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Toledo Legal News - News 2 million face coverings headed to Ohio workers


Governor Mike DeWine announced recently he is sending at least 2 million face coverings to employers and workers across the state to weaken the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on the safety and health of Ohioans.

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Former investment advisor pleads guilty to stealing more than $9.3 million in Ponzi scheme

U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that Tara M. Brunst, 47, of Olmsted Falls, Ohio, pleaded guilty in federal court recently to participating in an investment fraud scheme that stole approximately $9.3 million from clients. Brunst pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, mail fraud and three counts of wire fraud.

Date Published: January 24, 2022

New Ohio legislative district maps unconstitutional

New maps for Ohio House and Senate districts must be re-drawn. The Supreme Court of Ohio ruled recently that the maps do not meet voter-approved provisions of the Ohio Constitution to reduce partisan political gerrymandering.

Date Published: January 24, 2022

Ohio’s proposed fall 2022 wild turkey hunting season reduced by three weeks

Biologists with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife recommended a major reduction to the 2022 fall wild turkey hunting season during the Ohio Wildlife Council’s regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Under the proposal received Wednesday, Ohio’s fall wild turkey season would begin on Saturday, Oct. 15 and conclude on Sunday, Nov. 13, a reduction of three weeks when compared to the 2021 fall season.

Date Published: January 24, 2022

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