COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Department of Aging is seeking nominations for the statewide Senior Citizens Hall of Fame The hall honors current or long-time Ohio residents age 60 and older who have made and continue to make a lasting impact on their communities, professions or vocations. Past inductees have included business and industry leaders, community planners, educators, scientists, volunteers and artists among others. The nominees are evaluated on the scope and impact of contributions begun or continued after age 60. Nominees must be native-born Ohioans or have been residents of the state for at least 10 years. Posthumous nominations are accepted. The department says nominations must be
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has launched a public awareness campaign to boost interest in foster care and adoption. The announcement by Gov. Mike DeWine comes at a time when nearly 16,000 children are in the custody of Ohio county children services agencies. The website created by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has information for both current and prospective foster and adoptive families. An advisory group including the family services agency, foster home caregivers, public and private foster care agencies, and the organizations that represent them, recommended the website and campaign. The state's addiction epidemic has caused foster care needs to soar in recent years as children
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say Ohio recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program help do not have to use all of their benefits by the end of this month after receiving their February benefits early as the nation grapples with a partial federal government shutdown. Officials say recipients will next receive their monthly SNAP benefits in March and that they should plan accordingly and stretch the February assistance they received this month as long as possible. The state Department of Job and Family Services says that while funding for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) has yet to be reauthorized, those benefits will be available in February.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a trooper and a truck driver were hit on U.S. 30. Troopers said everyone is okay and the collision happened near Van Wert on Saturday night. "Move over approaching stationary public safety vehicles," the Ohio State Highway Patrol wrote on Twitter. Everyone is okay, according to OSHP.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state Department of Health is investigating a doctor accused of ordering potentially fatal doses of the powerful painkiller fentanyl for 27 gravely ill patients who died at an Ohio hospital system. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Health Department is investigating Dr. William Husel, a former Columbus-based Mount Carmel Health System physician, on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Franklin County Prosecutor's Office and Columbus police also are investigating the Husel, who served as an intensive care physician for Mount Carmel. The hospital system has placed six pharmacists and 14 nurses on administrative leave but hasn't explained the