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DeWine signs bill creating womens suffrage centennial commission

(April 24, 2019) — Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill into law today to create a suffrage centennial commission, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification, which gave women the right to vote.

Mike DeWine signs heartbeat abortion bill into Ohio law. ACLU promises lawsuit

(April 11, 2019) — Gov. Mike DeWine signed the “Heartbeat Bill” on Thursday, after eight years of the controversial measure falling short of becoming law. The action was met with applause and shouts of “thank you, governor!” by the crowd of about 30 proponents invited inside the governor’s ceremonial Statehouse office.

Ohio legislature passes Heartbeat Bill – now ready for Gov. DeWines signature

(April 10, 2019) — Despite scores of protesters both outside and inside the legislative chambers Wednesday, Ohio lawmakers approved what both sides are labeling the strictest abortion law in the nation.

Heartbeat bill passes House committee, heads to House floor despite protests

(April 9, 2019) — The GOP-controlled House is expected to approve the “Heartbeat Bill” Wednesday after weeks of testimony, dozens of proposed amendments and late changes to the controversial legislation.

In about face, testimony allowed on amended heartbeat abortion ban

(April 8, 2019) — In an about face, the Ohio House Health Committee allowed testimony Tuesday morning on the controversial “Heartbeat Bill,” which was amended through a substitute bill at last week’s hearing.

Senate passes bill asking women to decide on disposal of aborted fetal remains

(March 27, 2019) — The Ohio Senate approved new regulations Wednesday involving the disposal of aborted fetal remains, despite concerns that the measure is another swing at abortion rights.

Program helps Ohioans with disabilities train for jobs, get experience

(March 26, 2019) — Amid stacks of seasonal women’s shoes, Gov. Mike DeWine and participants in a job-facilitation program met Tuesday to discuss employment opportunities for disabled Ohioans.

Business leaders gather at Statehouse in support of anti-discrimination legislation

(March 21, 2019) — Business leaders and advocates from across Ohio gathered Thursday at the Statehouse to pledge support for legislation that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

After favorable court ruling, state cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood

(March 21, 2019) — The state is cutting off Planned Parenthood’s funding from Ohio taxpayers.

Crime survivors lobby lawmakers for reform, more assistance

(March 20, 2019) — India Brown’s two children idolize their father. Her daughter, she says, described him as her best friend.

No LeBron, age discrimination, genocide: Heartbeat Bill backers get creative

(March 19, 2019) — Though arguments on the controversial “Heartbeat Bill,” which would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, have been thoroughly aired and robustly debated numerous times in Ohio legislative hearings, proponents of the bill offered creative testimony Tuesday during the bill’s debut in the House Health Committee.

Kasich agency designed to cut bureaucracy ends up backlogged instead

(March 17, 2019) — In 2011, then-Gov. John Kasich’s administration sought to make Ohio business-friendly by slashing state bureaucracy and streamlining business regulations.

Gay lawmakers bill to prohibit LGBTQ discrimination receives first hearing

(March 14, 2019) — A bill that would prohibit discrimination in Ohio on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity had its first hearing in front of a Senate panel Wednesday.

Heartbeat bill passes Ohio Senate, ready for expected House OK

(March 13, 2019) — By a six-vote margin, the controversial “Heartbeat Bill” passed the Ohio Senate on Wednesday, moving another step closer to becoming law after several attempts in recent years fell short.

Heartbeat Bill clears committee, ready for Ohio Senate vote Wednesday

(March 12, 2019) — A Senate panel voted the “heartbeat bill” out of committee Tuesday, pushing the controversial bill closer toward its likely enactment after weeks of contention and debate.

Coalition to DeWine: We cannot accept high levels of poverty…hunger as just acceptable

(March 4, 2019) — (March 4, 2019)
On the eve of Gov. Mike DeWine’s State of the State address, One Ohio Now called for legislative leaders to raise taxes and invest in Ohio’s future, highlighting key areas where the state doesn’t measure up from job growth to infant mortality.

Ohio human trafficking victims say what they really want is to be normal

(February 28, 2019) — When Hollie Daniels was 15 years old, she moved to Columbus to live with her mother.

Ohio getting ready to celebrate 100 years of women voting

(February 26, 2019) — The Ohio Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday to create a commission to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Dog breeder unhappy after getting state notices designed for puppy mills

(February 22, 2019) — Dog breeder Cathy Talik has been raising miniature schnauzers for more than 20 years.

Whats on the desks of Ohios top officials hint at their personalities

(February 15, 2019) — Whether it’s a black hole of useless papers or a vision from Marie Kondo’s Netflix show “Tidying Up,” your desk says something about you.

President Rutherford Hayes, Reds Dummy Hoy named Great Ohioans

(February 14, 2019) — President Rutherford B. Hayes and Cincinnati Reds centerfielder William Ellsworth “Dummy” Hoy were named recipients of the 2019 Great Ohioan Award on Thursday for their lasting
impact on Ohio.

Poor Peoples Campaign lists demands for Ohio lawmakers

(February 13, 2019) — The Ohio Poor People’s Campaign called for a “moral revival” and mending of “broken hearts” in a letter delivered to state senators and representatives Wednesday — Valentine’s Day eve.

Kasich as Ohio Governor enacted 21 restrictions on abortion

(February 5, 2019) — Last week, federal appeals court judges heard arguments on the legality of a lower court’s decision to block an Ohio law prohibiting abortions on fetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Fine fight continues over Toledos last abortion clinic

(February 4, 2019) — Ohio’s health director increased the fine on a Toledo’s last abortion clinic to $15,000 from $3,000 for safety and procedural violations after a patient with potential post-abortion
complications was improperly transferred to a hospital in 2017.

Fran DeWine wears Janet Voinovich-designed Ohio first lady pin with pride

(January 28, 2019) — From inauguration night into the morning of Jan. 15, the Governor’s Residence in Bexley was filled with laughter, music and family.

Whose sets those levels for snow emergencies, and does anyone ever get arrested?

(January 24, 2019) — Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn received criticism for not declaring a snow emergency when a snowstorm blew through Ohio last weekend.

About those $100,000 new signs at Ohios borders

(January 23, 2019) — The times — and the signs — are changing.

DeWine, Husted make surprise appearance at Right to Life rally

(January 22, 2019) — Mimicking the surprise appearance by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the March for Life in Washington last week, Gov. Mike DeWine, first lady Fran DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted showed up unexpectedly Tuesday at the Statehouse atrium for Ohio’s version.

Statehouse exhibit opens on Neil Armstrong, 50th anniversary of lunar landing

(January 17, 2019) — The Statehouse will be home to an exhibit honoring astronaut Neil Armstrong and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing starting Thursday and running into late July.

Youths from across Ohio honor Martin Luther King Jr. in oratorical contest

(January 17, 2019) — Winners of the 2018 Statewide MLK Oratorical Contest spoke to Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, oppression in America and the power of love Thursday for the 34th annual event at
Trinity Episcopal Church in Downtown Columbus.

Ohio MLK ceremony: They couldn’t assassinate the dream

(April 21, 2018) — On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., lawmakers and local leaders said his dreams live on in today’s activism.

Would a law banning LGBT discrimination be good for Ohio business?

(April 18, 2018) — Advocates of LGBT rights in Ohio say a non-discrimination law would benefit business in Ohio — but opponents say such rights could hinder free speech and religious freedom.

AIDS Walk highlights how treatment, awareness has changed

(April 14, 2018) — Art Hanthorn volunteers for the annual Central Ohio AIDS Walk to raise money and awareness. But he also does it to honor the memory of his brother, Bill, who lost his life to the illness in 1994.

Ohio Senate OKs $115 million to help counties replace voting machines

(April 13, 2018) — Ohio counties are one step closer to getting nearly $115 million for new voting machines.

When that local number showing up on your cell isnt really local

(April 13, 2018) — When Ohioans get a call from a local number, that number might not always be what it seems.

Lawmaker fires back at GOP ridicule of bump-stock ban bill

(April 12, 2018) — An Ohio lawmaker is calling for a citizen’s coalition on gun violence after his proposed ban on bump stocks, which can increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic weapon, was lambasted in a Senate committee Wednesday.

Ohio GOP lawmaker: Bump stock ban unneeded; you can use a rubber band

(April 11, 2018) — An Ohio Republican lawmaker ridiculed a Democratic former police officer’s proposed ban on bump stocks Wednesday, saying rubber bands also could make a semiautomatic weapon operate much like an automatic.

ECOT students can keep school-issued computers

(April 10, 2018) — For ECOT, the cost of recovering computers that the school gave its 12,000 students far outweighs the gain of gathering and reselling them.

Register by Monday or you cant vote in the May primary

(April 9, 2018) — For those who want to vote in Ohio’s May 8 primary election, the deadline to register is quickly approaching.

Board OKs first land purchase for Jesse Owens State Park

(April 9, 2018) — A new state park neared reality on Monday as lawmakers approved nearly $11.2 million for the purchase of more than 5,000 acres of reclaimed strip-mine land in Morgan County.

Kasich says he’d send Ohio National Guard to Mexico border if Trump asked

(April 5, 2018) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich would authorize the use of the Ohio National Guard to support President Trump’s push for border security if the President asked him to, he said on Thursday.

Gov. Kasich signs bill closing domestic violence loophole

(April 5, 2018) — Victims of dating violence now have legal protections in Ohio after Gov. John Kasich signed a bipartisan bill closing what some said was a gaping loophole in Ohio’s domestic violence laws.

Ohio MLK ceremony: They couldnt assassinate the dream

(April 4, 2018) — On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., lawmakers and local leaders said his dreams live on in today’s activism.

John Kasich, Mark Cuban share disdain for Trump

(April 2, 2018) — Billionaire Mark Cuban and Ohio Gov. John Kasich spoke about topics ranging from business to Donald Trump during an event Monday at Ohio State University.

Police agencies moving to enact state standards

(April 1, 2018) — More than 500 law-enforcement agencies have implemented Ohio’s first-ever statewide standards on use of force and officer recruitment and training.

Ex-Husted aide tapped for top elections security slot

(March 27, 2018) — An Ohioan will be working on election security issues for the Department of Homeland Security just a month after being not being re-appointed to his old job.

GOP state treasurer candidate launches his first TV ad of the campaign

(March 26, 2018) — In his first televised campaign advertisement, GOP state treasurer candidate Robert Sprague makes no mention of his opponent.

Hikers: State has new online resource for trails

(March 23, 2018) — Ohioans looking to enjoy the outdoors now have a new resource when they’re searching for events taking place along the state’s trails.

Hundreds of moms come to Statehouse to demand stricter gun laws

(March 21, 2018) — Hundreds of advocates for stricter gun control converged Wednesday on the Statehouse to meet with lawmakers in support of Gov. John Kasich’s proposal for stricter gun policies.

Conservatives push to reduce state regulations

(March 21, 2018) — Ohio lawmakers announced a renewed push to reduce state regulations on Wednesday, saying an abundance of rules and restrictions are slowing economic growth.

Chiropractic care touted as one path out of drug addiction

(March 20, 2018) — After Army Staff Sergeant Shilo Harris’s armored vehicle was struck by an IED in Iraq 11 years ago, he faced a long road to recovery.

You can take your dog to a state park beach until May 18

(March 16, 2018) — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is designating more than 30 state park beaches as dog exercise areas until May 18, allowing owners to handle their dogs without leashes.

Billionaire Steyers national town-hall campaign to impeach Trump kicks off in Columbus

(March 15, 2018) — A series of national town-hall events demanding President Donald Trump’s impeachment was kicked off in Columbus Thursday night before a crowd of more than 100 people.

Bill would require security upgrades for new Ohio schools

(March 14, 2018) — New bipartisan legislation in the Ohio House would mandate stricter security standards in newly constructed schools in hopes of preventing school shootings, its sponsors say.

Hundreds of student gun protesters expected at Statehouse

(March 14, 2018) — Hundreds of high school students will lobby for stricter gun laws at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday, having been inspired by the survivors of the deadly Parkland school shooting.

More than 200 students rally at Ohio Statehouse on gun laws

(March 14, 2018) — After nationwide school walkouts calling for stricter gun laws on Wednesday morning, other high school students gathered a couple of hours later at the Statehouse to demand action from lawmakers.

Elizabeth Warren calls friend Richard Cordray a fearless fighter

(March 13, 2018) — Two friends were reunited in Columbus as U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaigned Friday on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray, calling him a “fearless fighter.”

Democrats push for new sexual harassment training for lawmakers

(March 7, 2018) — Several Democratic legislators are backing a bill to reform sexual harassment training standards on Capitol Square in the wake of lewd comments and resignations by some of their colleagues at the Statehouse.

COSI, Market Tower make groups list of worst capital budget projects

(March 5, 2018) — A conservative public policy group on Monday detailed what it thinks are Ohio’s top 10 worst capital budget requests — including COSI and the new Market Tower — saying Ohio’s budget is riddled with “pork projects.”

Ohio lawmakers mull ways to take guns from those showing red flag of danger

(March 3, 2018) — In the wake of last month’s deadly Florida school shooting, Ohio legislators are considering ways to take guns from at-risk people before they might harm themselves or others.

Number of new concealed-carry permits dwindled in 2017

(March 2, 2018) — The number of newly issued concealed carry permits to allow Ohioans to carry handguns decreased by about 34 percent last year.

Ohio lawmakers going after johns to curb drugs

(February 22, 2018) — Ohio legislators are hoping to curb the state’s opioid epidemic by going after so-called “johns” with a pair of bills that would increase penalties for soliciting prostitutes.

Heres how the Russians targeted Ohio for the 2016 election

(February 20, 2018) — After the 2016 knife attack on several students at Ohio State University, a Twitter user with the handle @thefoundingson began tweeting inflammatory statements calling for President Donald Trump to ban Somali refugees.

ACLU sues to stop Ohio ban on Down syndrome abortions

(February 15, 2018) — Ohio’s recently passed ban on Down syndrome abortions would be stopped before it starts if a federal judge grants a request filed Thursday by Planned Parenthood and abortion clinics.

New report from pro-labor group pans right-to-work proposals

(February 13, 2018) — In the wake of proposed right-to-work amendments by Republican lawmakers, a newly released report is recommending politicians can support Ohio workers by backing off of regulating unions.

