Houston, Texas, many people in the Miami Valley are wondering how they can help.

Officials with the American Red Cross are urging people to consider volunteering, or donating to the relief effort.

To donate by text message, text the words “Red Cross” to 90999. Donations are also accepted at the Red Cross’ website.

Red Cross officials say at least 18 volunteers have deployed to Texas from the Miami Valley so far.

Two recent protests over the police killing of John Crawford III were the first ones to lead to arrests. walmart protest
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Crowds are expected Saturday for a rally outside the Walmart store in Beavercreek. The gathering will commemorate the third anniversary of the deadly police shooting of John Crawford III inside the store.

The shooting sparked outrage and protests across the state and beyond. Crawford’s death and that of others at the hands of police, including 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, also led to more training for Ohio police officers.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, along with officials from Clark County and the city of Springfield, Tuesday unveiled a new Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab in downtown Springfield.

The lab will be dedicated to testing drug evidence seized by law enforcement agencies in Clark County and statewide. Officials say it will be staffed by two highly trained and experienced drug-chemistry scientists, who will test complex combinations of drugs, including heroin, fentanyl, and other synthetic street opioids.

DeWine Outlines Best Practices For Drug Abuse Prevention Education

Feb 13, 2017
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
Statehouse News Bureau

The state attorney general is calling for schools to disclose what kind of drug education they’re providing to students, from their first days in class through graduation from high school. 

Attorney General Mike DeWine has said educating kids is a key to fighting Ohio’s opioid crisis, which he says is the worst drug epidemic he’s ever seen.

State Using Data To Prevent Potential Human Trafficking

Jan 24, 2017
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
Statehouse News Bureau

State investigators are ramping up their efforts to put an end to human trafficking by taking a closer look at current statistics and data. 

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will begin analyzing a missing children database to look for any indications of human trafficking.

This database is of children who have gone missing at one point or another but may have returned.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says if investigators spot any red flags, they will notify local law enforcement who would then intervene in some way.

Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio’s Attorney General has been doing events around the state in the last few weeks, to bring more awareness to the state’s drug opioid epidemic. That crisis was brought into a harsh spotlight recently thanks to a photo of two Ohioans who nearly died from their heroin use.

Mike DeWine says he has mixed feelings about the East Liverpool police photo that went viral, featuring a couple overdosing on heroin in a van with a four year old buckled in a seat behind them.

Kevin Niedermier

A collaboration of nearly 30 Cleveland-area health, social service and law enforcement agencies have unveiled a campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking. Signs saying “Human Trafficking Happens Here Too” will start going up around Greater Cleveland today. The launch is timed to correspond with the upcoming Republican National Convention.

Ohio Attorney General, Mike DeWine
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Attorney General Mike DeWine has answered a question that has been asked of him many times in recent months. DeWine says he’s running for governor in 2018.

DeWine says he intends to run but says he doesn’t really want to talk about it right now.

“It certainly is no secret that I’m very much interested in running for Governor in 2018 but I think it’s just too early to be making that formal announcement," said DeWine.  "We need to get this election behind us and people, I think, should be focusing on this election. It’s very, very important.”

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