Attorney General Mike DeWine

Statewide News
7:35 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Ohio Reports 30 Human Trafficking Cases

The Ohio Attorney General's Office says local law enforcement agencies reported 30 human-trafficking cases in the state in the past year.

The numbers were released Thursday as part of a new Ohio law requiring local agencies to collect data on human trafficking cases and report it to Attorney General Mike DeWine's office.

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Statewide News
8:04 am
Mon June 10, 2013

DeWine: Foreclosed Ohioans to Get Settlement Payments

The state attorney general says Ohioans who lost homes to foreclosure and are eligible claimants under last year's national mortgage settlement will be sent payments during the next week. 

Attorney General Mike DeWine says the checks will be worth about $1,480 for each loan serviced and can help Ohioans facing financial hardship. More than 32,000 loan claims were accepted in Ohio.

Borrowers who lost homes to foreclosure sales between 2008 and 2011 were eligible for payments under the settlement if they met certain requirements. 

Education
7:35 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Ohio Attorney General to Release School Shooting Recommendations

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is ready to announce the recommendations of a committee formed to evaluate school safety in the wake of last year's school shootings in Connecticut and in Chardon in northeast Ohio.

The task force includes educators and police and fire officials ordered to review ways to improve school safety plans.

The plans are schools' responses to a variety of emergencies, from active shooters to fires, accidents, severe weather or medical emergencies.

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Politics
7:04 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Medical Marijuana Issue Clears Ohio Ballot Board

A proposed constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana and certain uses of hemp has cleared Ohio's ballot board.

The panel's approval Thursday sends the issue into its signature-gathering phase, with a 2014 vote most likely. The deadline for this fall's ballot is July 6.

Proponents of the Ohio Cannibus Rights Amendment must first collect roughly 385,000 signatures in 44 of Ohio's 88 counties to get the issue before voters. Three previous marijuana-related issues have been cleared by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine since 2011 but stalled.

Health, Science & The Environment
8:04 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Ohio to Bolster Checks on Home Health Care Workers

The state of Ohio has received a $2.1 million federal grant to improve criminal background checks for those home health care workers who directly serve the disabled and elderly.

The money means more thorough reviews for more than 100,000 workers who provide direct care to patients in Medicaid- and Medicare-funded settings.

Gov. John Kasich's administration says Ohio also will provide $700,000 in state funds to bolster background checks.

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