OhioCorps proposed to mentor high schoolers vulnerable to drugs

(February 8, 2018) — When Daisy Tolliver graduates from high school, she wants to go into business school and eventually start her own dance studio. She has dreams and aspirations like every high school freshman but faces different challenges than her peers.

Ohio Senate OKs permanent 3-day sales tax holiday every August

(February 7, 2018) — The Ohio Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would create a permanent three-day sales tax holiday for school items and clothing, designed to benefit Ohio families

Activists demand action by Ohio lawmakers to fight poverty

(February 5, 2018) — The revival of a civil rights-era campaign kicked off on Wednesday as a group of clergy, activists and the poor delivered letters to legislative leaders demanding they fight poverty.

Will lack of LGBT protections cost Ohio Amazon HQ2, other business?

(February 3, 2018) — Columbus made the second cut for Amazon’s second headquarters — a $5 billion investment that would create 50,000 jobs — but some LGBT advocates are calling for the company to drop the city from consideration.

Westerville Democrat plans run for state treasurer

(January 26, 2018) — A Westerville businessman plans to announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for state treasurer on Saturday, saying he already has contributed $300,000 to his campaign.

State lawmakers vote to regulate e-bikes

(January 24, 2018) — Ohio is one of just 20 states that doesn’t regulate electric bicycles, but that might be changing with new legislation.

Ohio lawmakers going after pharmacy benefit managers

(January 24, 2018) — When Ohioans go to pharmacists for their prescriptions, they generally assume they’ll be told the truth about the costs of their medicines. Some lawmakers, however, say that little-known organizations are keeping pharmacists from being honest with their clients.

Right-to-work would help Ohio workers, GOP lawmakers say

(January 23, 2018) — A pair of Republican lawmakers said their proposal to put six right-to-work amendments on the 2020 ballot would help Ohio workers.

Coalition leaders say GOP redistricting plan wont fix Ohio gerrymandering

(January 22, 2018) — Critics of a recently introduced Republican congressional redistricting plan came together Monday to make their case against it, saying it could worsen gerrymandering.

State sets up online resources for ECOT students, parents

(January 19, 2018) — In the wake of a Thursday night vote in which ECOT’s sponsor voted to shut down the online school, the Ohio Department of Education is offering assistance to affected students and their families.

Ohio Democratic lawmaker going after revenge porn

(January 18, 2018) — When Katelyn Bowden was told by an acquaintance on Facebook that intimate photos of her were posted on a widely available website, she thought that going to the police would help.

Advocates: State LGBT anti-discrimination law would help Ohio business

(January 17, 2018) — A recently released report places Ohio in the lowest possible category for LGBT anti-discrimination laws — a ranking that advocates say could be improved with the passage of an anti-discrimination bill.

Ohio Senate, House now have both banned abortions for Down syndrome

(November 15, 2017) — The House and Senate have now both passed bills that would ban abortions because the fetus might have Down syndrome.

Bill to ban Down syndrome abortions in Ohio headed to full Senate

(November 14, 2017) — Despite not receiving a party-line vote, the Ohio Senate version of a bill that would ban abortions if the unborn child has Down syndrome moved one step closer to being signed into law.

Should Ohio keep softer high school graduation requirements?

(November 13, 2017) — Faced with a host of students who might not get their diplomas, the Ohio’s state school board backed off tougher graduation requirements for this year’s high school seniors.

Todays veterans photographed with Civil War technology

(November 12, 2017) — Todd Garland stared down the camera with a stern look, blinking violently as the camera’s flash reverberated around the studio.

DeWine awards grants to Ohio veterans organizations

(November 9, 2017) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office is awarding $971,000 in grants to Ohio veterans’ organizations.

Republicans join effort to abolish death penalty in Ohio

(November 5, 2017) — With another execution looming next week in Ohio, a Democratic lawmaker is pushing a bill that would eliminate the death penalty in the Buckeye State.

Ohio House bans Down syndrome abortions, hears Heartbeat Bill

(November 2, 2017) — After a lengthy, emotional debate, the Ohio House approved a controversial bill Wednesday that would ban abortions in cases in which the fetus might have Down syndrome.

Bill to ban Down-syndrome abortions set for Ohio House vote Wednesday

(October 31, 2017) — A bill that would ban abortions sought because the fetus might have Down syndrome is scheduled to be voted on by the Ohio House Wednesday afternoon, and its likely passage would put it a step closer to becoming another state law limiting abortions.

Ohio House panel OKs ban on abortions for Down syndrome

(October 25, 2017) — In the past seven years, the Ohio legislature and Gov. John Kasich have enacted 19 bills chipping away at abortion rights.

Democrats propose universal health-care coverage for Ohio

(October 24, 2017) — State lawmakers are proposing legislation that would give health insurance to all Ohioans.

Parole Board urges no clemency for Franklin County murderer

(October 20, 2017) — The Ohio Parole Board recommended that Gov. John Kasich deny clemency to a Franklin County man who is scheduled to be executed next month.

Crew SC: Area lawmakers differ on state money for Downtown soccer stadium

(October 18, 2017) — Local state lawmakers don’t want to see the Columbus Crew SC leave, but they differ on the lengths they are willing to go to keep the team in town after owners announced their intent to relocate if they don’t get a new, Downtown stadium.

3 of 4 high school seniors on track to meet Ohio graduation requirements

(October 17, 2017) — About three-fourth of Ohio high school seniors are on track to earn a diploma in the spring, but more likely will graduate thanks to new, softer standards for the class of 2018.

Luncheon spreads message that not all offenders fit in same basket

(October 17, 2017) — Marcia White is neither proud nor ashamed that she killed her abusive husband.

“It is an unfortunate fact about my life, but nonetheless, I did commit a violent act,” White said.

Cyberbullying victim seeks awareness day in Ohio

(October 10, 2017) — When Britain Bennett started getting cyberbullied as a high school sophomore, she tried to laugh it off.

Right to Life leader wins support for state medical board reappointment

(October 3, 2017) — Despite complaints from abortion-rights supporters, Ohio Right to Life President Michael Gonidakis is one step closer to getting another five-year term on the State Medical Board.

Recovery is beautiful exults addicts at Statehouse rally

(September 29, 2017) — Wayne Ford stepped to the podium on the Statehouse steps wearing a gold mask.

Abortions in Ohio hit record low in 2016

(September 29, 2017) — The number of abortions in Ohio reached a new record low last year, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s 2016 Ohio Abortion Report.

Reagan Tokes Act aims to improve GPS monitoring

(September 27, 2017) — Lisa McCrary-Tokes stood alongside Ohio legislators Wednesday morning as a heartbroken mother.

Here is where you can hear local candidates

(September 26, 2017) — The Franklin County Consortium for Good Government will host a series of forums to look at local candidates and issues that will be on the ballot Nov. 7.

Four local law enforcement agencies getting money to fight opioid epidemic

(September 26, 2017) — Programs fighting the opioid epidemic in Franklin County will see a portion of the $3 million in grants administered by the Ohio attorney general’s office to help replicate or expand Drug Abuse Response Teams and Quick Response Teams.

Abortion on Down Syndrome fetus to be banned under Ohio bills

(September 25, 2017) — A week after Kelly Kuhns learned in a heartbreaking phone call that her son would be born with Down syndrome, abortion was mentioned.

Ohio lawmakers want to ban sexting up to age 21

(September 22, 2017) — The legal ramifications of sexting, or the transmitting or nude or seminude images of oneself, can follow a person years after they hit send.

Ohio gets B for helping criminals with mental illness

(September 20, 2017) — Ohio earned high marks on a new report looking at the availability of evidence-based treatments to help people with serious mental illness who have committed major crimes avoid more time behind bars.

Central Ohio DACA recipients wants to stay in America

(September 19, 2017) — Elvis Saldias grew up hiding a secret.

He came to the United States from Bolivia with his mom when he was nine years old on a visa that would expire a couple months later, making him undocumented.

Ohio justices hear arguments on state abortion regulation

(September 12, 2017) — About halfway through Ohio Supreme Court arguments Tuesday on what some call the biggest abortion case in the state’s history, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor wanted to know the impact of shutting down Toledo’s last abortion clinic.

Sept. 11 births, weddings bring mixed emotions due to 9/11

(September 11, 2017) — While fear gripped the nation on Sept. 11, 2001, Reed Blazek was being welcomed into the world at what is now OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Ohio’s ACT test scores above US average

(September 7, 2017) — Ohio is just slightly above the national average when it comes to ACT test scores of the 2017 graduating high school class.

New Ohio group calls for common sense gun laws

(September 7, 2017) — Holding a framed picture of his son Kenny, Kevin James told the story of how his child was struck down about seven years ago as an innocent victim of gun violence.

Hocking College ready to serve as medical cannabis testing site

(September 5, 2017) — Hocking College will house the state’s medical marijuana testing laboratory, plugging a gap in the process to legalize its sale, pending approval from the State of Ohio.

Columbus attorney who promoted diversity gets top legal honor

(September 1, 2017) — Norton Webster retired from his law practice about 20 years ago, but he still continues to go into his Columbus office almost every day he is in town to help clients.

Safety of judges, opioid crisis focus of State of Judiciary speech

(September 1, 2017) — Less than two week after a Jefferson County judge was shot, Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor expressed the need for security during her State of the Judiciary address Thursday.

Lawmakers propose shelter pet be designated Ohios official state pet

(August 29, 2017) — Ohio has the northern cardinal as the state bird and the white-tailed deer as the state animal, but comes up short in regards to a state pet.

How will Cincinnati-area representatives vote on Obamacare replacement?

(March 23, 2017) — Republicans have been dreaming to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act since it became law in 2010. Will they get their chance to do that soon?

Hamilton County commissioner requests almost $1.5 million to fight heroin epidemic

(March 22, 2017) — Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus testified this week before the Ohio House of Representatives Finance Committee, asking for the state to invest nearly $1.5 million to fight the county’s heroin epidemic.

Could Ohio’s next Governor be a Democrat?

(March 16, 2017) — There are about 600 days until voters will have to decide who will fill Gov. John Kasich’s office when his final term is up, but that hasn’t stopped some from throwing their hats into the ring to replace him.

Truancy bill would require call to parent within hour of students absence

(March 12, 2017) — Ohio students who miss school without an excuse can expect a phone call home within an hour of failing to arrive if a truancy bill in the legislature becomes law.

Ohio legislators are responsible for sending people to jail, ACLU report says

(March 9, 2017) — An American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio report claims too many individuals are being sent to prison each year, and they say those at the Statehouse are at fault.

Columbus activists protest Trump’s new immigration bill

(March 7, 2017) — In response to the revamped order that Trump rolled out on Monday, close to 100 people gathered Downtown Tuesday afternoon to protest his plan, saying it’s just another ban on Muslim refugees.

The Daily Briefing: Activists host In Memoriam for the Sen. Rob Portman town hall that never was

(March 6, 2017) — About 200 people filled the rows of the First Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday night in honor of Sen. Rob Portman’s town hall that never was.

New laws crowding prisons, ACLU says

(March 3, 2017) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio asked Thursday that lawmakers temporarily halt adding new criminal offenses and sanctions to state law until the Criminal Justice Recodification Committee, which plans to simplify the criminal code, completes its work later in the two-year session.

Ohio issues record number of concealed-carry permits in 2016

(March 1, 2017) — Ohio issued a record-breaking 158,000 concealed-carry gun permits in 2016, and 75 percent of them were for newly licensed individuals.

Dating violence protection bill passes House with 92-2 vote

(February 28, 2017) — Victims of dating violence would get the ability to obtain civil-protection orders under a bill approved Tuesday by the Ohio House, 92-2.

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman denies claims he’s inaccessible to the public

(February 24, 2017) — Sen. Rob Portman denied claims Friday that he was inaccessible to the public and was met with protesters at an event at Columbus State Community College about the state’s opioid crisis.

Proposal would expand program that gives kids state-funded vouchers to attend private schools

(February 24, 2017) — An Ohio Senator hopes to “expand school choice” for students across the state by expanding funding for families that would help them send their children to a private school instead of a public one.

Portman denies keeping Democrats out of political event

(February 24, 2017) — Sen. Rob Portman denied claims that his office prevented Democrats from attending a political dinner where he spoke Wednesday.

College roommate of Trumps Supreme Court nominee says Gorsuch not anti-gay

(February 24, 2017) — The Columbus Lawyers Chapter might not have been able to get Judge Neil Gorsuch to make an appearance, but they invited three of the next best people to a luncheon panel Friday.

Ohio legislators propose bill to mandate cursive proficiency by fifth grade

(February 23, 2017) — Rep. Andrew Brenner, a Republican from Powell, Ohio and Rep. Marilyn Slaby, a Republican from Copley, Ohio have introduced a bill in the Ohio House of Representatives to require the teaching of cursive in Ohio schools.

Who really stopped Dems from attending Portman speech?

(February 23, 2017) — Rob Portman’s press secretary said today the GOP U.S. senator wasn’t the one prevented Democrats from attending a political dinnernner where he spoke Wednesday night.

Portmans office weeds out Democrats from attending his political speech

(February 22, 2017) — Some called off from work to drive two hours north of Ohio State University to hear Sen. Rob Portman speak at a Lincoln Day Dinner, sponsored by the Seneca County Republican Party. Unfortunately, the morning of the the dinner, some ticket holders learned that their tickets had been rescinded and their money refunded because of their political affiliations.

Senator proposes statewide scholarship program for private schools

(February 21, 2017) — In the continued legislative push favoring school choice in Ohio, a lawmaker introduced a plan on Tuesday designed to help middle-class parents afford to send their kids to the private school of their choice.

School Employees Retirement System picks new executive director

(February 17, 2017) — For retired bus drivers, school custodians, cafeteria workers and administrative and educational aides, finding access to health care can be difficult. Richard Stensrud, as newly appointed executive director of SERS, says he is committed to help.

Are local resources enough to combat Ohio’s opioid epidemic?

(February 15, 2017) — At least eight Ohioans die of a drug overdose every day — or one every three hours. That statistic has grown just in the 13 months since Attorney General Mike DeWine held his first statewide opioid-crisis meeting in January 2016. More than 1,200 attended DeWine’s second meeting Tuesday, held at Fellowship Baptist Church in Canal Winchester.

State task force recommends schools educate all grade levels on substance abuse

(February 10, 2017) — Teaching students of all ages social and emotional learning is a crucial step toward combating Ohio’s drug addiction crisis, Attorney General Mike DeWine suggests.

