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Niraj Antani loses bid for US Congress from Ohio


Ohio’s Indian American Republican State Senator Niraj Antani has lost his bid for the US House of Representatives from the second Congressional District in the party primary. Antani, who became the first Indian American State Senator in Buckeye state history in 2021, ran in a crowded field of 11 candidates in Tuesday’s party primary to...

Niraj Antani raises $612,348 for his Congressional campaign


Niraj Antani, the first Hindu and Indian-American senator from the US state of Ohio, claims to have raised $612,348 in 38 days for his Congressional campaign. The 32-year-old Republican announced his campaign for Congress from Ohio’s second congressional district in November last year.  “I am incredibly excited to announce that I raised $612,348 in 48 days for my campaign for Congress! This...

Raja the elephant, is moving to Columbus to breed


St. Louis: Raja the elephant has been one of the biggest attractions — literally and figuratively — at the St. Louis Zoo for decades. Now, he’s moving away. The zoo announced last Thursday that the male Asian elephant born at the zoo nearly 31 years ago will be relocated to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium...

Ohio amendment serves as testing ground for statewide abortion fights expected in 2024


Columbus, Ohio: Abortion access is expected to play a central role in the 2024 elections. The preview comes next week, when Ohio voters decide whether to enshrine reproductive rights in their state Constitution. The amendment is the only abortion question on any state’s ballot this year, a spotlight that has generated intense attention from national groups and made Ohio...

Ohio abortion question will go forward as single issue


Columbus, Ohio: In a blow to abortion opponents in Ohio, a fall ballot issue aimed at enshrining access to the procedure in the state's constitution will not be split into two separate issues — one about abortion, and one about other reproductive healthcare. In a unanimous ruling Thursday, the Ohio Supreme Court sided with the bipartisan...

Sen. Niraj Antani introduces resolution condemning Hinduphobia in Ohio


Columbus: State Senator Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) Wednesday introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 6 to condemn Hinduphobia. Senator Antani is the first Hindu and Indian American State Senator in Ohio and is the youngest Hindu and Indian American elected official in the country. "As the first Indian American and Hindu State Senator in Ohio history and the...

May the Fourth be ‘I do’: ‘Star Wars’ weddings in Ohio


Akron, Ohio: When Julia and Robert Jones discovered that a judge from the Akron Municipal Court in Ohio would be officiating “Star Wars”-themed weddings on May the Fourth, the couple felt the Force calling them to commit to the ceremony. “There was no other right decision, that was it,” Julia Jones said. “Star Wars Episode IV:...

Aches, rashes and fear: Trauma remains after Ohio derailment


East Palestine, Ohio: Heather Bable speaks rapidly, recalling the terror of the night when a train loaded with hazardous chemicals derailed less than a half-mile from her home. Her voice catches, tears welling in weary eyes, as she describes the physical and emotional toll following the Feb. 3 disaster and subsequent chemical burn: eight days in a...

Did dioxins spread after the Ohio train derailment?


East Palestine, Ohio: After a catastrophic 38-train car derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, some officials are raising concerns about a type of toxic substance that tends to stay in the environment. Last week, Sherrod Brown and J.D. Vance, the U.S. senators from Ohio, sent a letter to the state’s environmental protection agency expressing concern that dioxins may have been...