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Hemp Is Poised For A Production Boom, But Ohio Might Get Left Out

Among the many provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill is the legalization of widespread production of hemp. Congress approved the compromise last week, and President Trump is expected to sign it into law. But Ohio could lose a chance to capitalize on the new industry if lawmakers maintain the state's prohibition on the study and cultivation of hemp.

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Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, left, speaks alongside Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, right, during a news conference to discuss developments into the slayings of eight members of one family in rural Ohio two years ago, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.
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The Ohio Auditor’s Office has released an anonymous complaint accusing Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader of taking money seized during drug investigations and using it to fuel a gambling addiction.

The auditor’s office released the complaint Monday at the request of news organizations.

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The Ohio House and Senate are bracing themselves for a busier than usual week after Christmas as Gov. John Kasich deliberates his response to several controversial bills. Those pieces of legislation implement bans on certain abortions, advance pro-gun policies and raise paychecks for elected officials.

Ohio Statehouse Legislative Chamber
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The behind-the-scenes battle over who will lead the Republican-dominated Ohio House next year isn’t just between supporters of current Speaker Ryan Smith and former speaker Larry Householder.

A task force led by researchers at The Ohio State University released its final list of 43 recommended actions that can help Central Ohio prepare for climate change. The Columbus Climate Adaptation Plan will be presented to Columbus City Council and Mayor Andrew Ginther on Tuesday.

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Among the many provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill is the legalization of widespread production of hemp. Congress approved the compromise last week, and President Trump is expected to sign it into law. But Ohio could lose a chance to capitalize on the new industry if lawmakers maintain the state's prohibition on the study and cultivation of hemp.

tractor in farm field
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When Ohio State researchers first proposed a study on the impacts of tariffs on food, water and energy in the Heartland, they didn’t anticipate how relevant that research would become.

Updated Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.

A judge in California is directing the Cincinnati Zoo and the Gorilla Foundation to work together on a solution to their dispute over a 37-year-old gorilla named Ndume.

Many workplaces, businesses, places of worship and schools have food donation drives to help those less fortunate during the holidays. For those of us who want to help, what should we give?  

Two of the three medical marijuana dispensaries in the City of Cincinnati are making preparations to open in the first quarter of next year. The other is working toward opening in the first half of 2019.

The Affordable Care Act faces a new legal challenge after a federal judge in Texas ruled the law unconstitutional on Friday. The decision risks throwing the nation's health care system into turmoil should it be upheld on appeal. But little will be different in the meantime.

"Nothing changes for now," says Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent of Kaiser Health News.

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