Alcohol-infused ice cream could soon be manufactured and sold in Ohio

(February 10, 2017) — House Bill 23 would permit liquor manufacturers to make and sell ice cream containing between 0.5 percent and 6 percent alcohol by volume. The legislation was written on behalf of two ice cream shop owners from Conneaut, Joe and Christine Ericksen.

Gov. Kasich unveils tightened state budget: here’s what you need to know

(February 4, 2017) — As he’d been doing for weeks, Gov. John Kasich warned this week that the budget he was about to present at the “Building for Ohio’s Next Generation” event would be tighter than in years past.

Kasich had conversations about moving Cincinnati airport to Wilmington

(February 1, 2017) — Kasich told reporters Wednesday at the Ohio Associated Press 2017 Legislative & Political Preview Session he’s held discussions to move the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport from Boone County, Kentucky to Wilmington, Ohio.

Ohio launches trauma recovery network for victims of violent crime

(January 31, 2017) — Ohio will follow California as the second state to offer a network of support services to victims of violent crime, including sexual assault and human trafficking, in a partnership between hospitals and victim services agencies.

State offering grant to count child victims of sex trafficking in Ohio

(January 27, 2017) — The Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force wants to know, so the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services is offering applications for a $100,000 grant to fund research projects to estimate the number of children under 18 and victims aged 18 to 21.

Victims of dating violence could finally get legal protection in Ohio

(January 27, 2017) — Closing what many regard as a gaping loophole in Ohio’s domestic-violence laws has become a top priority for state legislators.

New Hamilton County reps share their plans for their first term in the Ohio Statehouse

(January 25, 2017) — Hamilton County will have two new representatives at the Statehouse this general assembly — both are women, both are democrats from Cincinnati and both are ready to get things done in Ohio.

Newly available cardinal license plates support wildlife diversity

(January 24, 2017) — In celebration of the well-known red cardinal Ohio license plate’s 20th anniversary, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles has released the new edition for $25 in addition to the yearly vehicle registration fee. A total of $15 will go toward the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Wildlife Diversity Fund.

DeWine targets human trafficking of children

(January 23, 2017) — The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Missing Persons Unit will regularly examine a database about missing children in Ohio to proactively identify potential human trafficking victims and alert local law enforcement.

Abortion rate lower than at any time since Roe v. Wade was passed, according to report

(January 20, 2017) — The national abortion rate has fallen to its lowest level since Roe v. Wade made the procedure legal in 1973, according to a recently released report.

Kasich: Community, not government, is best way to solve state’s problems

(January 13, 2017) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich warned about a tightened state budget Thursday, and told a Columbus audience full of mostly lobbyists that community action — not government intervention — was the best way to solve problems plaguing the state.

Two Cincinnati natives — both Pats — take seats on the Ohio Supreme Court

(January 13, 2017) — Tuesday marked the first day on the bench of the Ohio Supreme Court for Pat DeWine and Pat Fischer, both former judges on the Hamilton County Court of Appeals. DeWine fared strong in the state, winning 56 percent of the vote. Fischer’s election was far closer, winning by less than one percent.

10-year-old who delivered water to Flint wins MLK award

(January 12, 2017) — Ten-year-old Mackenzie received the Governor’s Humanitarian Award at the 32nd annual Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration. The fifth-grader from Berwick Alternative K-8 in Columbus demonstrated her commitment to selfless service through a safe-water fundraiser for the people of Flint, Michigan,.

Husted doesnt want uninvited feds overseeing elections

(January 11, 2017) — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted addressed his objections to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security decision to designate voting machines and other aspects of the election process as in need of urgent cybersecurity assistance at the Ohio Election Association Officials’ conference this afternoon.

Husted fights fed designation for voting systems

(January 11, 2017) — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted disapproves of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to designate voting machines and other aspects of the election process as in need of urgent cybersecurity assistance.

Republican, Democratic lawmakers alike call for Kasich to declare state of emergency over heroin

(November 18, 2016) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Ohio can agree on one thing: They want Gov. John Kasich to declare a state of emergency over the state’s heroin and pain pill epidemic.

Ohio’s political future might lean Republican

(November 12, 2016) — Ohio has long been considered to be a presidential bellwether. That means Ohio picks the winner of a presidential election, and picks the winner by a similar margin as the country as a whole. And the state is pretty consistent at it: before this November election, the state failed to be on the winning side only two times since 1896.

Incumbent Rob Portman bests Dem. Ted Strickland for Ohio U.S. Senate seat

(November 8, 2016) — Ohio Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has won re-election over Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland in a race Democrats once considered a good opportunity to pick up a Senate seat.

Tesla owners wouldn’t be able to drive on most roads if this bill passes

(November 6, 2016) — The future of driverless or “autonomous” cars is getting ever closer for Ohioans, with many car companies expecting to produce self-driving cars by 2020. But with new technology comes new regulations.

Can Clinton and Trump sway young voters? These college students aren’t so sure

(November 1, 2016) — Millennials and younger generations have had trouble bringing themselves to vote for either major party presidential candidate in this years election — in fact, millennials viewed Voldemort, the evil wizard who terrorized Harry Potter, more favorably than either Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in a Time Magazine poll earlier this year.

Ohio lawmakers and lobbyists battle over cost of renewable energy

(October 30, 2016) — Renewable energy could save Ohio residents hundreds of dollars a year. That is, if state lawmakers and lobbying groups can agree on how and when to invest in it here.

Bill introduced could make ballot selfies legal

(October 26, 2016) — It’s Election Day. You go into your local polling station to cast a ballot and snap a selfie with your filled-in ballot. Then you tweet it (or Snap it or post it on Facebook, Instagram or another social media platform). You just inadvertently committed a fifth-degree felony.

Cincinnati mistakenly uses sewer funds to pay police

(October 25, 2016) — More than $100,000 of Metropolitan Sewer Districts funds were used by the City of Cincinnati to pay the salaries of various city employees, according to an audit report released Tuesday by Ohio State Auditor Dave Yost.

Snow plow truck outposts are getting old, with little future money to renovate

(October 14, 2016) — Ohioans hopefully dont have to worry about winter weather for another month or two, but when it comes, they might hit with an unexpected problem.

Democrats gather in Columbus as Obama talks policy, Trump

(October 13, 2016) — Over 2,000 Democrats came together Thursday night to downtown Columbus for the annual Ohio Democratic Party Dinner to hear a man who only has 98 days left at his job, though many of them might wish he were staying longer.

Trump ‘greedy’ for not paying taxes, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown says

(October 6, 2016) — Late this morning, a U.S. Supreme Court justice stopped by the Statehousealbeit just on a t-shirt. Tanisha Robinson is the founder of Print Syndicate, a company that translates memes and online trends into t-shirts and more. Robinson was sporting her best-selling t-shirt in the Ladies’ Gallery of the Statehouse: a print of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wearing a crown with the proclamation, “Notorious RBG.”

Strickland calls Teamsters’ endorsement of Portman a payoff

(October 6, 2016) — Former Democratic Gov. Strickland hurled a new accusation Wednesday against his opponent for the U.S. Senate, Republican incumbent Rob Portman: The senator may have done something illegal.

Jon Husted says bogus election fraud article offends him as ‘a Christian’

(October 6, 2016) — Secretary of State Jon Husted is now voicing his displeasure with an article claiming “tens of thousands” of fraudulent Hillary Clinton votes had been found in a warehouse somewhere in Franklin County.

Lawmakers race to change Ohio’s renewable energy standards

(October 6, 2016) — Time is running out for Ohio Republicans who want to change the states renewable energy standards, and a battle with Gov. John Kasich over what those changes might look like remains.

E-poll machines should work well this year, board of elections says

(October 5, 2016) — New technology may have hampered the November 2015 general election in Hamilton County, but officials say they are confident that this year everything will go smoothly.

Fantasy football: Proposed bill clarifies some sites are illegal

(September 30, 2016) — Online daily fantasy sports sites like DraftKings and FanDuel brought in nearly $3 billion combined in revenue in 2015 and are becoming increasingly popular among sports fans across the United States, including Ohio.

Women in central Ohio suburbs in spotlight in presidential campaign

(September 30, 2016) — From average voters to political pundits, everyone has been looking for hints of how this unprecedented presidential election will end, particularly in bellwether Ohio. Less than 40 days before the election, central Ohio might offer a key demographic: suburban women.

State Democratic leaders call on the governor for help in opiate epidemic

(September 28, 2016) — State Rep. Greta Johnson, D-Akron, walked up to the podium in the Ohio statehouse Wednesday and repeated her statement four times:

Today, two or three people are going to die from overdoses in Summit County.

Former Ohio State doctor gets $100,000 in age discrimination settlement

(September 26, 2016) — Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will pay $100,000 as part of a settlement unveiled Monday to a former doctor who alleged age discrimination in a 2015 lawsuit filed in the Ohio Court of Claims.

Anne Holton, Tim Kaine’s wife, stops in Columbus on tour of Ohio

(September 22, 2016) — A class of about 16 preschoolers had a new friend to play with Thursday afternoon: Anne Holton, wife of the Democratic nominee for Vice President Tim Kaine.

Chelsea Clinton stumps for her mom in Westerville

(September 16, 2016) — Becker was one of about 100 guests who attended brief remarks made by Chelsea in the Ohio Together office on Westerview Drive that opened last week. The venue was a rented office space with a small stage, in between a hot yoga studio and a printing press.

Columbus home-health agency owes Ohio more than $600,000, Yost finds

(September 13, 2016) — A home-health agency owes the state $612,023, according to an release from State Auditor Dave Yost this morning.

Proposal could save CPS millions — but is there a catch?

(September 12, 2016) — Cincinnati Public Schools could save more than $11 million a year if a recent state auditor’s proposal is put into place — but local and state teacher union leaders say the plan could harm the quality of education for young students in the district.

Ohio bill would make ‘revenge porn’ illegal

(September 12, 2016) — The act of putting sexually explicit images or videos of someone online without that person’s consent — most commonly known as revenge porn — could soon be illegal in Ohio if a bill introduced last week becomes law.

Longer terms for presiding and administrative judges proposed

(September 12, 2016) — Local courts may soon be able to set longer terms for presiding and administrative judges, according to a proposed rule change announced today.

Group disputes calls that Donald Trump won’t support women

(September 9, 2016) — White is a lawyer with an office in downtown Columbus who hails from New Albany. She represents a voter that the Trump campaign is hoping to connect with during its Trump for Women Ohio tour, especially since the most recent Quinnipiac Poll released Thursday shows Trump down among women 3 9-52 percentin Ohio against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Want to vote this fall? Heres how to make sure you are registered

(September 6, 2016) — Have you been confused by all of the voting news and not sure whats happening? We have answers for you.

You will likely hear from Secretary of State Jon Husted soon. His office is contacting more than 1.6 million Ohioans eligible voters who have not registered. He also sent out absentee ballot applications to all registered voters this weekend with early voting set to start on Oct. 12.

Donald Trump promotes tough immigration policies in Wilmington

(September 2, 2016) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continued to talk about his policies for trade reform and immigration in his second stop in Southwest Ohio on Thursday in Wilmington.

Sherrod Brown stops in Columbus

(September 1, 2016) — If you were wondering what Brown thought of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent trip to Mexico, he said, “I don’t pretend to understand why he does what he does.”

Groups urge Ohio State Medical Board to remove Ohio Right to Life head Michael Gonidakis

(August 22, 2016) — Most of the groups that have signed a letter demanding the removal of the Ohio State Medical Board’s president openly favor abortion rights. But for Common Cause Ohio, that isn’t the case.

Portman speaks to trafficking surviors, responds to Strickland’s new ad on trade

(February 21, 2016) — Sen. Rob Portman told a group of human trafficking survivors Monday that he was making progress in an effort to shut down illegal activity on a site many of them were trafficked through.

Strickland announces economic plan slated to support working class

(February 21, 2016) — Former Gov. Ted Strickland said today that if he is elected to the U.S. Senate he intends to rebalance the economy to better support working-class citizens.

Democrats push for early voting, but turnout sparse on first day

(February 17, 2016) — Early voting began for this year’s primary election today, and, despite Democratic efforts to get their voters out early, the turnout was low for both parties.

Pat Tiberi introduces federal ‘fetal remains’ bill

(February 11, 2016) — The Protecting the Dignity of Unborn Children act, introduced Thursday by Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, would impose penalties on individuals or groups who dispose of aborted fetal remains in “landfills or navigable waterways.”

Dayton man still pursuing 20-year dream to get Wright Flyer on Ohio state seal

(February 5, 2016) — For William W. Burnett, a 65-year-old Dayton-area resident, Ohios connection with aviation history is a principle of the true facts and he’s quick to correct anyone who thinks otherwise.

Ohio Senate passes bill that would divert funds from Planned Parenthood

(February 5, 2016) — The Ohio Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would that would ban state money from going to organizations that provide abortions. The vote was 22-8.

Rep. Joyce Beatty to attend NAACP Image Awards

(February 4, 2016) — Theres a big difference between the U.S. House floor and a Hollywood red carpet, but by Friday night, Rep. Joyce Beatty will know what it feels like to have set foot on both.

Ohio bill would let K-9 partners retire with officers

(February 3, 2016) — When police officers retire from service in Ohio, it sometimes means saying goodbye to their closest colleagues their K-9 partners.

Veteran kicked out of Army for sexual orientation gets status upgrade 60 years later

(January 29, 2016) — A local veteran undesirably discharged from the military due to his sexual orientation more than 60 years ago will have his discharge status upgraded after decades of hiding his identity and service history.

Ohioans may soon be able to register to vote online — but should it wait until 2017?

(January 29, 2016) — Ohioans would be able to register to vote without the need to sign, print or mail a paper form if a proposed bill related to online voter registration is passed.

Ohioans may soon be able to register to vote online — but should it wait until 2017?

(January 29, 2016) — Ohioans would be able to register to vote without the need to sign, print or mail a paper form if a proposed bill related to online voter registration is passed.

Privacy continues to be key issue in ‘fetal remains’ hearings

(January 27, 2016) — Proponents of two fetal remains bills said at a committee meeting today that the bills will help give women peace of mind after an abortion that the fetuses will not be ground up in a trash disposal.

Stivers, Beatty discuss problem of homeless veterans

(January 26, 2016) — Veterans who return from duty with less than an honorable discharge about 15 percent can lose out on medical services offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Medical marijuana amendment could be on on 2016 Ohio ballot

(January 26, 2016) — A Washington D.C.-based organization wants to put a medical marijuana amendment on Ohio’s November ballot.

