Laura A. Bischoff, The Columbus Dispatch

Laura A. Bischoff

The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus, OH, United States

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Past articles by Laura:

Ohio public pensions lose $32 billion in 2022, will take years to recover

Ohio's five public pensions systems collectively lost $32 billion in the investment market last year − huge losses that will take years to recover. → Read More

Kevin Keith, subject of Kim Kardashian podcast, shouldn't get pardon, Ohio Parole Board says

The Ohio Parole Board recommended against clemency for inmate Kevin Keith, who is the subject of a Kim Kardashian podcast. → Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine vetoes flavored tobacco ban bill, signals support for statewide ban

Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed a bill that would've blocked cities from banning the sale of menthol cigarettes and vapes flavored like candy. → Read More

Decision about next Ohio House speaker in flux, sources say

House Republicans and Democrats may challenge Rep. Derek Merrin for control of the chamber on Tuesday. → Read More

Ohio BMV program wipes out $255M in fees for 380,000 suspended drivers

A year ago, Ohio made permanent an amnesty program to help low-income Ohioans get their driver licenses reinstated. → Read More

Is 65 years in prison too long for theft cases? Ohio Supreme Court weighs in

The Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, found that trial courts need to consider an overall combined prison term when imposing consecutive sentences. → Read More

Ohio Supreme Court gives victims of child rape a path to big jury awards

The Ohio Supreme Court handed down a victory for children who are sexually abused, saying a 2005 law that limits jury awards doesn't apply to them. → Read More

Ohio cities could lose power to ban flavored tobacco products if bill becomes law

State lawmakers want to block cities from regulating tobacco and now public health advocates are asking Gov. Mike DeWine to veto the bill. → Read More

Ohio college student convicted of murder for leaving her baby to die to get new sentencing

The Ohio Supreme Court says a woman convicted of killing her newborn should get a new sentencing hearing and a new judge. → Read More

Want to fly or enter a federal building? Better get your Real ID real soon

Ohio BMV Registrar Charlie Norman has advice for the half of Ohioans who still don't have a Real ID: Don't wait for the May 3 deadline. → Read More

Pike County murders: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he never lost faith justice would be done

Gov. Mike DeWine praised investigators and prosecutors for work to get a conviction in Pike County massacre case. → Read More

Ohio set to outlaw fertility fraud after woman tells lawmakers she has 90 half-siblings

Victim told lawmakers that she has as many as 90 half-siblings due to doctor using own sperm on fertility patients without their consent. → Read More

Got a criminal record? Ohio lawmakers debate expanding sealing, expungement options

State lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill to give prisoners a path to cutting their sentences short and help people seal their criminal records. → Read More

Kim Kardashian interviews Ted Strickland and Ohio Supreme Court justice for podcast

The System podcast examines the case of Kevin Keith, convicted of a 1994 triple homicide in Bucyrus. Former governor Ted Strickland is interviewed. → Read More

Ohio lawmakers may crack down on distracted driving

Some Ohio lawmakers want to make it easier for police to pull over adults who are using their cell phones while driving. → Read More

Public Corruption case: Householder wants to block key document at his federal trial

Republicans Larry Householder and Matt Borges want to block federal prosecutors from using a key document against them at their upcoming trial. → Read More

Republicans sweep 3 Ohio Supreme Court races, unofficial results show

Ohio Republicans won all three state supreme court races on Tuesday, which will extend the GOP's 36-year streak of holding a majority → Read More

Cold case DNA match was too late for attempted murder conviction, Ohio Supreme Court rules

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Ralph Bortree's conviction in a 1993 neck slashing case must be tossed out because the statute of limitations ran out. → Read More

A dozen teens charged with rioting, escape in Ohio youth prison standoff

Twelve teens are charged with rioting, inducing panic, escape and vandalism in a takeover of the Indian River youth prison school. → Read More

Ohio's teachers' pension system wants lawmakers to increase contribution rates

The State Teachers Retirement System will ask lawmakers to increase the contribution rates that school districts pay into the pension for teachers. → Read More