A look into the Ohio Supreme Court

The Ohio Supreme Court currently operates in Columbus, Ohio. Frequently hearing new cases, the court is integral in the Ohio court system, yet many Ohioans don’t even know what it does. Founded in 1802, the Ohio Supreme Court is the highest legal system in the state and topped only by the U.S. Supreme Court. “Any cases that get to the Ohio Supreme Court they go through what you might imagine as a pyramid,” Akron University Professor Emeritus J. Dean Carro explained. “At the base are the trial courts, the middle are the court of appeals and at the pinnacle is the Supreme Court of Ohio.” Sreeves8 · Pyramid-Carro The court

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Local Law Enforcement Actively Working To Expand Diversity

By Becca Sagaris, Shelby Reeves and Sara Al Harthi KENT, Ohio — The Merriam-Webster definition of diversity is “the practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.”  Diversity in general in any workplace environment is important to ensure inclusion among all people involved, both staff and community. It is especially important in law enforcement to decrease the opportunity to abuse their power and increase their understanding of the people they serve, improving law enforcement’s relationship with the community. “Diversity within our department means having different groups well-represented within our agency,” Michael Lewis, the Administrative

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Ohio Supreme Court Candidates and the upcoming November election

Election day is less than a month away, the final day to register to vote has passed and absentee ballots are on their way out to registered voters. When it comes to the Ohio Supreme Court Justices, they are all elected into their positions. Every state is different when it comes to electing or nominating judges and justices. The judicial selection ranges from a partisan election, a nonpartisan election, legislative election, gubernatorial appointment and assisted appointment. In Ohio, justices are a part of the partisan primaries — choosing a side that they identify the most with during the time. When it comes to the November election, the justices then run

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A Look Into Police Body-Worn Cameras

KENT, Ohio — How would you feel if the officer that pulled you over approached you wearing a camera attached to his or her chest? Some of you would feel safer; the officer is being held accountable for his or her actions when in contact with you. Others may feel the opposite, feeling their right to privacy is being invaded.  These are only a few of the very valid points on both sides of the argument around police police body-worn (BWCs). It is important for patrons and officers alike to understand both sides of the argument regarding police BWCs when forming an opinion about them, especially since the Kent police

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How OH Bill 59 Has Affected Ohio’s Public Universities

by Linda Stocum and Ashton Vogelhuber   The Ohio Department of Higher Education has refocused university funding from enrollment numbers to retention with a performance-based model. Since 2013, the model has changed the way universities conduct themselves.   Retention is the ability of a college to help students stay at their university from freshman year through graduation. The goal is to have students earn their degree within six years.   Stephanie Davidson, vice chancellor of academic affairs for the Ohio Department of Higher Education, explained how this change affected Ohio’s public universities.   “Funding is dependent on how successful students are at staying at a university and graduating,” Davidson said.  

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Ohio online voter registration off to a strong start

Taylor Kerns More than 1,600 Ohioans have registered to vote online since January 1, according to Ohio Secretary of State John Husted’s office.   Ohio’s online voter registration system went online at the beginning of 2017 following the passage of Senate Bill 63 last year. The bill had widespread support from both Democrats and Republicans.   “I’m really not aware of anyone who’s been vocally opposed to it,” Ohio Secretary of State Director of Communications Matthew McClellan said.   Portage County Board of Elections Director Faith Lyon agreed, noting that the program hasn’t been controversial so far.   “We haven’t received any complaints,” she said. “All I can tell you

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Gov. Kasich to lower textbook costs for Ohio students

By Kiana Duncan, Nicholas Adkins, and Nicole Ciccarelli Gov. John Kasich has proposed a $300 cap on how much students can be charged for textbooks in his 2018-19 fiscal budget. “The budget proposal indicates that, beginning in the 2018-19 school year, campuses would be able to charge students up to $300 in their tuition bill for textbooks,” Ohio Department of Higher Education director of communications Jeff Robinson said. “but would have to cover the remaining textbook costs.” College textbook prices have been rising exponentially in much the same way as tuition costs. According to the Burea of Labor Statistics (BLS), textbook prices increased 1,041 percent from 1977 to 2015. According

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Concealed Carry Ohio: Changes, Interpretations, and Statistics.

With concealed carry becoming more prominent in our society there are many viewpoints surrounding this topic.  Before you can form your opinion you need to fully understand the law and what it is about. Lieutenant Michael Lewis out of the Kent Police Department, said the carrying a concealed weapon law (CCW) as recently changed.  Weapons used to be prohibited on campuses and buildings like day cares but recently a law just passed that no longer forbids weapons in those areas. There is a difference between a weapon being prohibited and it being no longer prohibited, according to Lewis.  This means it was illegal to have weapons in those areas now

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Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Ohio Pushes Forward

States That Have Legalized Medical Marijuana Create your own infographics On Sept. 8 2016, Ohio House Bill 523 passed, joining the ranks of 27 other U.S. states that have legalized medical marijuana. After the bill was approved, the state Medical Marijuana Control Program was established. The program allows patients — with recommendation from a state licensed physician — to purchase and use medical marijuana. Three state agencies were appointed to oversee various aspects of the program: The Board of Pharmacy will register patients and caregivers, and issue licenses to retail dispensaries; the Department of Commerce must issue licences to cultivators, processors and testing laboratories; and the Medical Board will issue

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