Proposed Bill Would Allow Ohioans to Carry Concealed Firearm Without Permit, Training

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Death-penalty opponents marching from Lucasville to Columbus

(October 9, 2015) — The group of death-penalty opponents were on day four of an 83-mile, weeklong journey to Columbus, where they plan to hold a rally on Saturday near the Statehouse.

Manufacturers emphasize jobs for Ohio

(October 9, 2015) — Manufacturing-company executives gathered on Friday to talk about how jobs can be drawn to Ohio while staying competitive nationally and abroad.

Ohio bill would keep info secret on domestic-violence victims

(October 7, 2015) — To protect themselves and keep their addresses private, survivors of domestic violence might not register a car with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles or register to vote things other people take for granted.

New Opportunities for Ohio Entrepreneurs

(October 1, 2015) — A new partnership between Google and the Secretary of States Office is working to make sure Ohio is a prime location when creating a new business.

Changes Proposed to Ohios Civil Asset Forfeiture Process

(October 1, 2015) — ColumbusA proposed bill would require a conviction in order for Ohios government to withhold someones property suspected to be involved in criminal activity. The bill, introduced by State Representative Robert McColley, would reform Ohios process of Civil Asset Forfeiture.

Law Enforcement Fighting Back Against Drugs and Related Crime

(October 1, 2015) — With drug addiction a growing epidemic across Ohio, law enforcement are seeing an increase in drug related crimes. In an effort to fight back, officers have expanded their resources to a statewide level.

Vice President Biden Speaking Out About Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

(October 1, 2015) — ColumbusVice President Joe Biden visited the Ohio State University Thursday evening to talk to students about the Its On Us campaign.

Local Business in the Spotlight for Promoting Healthy Living in Ohio

(October 1, 2015) — One local business is in the spotlight for promoting a healthy way of living to people in the Athens area. Inhale Yoga Studio was one of nine businesses featured in the Ohio Business Profile program. The program was created by Secretary of State John Husted to highlight local businesses across the state.

Ohio House approves bill to remove questions about convictions from job applications

(October 1, 2015) — Legislation that could make it easier for people with convictions to be considered for civil service jobs passed the Ohio House today.

Ohio legislators seek statewide rules for Uber

(September 30, 2015) — Not even a week after Uber announced a plan to expand its service in Ohio by 10,000 drivers, legislators in the state House made the case for expanded regulation of the popular app-based ride service.

Democrats call for Republicans to pass charter school reform bill

(September 29, 2015) — House Democrats are calling on Republicans to hasten passage of House Bill 2, which looks to implement reforms on tax-funded, privately operated charter schools.

Speaking near Cincinnati, Rick Santorum says ISIS affiliates ‘know who I am’

(September 28, 2015) — CINCINNATI Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says he was featured in an ISIS-produced magazine four months ago and hes proud of it.

Ohio’s online checkbook gains more than 100 additions

(September 24, 2015) — More than 100 local governments and school districts have agreed to put all their financial information online for Ohio taxpayers to see.

Use of drug more powerful than heroin increased greatly in Ohio, state health officials say

(September 24, 2015) — Ohio law enforcement officials have seen a major increase in fentanyl, an opiate that is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, state health officials announced Thursday.

Pro-pot Buddie mascot gets Colbert shoutout

(September 23, 2015) — The comedian and former The Colbert Report host turned his focus last night to the states upcoming vote to legalize recreational and medical marijuana, warning viewers kids before the segment to leave the room because this segment contains graphic references to Ohio.

Sen. Portman says he would support Trump as GOP nominee

(September 23, 2015) — If presidential candidate Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination, GOP senators might just back him up.

Seniors concerned about Social Security at AARP sessions

(September 23, 2015) — Diana Redman of Gahanna is retired, but most of her life was spent in the workforce contributing to Social Security from which she gets benefits.

At Ohio town halls, Tiberi, Bolton say nuclear deal only helps Iran

(September 10, 2015) — NEWARK, Ohio With a congressional vote this month on the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi is on a mission to inform Americans of his opinion about the agreement.

Sherrod Brown wants federal funding for Columbus-Westerville COTA bus line

(September 10, 2015) — Federal funding for a proposed bus rapid-transit line that would run from Westerville to downtown Columbus may be in jeopardy, according to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

Group wants to push stricter term limits in Ohio

(September 10, 2015) — A new petition handed in to Attorney General Mike DeWines office on Friday aims to strengthen term limits in the Ohio legislature.

Sen. Rob Portman discusses problem of underage trafficking, awareness

(September 10, 2015) — U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, who co-chairs the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking, attended a roundtable discussion Thursday at the Franklinton facility to celebrate the opening of Gracehaven and to hear suggestions from the community.

Hillary Clinton says she would love to debate Donald Trump

(September 10, 2015) — Hillary Clinton told an adoring Columbus crowd of 500 that she would love to debate Donald Trump.

New campaign targets gambling addiction

(August 25, 2015) — In early 2014, the state created a campaign to prevent gambling addiction, I Lost a Bet, which targeted 18- to 34-year-old men, who are statistically the most at-risk to form a gambling addiction.

Ohio bill could require kids to learn cursive writing, despite Common Core

(April 11, 2015) — COLUMBUS Cursive writing could soon be a requirement for Ohio elementary school students.

Mandel Pushing Local Governments To Post Spending On Ohio Checkbook

(April 7, 2015) — Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is asking local governments to post their expenditures online.

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel asking local governments to post their expenses online

(April 7, 2015) — COLUMBUS Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is asking local governments and school boards to post their expenses online to show how public tax dollars are spent.

Quinnipiac Poll Shows Ohioans Favor Strickland, Support Marijuana Legalization

(April 6, 2015) — A new poll released by Quinnipiac University shows Ohio voters support former Gov. Ted Strickland over incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman in next years Senate race.

Young Republicans push to support same-sex marriage

(April 2, 2015) — Members of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry are in Ohio this week to meet with top state and local GOP leaders to garner support for removing anti-same-sex marriage language in the Republican platform.

Sen. Sherrod Brown Denounces Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

(April 1, 2015) — Sen. Sherrod Brown spoke out against Indianas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, inviting businesses to instead invest in Ohio.

Sen. Sherrod Brown bashes Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

(April 1, 2015) — COLUMBUS Sen. Sherrod Brown spoke out against Indianas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, inviting businesses to instead invest in Ohio.

Ohio may cut promotional gaming credits for casinos and racinos

(March 31, 2015) — Ohios casinos and racinos have failed to generate the kind of money promised in the 2009 campaign to approve them.

As the nation emerges from the recession, people look to several measures to determine just how far we have come back and how f

(March 26, 2015) — COLUMBUS The Ohio Department of Transportation will decide the fate of the proposed relocation of Ohio State Route 32 by the end of the year.

Bill allowing open containers in some areas passes Ohio House

(March 26, 2015) — COLUMBUS Baseball fans and partiers are one step closer to being able to carry open containers near Great American Ballpark in time for the All-Star Game in July.

What The Jobs Report Doesn’t Tell You: Poverty In Southeast Ohio

(March 23, 2015) — As the nation emerges from the recession, people look to several measures to determine just how far we have come back and how far we have to go. Economic recovery can become a matter of perspective.

Bill Aims To Boost Penalties For Repeat Violent Criminals

(March 21, 2015) — Ohio lawmakers are targeting violent crime with a new bill that would increase prison time for repeat offenders.

Ohio bill could end Common Core-based tests

(March 18, 2015) — COLUMBUS Ohios Common Core-based tests for math and English language arts could soon face their end.

Ohio ranked No. 1 in nation for transparency in government spending

(March 18, 2015) — After trailing other states, Ohio is now at the top of the list for transparency in government spending.

Rep. Craig gets honored for work with veterans

(March 17, 2015) — Former Columbus City councilman and current State Rep. Hearcel Craig was inducted into the Military Order of the Purple Heart today.

Want to drive 75 mph legally? Lawmakers have a proposal for you

(March 16, 2015) — Less than two years after the speed limit was raised on some of Ohios highways, some lawmakers want to increase it again this time to 75 mph.

Portman pushes for less regulation to help businesses

(March 13, 2015) — Sen. Rob Portman said today streamlining federal regulations will bring more jobs to Ohio.

Ohio Clergy Call For Withdrawal From Immigration Lawsuit

(March 12, 2015) — More than 200 Ohio clergy members are calling on Attorney General Mike DeWine to withdraw Ohio from a lawsuit attempting to block President Barack Obamas executive action on immigration.

Powdered alcohol gets federal approval, but Ohio may ban it

(March 12, 2015) — While powered alcohol was approved for sale by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau yesterday, lawmakers in Ohio are trying to outlaw it.

Advocates push for more restrictions on teen drivers

(March 11, 2015) — After lawmakers in the Ohio House removed regulations on teen drivers from the transportation budget, advocates are pushing those in the Senate to reinstate what they call modest, practical and reasonable provisions.

ATF backs off on banning green-tip bullet

(March 11, 2015) — A popular type of ammunition for AR-15 semiautomatic rifles wont disappear from shelves after a federal agency reconsidered a proposed ban.

Ohio Senate turning to educators, experts to help craft testing policy

(March 5, 2015) — COLUMBUS Ohio is putting standardized testing under the microscope amidst a barrage of concerns from students, parents and educators.

Interactive civics website coming to Ohio

(March 5, 2015) — The Capitol Square Foundation is teaming up with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University and iCivics to create an interactive website for students that will teach them about civics in Ohio.

Ohio students won’t be penalized for opting out of Common Core-based tests

(March 4, 2015) — COLUMBUS Students and school districts wont face penalties for opting out of Common Core-based tests.

Transportation budget passes Ohio House, Eastern Corridor could soon face deadline

(March 3, 2015) — COLUMBUS — The much-debated, multi-phased Eastern Corridor project, in the works for more than 15 years and debated for four decades, appears to be one step closer to a deadline.

Ohio legislature doing little to fight heroin

(March 2, 2015) — COLUMBUS Drug overdoses became Butler Countys top killer in 2014 with heroin as the key culprit in cases investigated by the county coroner.

Brown: Netanyahu address shouldn’t happen

(March 2, 2015) — While in town to discuss extending funding for the Childrens Health Insurance Program, Sen. Sherrod Brown said he will attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus address to a joint session of Congress tomorrow, but he doesnt think the address should happen.

Sen. Brown urges extension of child health care program

(March 2, 2015) — Meredith Mendoza is a working mother, but her employer provided health insurance isnt enough to provide for her three children.

Red Cross passes out smoke detectors on West Side

(February 27, 2015) — Sandra Mollett knows just how dangerous house fires can be.

Abortion rights advocates gather at the Statehouse

(February 26, 2015) — As part of a nationwide day of events, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio partnered with Ohio lawmakers and advocates of abortion rights who are against legislation limiting abortions today.

Ohio schools window for testing extended because of weather

(February 24, 2015) — Ohios students will have more time to complete standardized testing disrupted by bad weather.

Kasich wants nearly to triple cost of puffing on an e-cig

(February 23, 2015) — This plan might take a smokers breath away: The price to use electronic cigarettes could almost triple under a tax proposed by Gov. John Kasich.

Five Percent Cut To College Costs Proposed

(February 18, 2015) — A new bill would require Ohios public colleges and universities to develop plans to cut the cost of in-state attendance by 5 percent for academic year 2016-17.

Foundry has program to help former felons adjust

(February 14, 2015) — Corey McDaniel was in and out of prison from the time he was 16 years old.

Surgeon general, in Columbus, urges parents to vaccinate

(February 12, 2015) — U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was clear yesterday about whether parents should immunize their children.

Surgeon general, in Columbus, urges parents to vaccinate

(February 12, 2015) — U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was clear yesterday about whether parents should immunize their children.

Serving in Ohio legislature often a family tie that binds

(February 10, 2015) — When Rep. Michael Stinziano ran for office in 2010, it wasnt his first experience with constituents.

Minimum wage

(February 5, 2015) — Ohio Senate Democrats are wanting to raise Ohios minimum wage.

Teen rapist given 112-year sentence appeals to Ohio Supreme Court

(February 4, 2015) — The Ohio Supreme Court will decide whether its constitutional for a juvenile to receive a sentence that prevents the possibility of release.

A Deep Look Into Kasich’s Budget

(February 3, 2015) — Ohio Governor John Kasichs budget proposal is now in the hands of the House Finance Committee. Hearings began Tuesday to kick off the legislative approval process as the budget is examined line-by-line.

Summit Owner On List Of Marijuana Proposal Investors

(January 31, 2015) — ResponsibleOhio released its list of 10 primary investors in the ballot proposal that would legalize medical and recreational marijuana in the state of Ohio.

College credits, higher education reform part of state budget proposal

(January 30, 2015) — DAYTON Gov. John Kasich hopes to make higher education more affordable and more accessible to more students from high school to adult learners through the two-year state budget he will roll out on Monday.

Five Takeaways From Statewide Officers Forum

(January 29, 2015) — Ohios statewide officers met with journalists Thursday to discuss priorities heading into the upcoming year.

Ohio lawmakers welcome superintendents plan to trim standardized testing

(January 29, 2015) — Lawmakers heard State schools Superintendent Richard A. Ross recommendations on cutting the time students spend taking standardized tests and said they will look to expand on them.

School Choice rally celebrates alternative schooling

(January 28, 2015) — Yellow scarves lined the room at the Riffe Center Capitol Theatre across from the Ohio Statehouse Monday as students, parents, teachers and legislators gathered for National School Choice Week.

School choice supporters rally together

(January 26, 2015) — Walter Woodard, a freshman at Mt. Vernon Nazarene College, didnt have the best school experience growing up until he transferred to Tree of Life Christian School in Columbus.

Reps talk to protect Ohio’s military installations

(January 23, 2015) — Ohio’s Congressional Reps. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, Steve Stivers R-Upper Arlington, Bill Johnson R-Marietta, and Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, met with representatives from Ohios military instillations today in anticipation of a Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission to identify ways to protect and strengthen Ohios military assets from closer.

Fan of the Statehouse? There’s a license plate for that

(January 20, 2015) — Ohioans already can show their support for different sports teams and branches of the military by selecting a license plate that features the teams or branchs logo.

