A pic of then-PUCO Chair Sam Randazzo speaking to "a crowd of industry stakeholders and experts at the 24th Annual Ohio Energy Management Conference", shared by the PUCO Twitter account in February 2020.
@PUCOhio/Twitter

The list of possible successors to take over as chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has been narrowed to four. One will succeed Sam Randazzo, who resigned last month after a federal filing from FirstEnergy noting an improper $4 million payment to an entity associated with someone who became a state regulator.

Attorney General Dave Yost gestures at a press conference in September.
Karen Kasler

A court ruling will block new charges from appearing on electric bills next month. Those fees were created to a nuclear power plant bailout which is under investigation for its role in a bribery scheme.

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is calling on people to slow the spread of the coronavirus even as Christmas approaches. DeWine says a surge in COVID-19 cases could hit hospitals hard.

Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) speaks on the Ohio House floor in March 2018.
Ohio House

With time running out to make a decision, lawmakers are considering yet another proposal to address the nuclear power plant bailout which is connected to a $61 million bribery scheme. The latest measure would give the plant owners the ability to take the subsidies or not.

Jo Ingles

If you see Ohioans standing outside tonight, gazing up in the skies, they are probably looking for what’s being called, “The Christmas Star.” It’s a celestial phenomenon that happens when Jupiter and Saturn get close to each other and it doesn’t happen often. 

A rack of automatic handguns on display at a gun store in northwest Columbus.
Dan Konik

As state lawmakers return for a final week of their lame duck session, Gov. Mike DeWine is hinting he’ll veto a controversial gun bill they sent to him last week. And if he does reject the so-called Stand Your Ground bill, they may not be able to do anything about it.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams tweeted out this photo of him speaking with reporters on a remote conference call Saturday, after a virtual meeting with Gov. Mike DeWine.
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Ohio moved past 8,000 confirmed and probable deaths from COVID-19 over the weekend. And around 4,500 Ohio health care workers and nursing home residents and staff have gotten a first dose of the vaccine to protect them from the coronavirus.

Gov. Mike DeWine signs heartbeat abortion bill into law in 2019
Karen Kasler

State lawmakers have sent to Gov. Mike DeWine a bill that prohibits doctors from using telemedicine to prescribe abortion medication. It’s the second bill limiting abortion that’s passed the legislature during the past couple of weeks.

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Ashtabula)
Jo Ingles

State lawmakers have been considering overriding Gov. Mike DeWine's veto of a bill that would limit his ability to enact health orders like the ones he put in place closing the state’s businesses back in the spring due to the pandemic. But the big question is whether the legislature has enough votes to override the veto. 

Dan Konik
Dan Konik

The Ohio Senate has given final approval to a controversial ‘Stand your ground” bill that would do away with the “duty to retreat” before using a gun in self-defense. 

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