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Mike DeWine

Statehouse News Bureau

State Auditor Dave Yost says questions about past drug convictions of a consultant who played a key role in Ohio’s new medical marijuana program, set to begin operation in September, need to be addressed now. He says it’s time for an investigation.

Yost says he’s troubled by reports that the consultant who graded applications from companies seeking licenses had drug convictions in his past.

“This is an epic fail. I’m outraged,” he said.

Yost questions how someone with those convictions could be hired by the state for $150,000 to do that work.

Jerry Kenney

Ohio officials recently announced a plan aimed at making it easier to become a foster parent. There’s a growing shortage of placements as a result of the worsening opioid epidemic. The addiction crisis is also making it more difficult to place children removed from an unstable home with family members, advocates say.

 

As of August, more than 15,000 children were reported in foster care in Ohio, but the state has just 7,200 foster families ready to take them.

 

Wright State University
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State investigators found no evidence of Ohio lobbying law violations by a Wright State University consultant whose firm was paid nearly $1 million in 2014 to secure state and federal funding for the school.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said Friday that the investigation focused on whether Ron Wine of Ron Wine Consulting Group should have registered as a lobbyist.

Ohio Lawmakers who sponsored the fetal remains bill (Left to right: Representative Kyle Koehler, Robert McColley, Barbara Sears and Timothy Ginter)
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

  State lawmakers are introducing new legislation that would require women who have abortions or miscarriages to designate arrangements for burial or cremation of fetuses.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Planned Parenthood is suing Ohio's health director in a dispute over how the organization handles fetal tissue.

The federal lawsuit filed Sunday follows Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's investigation into the group's affiliates.

DeWine's office found no evidence that Planned Parenthood made money from aborted fetuses, but the report instead criticized the facilities for disposing of fetal remains in landfills.

Salt Settlement Distribution Announced

Oct 2, 2015
The Attorney General's office will begin sending settlement checks to 848 entities across the state.
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Nearly $12 million will be distributed across 850 Ohio communities, stemming from a settlement between the state and two salt companies.