President invites vet from Ohio to State of the Union speech

(January 17, 2015) — WASHINGTON A wounded Army staff sergeant from Marysville will sit with first lady Michelle Obama in the U.S. House chamber on Tuesday night when President Barack Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address to lawmakers and a nationally televised audience.

Martin Luther King Jr. celebrated with song, speeches at Downtown event

(January 16, 2015) — Seven-year-old James Oram told a packed Downtown church that Martin Luther King Jr. is his hero.

French, Kennedy take Supreme Court oaths

(January 14, 2015) — The courtroom was standing room-only this afternoon as Ohio Supreme Court Justices Sharon L. Kennedy and Judith L. French took their ceremonial oaths of office for their six-year terms.

Prison Escapes in Ohio are Rare, Short-Lived

(December 26, 2014) — Corrections officers in the 1970s called the practice of prisoners creating tools out of everyday items to help them escape mush-faking.

Recovery Houses Fill Void for Addicts

(December 12, 2014) — Josh Kromer had been high on crack and awake for three days when he tried heroin for the first time.

Guide to Life: How to Get Help from Your Lawmakers

(December 12, 2014) — Lawmakers sometimes get a bad rap for not doing what their constituents want. But, even if you disagree with their politics or policies, you might find them helpful at times.

Report: More than 30,000 Ohio Kids are Abused, Neglected

(December 6, 2014) — Ohio family members are hurting each other by the thousands.

Kasich will Veto Sweeping Agriculture Bill if Landline Requirement isn’t Kept

(November 26, 2014) — If lawmakers dont keep a requirement that phone companies must provide landlines, Gov. John Kasich will veto the sweeping agriculture bill, one of his cabinet directors told a Senate panel yesterday.

Former President George W. Bushs Book Signing Draws Hundreds to Costco

(November 21, 2014) — Kendall Cottongim spent 13 hours in line, passing time talking with neighbors and catching moments of rest on a warehouse floor, for just 10 seconds yesterday with a former president of the United States.

Ohio House OKs Catchall Agriculture Measure

(November 20, 2014) — The Ohio House passed a wide-ranging agriculture bill yesterday that would let telephone companies stop servicing traditional landlines and keep farmers from spreading manure on frozen fields to help fight toxic algae.

Bill Would Let Ohioans Keep Deer in Private Sanctuaries

(November 20, 2014) — When a gentle fawn wandered into Cheryl Stephens backyard, she couldnt find anyone who could care for the orphaned creature.

State School Board Proposes Rule Change For Art, Music, Gym

(November 12, 2014) — A proposed rule change by the Ohio State School Board has many up in arms about the future of art, gym, and music classes and their teachers.

Ohio’s Debate Over Early Voting

(November 4, 2014) — All eyes are on the polls Tuesday evening as voters line up and cast their ballots for statewide races.

Marriage Equality Billboard Brawl

(October 15, 2014) — A Columbus billboard advertising holy matrimony sparked a debate in the area with members of the LGBT community responding with a billboard of their own.

1 Isolated In Summit County After Nurse’s Ebola Diagnosis

(October 15, 2014) — Health officials say one person in Ohio has been voluntarily quarantined after having household contact with the Texas nurse who recently visited Ohio and was later diagnosed with Ebola.

Former Inmate Receives Over $700,000 For Wrongful Imprisonment

(October 14, 2014) — An Ohio man who was imprisoned for 17 years will be rewarded $721,560.08. A state legislative panel approved payment of damages to Darrell Houston to compensate for money he would have earned had he not been incarcerated.

State Health Officials: Ohio Prepared For Ebola

(October 14, 2014) — The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) say Ohio is prepared for the unlikely event of an Ebola outbreak in the state.

Analyzing the Ads: Experts Weigh In On Statewide Campaign Commercials

(October 9, 2014) — Numerous candidates for statewide offices are using “soft spots” this election season, featuring their children and catchy slogans. But, there is a deeper meaning behind these ads and some say they can tell us a lot about the election.

Corrections officers: Reductions in staff put big burden on others

(October 7, 2014) — Leah Marquis, a corrections officer at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, said she felt the weight of staff reductions in her workload.

Arnold Schwarzenegger comes back to Columbus for rededication of statue

(October 7, 2014) — The Terminators famous warning rang true. Arnold Schwarzenegger came back to Columbus for the rededication of his bronze likeness in its new home, the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Charitable lottery machines turned on

(October 6, 2014) — The Ohio Lottery Commission downloaded software for its next-generation charitable game machines, allowing 157 posts to start offering the games to their visitors yesterday.

Ohio Correction Employees Picket For Safe Prisons

(October 6, 2014) — Members of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA) picketed Monday in front of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) demanding safer prisons.

Inductees in Ohio civil-rights hall of fame urge continued work for equality

(October 3, 2014) — On a brief stroll for exercise in 2001, Joan Evelyn Southgate dreamed up a longer walk.

A Look at ‘Obamacare’ One Year Later

(October 3, 2014) — Its been one year since the launch of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.

Abortions in Ohio hit record low since 1976

(September 27, 2014) — The number of abortions in Ohio hit a 37-year low in 2013 with 23,216 performed, the Ohio Department of Health said in a report released yesterday.

New task force: Deaf, blind people woefully underemployed

(September 25, 2014) — Almost half of blind and deaf Ohioans recently queried for a special report said they don’t have a job. Of those who did, about 35 percent don’t get more than 31 hours a week.

Ohio praised for anti-human trafficking efforts

(September 25, 2014) — Ohio ranks among the top states in preventing and policing human trafficking, according to a recent report.

Road salt secured for Ohio counties, but prices skyrocket

(September 23, 2014) — Some Ohio counties will pay a record amount for road salt this winter more than triple the rate of a year ago.

House democrats rally for a debate

(September 23, 2014) — Two Democratic representatives don’t want to see the conversations between statewide candidates die.

Fifth and sixth graders promote voting through contest

(September 23, 2014) — Middle school students will not be submitting a ballot this year, but they’ve shown they know the importance of it.

Electronic poll books may make paper passe

(September 19, 2014) — Ohioans used to signing their names in thick poll books could start seeing more electronic tablets when they vote.

Bill would help domestic violence victims with privacy

(September 19, 2014) — A state law that requires voter addresses to be public records has unintended consequences for victims of domestic abuse, advocates say.

Ohio judges now can order mentally ill into treatment

(September 18, 2014) — Family members responsible for those with severe mental illnesses now have a clearer option for getting care to patients who might need it the most.

Rally celebrates recovery from drug addiction

(September 17, 2014) — Tyler Lough was fortunate to end up in a jail in Springfield.

Hundreds answer call to serve on 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps

(September 13, 2014) — Once she stepped off the bus from Toledo, new AmeriCorps recruit NaReze Washington said she felt the weight of the organization she joined.

Citizens reflect on the 13th anniversary of 9/11

(September 11, 2014) — On the lawn of the Ohio Statehouse, passersby pause to reflect on the 13th Anniversary of 9/11.

More discussion on grad requirements

(September 9, 2014) — The State Board of Education graduation requirements committee passed one more recommendation today for the class of 2018 and beyond, but some committee members expressed concern about the speed of creating the graduation requirements rule and passing it before the end of the year.

Concussion risks for student-athletes drive initiatives

(September 6, 2014) — Officials at middle- and high-school sporting events blew their whistles 544 times last year to check on young athletes for suspected concussions.

Congresswoman promotes women’s issues

(September 3, 2014) — Women in leadership positions throughout Ohio gathered with Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Jefferson Township, today to discuss how they can support gender equality at all levels of the workforce.

Death penalty opponents hold forum

(September 1, 2014) — Before the execution schedule resumes in Ohio next year, Ohioans to Stop Executions is calling for legislators to make significant reforms.

Ed committee makes recommendations on grad requirements

(August 27, 2014) — Specifics on graduation requirements for high school freshmen are still up in the air, but those students futures could be clearer by the end of the year.

Mergers among Northeast Ohio communities unlikely, despite all the talk and collaboration

(April 29, 2014) — Talk of merging communities in Northeast Ohio has increased as a growing number of cities and villages share services to save money.

Northeast Ohio communities have tight grip on state funds for shared services

(April 29, 2014) — Northeast Ohio communities lead the state in landing loans and grants awarded by the state to promote the sharing of government services or the pooling of resources.

Franklin County dog-shelter director ousted

(April 25, 2014) — County administrators fired the director of the Franklin County Dog Shelter yesterday, less than two months into an investigation of management practices and allegations of animal abuse.

Ohio House candidate Jill Miller Zimon reels in more money than incumbent John Barnes

(April 25, 2014) — Democratic state Rep. John Barnes of Cleveland may have more cash on hand than his challenger, Jill Miller Zimon, but Zimon has raised more than two-and-a-half times the amount Barnes has since January, state records show.

Officials seek public input on fixing Ohios state parks

(April 24, 2014) — State officials announced yesterday they will spend more than $100 million to rehabilitate Ohio state parks over the next two years.

DeWine holds onto commanding financial advantage, despite being out-raised by Pepper in Ohio Attorney General race

(April 24, 2014) — Democratic challenger David Pepper has out-raised incumbent Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine by about 2-1 since January, according to campaign finance reports released Thursday.

Democratic candidate for Ohio Auditor Carney reports raising more than $300,000 in last few months

(April 24, 2014) — Current State Rep. John Patrick Carney, a Columbus Democrat, has raised more than $328,000 since January in his campaign to be the next State Auditor.

Rep. Patmon out-raising challenger Eugene Miller in House race in 10th District

(April 24, 2014) — Incumbent Rep. Bill Patmon, a Cleveland Democrat, is heading toward the May primary with almost four times as much money as his challenger, Eugene Miller.

Ohios state parks getting upgrades

(April 23, 2014) — After decades of budget cuts, Ohio has committed to spending tens of millions of dollars to give the states parks a face-lift.

Bighead carp DNA found in Muskingum River

(April 19, 2014) — Asian-carp DNA has been discovered in the Muskingum River, raising fears among wildlife officials that the invasive fish might have another route to Lake Erie.

National review of Columbus police brings 5 residents to forum

(April 18, 2014) — Only five Columbus residents offered accounts of their experiences with city police at a public forum last night.

Franklin County Dog Shelter director suspended during investigation

(April 16, 2014) — The director of the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center has been placed on administrative leave while the county investigates allegations of misconduct there.

State creates tougher fracking rules to reduce risk of earthquakes

(April 12, 2014) — State officials now say a series of earthquakes that shook Mahoning County last month likely were caused by fracking, leading them to create the most stringent drilling rules in the nation, requiring seismic monitoring near fault lines and epicenters.

Are pit bulls why more shelter dogs fail adoption test?

(April 11, 2014) — After the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center started testing pit bulls in 2013 for behavior instead of automatically labeling them as vicious, several shelter statistics rose.

Coleman puts support behind FitzGerald run

(April 10, 2014) — Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman said yesterday that he is endorsing Democrat Ed FitzGerald for governor against Gov. John Kasich, a Republican whom Coleman has publicly complimented.

State Treasurer Candidate Pushes Equal Pay Legislation

(April 9, 2014) — According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women earn two-thirds of what men earn. Rep. Connie Pillich, a candidate for State Treasurer, is working for equal pay for women and men.

Federal Judge Rules Ohio Must Recognize Out-Of-State Same-Sex Marriages

(April 9, 2014) — A federal judge has ruled that gay marriage be recognized by the state of Ohio, but it won’t take complete effect right away.

Vet at Franklin County dog shelter under scrutiny

(April 9, 2014) — Reports of animal abuse and misconduct at the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center have led to a formal investigation into complaints that the shelter veterinarian has unnecessarily killed shelter dogs.

Provisions on higher education in state budget review pass Ohio House

(April 9, 2014) — Members of the Ohio House of Representatives passed provisions Wednesday for the state’s budget review that would alter how the state deals with public higher education.

Columbus approves food trucks on city streets

(April 8, 2014) — After years of discussion, Columbus has new regulations that will allow vendors to sell a taco, pita or other food from a truck parked on a city street.

State Rep. Connie Pillich, a candidate for Ohio treasurer, marks ‘Equal Pay Day’ by pushing equal pay bill

(April 8, 2014) — Brian Hester said is largely based off the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which House Bill 456 would codify into state law. The act extended the time workers have to file claims when they are discriminated in the wages they earn.

Columbus spends on convention pitches

(April 7, 2014) — To fight the bitter cold of late January, Republican National Committee members kept warm with free OYO vodka, which was delivered to Washington, D.C., to give those choosing a city for the partys national convention a taste of Columbus.

Is added clarity on Ohio health insurance worth coverage cuts?

(April 4, 2014) — One Ohio legislator is pushing a bill she says streamlines the states health-insurance law, but others are concerned that it will cut coverage for those who most need it.

Inside The Ohio Emergency Management Agency’s Intelligence Unit

(April 3, 2014) — Theyve helped to save lives, prevent attacks and find missing people in just hours, without even leaving their desks.

Sponsors Of Sexual Assault Bill Say They’re Facing Obstacles

(April 1, 2014) — Ohio lawmakers who are sponsoring a bill that would eliminate time restrictions on prosecuting rapists said theyre running into obstacles.

Mumps fear is spurring inoculations

(April 1, 2014) — Though she is no fan of a needles sting, Bettina Slaughter was willing to wince and get the mumps vaccine yesterday to make sure she gets a job.

Firefighter boot camps to give feel for career

(March 29, 2014) — For as long as Trina Cain can remember, she wanted to drive the big, red truck that rolled up and down her street.

Ohio aims to curb chronic diseases

(March 27, 2014) — If the state has its way, there will be fewer overweight Ohioans by 2020, fewer teens who smoke and more residents who exercise every day.

Delaware is Ohios healthiest county, study says

(March 26, 2014) — Delaware County remains the healthiest Ohio county in which to live, according to annual rankings released today.

Columbus council agrees to purchase 25 more snowplows

(March 25, 2014) — The Columbus City Council allocated money to buy 25 new snowplows at last nights meeting, bringing the total purchased this year and last year to 52.

Changes Possible in Addiction Recovery Process

(March 18, 2014) — A Gallipolis lawmaker wants behavioral counseling to become a requirement for recovering opiate addicts.

Scientists study Ohio’s quakes, fracking

(March 16, 2014) — For 100 years, Mahoning County had not experienced a sizable earthquake. But a little more than two years ago, the ground in the northeastern Ohio county started to shake. There have been a dozen earthquakes in the area near Youngstown since.

