Ohio Attorney General

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R-Ohio)
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The state is launching a new study to find out if addiction and opioid use disorder can be traced to specific genetic markers. Attorney General Dave Yost says this can lead to stronger, data-based prevention efforts in the opioid epidemic. 

The $1.6 million study will collect DNA samples from about 1,500 participants screened from Ohio emergency rooms.

Those samples will be analyzed by a genetic mapping company in Michigan along with researchers from the Attorney General's office. Yost says the focus on prevention has centered around education.

Updated: 4:18 p.m., Aug. 28, 2019

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has circulated draft legislation that could allow the state — not counties — to take the lead in lawsuits over the opioid crisis.

The news comes as Purdue Pharma considers a settlement, reportedly valued at $10 billion to $12 billion, with more than 2,000 local governments suing drug companies over the opioid crisis.

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Attorney General Dave Yost is shutting off direct access to the state's facial recognition database of driver’s license photos for thousands of local law enforcement officers. The order comes after his office reviewed how and who was using that database. 

Yost said the database was not abused or used for mass surveillance or dragnets by federal officials, which has reportedly happened in a few states to find undocumented immigrants.

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Ohio is pumping more money into a program that protects children from abuse and exploitation online. While the money will go towards important resources, state leaders said parents still play the most vital role.

Lawmakers added $1 million into Ohio's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force fund.

The group, which investigates child abuse imagery and online enticement, will use the money to increase personnel, upgrade equipment, and advance training.

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Ohio’s attorney general wants lawmakers to make changes to the way the state deals with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). Those are the private companies that handle prescription drug buys for its current and retired employees, Medicaid recipients and the workers’ compensation system. 

Dave Yost wants one centralized state contract with all PBMs. He said that should eliminate the secrecy that he thinks has allowed PBMs to overcharge the state.

“Just as a guess, I’m thinking certainly tens of millions of dollars are on the table here," Yost said.

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Ohio’s attorney general says one of the prescription drug middlemen working with the Bureau of Workers Compensation took millions of dollars in overpayments that rightfully belong the state. 

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Ohio's attorney general has given a down payment to officials in Pike County to help them prosecute the people accused of murdering eight members of one family in 2016. And the state is promising to help with more money in the high-profile case. 

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, December 10: 

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The attorney general is the state’s top cop, protecting Ohioans against shady business practices and against crime on the streets. And the new AG will be among the five new statewide executive officeholders who will take over in January.

Republican Dave Yost and Democrat Steve Dettelbach are both attorneys. And they both have a way with words - peppering their comments with colorful statements like: 

“I don’t think that dog hunts.”

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The Labor Day weekend is traditionally considered the true start of campaign season. Now that we're past that, the campaigns are intensifying.  It's the time when voters are more likely to pay attention to the choices they will be making in November.

One person who keeps tabs on what’s going on year-round in the world of politics is longtime political watcher and political reporter for WVXU in Cincinnati Howard Wilkinson.

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A split U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against Ohio in a case involving rules that American Express requires merchants who accept its credit cards to follow.

Here are your morning headlines for Monday, March 5:

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On Nov. 12, 2014, Tanisha Anderson died while suffering a mental break while in police custody. The two officers who responded that night reportedly took down Anderson in front of her east Cleveland home and restrained her face down. Anderson appeared to stop breathing. Emergency Medical Services didn’t arrive until 45 minutes later.

One year ago, the city of Cleveland reached a $2.25 million settlement with Anderson’s family. Most recently, a grand jury declined to indict the two officers involved in the incident.

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A Cuyahoga County grand jury has decided not to charge two Cleveland officers in the death of Tanisha Anderson.

Officers Scott Aldridge and Bryan Myers responded to a call from the family in 2014 while Anderson suffered a mental health episode. Anderson, who suffered from heart disease and bipolar disorder, died after being taken down and restrained in handcuffs.

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, December 4th:

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, October 26th:

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The Democratic ticket for next year's ballot continues to fill up. A candidate whose expressed interest in the attorney general’s office has officially announced he’s running.

Steve Dettelbach stepped down as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio last year. He’s been at Democratic gatherings stressing his 20-plus years of experience in fighting corruption, drugs and terrorism.

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The Ohio Supreme Court will rule on whether the free speech rights of people living with HIV are violated by a law requiring they disclose their status to potential sexual partners

In July 2014, Orlando Batista was indicted in Hamilton County for felonious assault – for having sex with his girlfriend without telling her he’s HIV positive. He admitted in court that he had also infected at least two other women, one of whom passed the virus onto their child.

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The state has been trying to fight modern-day slavery on several different fronts, from revising the laws to raising awareness about human trafficking. A coalition of community groups is learning more about what can be done for the victims once they’re out of the system.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission, which is a gathering of many groups fighting the crisis around the state, is working to strengthen victim services.

The one-year-anniversary of the murders of eight members of a Pike County family is approaching.  the Pike County’s sheriff joined Ohio’s attorney general today to provide an update on the on-going investigation. 

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Many large businesses have departments that deal with cybersecurity and data breaches on the internet, but smaller businesses often don’t have those resources. Those small operations are taking advantage of a program offered by the state. 

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There’s a new lesson plan from Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation for fourth grade teachers throughout the state. It’s designed to help students use critical thinking and problem solving skills.

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The election for statewide office holders isn't for nearly two more years. However, that’s not stopping one candidate from announcing his candidacy now.

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost says he’s running for Attorney General in 2018.

“I’ve been preparing for this job my entire life,” he said.

Yost, a former Delaware County prosecutor, made his wishes known in a simple press release without fanfare "'cause I’m a low key kind of guy,” he said.

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The Ohio National Lawyers Guild and the Cleveland branch of Black Lives Matter are calling for a thorough investigation into the shooting death of an Emirati man by a Hudson police officer.

According to Hudson Police, Officer Ryan Doran shot and killed Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri when he fled to the woods following a car crash Sunday on the Ohio Turnpike.

Alameri was studying law at Case Western Reserve University. Officials have not said whether he was armed.