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Ohio's six-week abortion ban continues to cause havoc across the state.
The news beat continues to be somber, with the painful fallout from Roe v. Wade'
s reversal becoming clearer and gerrymandering preventing significant change within the Buckeye State. But locally, Cincinnati also is grappling with the aftermath of severe storms and a tornado that touched down east of the city. Catch up on the big headlines below.
Clermont County Warns Travelers Away from Goshen Tornado Area as Duke Energy Tries to Restore Electricity to Cincinnati
Greater Cincinnati continues to deal with the aftermath of the July 6 thunderstorms, including the tornado that hit Goshen Township in Clermont County. The destructive twister has been classified as an EF2, about 750 yards wide and with winds of 130 MPH at its peak. Read CityBeat's story about the cleanup efforts and how you can help.
Gov. Mike DeWine: No Comment on Ohio Abortion Ban that Forced Underage Rape Victim to Travel to Indiana for Abortion
An Indianapolis OB-GYN said that an Ohio child-abuse doctor told her the 10-year-old child was six weeks and three days pregnant and needed help. That was three days after DeWine signed a six-week limit on abortion in Ohio, with no exceptions for victims of rape and incest. During a press conference about other matters, DeWine didn’t address the fact that a law he signed put girls like her in this situation. Read CityBeat's story about why this will keep happening, and then read CityBeat's extensive series about what abortion in Ohio will look like now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade. Meanwhile, in Kentucky, a judge has blocked the Commonwealth's abortion ban.
Early Voting in Ohio's August 2022 Special Election Has Begun
The election will feature state district races and members of the state central committees for both the Republican and Democratic parties. The Aug. 2 special election will mark the first time that Ohioans will vote under the state's new district maps, which the Ohio Supreme Court has repeatedly deemed unconstitutional due to their favoring Republicans. Read CityBeat's story about how and when to vote.
Akron Police Release Bodycam Footage of Jayland Walker Shooting
Eight Akron police officers fired over 60 bullets into the body and head of 25-year-old Jayland Walker in a June 27 police murder. According to footage and reports, Walker was unarmed as he exited his vehicle and fled from officers on foot. The incident is the latest incident of many in which police killed a seemingly unthreatening, non-white person. Read CityBeat's story about more details of the case.
Ohio Activists, Politicians Want Anti-Vaccine Amendment in State Constitution
The Republican proposal covers all vaccines – not just COVID-19 – and could force changes in several institutions that require vaccination, including schools and the military. If passed, Ohio would become the only state in the nation with an explicit ban of vaccine mandates in its constitution and would be a step backwards for public health. Read CityBeat's story about what else is in the anti-vax proposal.
Cincinnati Reds Minor-League Coach, Players to Head to 2022 All-Star Futures Game
Eric Davis, the Cincinnati Reds hall of famer and 1990 World Series winner who now develops players in the minors, will serve as first-base coach for the National League. Two players in the Reds' minors will play in the Futures game: pitcher Andrew Abbot of the Chattanooga Lookouts and shortstop Elly De La Cruz of the Dayton Dragons. Read CityBeat's story about how the prospects are faring this season and when to catch them in the Futures game.
Cincinnati Mixologist Molly Wellmann to Sell Japp’s Bar to Four Entertainment Group
Well-known Queen City mixologist Molly Wellmann has announced she will be moving on to a new chapter in her life — which includes selling her Over-the-Rhine bar. Wellmann has owned the bar since 2010, but it now will shift to Four Entertainment Group. Read CityBeat's story about how Japp's will change under the new ownership group.
Seven Greater Cincinnati County Fairs for Funnel Cakes, Demolition Derbies and Giant Vegetables
County fairs are a quintessential part of summer in Greater Cincinnati, offering multiple days of livestock shows, wholesome homesteading competitions and exhibits, midway games and rides, fried food, tractors, beauty pageants and tons of demolition derbies. Read CityBeat's story about where and when to find the best local fairs.
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