Jo Ingles

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.

After working for more than a decade at WOSU-AM, Jo was hired by the Ohio Public Radio/TV News Bureau in 1999. Her work has been featured on national networks such as National Public Radio, Marketplace, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium and the BBC. She is often a guest on radio talk shows heard on Ohio’s public radio stations. In addition, she’s a regular guest on WOSU-TV’s “Columbus on the Record” and ONN’s “Capitol Square”. Jo also writes for respected publications such as Columbus Monthly and the Reuters News Service.

She has won many awards for her work across all of those platforms. She is currently the president of the Ohio Radio and TV Correspondent’s Association, a board member for the Ohio Legislative Correspondent’s Association and a board member for the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters. Jo also works as the Media Adviser for the Ohio Wesleyan University Transcript newspaper and OWU radio.

Ohio Lottery officials report brisk sales at the state’s Mega Millions and Powerball retailers right now.

An Obama era policy that made is possible for legalized marijuana to become a reality in some states has now been rescinded by the Trump administration. What might that mean for Ohio’s medical marijuana program, which is set to be operational in September?

Though rates of prescription overdose deaths in Ohio are at a six-year low, there are new rules on collecting data on opioid prescriptions going into effect. 

A study released in 2016 showed rural areas are disproportionately poor, uneducated and pay high relative costs for crime and disability because of the loss of good jobs, local businesses and opioid abuse. But there’s an idea being floated to establish a special state fund for those rural counties. 

Ohio’s roads were safer during this Christmas and New Year holidays than last year. 

It’s the last call for some alcohol in Ohio because certain items are being discounted for sale and will not be restocked.

There's some good news for Ohio’s minimum wage workers. Their pay goes up by 15 cents an hour starting today January 1st

Ohio Department of Health statistics show the number of abortions in Ohio was at an all-time low. But that didn’t keep the legislature from passing more abortion legislation.

For the next seven months, a few groups will be circulating petitions, trying to get enough valid signatures to put specific issues on the 2018 general ballot. 

Tax departments throughout the state are fielding questions from taxpayers about the pre-payment of local tax bills. Some are considering paying taxes by the end of 2017 so they can still deduct them from their taxes under new tax rules going into effect. 

This was a budget year, and there was a looming deficit lawmakers had to deal with. That took up a lot of lawmakers' time, but they passed other laws affecting baseball, sales tax breaks and workers' compensation.

The state says the cold weather is especially dangerous for older Ohioans.

The Ohio Supreme Court will hear a case next month that tests the constitutionality of death penalty sentencing. 

A new study shows the graduation rates of Ohio’s traditional public schools are much better than those of charter schools. 

Gov. John Kasich has signed 15 bills into law before leaving for a holiday break. 

Ohio lawmakers have increased spending to fight the opioid crisis, but one state legislator thinks more needs to be done. 

One of the companies recently awarded one of 12 large growing licenses from the state’s medical marijuana regulators has broken ground in Yellow Springs. The planned 50,000 foot greenhouse is set to be in operation by June. 

Ohio’s top elections official is asking state leaders to include money in the upcoming capital budget to buy new voting machines.

Ohio’s leaders continue to ask questions about the process used for awarding licenses for the state’s new medical marijuana program. 

The Ohio Senate has passed another abortion ban – this one aimed at a specific prenatal diagnosis. 

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would release low-level drug offenders from jail and direct money to treatment instead have cleared one hurdle. 

State Auditor Dave Yost is sounding a warning about the financial stress on Ohio’s counties and cities, saying their fiscal health is slightly worse than it was a year ago. 

Some of the people who brought a marijuana legalization plan to the ballot two years ago want to try to put a different one before voters next year. 

Another issue to legalize marijuana might be heading to the Ohio ballot next year. The effort will be announced Monday.

As expected, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill has submitted his resignation. But it’s not effective immediately.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill says he intends to resign from the bench to run for governor.  As Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports, O’Neill says he’ll make his resignation from the court formal tomorrow morning.

After saying he'd leave the race for the Democratic nomination for governor if Richard Cordray runs, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill now says he's staying in the race.

State Auditor Dave Yost says questions about past drug convictions of a consultant who played a key role in Ohio’s new medical marijuana program, set to begin operation in September, need to be addressed now. And he says it’s time for an investigation.

The entry of Richard Cordray into the Democratic primary for governor raises questions about what Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill will do now. O’Neill, who last month came under fire for his controversial Facebook posts outlining his personal sex life, is waiting to see what Cordray does before deciding on whether to run. 

One of the lawmakers who sat on the state panel that approved the state’s medical marijuana program wants to put it on hold until questions about it can be answered. 

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