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Vice In Columbus

Apr 10, 2019
Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell was arrested Monday for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting multiple women, while acting under his duties as a police officer.
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The Columbus Division of Police last month shut down its vice unit, with interim police Chief Thomas Quinlan saying that it had become clear that there was a better way to enforce prostitution, alcohol and gambling laws.

Yet the disbandment came at a fraught time for the department, after a Justice Department investigation of the unit had ended with the indictment of a vice detective and amid an ongoing FBI investigation.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher, the questions surrounding the investigations and what happens without a vice unit.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Apr 8, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan last week announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

He joins a long and diverse list of Democrats seeking the nomination. 

Today on All Sides, Tim Ryan’s chances for the oval office and more on our weekly Reporter Roundtable. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Apr 1, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has said he will caution a federal appeals court against striking down the Affordable Care Act as wholly unconstitutional.

Yost said last week that he agreed when a federal judge in Texas ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional. But Yost -- and Governor Mike DeWine -- disagreed that the entire law should go.

Today on All Sides, that and more on our weekly reporter roundtable. 

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A job training effort hosted by tech giant Google held its first Ohio workshop in Columbus at the main downtown library Monday.

Reporter Roundtable

Mar 18, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

Governor Mike DeWine's proposed executive budget was unveiled last week.

The spending plan doesn't raise taxes or include any tax cuts. But DeWine did put an emphasis on children's issues and proposes nearly doubling state funding for family and children services.

Today on All Sides, we discuss the Governor's budget plan and more on our weekly Reporter Roundtable.

The Death Penalty

Mar 12, 2019
Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.
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Governor Mike DeWine has now delayed total of four executions scheduled through the summer until the state comes up with new lethal injection protocol.

This comes after the state prison system’s current drug protocol was deemed cruel and unusual punishment by a federal judge earlier this year. 

Today on All Sides, where do things stand on the death penalty in Ohio and nationwide. 

Sherrod Brown Is Out Of Presidential Race

Mar 8, 2019
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks during a meet-and-greet with local residents, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Cresco, Iowa.
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Sherrod Brown announced yesterday that he won’t run for President in 2020.

But there are no shortage of candidates, currently, there are 14 Democrats declared, and Vice President Joe Biden is expected to be the 15th.

Today on All Sides, Sherrod Brown choice to bow out and the Democrats 2020 agenda.

State Of The State Reaction

Mar 6, 2019
Gov. Mike DeWine, center, speaks between Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, left, and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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Following Gov. Mike DeWine’s first State of the State address, House Republicans trimmed back the proposed 18 cent gas tax increase.

The move comes after the Governor proposed what he called a minimalist request.

Today on All Sides, the reaction to the 2019 State of the State address.

Aging Out Of Foster Care

Mar 5, 2019

Some 1,000 youth each year transition from the foster care system across the state. 

But most are ill-equipped to take on the adult lifestyle. 

Today on All Sides, the challenges for those aging out of foster care in Ohio and around the country. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Feb 25, 2019
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Drivers could be paying more at Ohio gas pumps this summer. Governor Mike DeWine has proposed an 18-cents-per-gallon tax increased to help fund road and bridge maintenance and construction. 

The Ohio Department of Transportation reports that state faces a $1 billion annual shortfall moving forward without the tax. 

Today on All Sides, the gas tax and more on our Weekly Reporter Roundtable.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Feb 4, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

Sherrod Brown accused President Donald Trump of being a racist this weekend during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The democratic Senator made the remarks in the midst of his “Dignity of Work” tour of four early primary states as he considers a presidential run. Today on All Sides, we discuss Brown’s remarks and more on our Weekly Reporter Roundtable. 

Driver License Suspensions In Ohio

Jan 30, 2019

Ohio ranks second in the country for license suspensions whereby courts suspend licenses for reasons unrelated to driving violations as a form of punishment.

But, it has ripple effects in the community.

Tomorrow, those impacted can apply for the Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative. It’s a six month program to help some drivers pay the fees to regain their licenses.

Coming up, the impact of drivers licenses suspension.


Winter Gardening in Central Ohio

Jan 3, 2019
A snow covered almond tree
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It's winter, and that means you think there's not much left to do in your garden. Ohio's Garden Sage Debra Knapke, however, disagrees. 

As we settle into the ice, snow and cold temperatures of winter, what can we do to prepare for the next planting season? Today on All Sides, winter gardening and more with planting expert, Debra Knapke.

With 56.5 percent of moves in Ohio being outbound, the state has landed at No. 6 on a National Movers Study of Most Moved From States in 2018, up a spot from 2017. 

How The Opioid Epidemic Impacts Foster Care In Ohio

Oct 11, 2018
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Opioid addiction continues to deplete Ohio’s communities and is driving up the number of children entering foster care. It’s been a year since the Ohio Attorney General’s office granted money for 30 Days to Family Ohio to address the issue.

30 Days to Family Ohio was created to move children from foster care to family care in the shortest time possible. In its second year, the program is looking for more funding and county involvement.

Today on All Sides, we check in on the initiative and scope of foster care in Ohio.