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The American Bar Association web program ABA Free Legal Answers, which surpassed 100,000 inquiries earlier this month, is available to handle coronavirus-related housing, unemployment and other civil legal questions for income-eligible users.

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Big Lots to open 500 new stores

Columbus-based retailer Big Lots announced earlier this week that it plans to open approximately 500 new stores nationwide in the next few years.

Date Published: January 21, 2022

Ohio’s deer hunters have successful muzzleloader season

Ohio hunters completed the 2022 muzzleloader season with 12,141 deer checked from Saturday, Jan. 8 to Tuesday, Jan. 11, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Over the past three years, an average of 11,501 deer were taken with a muzzleloader during the same four-day period.

Date Published: January 21, 2022

DOJ and Agriculture department issue shared principles and commitments to protect against unfair and anticompetitive practices

Speaking at a White House event focused on competition in agriculture, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently expressed their shared commitment to effectively enforcing federal competition laws that protect farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural producers and growers from unfair and anticompetitive practices, including the antitrust laws and the Packers and Stockyards Act. The Department of Justice and Department of Agriculture (USDA) are already working together to support their respective enforcement efforts under these laws. As one step in that continuing process they released the following statement of principles and commitments:

Date Published: January 20, 2022

How 529 investments work over time

When you start saving for college with Ohio’s 529 Plan, CollegeAdvantage, you are planning ahead to pay for your children’s future higher education expenses. You are also counting on your 529 contributions to grow as your child grows to cover those costs. While enjoying the expansion of your Ohio 529 account through tax-free earnings, you are relying on your investments to grow, too. If you are wondering how the investments in your 529 work, there are a few major factors involved.

Date Published: January 20, 2022

ODJFS announces improvements to Step Up To Quality child care program

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Matt Damschroder recently announced improvements to Ohio’s Step Up To Quality program (SUTQ). SUTQ is Ohio’s quality rating and improvement system for child care. In vetoing a temporary suspension of SUTQ in Amended Sub. House Bill 169 last month, Governor Mike DeWine directed ODJFS to reduce bureaucracy associated with the program.

Date Published: January 20, 2022

Biotech firm secures money for expansion

Ohio-based Forge Biologics, a gene therapy contract development and manufacturing company, announced closing $80 million in additional financing for its planned expansion currently under way.

Date Published: January 19, 2022

Ohio State Bar Foundation awards more than $400,000 to Ohio nonprofits this fall

The Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) Board of Trustees approved $402,925 in grants at its November meeting to be awarded to 10 Ohio nonprofit organizations. This brings the total of grants awarded this year by the OSBF to $1,107,527. Each funded project supports the OSBF’s mission to promote the pursuit of justice and public understanding of the rule of law.

Date Published: January 19, 2022

How to protect teens in the age of social media

(StatePoint) If you’ve been worried about your teen’s social media usage, it would seem your concerns are now legitimized by hard facts and figures.

Date Published: January 18, 2022

5 ways to celebrate diverse arts and culture

(BPT) No matter where you live, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the culture of diverse communities, if you know where to look. To show your support for multicultural artisans, performers and businesses, here are a few ideas to get you started.

Date Published: January 17, 2022

BGSU researcher chosen for PITCH X video series

Dr. Alexis Ostrowski’s hydrogel technology is on track to move from her Bowling Green State University chemistry lab to commercialization. While it is not yet a done deal, the process has given her some insight into how research might be able to move from the lab to prototype to market.

Date Published: January 17, 2022

Supreme Court of Ohio: Reflecting on 2021

As the pandemic persisted into 2021, the judicial branch kept adjusting to deliver its crucial services while considering health and safety precautions. Among the notable ongoing changes in the legal profession this year, law students and other applicants took the Ohio bar examination remotely in February and July. Those tests, which are administered by the Ohio Supreme Court, marked the second and third times they have been conducted remotely – the first occurring in October 2020.