Jo Ingles

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.

After working for more than a decade at WOSU-AM, Jo was hired by the Ohio Public Radio/TV News Bureau in 1999. Her work has been featured on national networks such as National Public Radio, Marketplace, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium and the BBC. She is often a guest on radio talk shows heard on Ohio’s public radio stations. In addition, she’s a regular guest on WOSU-TV’s “Columbus on the Record” and ONN’s “Capitol Square”. Jo also writes for respected publications such as Columbus Monthly and the Reuters News Service.

She has won many awards for her work across all of those platforms. She is currently the president of the Ohio Radio and TV Correspondent’s Association, a board member for the Ohio Legislative Correspondent’s Association and a board member for the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters. Jo also works as the Media Adviser for the Ohio Wesleyan University Transcript newspaper and OWU radio.

Land Grant Brewing Company used to allow dogs on patios until they received a letter from the Columbus Health Department, telling them to stop.
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Two bills that would permit dogs on restaurant patios statewide are being introduced in the House and Senate. The bill is as much about business as it is about dogs.

Two bills that would permit dogs on restaurant patios statewide are being introduced in the House and Senate. The bill is as much about business as it is about dogs.

The House bill to allow dogs on restaurant patios in Ohio is getting a boost. There’s now a version of the bill being introduced in the Senate. 

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Child enticement charges against a convicted sex offender in Worthington were recently dropped because an Ohio Supreme Court ruling had thrown out part of the statute. Now state lawmakers are trying to fix that part of the law.

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Social networking giant Facebook did as was reported this week, announcing announced it will build a new, 970,000-square-foot data center in Central Ohio. And the company is doing it with the help of local and state tax incentives.

But the terms of those agreements weren’t easy to come by.

Child enticement charges against a convicted sex offender in central Ohio were recently dropped because an Ohio Supreme Court ruling had thrown out part of the statute. Now state lawmakers are trying to fix that part of the law.

A group of white supremacists gather in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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Democrats in the state Legislature are supporting a new bill that would officially denounce white nationalists and neo-Nazis.

Democrats in the state Legislature are supporting a new bill that would officially denounce white nationalists and neo-Nazis. 

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With a planned opening of 2019, Facebook's 10th data center will be built in New Albany with $750 million and a mixture of local and state funding incentives. State officials hope it will only be the beginning.

Facebook plans to build its tenth data center in New Albany in Central Ohio, to open in 2019. The huge $750 million project in Central Ohio comes with a mixture of local and state funding incentives. 

Starting next month, the Ohio Democratic Party will hold as many as six debates in the upcoming months to introduce voters its candidates for governor next year. 

Investors who want a license to grow medical marijuana for Ohio’s new program will have to wait until November to find out whether they will receive one. 

A social media giant is developing a huge data center in Central Ohio. 

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Multiple sources tell Ohio Public Radio that Facebook is expected to announce next week that it plans to bring a $750 million data center to New Albany.

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Officials in Ohio say they don't expect to issue the state's first medical marijuana cultivator licenses until around November, at least a month later than growers expected.

The Ohio Department of Commerce announced the timetable Thursday.

The state’s new medical marijuana program is supposed to begin a little more than a year from now. But there are still lots of questions, such as who will grow the plants, what conditions they’ll be grown under, and who will do lab testing on the cannabis before patients get access to it. 

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Until recently, dogs could be found on the patio at the Land Grant Brewery in Columbus any time the weather was nice. But not at the moment.

Bars and restaurants that have patios statewide have been welcoming canines and their human friends to sit down to have dinner and drinks in those outdoor spaces finding themselves in a quandary. That’s because those dog owners, rescue groups, and businesses are at odds with health departments over a current state law that prohibits dogs on patios of businesses that serve food and drinks. Now there’s a movement…..and legislation…..that seeks to change that.

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The U.S. Justice Department has taken an unusual move in reversing its position on a high-profile US.. Supreme Court case involving Ohio’s process for maintaining voter rolls. 

The U.S. Justice Department has taken an unusual move. It reversed its position on a high-profile US Supreme Court case involving Ohio’s process for maintaining voter rolls. 

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Leaders of the Ohio crime lab that processes chemical evidence from opiate-related cases say they're having a hard time keeping up. Officials with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation think they might have a solution: send some of the work elsewhere.

Ohio’s opioid crisis is causing problems for the state’s crime lab. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which processes chemical evidence for cases throughout Ohio, is having a hard time getting everything done on a timely basis. So, the lab has come up with a solution.

If you need to buy some school supplies for the kids or even some new clothes for yourself, this might be the weekend to do it. You won’t pay sales tax on many items purchased in Ohio because of the state’s sales tax holiday. 

Ohio U.S. Sentators Rob Portman (left) and Sherrod Brown.
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The failure of the U.S. Senate’s proposed plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act leaves the program intact. But most Senators on both sides of the aisle say if the program is kept, changes must be made to make it function on a long term basis.

The failure of the U.S. Senate’s proposed plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act leaves the program intact. But most Senators, on both sides of the aisle, say if the program is kept, changes must be made to make it function on a long term basis. 

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About 11,000 enrollees in the Affordable Health Care Act program in 19 Ohio counties who recently found themselves without a single health insurance company to cover them are now getting some options.

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The candidates in next year's race for governor have filed their fundraising reports. The Republican candidates brought in $4.5 million, far outraising their Democratic counterparts.

The candidates in next year's race for governor have filed their fundraising reports. 

About 11,000 enrollees in the Affordable Health Care Act program in nineteen Ohio counties who recently found themselves without a single health insurance company to cover them are now getting some options. 

Ohio’s jobless rate for last month creeped up again, but the state maintains there’s still good news in the numbers. 

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