More quakes reported near fracking well

(March 14, 2014) — Geologists say there were 12 earthquakes near an active fracking well in northeastern Ohio four last week and eight this week.

Stakes high in mystery over fracking, quakes

(March 13, 2014) — The oil and gas industry, governments, environmental advocacy groups and others are watching to see whether a series of earthquakes in northeastern Ohio was caused by a nearby fracking operation.

Ideas grow to reduce Columbus’ sewer overflows

(March 10, 2014) — Ten years into a plan to stop raw sewage from flowing into rivers and streams, Columbus officials want to cease digging tunnels and start planting gardens.

Fewer Ohio teens say theyre drinking, smoking

(March 7, 2014) — The percentage of teens who abuse prescription painkillers is down, according to a youth health report, but nearly half of those surveyed say they text while driving.

Columbus collecting yard waste, recycling together

(March 4, 2014) — Starting this week, Columbus has changed the way it picks up recyclables and yard waste.

Firefighter fired for affair at Hilltop station

(March 1, 2014) — Marc Cain, the Columbus firefighter who was accused of having sex in a fire station, was fired yesterday.

Hotel-tax money to boost Columbus tourism, arts, human services

(February 28, 2014) — Supporters of Columbus tourism, culture and social services are applauding a city move to provide more funding to their respective interests.

Zoning board tables Olde Towne East apartment proposal

(February 27, 2014) — An empty lot laced with arsenic and oil has become a sticking point for Olde Towne East residents with competing visions for their neighborhood.

Zoning board OKs controversial Olde Towne East apartments

(February 26, 2014) — Brian Higgins, a Columbus developer, said he just wants to put up a modern building that would diversify Olde Towne Easts housing options.

Kasich Addresses Job Growth, Education In ‘State Of The State’

(February 25, 2014) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich proposed ambitious new education plans during last night’s State of the State in Medina.

STRS funding letter doesnt satisfy pension-board chairman

(February 25, 2014) — Managers of the State Teachers Retirement System submitted a letter not a plan with possible ways they could pay off unfunded pension liabilities within 30 years, and thats a violation of state law, according to Rep. Lynn Wachtmann, chairman of the panel that oversees the states five pension funds.

Volunteers begin final sign-up push for health care

(February 23, 2014) — The aging decor of a union hall was energized by colorful posters and spirited presentations yesterday to inspire a final push for getting health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Several events tied to State of the State speech

(February 22, 2014) — As Gov. John Kasich gives his fourth State of the State address in Medina on Monday night, several other groups hope to grab some of the spotlight.

Tallying calamity days cost isnt easy

(February 21, 2014) — Some Republicans in the Ohio House cited the need to be responsible with taxpayer money during the recent debate over giving schools additional calamity days a debate that will continue in the Senate.

Kids get more time off than teachers in House-passed calamity-days bill

(February 20, 2014) — After a rough winter, teachers and students could get more calamity days after a contentious bill passed in the Ohio House yesterday.

Police & Fire fund argues pension cuts arent necessary

(February 14, 2014) — Ohios police and firefighter pension-fund managers argue that everything is fine; state Rep. Lynn Wachtmann says not so fast.

Aging voting machines could jeopardize elections, officials say

(February 13, 2014) — Across much of the country, voters are casting ballots at voting machines with expired warranties or outdated components.

Bill would require driver’s education for 21 and under

(February 12, 2014) — Drivers education classes could be mandated for thousands more young drivers in Ohio after an amendment was added to a bill in the state House that would increase restrictions for them.

Ohio officials tight-lipped on fracking, Mondays earthquakes

(February 12, 2014) — While geologists raised questions yesterday about whether a northeastern Ohio fracking operation caused a series of earthquakes in Mahoning County on Monday, state officials refused to provide any answers.

Cleveland-area administrators voice opinions, concerns about Third Grade Reading Guarantee

(February 10, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — If nothing changes between now and August, third-grade teachers in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District could be saddled with the task of holding back 164 students.

Cleveland Democrats push bill to encourage cooperation between state and airlines

(February 6, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — Before United Airlines announced its plan to eliminate flights from its Cleveland hub, two Statehouse legislators thought Ohio’s relationship with airlines could use some work.

Bill would extend subpoena power to city law departments

(February 4, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — The jury is still out on a bill that would give more investigative power to Ohio’s city and village law departments.

Ohio lawmakers might enable more clean needle exchanges

(February 2, 2014) — PORTSMOUTH, Ohio Without fear of prosecution, the man brought 10 needles he had used to pump heroin into his veins downtown for a trade.

Boards plan would spare teachers

(February 1, 2014) — The State Teachers Retirement Systems board says it has found a way to meet Ohio law without taking more from teachers or giving them less.

Criminalizing chemicals closes legal loophole

(February 1, 2014) — By criminalizing certain chemicals, Ohio could finally have a way to cease the sale of drugs such as bath salts and synthetic marijuana.

House, Senate GOP caucuses raise staggeringly more than Democratic counterparts

(January 31, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — Annual campaign finance reports filed Friday with Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office show Republican caucuses at the Statehouse have a staunch financial advantage against their counterparts across the aisle.

Same-sex marriage advocacy group rallies about $237,000 in last six months, about $26,000 in cash

(January 31, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — In its effort to challenge Ohio’s definition of marriage, FreedomOhio signaled in its annual campaign finance report Friday that it has crossed a threshold.

Though Northeast Ohio figures pale in comparison, some say tow truck abuse isnt only in Columbus

(January 30, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — Opponents of stricter towing regulations in Ohio have said that “predatory tow truck abuse” is a problem limited, by and large, to Columbus.

Bills foes question allowing guns in Ohio schools, churches

(January 30, 2014) — Jeannine Everhart, a doctoral student at the University of Toledo, was at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, when 32 people were killed.

Bill to keep trucks out of left-hand lanes waiting on committee support for green light

(January 29, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — A bill that would keep trucks out of left-hand lanes on Ohio’s largest highways has slowed down on the road out of a House committee since fall.

Bill to shrink controlling boards power meets criticism in House committee

(January 28, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — Less than six months after he voted to approve $2.5 billion worth of Medicaid expansion in Ohio, State Sen. Chris Widener told a House committee Tuesday that the State Controlling Board shouldn’t be saddled with those kinds of high-stakes appropriations.

First-term Ohio House lawmakers finding their way

(January 28, 2014) — Not all newbies learn the ropes the same way.

$404 million statewide public higher education budget proposal stresses modernization

(January 23, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio’s public colleges and universities especially those in Northeast Ohio shouldn’t expect the state to help foot the bill for much brick-and-mortar expansion in the near future.

2 House Democrats propose end to Ohios death penalty

(January 23, 2014) — Among multiple politicians and groups calling for a moratorium on executions in Ohio, two House Democrats presented evidence for why the practice should be eliminated forever.

Ohio House adopts $1.875 billion bond renewal slated for May ballot

(January 22, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — A resolution has cleared its final hurdle at the Statehouse toward sending $1.875 billion to local governments for infrastructure improvements.

Diametrically opposed lawmakers team up to change state constitution

(January 22, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new joint resolution in the Ohio House of Representatives that would allow Ohio’s voters to recall elected officials is coming from the Statehouse’s political odd couple.

Duo of legislators hopes to bring back work waiver for food stamp recipients

(January 22, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Gov. John Kasich decided last fall to reinstate the federal work requirement for food stamp benefits in the state, some were afraid as many as 140,000 Ohioans might go hungry by January.

Number of gun silencers skyrocket in Ohio, as legislators look to extend their use to hunting

(January 21, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — The number of noise suppressors, or silencers, for firearms more than doubled throughout Ohio from 2012 to 2013 and two representatives aim to let the state’s hunters put those accessories to use.

Legislative Democrats push anti-death penalty bills following controversial execution

(January 20, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the wake of Dennis McGuire’s controversial execution last week, legislative Democrats are ramping up efforts to halt or at least modify the death penalty in Ohio.

Beer bill would allow sale, production of high-alcohol brews

(January 18, 2014) — A few times a year, Mike Cilfone can be found just inside Kentucky near Cincinnati, looking to buy booze. Cilfone, 32, of Columbus, isnt looking for whiskey or bourbon; he drives more than two hours for beer often with a proof equal to some liquors that is not sold in Ohio.

Legislators urges DeWine to sue over federal law on detention

(January 17, 2014) — A resolution passed unanimously out of an Ohio House committee this week pressures the state attorney general to file a lawsuit over a section in a federal law that has already been upheld in court.

Children have their say about King holiday

(January 17, 2014) — Nine-year-old Olivia Moore rose to the pulpit and told a packed church in Columbus that she does not go to school with many kids who look like her.

Credit for religious education bill passes through House, pits Cleveland area Democrats against each other

(January 16, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A bill that would allow public school boards to give credit to high school students for off-campus religious education pitted two Statehouse Democrats from Greater Cleveland against each other Wednesday.

Ariel Castro-inspired bill passes through Ohio House

(January 15, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A bill inspired by Cleveland’s Ariel Castro and passed unanimously Wednesday in the Ohio House of Representatives would prevent men from suing for parental rights to children fathered as a result of rape or sexual battery.

Bipartisan proposal would let Ohioans recall officials

(January 15, 2014) — Two of the legislatures most ideologically opposed politicians have found common ground: giving citizens the ability to recall any elected official.

Bipartisan proposal would let Ohioans recall officials

(January 15, 2014) — Two of the legislatures most ideologically opposed politicians have found common ground: giving citizens the ability to recall any elected official.

$1.9 billion capital improvements program passes through Senate

(January 14, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A bond issue that appears headed for the May ballot could reap as much as $19.5 million annually for Cuyahoga County’s bridges, roads and sewers.

Ohio Legislators, Gov. Talk Jobs And Education

(January 14, 2014) — With the State of the State only weeks away, Gov. John Kasich ® remained mum about politics during a forum Thursday.

Husted, voting rights groups settle on Motor Voter Act case

(January 13, 2014) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state of Ohio agreed to a settlement Monday with voting awareness groups Judicial Watch and True the Vote, effectively ending a lawsuit that lasted almost a year and a half.

STEM degrees may offer extra perk

(January 8, 2014) — Graduate with a technical or scientific degree, settle down in Ohio and the state might hand you cash.

Bill alters how inspector general is chosen

(February 21, 2013) — Democratic Reps. Connie Pillich and Chris Redfern want to end the “political inclinations and lack of competence” that they say have prevented Inspector General Randy Meyer from investigating wrongful acts in state government.

Don’t be in big rush to file state tax return

(February 16, 2013) — For those considering filing state income-tax returns within the next week, the state Department of Taxation says that to do so could be a disservice to your pocketbook.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says Internet cafes are ripe for crime

(February 13, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told an Ohio House committee Wednesday that internet sweepstakes cafes are ripe to become dens of criminal activity.

Ohio Senate Republicans say job growth is top priority

(February 13, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Outside the state budget, Republicans in the Ohio Senate say they have one big goal: more jobs.

Ohio Senate Republicans say job growth is top priority

(February 12, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — Outside the state budget, Republicans in the Ohio Senate say they have one big goal: more jobs.

Food at risk?

(February 10, 2013) — About 43 percent of food-borne illness outbreaks can be traced to food prepared at restaurants, according to the latest available U.S. data, making ordering from a menu the single-largest source for unsafe food.

Inspections: ‘Critical’ violations not common

(February 10, 2013) — When Garrett A. Guillozet enters a restaurant for a routine inspection, he is armed with test strips, a flashlight and a thermometer.

More scrutiny of nation’s meals

(February 10, 2013) — Food-borne illnesses cost Ohioans about $2.8 billion each year.

Dancing “lion” helps Chinese greet new year

(February 10, 2013) — Two men in traditional Chinese lion costumes danced through Sunflower Chinese Restaurant under large, ornate heads complete with fluttering eyelids and flapping mouths.

Kasich’s Ohio tax plan might hurt small business

(February 9, 2013) — Naming rights to stadiums would be subject to Gov. John Kasich’s proposed broadening of the state sales tax.

Denying Ohio driver’s licenses to immigants in dispute

(February 8, 2013) — For Omar Rodriguez, being pulled over by police meant more than getting a speeding ticket it could mean deportation.

Governor tosses out license plate replacement plan

(February 7, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A plan that would require Ohioans to replace their license plates every seven years has been scrapped.

OSU process gets “clean coal” energy

(February 7, 2013) — Ohio State University researchers say they have created a process to draw energy from coal without burning the fossil fuel, reducing 99 percent of the pollution tied to climate change.

Consumers unsure about broader sales tax

(February 6, 2013) — Sitting in a salon chair with her hair over her face, Sylvia Stevens wondered if Ohio consumers would win or lose should Gov. John Kasich get the tax overhaul he wants.

Governor recommends Cleveland regain control of Cleveland Lakefront State Park

(February 6, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A proposal in the Ohio House would return control of Cleveland Lakefront State Park, a string of six parks along the lakeshore beset with maintenance and crime problems, to the city of Cleveland.

Plan to replace license plates blows a flat

(February 1, 2013) — Put down the screwdriver. It looks like Ohio drivers can keep their license plates.

Replacing car plates would be required under budget proposal

(January 30, 2013) — Ohioans might have to pay $10 every seven years to replace their license plates, starting with cars still running around with gold plates or bicentennial plates which the state would recall beginning in December.

Welfare agency’s merger plan stirs push to keep Athens County office

(January 29, 2013) — State Sen. Lou Gentile is adding his voice to calls for Gov. John Kasich and his administration to consider alternatives to closing 13 regional offices of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Brown wants more pediatric-research funding

(January 29, 2013) — When Madison Reed was 7 months old, doctors told her parents she wouldn’t live past 2.

Mayfield Heights Mayor Gregory Costabile pleads guilty to ethics violations

(January 29, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Mayfield Heights Mayor Gregory Costabile pleaded guilty Tuesday to two misdemeanor ethics violations for failing to disclose income he received from two companies that have done business with the city.

State contemplates forcing motorists to replace license plates for $10 fee

(January 28, 2013) — Columbus Ohio motorists would have to pay $10 every seven years and replace their license plates under a budget proposal from the Department of Public Safety.

State contemplates forcing motorists to replace license plates for $10 fee

(January 28, 2013) — Columbus Ohio motorists would have to pay $10 every seven years and replace their license plates under a budget proposal from the Department of Public Safety.

