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State and local law enforcement have busted an alleged drug trafficking ring in Youngstown. The operation is suspected of smuggling heroin and pot into Mahoning Valley from Michigan, California and Arizona.

Twenty people have been indicted and charged with counts linked to drug trafficking after a long investigation by local law enforcement and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

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After a three-year hiatus, the state of Ohio plans to start resuming executions in January. The state will try a new lethal injection method after being unable to find the drug it had wanted to use.

Attorney General spokesman Dan Tierney says the announcement came in a routine federal court hearing about the ongoing litigation over Ohio’s death penalty.

“Our office stated that we are prepared to file a notice of protocol change on behalf of Ohio DRC.”

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A Northeast Ohio member of the Ohio Board of Education wants local districts to decide for themselves how to handle bathroom policies for transgender students. Sarah Fowler of Rock Creek proposed Tuesday that local school boards be given an alternative to an Obama administration recommendation.

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The state of Ohio has settled its legal battle with Planned Parenthood, agreeing to pay thousands in legal fees and to not enforce controversial rules on disposing of remains from abortions. 

Under a federal-court agreement, the state will pay more than $45,000 in legal fees for Planned Parenthood. Attorney General spokesman Dan Tierney says the deal reached back in December also said the state would not enforce an Ohio Department of Health rule involving disposal of fetal remains.

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Attorney General Mike DeWine is answering a question that has been asked of him many times in recent months.   He says he’s running for governor in 2018.

DeWine says he intends to run but says he doesn’t really want to talk about it right now.

“It certainly is no secret that I’m very much interested in running for governor in 2018 but I think it’s just too early to be making that formal announcement. We need to get this election behind us and people, I think, should be focusing on this election. It’s very, very important.”

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Some big concerts and events are coming to Ohio. And tickets to some of them have restrictions buyers might not know about. 

Columbus resident Mark Weaver and his wife bought a few tickets to see country star Garth Brooks, thinking they’d sell or give away any extras they didn’t need. But there was a condition on the seats they bought.

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The auditor of state has the power to look over the books of college and university foundations, according to Ohio’s attorney general.  Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports that opinion comes over the objections of three universities.

  A group of states, including Ohio, earned a victory in their challenge to federal regulations that would reduce coal-plant carbon emissions.

The Supreme Court sided with Ohio and 26 other states in delaying implementation of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

Dan Tierney with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office says the federal government is overextending its authority, saying a one- size-fits-all mentality hurts a state like Ohio.

The Ohio Attorney General’s office has announced a $150 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit with JP Morgan Chase.  For Ohio Public Radio,  WOSU’s Steve Brown reports.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that his office is investigating the nation’s three largest movie theater chains for possible antitrust violations.

The investigation focuses on whether AMCCinemark and Regal engaged in conduct that unfairly excludes competitors and keeps new theaters from entering the market.

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State lawmakers are introducing a bill to require women who have abortions or miscarriages to designate arrangements for burial or cremation of fetuses. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

Attorney General Mike DeWine found no evidence that Planned Parenthood of Ohio was selling body parts of aborted fetuses as had been alleged in a viral video. But that doesn’t make Republican State Rep. Kyle Koehler feel any better.

“Whether they are selling body parts or simply tossing them into landfills doesn’t matter to me anymore.”

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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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The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

 The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

The money will be used to further the center’s services for survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sex trafficking.

The funds will also allow the center to expand to Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties, as well as to the campuses of Cleveland State and Baldwin Wallace.

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Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University's School of Law has received a $131,169 grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s office to establish a human trafficking law clinic.

Under the program, third year law students will represent victims of human trafficking and sexual assault in court though the supervision of faculty.

The grant will also help the law school increase awareness of human trafficking to students, social service providers and the public.

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