Anna Staver, The Columbus Dispatch

Anna Staver

The Columbus Dispatch

Denver, CO, United States

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Recent articles by Anna:

Ohio will pay $5.8 million in bonuses to state employees who get COVID-19 vaccine

Ohio offered a $300 bonus to any state employee whose agencies hit a vaccination goal. About 1 in 5 are getting it. → Read More

Better development or dirtier drinking water? Ohio moves to change its stream regulations

Developers call them ditches. Environmentalists call them headwaters. But what are ephemeral streams, and why can't decide how to regulate them? → Read More

Ohio State Board of Education repeals its anti-racism resolution

After eight hours of debate, the Ohio State Board of Education walked back an anti-racist resolution it passed in the wake of George Floyd's murder. → Read More

‘Everybody is failing us’: Strauss victims offended by admission that bill to help them was never intended to pass

An Ohio Republican says the purpose of the legislation was to force the university to negotiate a settlement with the survivors of Dr. Strauss. → Read More

Do commuters who worked from home during COVID deserve a tax refund? Ohio municipal income tax case appealed

An Ohio appeals court heard arguments Wednesday about whether commuters who stayed home during the pandemic deserve a tax refund. → Read More

Plan would give every Ohio K-12 student a voucher to attend private school

It's called the backpack bill, and it would create a system where any kid in Ohio would be eligible for a scholarship (voucher) for private education. → Read More

Ohio bill to ban gun store closures, firearm confiscation during emergencies moves forward

Local governments would be banned from closing gun stores or seizing personal firearms during states of emergency. → Read More

There are twice as many Ohio school board candidates than four years ago. Is COVID-19 responsible?

After watching how their school boards have handled the COVID-19 pandemic, a growing number of political newcomers are running for office. → Read More

Latyna Humphrey chosen to represent Columbus-area district in Ohio House

Latyna Humphrey, an author, activist and bailiff at the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, is the new state representative for House District 26. → Read More

'Lost Einsteins': New report claims Ohio is failing some of its smartest students

Many children who score in the top 20% on their third-grade reading exams lose that academic edge by the time they reach high school. → Read More

Hundreds submit testimony ahead of hearings on bills banning critical race theory

Two bills up for hearings in the Ohio House would ban the teaching of "divisive topics" like critical race theory. → Read More

Ohio AG: Critical race theory requirements in school could violate state constitution

Ohio's attorney general says teaching critical race theory could be unconstitutional but a state board resolution was not. → Read More

Ohio state lawmaker removed from school board meeting for not wearing a mask

State Rep. Mike Loychik says he was escorted out of a board meeting by a school resource officer after he refused to put on a mask. → Read More

As fights over school mask mandates continue to erupt, Democrats call on DeWine to act

A group of Democratic moms is calling on Ohio's governor to put a stop to the ongoing fights over mask mandates by creating a statewide policy. → Read More

As fights over school mask mandates continue to erupt, Democrats call on DeWine to act

A group of Democratic moms is calling on Ohio's governor to put a stop to the ongoing fights over mask mandates by creating a statewide policy. → Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine delays the executions of four men on death row

Citing the ongoing challenge of buying drugs for lethal injection, Ohio's governor delayed the executions of four men on death row. → Read More

National gun control group challenges Ohio's 'stand your ground' law in court

Everytown For Gun Safety filed a lawsuit in Ohio Thursday challenging the constitutionality of the state's "stand your ground law." → Read More

Ohio lawmakers restricted local mask mandates. So how are Columbus and other cities able to pass them?

The state law that took effect in June applies to city and county health boards, not all local governments. → Read More

Should the rules for certain Ohio private schools change in the wake of Bishop Sycamore?

Were it not for a nationally televised football game, it would likely be business as usual for Bishop Sycamore. → Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine opposes teaching critical race theory in Ohio's K-12 schools

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine hasn't taken a position on either bill to ban the teaching of critical race theory, but his office says he opposes it. → Read More