A Look at Toledo’s Pickett Academy

  Near the downtown area of Toledo, Ohio, in one of the poorest areas of the city, sits Pickett Academy. It’s a pretty elementary school, new in 2012, for about 250 kids in grades kindergarten through 8th. It’s got all the latest technology and modern amenities, but it hides a not…

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Ohio Begins First Review of Occupational Licenses

Ohio requires a Super-Tough Person Competition License and a Commercial Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operator License. But occupational licenses like these could be on the chopping block now that the Ohio General Assembly is beginning its first mandated review of all the requirements.

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Ohio Lawmakers Rush to Introduce Gun Bills Following Mass Shootings

Following the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton on August 3 and 4, Ohio lawmakers rushed to introduce eight gun bills aimed at regulating sales of firearms, including universal background checks and red flag laws.

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Like Slaves and Women, Lake Erie Should Have Rights, Plaintiffs Say

In the latest lawsuit over the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, three Toledoans argue the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas should “stand on the right side of history” and “support a democratically-enacted law that would give citizens the tools to enforce meaningful protections for Lake Erie.”

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SEIU Using Online Ads to Support Ohio’s Reagan Tokes Act

“Ohio’s Parole officers are committed to their duty of protecting the public,” the words scroll across the screen. “But Ohio’s system is broken – with extreme breaches due to under-staffing and the lack of active GPS tracking of violent offenders.”

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Higher Property Taxes May Be Barrier to Homeownership in Ohio

Numerous studies have shown that owning a home is financially beneficial to the owner and socially beneficial to the owner and the community. This is why so many politicians, government agencies and non-profit entities promote home ownership as a way to build wealth, move out of poverty and stabilize neighborhoods.

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