Eat while learning? No objection

(January 27, 2013) — There used to be something unacceptable although the Ohio Supreme Court can’t quite put its finger on what about lawyers eating and learning at the same time.

Scourge of flu remains strong

(January 26, 2013) — Flu remains widespread in Ohio, and cases are elevated across the country, according to numbers released yesterday by state and federal health officials.

Roadway projects get panel’s approval

(January 26, 2013) — Nearly 40 major road projects across the state that had been repeatedly shuffled and rescheduled last year have been prioritized, finalized and recommended to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Gahanna may raise income tax to 2.5%

(January 24, 2013) — Gahanna’s leaders are considering increasing the city’s income tax to 2.5 percent from 1.5 percent to make up for an $8 million budget gap.

3 bogus hunting guides sentenced

(January 23, 2013) — Three New Albany men received prison time, fines and hunting-license suspensions last week for operating an illegal hunting-guide service on property they didn’t own in the Columbus suburb.

Hoaxed player dragged into Citizens United fight

(January 22, 2013) — Manti Te’o‘s hoax girlfriend is the butt of Internet gags and numerous jokes, so why not make it the point of a group pushing for campaign-finance reform.

Last group of Columbus recyclers starts Feb. 1

(January 19, 2013) — The last phase of Columbus’ curbside recycling program is to begin on Feb. 1, after the city rolled out the remaining bins to residents this week.

Doctors praise new eggless flu vaccine

(January 18, 2013) — Amid a national flu epidemic, and at a time when health officials are urging everyone to get a shot, doctors are praising a promising new vaccine.

State fines Cleveland casino for unapproved software

(January 17, 2013) — Ohio casino regulators issued the first fine for one of the state’s casinos today after the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland used unapproved software for almost four months.

Ohio’s nursing homes get favorable ratings again

(January 17, 2013) — Families of nursing-home residents across the state reported overall satisfaction with the care being provided to their loved ones in 2012, according to results of a state study released yesterday.

State’s website provides freshest traffic info

(January 16, 2013) — Ohio drivers have a new way to size up traffic before they hit the road.

Ohio liquor sales break another record

(January 16, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohioans have broken the state record for liquor sales — for at least the sixth straight year.

Ohio Senate Democrats lay out their legislative priorities

(January 15, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A possible assault-weapons bill, the expansion of early voting hours and school funding changes are among this year’s legislative priorities for Democrats in the Ohio Senate.

Storm-damaged Edgewater Marina will get repairs

(January 14, 2013) — COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than two months after superstorm Sandy hurled through Cleveland, the Ohio Controlling Board approved $1.6 million Monday for emergency repairs to Edgewater Marina on the city’s West Side.

Ohio’s youngest inmates have become its most dangerous

(December 30, 2012) — The most violent prisons in Ohio aren’t the maximum-security facilities or those housing Death Row inmates.They’re those holding teenager.

Ohio weighing lots of factors before deciding whether to expand Medicaid

(December 24, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Many major provisions in the federal Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare don’t kick in until 2014, but that doesn’t mean state officials can sit on their hands.

Ohio prison reform slower than expected

(December 13, 2012) — Decrease the number of inmates in Ohio’s prisons and save taxpayers money. That was the idea behind a sentencing reform law backed by state legislators on both sides of the aisle. It took effect last September, but more than a year later, WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports the legislation hasn’t worked as quickly as some had hoped.

Ohio schools face new grading system under proposed legislation

(December 7, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio The House’s passage of the latest Republican-backed education bill that implements a more demanding evaluation system for schools, along with other significant changes, will put Democrats and teachers on the defensive as the bill moves into the Senate next week.

Ohio House OKs regulations to help guide businesses on Obamacare insurance exchanges

(December 6, 2012) — Columbus Ohio lawmakers are moving a bill through the General Assembly providing the state with regulatory authority over so-called healthcare navigators, who will guide both individuals and small businesses through the healthcare exchanges mandated under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the bill established the healthcare navigators).

Divorce cases could be easier in Ohio with new legislation

(December 5, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Divorce proceedings should become less time-consuming, less expensive and easier on both couples and children following the passage of legislation Tuesday.

East Side robber could get more than 73 years

(November 27, 2012) — An East Side man who pleaded guilty yesterday to robbing six people in four incidents last year could be sentenced to more than 73 years in prison.

Annual toy-safety survey: Dangerous playthings could spoil holiday joy

(November 21, 2012) — Parents hitting the stores for holiday gifts this season might want to check more than their children’s wish list.

High St. parking meters going live today

(November 19, 2012) — Columbus is taking a step toward a more walkable Downtown with 30 new parking meters going into service today at 9 a.m.

Former U.S. Sen. George Voinovich talks fiscal cliff

(November 16, 2012) — George Voinovich is talking about the so-called fiscal cliff, a package of tax increases and spending cuts that will take effect if Congress doesn’t act.

Young hunters get first crack at deer gun season

(November 16, 2012) — The number of deer taken during the archery season is up 23 percent in Ohio. That’s in the first month and a half of the season compared to the same period last year. This weekend, hunters under the age of 18 can start using guns. For Ohio Public Radio, Michael Locklear reports. [Listen to report]

Planned Parenthood bill gets panel’s OK

(November 15, 2012) — Hours of testimony from those who oppose a bill that would cut funding for Planned Parenthood didn’t sway most House of Representatives committee members who voted on it.

Tuition going up at Columbus State in 2013

(November 15, 2012) — Full-time students at Columbus State Community College will pay an extra $199 a year for tuition starting next summer.

Ohio bill would strengthen laws banning synthetic drugs

(November 14, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Lawmakers have sought to ban synthetic drugs such as bath salts and incense, which can cause paranoid and violent reactions in their abusers.

Puppy mill bill passes house committee

(November 14, 2012) — The so-called “puppy mill bill” is one step closer to becoming law. The Ohio House voted to pass its version of the legislation by a vote of 91-5, but it was late Tuesday afternoon that members passed the crackdown on high-volume dog breeders out of committee. WOUB’s Michael Locklear was there and reports some discussion but little outright opposition.

2.2% water-sewer rate hike sought

(November 13, 2012) — Columbus City Council introduced legislation yesterday to increase water rates by 4 percent and sewer rates by 1 percent next year. Council members are expected to approve the measure on Monday.

New Ohio law aims at deterring scrap-metal thieves

(November 12, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Determined thieves have gone to great lengths to get their hands on valuable scrap metal.

Proposed water-, sewer-rate hikes would raise Columbus bills 2.2%

(November 12, 2012) — The Columbus City Council introduced legislation today to increase water rates by 4 percent and sewer rates by 1 percent next year. Council members are expected to approve the measure next Monday.

Option for 2013: BikeShare rides

(November 9, 2012) — Many restaurants, shops and attractions sit just out of reach for Downtown workers and residents: too far to walk, but not far enough to make driving and parking worth it.

Voters swayed by names, parties say

(November 8, 2012) — Neither Democrats nor Republicans lost a spot on the state’s highest court, but the parties still voiced frustration with how the election turned out.

Ohio Supreme Court: 2 incumbent justices sent packing by voters

(November 7, 2012) — Two sitting Ohio Supreme Court justices, one Republican and one Democrat, were unseated in yesterday’s election, marking the first time in recent history that two incumbents were removed from the state’s top court.

Townships’ study calls them most efficient

(November 5, 2012) — Smaller, local governments are more responsive and cost-efficient than their larger counterparts, according to a study commissioned by the Ohio Township Association, which is pushing back against budget-fueled calls for consolidation.

Libertarian Gary Johnson challenges whats a wasted ballot

(November 3, 2012) — STREETSBORO, Ohio Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson, on the ballot in Ohio, doesn’t expect to win Tuesday’s election. All he’s asking for is 5 percent of the vote.

DNA profiles can be kept indefinitely, Ohio Supreme Court rules in Cleveland case

(November 2, 2012) — OLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that if the state legally obtains DNA from a suspect, investigators can keep the DNA profile indefinitely, whether or not the suspect is found guilty.

Ohio Issue 2 supporters say long ballot summary is confusing voters

(November 1, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Advocates of Issue 2 say they are worried that an overly long description of the issue on the ballot is confusing voters.

Opening of absentee ballots under way, but not tallying

(November 1, 2012) — Workers have started the long process of opening the thousands of absentee ballots that have flowed in for this month’s election.

Partisan dating sites lure politically minded

(November 1, 2012) — For some people, the scenario would be nightmarish: going on a great first date, only to learn later that the seemingly perfect match leans toward the opposite end of the political spectrum or doesn’t even care about politics.

Council studies Internet cafes

(October 31, 2012) — About 40 percent of people seeking help for problem gambling from Maryhaven say Internet sweepstakes cafes provide their game of choice.

Ohio legislation would give further legal protection to juveniles

(October 26, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio legislators are taking action to try to ensure that courts offer juveniles the same legal rights as adults after a recent Ohio Supreme Court ruling.

Employers need those hired to be ‘work-ready’

(October 26, 2012) — Companies that are developing business in Columbus are placing a higher premium on the talent of the work force.

Group of lawmakers pushes for autism mandate

(October 26, 2012) — Ohio lawmakers are again trying to require insurance coverage for autism. They’ve failed in the past but now have support from both parties.

Ohio teachers seek a voice in state legislature by running for office

(October 25, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Remember last year’s Senate Bill 5? The legislation that cut public employees’ power to collectively bargain, which was met with some support, a lot of outrage and ultimately a ballot measure that struck it down?

Ohio GOP puts out ad depicting Ohio Supreme Court candidate as sympathetic to rapists

(October 25, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio Supreme Court Justice Robert Cupp is distancing himself from a 15-second television ad produced by the Ohio Republican Party meant to aid his re-election campaign that claims his opponent sympathizes with rapists.

Volunteers toeing the line

(October 25, 2012) — Steve Scheel stood behind a yellow line facing the Franklin County early voting center, his arms folded over his Romney/ Ryan T-shirt. His shadow crossed the line, but his feet could not.

Ohio’s high Medicaid cost estimates questioned by some experts

(October 24, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s administration says it is bracing for a billion-dollar hit.

Ohio consumer group calls for stricter food safety laws

(October 24, 2012) — An Ohio consumer group says the implementation of stricter federal food safety laws has fallen short. The Ohio Public Interest Research Group released a report Wednesday on the progress in reducing food recalls in the state and across the country. Tabitha Woodruff says since the beginning of 2011, 27 Ohioans have gotten sick after eating food directly linked to recalls.

Issue 2 group launches website

(October 23, 2012) — The group behind Issue 2 has launched another website to promote the redistricting proposal that would change the way congressional and legislative districts are drawn. Brian Rothenberg says it features an interactive map with Voters First’s take on each of Ohio’s 16 congressional districts.

Pro-Issue 2 group releases first TV ad

(October 22, 2012) — With just two weeks until Election Day, the group behind Issue 2 has released its first television ad. Voters First says it’s a “substantial” statewide buy in support of a constitutional amendment that would change the way congressional and legislative districts are formed.

Delaware health director leaving

(October 20, 2012) — The Delaware Board of Health is looking for a new health commissioner as Frances Veverka leaves the position after 31 years.

Sheriff reflects on exotic animals incident one year later

(October 19, 2012) — It’s been one year since dozens of exotic animals were released from a Zanesville farm. Law enforcement officers tracked down and killed most of them.

President Obama visits Ohio University

(October 18, 2012) — Fourteen thousand people showed up for a glimpse of the president Wednesday night. Barack Obama addressed the crowd on Ohio University’s College Green. WOUB’s Michael Locklear takes a look at the message to voters.

Ohioans will be able to vote in person on three days before election day

(October 16, 2012) — Ohioans will indeed be able to vote in person on the three days before Election Day. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports.

Nuns on the Bus stop in Athens with political message

(October 15, 2012) — A group of nuns is criss-crossing the state to talk politics. They call themselves “Nuns on the Bus” and are encouraging folks to vote their values.

Ohio University students line up for Obama tickets

(October 15, 2012) — Folks in Athens are lining up to get their tickets to see the president. On Friday, we learned Barack Obama will make a campaign stop in town this week.

Changing campaign-finance laws might not deter corruption

(October 12, 2012) — The system for monitoring campaign spending in Ohio relies on honesty, which can make it challenging to pick out bad apples.

Illegal signs litter the campaign trail

(October 12, 2012) — What has become an accepted campaign-season tradition planting candidate signs along highway medians, freeway exits and on street corners is, in fact, illegal.

Chance to register for Nov. 6 passes

(October 10, 2012) — The deadline for registering to vote in the fall election in Ohio passed yesterday, and some Columbus residents were taking extra steps to make sure they can cast a ballot on Nov. 6.

Avoid the crush; keep stink bugs outside

(October 10, 2012) — Stink bugs invade our homes when the weather turns cold and make their presence known when we try to shoo them away.

State lawmaker indicted on 49 counts

(October 10, 2012) — A state representative has been indicted on dozens of counts, including theft in office. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports from the Statehouse where the lawmaker was serving his fourth term.

Avoid the crush; keep stink bugs outside

(October 10, 2012) — Stink bugs invade our homes when the weather turns cold and make their presence known when we try to shoo them away.

Potency of political ads fleeting at best

(October 7, 2012) — The more you try to dodge the political ads bombarding Ohio, the harder they’ll try to find you.

OSU team creates high-tech salad bar for future NASA missions

(October 7, 2012) — When astronauts fly to Mars and other far-flung destinations across the galaxy, they won’t have to rely solely on freeze-dried meat and powdered meals for sustenance.

At East High, parade tradition marches on

(October 6, 2012) — Dozens of spectators followed a procession of cheerleaders, dancers and band members decked out in orange and black uniforms as they made their way down Greenway Avenue last night.

Nurses group wants schools to be able to act quickly in food allergy emergencies

(October 4, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio When a child suffers a severe allergic reaction, treatment must be delivered quickly. If not, the child could go into a coma or even die.

Funding limits restrict help for youth offenders

(October 4, 2012) — An alternative to locking up juvenile offenders is working, a study says, but Ohio needs to find a better way to pay for it. The program, started in 1993, encourages counties to commit fewer juveniles to state youth prisons. Instead, low- and moderate-risk youths are treated in community-based programs.

State auditor looks into school attendance irregularities

(October 4, 2012) — Southeast Ohio is “clean” so far in the school attendance audit. The State Auditor released an interim report Thursday.

