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Ohio State to lead $65.9 million state study to help reduce opioid deaths

WASHINGTON — Call it a “moon shot” aimed at damping down the opioid crisis.A consortium of Ohio colleges and communities led by Ohio State University is undertaking a sweeping effort to study how best to reduce opioid deaths in the state.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Thursday that Ohio will play a role in a four–year, $350 million study that aims to reduce opioid deaths by 40 percent over three years, with […]

Best-paid state employee topped $600K for first time last year

The state of Ohio has its first $600,000 man.Taking advantage of special provisions in the union contract, psychiatrist Zinovi Goubar made more than $650,000 in 2018, including nearly $372,000 for overtime, a state payroll database obtained annually by The Dispatch shows. Goubar, paid about $110 an hour, earned $590,000 in 2017, and has now been Ohio’s highest-paid non-university state employee for nine straight years.In fact, 21 of the top 22 earners worked for the Ohio […]

Ohio State to lead $65.9 million study to help reduce opioid deaths

WASHINGTON — Call it a “moon shot” aimed at damping down the opioid crisis.A consortium of Ohio colleges and communities led by Ohio State University is undertaking a sweeping effort to study how best to reduce opioid deaths in the state.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Thusrday that Ohio will play a role in a four–year, $350 million study that aims to reduce opioid deaths by 40 percent over three years, with […]

Mueller report includes probe of maneuvers favoring Russia before Cleveland convention

WASHINGTON — A key part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation centered on what happened in Ohio almost three years ago.But President Donald Trump told investigators he could not recall being involved in successful efforts by his campaign aides before the 2016 Republican convention in Cleveland to weaken an anti-Russian plank in the party’s platform.In the report detailing the probe into whether Russian officials attempted to damage the candidacy […]

Report: Trump tried to thwart Mueller probe, but aides - and law - saved him

WASHINGTON — In a report released Thursday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded that while a sitting president cannot be indicted, President Donald Trump attempted to thwart the investigation into his 2016 campaign, but that aides repeatedly declined to carry out his orders.The 448-page report, which charged that Russia engaged in a “sweeping and systematic” effort to damage the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, reported that […]

Ohio State receives $65.9 million grant to help reduce opioid deaths

WASHINGTON — Ohio State University will join a federal effort aimed at reducing opioid deaths in hard-hit Ohio communities by 40 percent over the next three years.U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar II announced on Thursday that the university will receive a $65.9 million federal research grant as part of a $350 million-plus larger study aimed at reducing opioid deaths.Ohio State will lead an Ohio consortium that will use real-time research to target […]

Renacci used taxpayer-funded resources for campaigns, ethics probe finds

The Office of Congressional Ethics has found that former U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci improperly used the resources of his government office in his campaigns last year — even after ethics officials began questioning Renacci and his staff about the matter.Renacci, who first was a candidate for governor, switched to make an unsuccessful run against Sen. Sherrod Brown, an incumbent Democrat. The Office of Congressional Ethics is […]

Ohio reactions to Mueller report: Jim Jordan cites 'no collusion' finding but David Pepper says 'whitewash'

WASHINGTON — A long-awaited report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller raised questions about how President Donald Trump responded to allegations that the Russian government had interfered in the 2016 elections but concluded that while a “sitting president” could not be indicted, it could not exactly clear his name.”If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so […]

Trump cracks down on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The Trump administration on Wednesday intensified its crackdown on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, rolling back Obama administration policy and announcing new restrictions and sanctions against the three countries whose leaders national security adviser John Bolton dubbed the “three stooges of socialism.”“The troika of tyranny — Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua — is beginning to crumble,” Bolton said in a hard-hitting speech near Miami on the 58th […]

Trump pushes hard-line asylum policy

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top prosecutor rescinded asylum seekers’ right to bail after they are apprehended crossing the border illegally, a hard-line Trump administration policy that could lead to thousands of adults being jailed for months or years but that is unlikely to stanch the flow of Central American families into the United States.Attorney General William Barr’s ruling this week, in a case initially taken up by his predecessor, Jeff Sessions, reversed a 2005 […]

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