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New Funding For IN Mental Patients

A federal agency approves Indiana’s request to use Medicaid funding to provide expanded services to residents diagnosed with serious mental illnesses. U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services authorized the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration to use those funds to pay for short term care for patients admitted at …

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Religious Objections Group To Appeal

Conservative religious groups are planning to appeal an Indiana judge’s ruling that canceled a trial, challenging limits on the state’s religious objections law that were signed by then-Gov. Mike Pence. An attorney for the groups filed the notice but hasn’t yet submitted any arguments regarding the appeal. That action comes …

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New Jobs Numbers For FC

The unemployment rate remained low in Fulton County during the month of November, that’s according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The jobless rate for the month was 3.7%, which is down from 4% in October. Last November, the rate was also 4%. Among the state’s 88 …

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Sex Jurisdiction Debate Moves Forward

The Ohio Supreme Court agrees to clarify how long juvenile court judges have jurisdiction over youthful sex offenders. State law allows juvenile offenders to petition a judge to have a sex offender classification removed. Juvenile court judges have permanent jurisdiction over juvenile sex offender classifications, regardless of where the juvenile …

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Party Affiliations Could Go On Ballot

A bill would allow judicial candidates in Ohio to determine whether to list their party affiliation on general election ballots. The bipartisan-sponsored Ohio House bill would go into effect in 2021. The proposal would not affect next year’s state Supreme Court races. If the bill passes, residents would see party …

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ECOT Update

A review of thousands of documents is delaying a state lawsuit, aimed at recouping millions of dollars from the founder and leaders of what was once Ohio’s largest online charter school. Lawyers for the defendants, tied to the defunct Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, said in September they located about 50,000 …

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Drug Arrests In LC

Police in Lagrange County arrest two people on drug-related charges. Officials tell reporters Joseph Stewart is accused of drug possession, public intoxication, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. Keegen Bentley of Kendallville was brought in by Lagrange County deputies for a drug court violation. Both have court dates approaching, soon.

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Disappointing OH Traffic Death Numbers

Governor, DeWine announces that deaths caused by traffic crashes on Ohio’s roads this year have increased over 2018, making 2019 one of the deadliest years on the highway in the Buckeye State this decade. A total of 1,119 people have been killed in traffic crashes in Ohio this year to …

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IDEM Budget Woes Detailed

Funding for the Indiana agency that oversees hazardous spills and the safety of water and air has been decreasing over the last decade, a report by a nonprofit organization concludes. The Environmental Integrity Project’s report also says the slashes in funding for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management happened even …

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Jobs Numbers Improve

All counties, including Williams County, in the northwest corner of Ohio saw unemployment rates drop from October in November. In Williams County’s it was 3.2 percent, down slightly from 3.4 percent in October, September and August. The county’s rate remains one of the lowest in the state and is the …

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