Why Are Ohio Lawmakers Sending Kasich Bills He Plans To Veto?

As state lawmakers race toward the end of this lame duck legislative session, they’ve been considering two bills that Gov. John Kasich opposes: the six-week “Heartbeat Bill” abortion ban and the “Stand Your Ground” self-defense bill.

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Kayden is an energetic five year old—though he’ll tell you he’s actually five-and-a-half. He lives in Russellville with his sister, Kaleigh, their grandmother, and her husband.

Kayden and Kaleigh are just two of the estimated 96,000 Kentucky kids living with a non-parental relative or a close-family friend--known as “fictive kin”--in the last three years. The KIDS COUNT Data Center estimates nine percent of Kentucky children has been under kinship or fictive care since 2016.

The two went to live with their grandmother, Kim Guffy, four years ago after an emergency protective order violation.


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Put away the baby shower presents - the Cincinnati Zoo reports its female polar bear, "Anana," is not pregnant.

Fentanyl is now the drug most frequently involved in overdose deaths in the U.S., according to a National Vital Statistics System report published Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report sheds a bright light on the changing nature of America's drug landscape — and the devastating number of overdose deaths that have occurred in the U.S. in recent years.

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In a major blow to Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration and the Republican-led legislature, the Supreme Court of Kentucky has upheld a ruling that struck down changes to the state’s pension system that passed into law earlier this year.

The Ohio House has passed a bill, SB51, full of projects the lawmakers wanted approved before the end of the year. The so-called “Christmas Tree” bill, includes millions of dollars for different repairs and developments. 

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Scientists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have created what they claim is the most accurate tool yet to predict asthma in young children.

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Cincinnati City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to confirm Patrick Duhaney as the permanent city manager.

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The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is engaging the same firm the Dayton Metro Library engaged for it's recent renovation and expansion to lead a similar effort.

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Hamilton County commissioners have approved a 2019 budget. It's $18 million less than what would have been spent had it mirrored this year's spending plan.

Ohio Senate Passes Anti-Abortion 'Heartbeat Bill'

Dec 12, 2018

The Ohio Senate passed the controversial “Heartbeat Bill” on Wednesday, setting up a potential veto fight between Republican legislative leaders and outgoing Gov. John Kasich.

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A Guide To Weird And Wonderful Cincinnati

Long-time residents of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky can usually recommend several places around town that are worth a visit, from the Carew Tower observation deck to the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park or Boone County Arboretum.

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