The U.S. Supreme Court announced Jan. 16
that it will hear arguments about gay marriage bans in Ohio and three
other states this spring, lining up what could be a precedent-setting
legal battle over the bans.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and
Correction announced Jan. 8 that the state will stop using an execution
method that utilizes a combination of the sedative midazolam and the
Ohio’s Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown has
introduced a bill that would allow some taxpayers to get a cash advance
on their income tax returns instead of turning to so-called payday loan
businesses that charge interest rates as high as 500 percent.
The Ohio Supreme Court Dec. 26 upheld
former Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter’s request for a
stay on her six-month sentence until after an appeal of her felony
conviction can be heard.
Protests in Cincinnati and across the
country continue to take place over racially charged shooting deaths of
unarmed black citizens and a lack of indictments for the police officers
responsible for them.