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Firefighter behind Ohio’s new firefighter workers’ comp law has died

  • 11:38 am Thursday, May 25th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Jackie Borchardt at Cleveland.com is reporting that Michael Palumbo, a northeastern Ohio fire captain who fought for compensation and benefits for firefighters who have cancer has died.

“Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed the Michael Louis Palumbo Jr. Act in January. The law provides presumptive worker’s compensation for firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer, if the firefighter was assigned to hazardous duty for six or more years and if they can prove they were exposed to high-level carcinogens while on the job,” Borchardt reports.

Read her full story here

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman: ‘This is a dangerous world’

  • 1:32 pm Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman made the rounds on cable TV today. He was on Fox News and CNBC.

He talked mostly about President Trump’s trip to Europe, the bombing tragedy in England and the administration’s budget proposals.

On the tragedy in Manchester, Portman said “this is a dangerous world.”

“It’s a three pronged approach. One is the military part we talked about and that is important to go after ISIS and that’s happening now in Syria and also in Iraq. Second, we have to do more in terms of ensuring the people who come to this country are not here to do us harm. There are [More]

Gov. John Kasich criticizes Trump budget during CBS interview.

  • 9:34 am Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Ohio Gov. John Kasich criticized President Donald Trump’s budget this morning during an appearance on CBS This Morning.

The interview aired this morning on WHIO-TV Channel 7.

Kasich said “millions” of Ohioans would be impacted by proposed cuts, especially to Medicaid.

“The problem here is you can’t just take stuff away when people need to be healthy, they need to be fed,” Kasich said.

Check out the full interview here:

6 local students nominated for military academies

  • 4:54 pm Monday, May 22nd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Congressman Mike Turner, R-Dayton, today announced that six local students have been nominated for the military academies.

The local nominees are

*Abigail Arestides, Beavercreek, Air Force Academy;

*Caleb Boon, Beavercreek, Air Force Academy;

*Kyle Roshong, Dayton, Air Force Academy;

*Holden Rushing, Kettering, Naval Academy;

*Kasen Stephensen, Bellbrook, Naval Academy;

*Marie Docken, Kettering, U.S. Military Academy.

“Every year, bright young patriots volunteer to serve their country,” Turner said in a statement. “I am proud to recognize these six students who will be attending service academies next year and representing Ohio with pride.”

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown not a big fan of Joe Lieberman to lead FBI

  • 11:05 am Friday, May 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Former senator and 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman is getting a lot of attention lately.

The one-time Democrat-turned-independent senator is being listed as one of President Donald Trump’s possible picks to lead the FBI.

RELATED: Ohio lawmakers react to latest in Comey investigation

Some may think that going with Lieberman is a way for Trump to win some support across the aisle.

Well, it doesn’t sound like any of that support will come from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

Here’s what Brown said to POLITICO:

In an interview, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) fumed about Lieberman’s efforts to undercut more generous Medicare benefits in [More]

Ohio governor candidate wants to use ‘rainy day’ fund to fight heroin crisis

  • 10:22 am Thursday, May 18th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Ohio Sen. Joe Schiavoni, who is running for governor in 2018, pitched an idea Wednesday to use the state’s “rainy day fund” to fight the opioid crisis.

Schiavoni, a Youngstown-area Democrat, and state Sen. Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, introduced a bill to use $200 million to fund more treatment options and education efforts.

Jackie Borchardt at Cleveland.com  has more on their plans.

More coverage of Ohio’s opioid crisis:

Heroin epidemic pushing up hepatitis C infections

10 heroin overdoses in 24 hours in Miami County

Mike DeWine says there’s ‘plenty of time’ to announce run for governor

  • 5:33 pm Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Rep. Jordan: Congress needs ‘to get to the bottom’ of allegations against Trump

  • 4:05 pm Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Former FBI Director James Comey has been asked to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday and one local congressman could have a front-row seat.

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, sits on the committee. Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said that he may subpoena a memo reportedly written by Comey allegedly giving details of President Donald Trump’s request to end an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Chaffetz invited Comey to testify Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, Jordan told Jessica Wehrman in our Washington Bureau that Congress needed “to get to the bottom” of the allegations against Trump.

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John Kasich, Bernie Sanders debate tonight on CNN

  • 11:22 am Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Tonight on CNN, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are having a debate.

Sanders gave 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton a run for her money during the primary. He won 23 states and had more than 13 million votes.

Kasich was the last Republican to drop out of the race against the GOP nominee Donald Trump. Kasich won his homestate of Ohio and had more that 4 million votes nationally, putting him in third behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

RELATED: Is John Kasich still a force in Ohio Politics?

The debate starts at 9 p.m. tonight and will be [More]

Top Air Force general says budget is main concern

  • 11:18 am Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Our military affairs reporter Barrie Barber had a 1-on-1 interview with the top general of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein on Tuesday.

Goldfein said plainly that his top concern is the federal budget.

“For a service chief, the most important thing for me in terms of trying to really deliver for the nation is predictable funding because without it you just can’t plan,” he said. “If you’re going from year to year, it’s almost impossible to do any kind of long-term planning and it wreaks havoc on industry who is trying to deliver for us.

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