Attorney General

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The U.S. Department of Justice is looking into social media giants Facebook and Google to see if they are stifling competition in the industry.

Now top Ohio lawmakers say they want to work with Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost to aid in the state’s role in the investigation.

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It looks like Ohio voters might get to vote on a proposed law that would expand background checks for firearm sales after all. A previous version of a petition that would start the process of putting it on the ballot to begin had been rejected last month.

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The Ohio Democratic Party is asking Attorney General Dave Yost to turn over records regarding an ad about his first 100 days in office.

The ad was made by Yost’s communications staff but it was embedded in a campaign fundraising video. And even though the ad was removed once its usage came to light, Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper wants more information about it.

“Ohio officials seem to have this terrible habit using taxpayer dollars to do self-promotion. That self-promotion then becomes material for campaigns or campaign fundraising,” Pepper said. 

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The state has joined two U.S. Supreme Court lawsuits dealing with gun ownership and regulations. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says one of the suits is about protecting the country from setting a dangerous precedent related to constitutional rights. 

Ohio is among 23 states fighting a law in New Jersey that requires a gunowner to prove a justifiable need to carry a firearm outside of their residence.

Attorney General Dave Yost likens this to a threat on any other constitutional right.

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WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, November 7:

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

At the City Club of Cleveland the candidates for Ohio Attorney General, Steve Dettelbach and Dave Yost, talked criminal justice reform. The discussion came after an audience member asked a question referencing "Serial," the hit podcast that in recent weeks has shined a harsh light on Greater Cleveland's courts and police.

"I haven't watched or listened to Serial," Democrat Steve Dettelbach said. 

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United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, October 3:

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SHUTTERSTOCK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Here are your morning headlines for Monday, September 24: 

  • Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio fatal drug overdoses increase;
  • East Cleveland school district files lawsuit against Department of Education;
  • State to distribute $12M through safety grants;
  • Canton City Schools dedicates historical marker in honor of Martin Luther King;

Ohio fatal drug overdoses increase

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions traveled to Cleveland to announce a series of actions against people accused of illegally distributing opioids.

The Justice Department obtained restraining orders to stop a doctor in Akron and one in Sandusky from writing prescriptions. They’re accused of improperly prescribing or selling opioids and other drugs.

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TWITTER

The Democratic candidate for attorney general is rolling out a new slate of proposals to crack down on what he sees as corruption in state government. The plan includes an easy way for everyday Ohioans to be government watchdogs.

Former U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach, who’s running for attorney general, says the Ohio Statehouse is operating on a broken system where groups with strong lobbying power get special treatment.

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Attorney General Mike DeWine’s four month investigation into the activities of Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio clears the organization of wrongdoing in one way but opens up questions about another practice. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

After the high profile videos that came out this summer that accused Planned Parenthood of selling fetal body parts, Attorney General Mike DeWine started an investigation into the organization’s three clinics statewide where abortions are performed.

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  Invoking the words of President John F. Kennedy, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine spoke at the City Club of Cleveland Wednesday about the “unfinished business” of Ohio. For Ohio Public Radio,  WCPN's Annie Wu reports.

That “unfinished business,” according to DeWine, is the problem of at-risk kids, not just in urban areas but in every county in Ohio.

“There exists in this state today a very significant gap. It’s a chasm really. It’s a gap in opportunity.”