Incumbent Scott is double dipping by taking pension, Republican says

(October 3, 2012) — The Republican candidate for Franklin County sheriff promised yesterday to turn down the office’s salary if he is elected but said he will continue to collect his pension.

Sheriff candidate would reject his salary

(October 2, 2012) — The Republican candidate for Franklin County sheriff promised yesterday to turn down the office’s salary if he is elected but said he will continue to collect his pension.

Ohio conducts survey on pre-casino problem gambling

(October 2, 2012) — The state put out the results of a survey on problem gambling Monday. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports from the Statehouse where officials announced the findings.

Fairfield County folks turn out to vote early

(October 2, 2012) — Tuesday was the first official day you could cast your ballot in the Buckeye State. WOUB’s Michael Locklear talked to folks in Fairfield County who voted early.

New early-voting site is bigger, better

(September 29, 2012) — In-person absentee voters shouldn’t have to battle long lines and stand outside in cold weather this year thanks to a change in venue for the early-voting location, elections officials say.

Ideas to benefit city suggested as part of Design Week

(September 28, 2012) — Imagine a city where bison roam on the Statehouse lawn and packs of wolverines discourage Michigan fans from setting foot on the Ohio State University Oval.

Deer crashes in Ohio down for third year

(September 27, 2012) — We’re approaching deer mating season, and that’s the time when more cars and deer collide on the road. But those crashes are actually down in Ohio again.

Poll: Obama ahead by 10 points In Ohio

(September 26, 2012) — The latest Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll gives the president a double-digit lead in Ohio.

Issue 2 group grades Husted

(September 25, 2012) — Ohio’s chief elections official got an informal “performance review” Monday from a group that has butted heads with the Republican over the redistricting proposal on the ballot. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports.

Study to evaluate prescription of anti-psychotic meds to children on Medicaid

(September 25, 2012) — Ohio Medicaid officials announced a plan Tuesday to take a look at how anti-psychotic drugs are being prescribed to children, especially those in foster care.

Sewage control long slog

(September 24, 2012) — A rainy 2011 caused sewage overflows into Columbus waterways to more than double compared with 2010.

Ohio Constitution to get a thorough review

(September 24, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio While the presidential election is getting most of the attention on this November’s ballot, Ohioans will also decide whether it’s time to tinker with some of the guiding principles of this state Ohio’s constitution.

Sewage control long slog

(September 24, 2012) — A rainy 2011 caused sewage overflows into Columbus waterways to more than double compared with 2010.

Ex-officials tout importance of U.S. foreign assistance

(September 22, 2012) — The world economy $60 trillion right now is expected to blossom to $200 trillion in the next 25 to 30 years, said former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

City fakes disaster for real practice

(September 21, 2012) — Columbus first responders and government agencies must be prepared for anything including a radioactive plane crash in the middle of a soccer tournament.

Ohio consumer groups concerned about bill that could limit landline phone service

(September 20, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Consumer advocacy groups this week expressed their continued opposition to a bill moving through the Ohio legislature that would allow phone companies to withdraw landline phone service in some parts of the state.

Leader of troubled youth prison is resigning

(September 20, 2012) — The head of a youth prison in Delaware County that has had a significant increase in inmate violence is resigning effective Oct. 5, eight months after she accepted the job.

Gene Harris to retire

(September 20, 2012) — The Chair of the Ohio University Board of Trustees is retiring from her full-time position.

Anti-Issue 2 mailer deemed potentially misleading

(September 20, 2012) — The Ohio Elections Commission found probable cause Thursday that an anti-Issue 2 ad is misleading.

Groups fear phone companies could cut landlines

(September 19, 2012) — Controversy is brewing in Ohio over what cell phones are fast replacing: landlines. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports from the Statehouse.

Bill could mean fewer landlines in some parts of Ohio

(September 19, 2012) — Controversy is brewing in Ohio over what cell phones are fast replacing: landlines. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports from the Statehouse.

Third person dies of West Nile virus in Ohio

(September 18, 2012) — An 80-year-old Hamilton County man has become the third person to die in Ohio of West Nile disease.

Former Gov. Ted Strickland reacts to Romney video

(September 18, 2012) — Former Gov. Ted Strickland is sounding off on the secret recording of Mitt Romney. The Democrat held a press conference at his party’s Ohio headquarters Tuesday.

Special court docket serves veterans

(September 17, 2012) — On a medic run in 2006, first responder Zachary Bickenheuser saved the life of a childhood friend from a heroin overdose.

Getting drunks off road is goal

(September 15, 2012) — In 1999, Erin Smith was with two friends on motorcycles riding Downtown to attend Red, White & Boom.

Federal expert: Future depends on fiscal morality

(September 14, 2012) — Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker asked a crowd of roughly 100 people yesterday: “Does anybody believe we don’t have a problem? Please raise your hand high.”

Ohio ballot board lengthens description of Issue 2

(September 14, 2012) — The Ohio Ballot Board met Thursday to rework its description of Issue 2. That would change the process for shaping congressional districts.

Ohio truckers helping state patrol nab criminals in new ‘Truck Shield’ program

(September 14, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Trucker Chad Brinker noticed a glow, like that of a cigarette tip, appear in a car beside him as he drove north on Interstate 71 in late July. But it didn’t look quite right, and when the car’s driver handed something to the passenger, he realized it was a marijuana pipe. He reported the incident.

Ohio lawmakers give final OK to public pension reforms

(September 13, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Beginning in January, many Ohio public workers will face increased pension contribution rates and higher retirement-age requirements changes included in a package of public pension reforms Ohio lawmakers approved Wednesday with bipartisan support.

Ohio task force charged with overhauling higher ed funding

(September 12, 2012) — A new task force could determine how higher education is funded in the state. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports Ohio University’s top administrator will have a seat at the table.

Groups deliver 80,000 signatures in effort to restore weekend voting

(September 12, 2012) — Several groups delivered 80,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office Wednesday in an effort to restore weekend voting hours.

Kasich pays 9/11 tribute

(September 11, 2012) — Gov. John Kasich paid his respects to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks Tuesday morning.

Food insecurity on the rise

(September 11, 2012) — A new report shows more than 15 percent of Ohio households aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from.

Students don’t cheat; they ‘collaborate’

(September 10, 2012) — Some students who grow up with a wealth of information at their fingertips on smartphones, tablets and laptops call working together on a test collaborating.

Ohio Controlling Board approves money for exotic animal holding facility

(September 10, 2012) — The state will move forward with the construction of a facility to hold confiscated exotic animals. The Ohio Controlling Board approved the Department of Agriculture’s request for $3.5 million at a meeting this afternoon.

VP Biden’s speech in Athens centers on fiscal policies

(September 9, 2012) — Just days after the Democratic National Convention wrapped up, the Vice President visited three southeast Ohio cities. WOUB’s Michael Locklear takes a look at Joe Biden’s message to voters in Athens.

Activists push local control of ‘fracking’

(September 8, 2012) — Hoping that the state will relinquish some control over hydraulic fracturing, environmental activist groups across Ohio are encouraging local governments to pass resolutions decrying the controversial practice.

Ohio’s West Nile cases jump to 60

(September 7, 2012) — This season’s West Nile virus scare continues, as state health officials say Ohio’s confirmed number of human cases has increased to 60. That’s more than double the number documented three weeks ago.

State might delay planned letter grades for schools

(September 7, 2012) — Plans to create a new rating system for Ohio schools should be delayed until the investigation into whether districts altered attendance data produces answers, top state legislators are saying.

Volunteers plant flags on Statehouse lawn as 9/11 memorial

(September 7, 2012) — The eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is just days away, and thousands of flags now fill the Statehouse lawn as a memorial. WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports.

Franklinton residents, police express frustration

(September 6, 2012) — Tensions between Franklinton residents and Columbus police came to a head last night during a town meeting designed to open up communication between the two.

Ohio exotic animal law now in effect

(September 5, 2012) — Ohio’s exotic animal law takes effect today. A Licking Co. cougar owner says she’s had little success getting answers from the Ohio Department of Agriculture on what she needs to do to comply with the law.

Racism confronted by OSU students

(September 4, 2012) — More than a hundred Ohio State University students showed up at a town hall meeting tonight. The topic? Racism.

Absentee ballot applications in the mail to Ohioans

(September 1, 2012) — All registered voters in Ohio will soon receive an application to vote absentee in the November election.

Violence called a product of society

(August 31, 2012) — Advocates fighting against domestic and sexual violence face many challenges in today’s society including society itself.

Two Athens County Democrats prepare for Democratic National Convention

(August 31, 2012) — The Republicans wrapped up their national convention last night. Now, the Democrats are packing suitcases for their national convention, which starts Tuesday. That’s where they will officially nominate President Barack Obama for re-election.

Exotic animal law goes into effect next week

(August 31, 2012) — The exotic animals bill, which restricts ownership of bears, tigers and other animals, goes into effect next week. A holding facility for the confiscated creatures is in the works.

Ohio Attorney General plans to appeal early voting decision

(August 31, 2012) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the state will appeal today’s decision by a federal judge. The ruling allows early, in-person voting the three days before the election.

Violence called a product of society

(August 31, 2012) — Advocates fighting against domestic and sexual violence face many challenges in today’s society including society itself.

Texting while driving ban aims to save lives

(August 30, 2012) — Ohio’s ban on texting while driving takes effect tomorrow (Friday). WOUB’s Michael Locklear reports the law is stricter on younger drivers. The goal is to save lives.

Ohio reduces length of unemployment benefit time

(August 30, 2012) — Good economic news in Ohio means bad news for those without work. The feds are cutting the number of weeks folks in the Buckeye State can get unemployment benefits by two and a half months.

Market-rate houses to give boost to Weinland Park

(August 30, 2012) — By early 2013, six new homes are to stand on a lot in Weinland Park that once was the site of two vacant, crime-ridden apartment buildings.

Ohio texting-while-driving ban takes effect Friday

(August 29, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Texting while driving becomes illegal throughout Ohio Friday. But you can’t be penalized for it until March 1.

Rare mussels released to live long, procreate in Big Darby

(August 29, 2012) — Ohio State University and Metro Parks employees waded into Big Darby Creek yesterday morning to give about 1,500 endangered mussels a new home.

Ohio’s mayor’s courts, big business

(July 22, 2012) — The rap sheet against Ohio’s mayor’s courts says that some spend public funds on holiday parties and flower arrangements, fail to properly account for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and use traffic fines to prop up village budgets. Mayor’s courts have long drawn fire from opponents who say it’s time to throw the book at the state’s small-town “speed traps.”

Ohio’s local justice

(July 22, 2012) — Worthington’s mayor’s court is an imposing one, as mayor’s courts go. It has a judge’s bench, a podium at which defendants stand and a large projector screen to replay videos of traffic violations.

Ohio schools prepare for another budget hit

(June 11, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio — Therese Konrad, who has taught in the Rocky River School District for 24 years, says her students always rise to the challenges she presents them.

Judge in competency case of condemned killer glad for execution reprieve

(June 7, 2012) — The judge who is determining the mental capacity of a Cleveland killer was glad that Gov. John Kasich issued an unusual two-week reprieve from an execution scheduled for yesterday.

Ohio Gov. Kasich signs ban on texting while driving

(June 1, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio – A statewide texting while driving ban received its seal of approval from Gov. John Kasich Friday after four years of deliberation by Ohio lawmakers.

Kasich won’t stop execution of murderer

(May 31, 2012) — The execution of a Cleveland man will go forward as planned next week after Gov. John Kasich denied a request for executive clemency yesterday.

Ohio to play a major role in the 2012 election

(May 29, 2012) — The November election is now less than six months away and the attention turns to Ohio. The Buckeye state is known for being a key battleground for presidential hopefuls.

Despite new statewide texting ban, cities creating stricter bans of their own

(May 25, 2012) — As a bill banning texting behind the wheel awaits Gov. John Kasich’s signature, some Northeast Ohio cities are proposing even more stringent restrictions on electronic devices of their own.

Key employees of Toledo casino granted provisional licenses

(May 24, 2012) — Several casino employees have been licensed just in time for today’s “soft” opening of the Hollywood Casino in Toledo.

Exotic-animals bill awaits Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s signature

(May 22, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio – A bill that would regulate the ownership of dangerous animals is awaiting Gov. John Kasich’s signature after quickly passing through the Ohio House and Senate Tuesday.

Ohio House panel approves anti-cancer bill

(May 17, 2012) — A bill to generate money for screening and treatment of breast and cervical cancers should soon reach the Ohio House floor.

Bill would help reduce scrap metal theft in Ohio

(May 16, 2012) — People looking to sell scrap metal to dealers in Ohio may be seeing some changes to the process. Senate Bill 193 aims to crack down on stolen scrap metals by requiring sellers to present photo identification.

Controversial pension-overhaul bills go forward

(May 16, 2012) — Despite misgivings about new powers granted to boards of the state retirement systems, at least four of five bills making sweeping changes in public-employee pensions are expected to reach the Ohio Senate floor today.

Commissioners provide jobs for teens

(May 14, 2012) — Federal funds are providing 16-hundred PAID summer jobs and internships for Franklin County teens, and that number may grow.

Wild horses pulled woman to auction

(May 12, 2012) — SPRINGFIELD, Ohio Shelly Sessa stood just outside an iron pen, sunlight glinting off her rhinestone belt and dust swirling lightly around her tan cowboy boots.

Casto’s development on Northeast Side gets backing for rezoning

(May 10, 2012) — After months of negotiations with nearby homeowners, Casto Development is a step closer to building offices, homes and apartments near N. Hamilton and Dublin-Granville roads on the Northeast Side.

Ohio House Committee incorporates tablet technology

(May 10, 2012) — An Ohio House Committee hearing testimony on exotic animal ownership is saving some trees in the process.

More than 1,000 public officials late filing financial reports

(May 10, 2012) — Nearly 1 in 10 public officials in Ohio failed to meet the deadline for filing annual financial reports aimed at giving the public an idea of their earnings and gifts they receive.

Bill to update Ohio gambling laws passes Ohio Senate

(May 9, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio – A bill that would update Ohio gambling laws passed the Ohio Senate Wednesday, leaving out previous language that would have allowed one charity card room in each of the state’s 88 counties.

Pension-reform bills put more on workers

(May 9, 2012) — Four pension-reform bills with bipartisan backing were introduced in the Ohio Senate yesterday, but union concerns stalled a fifth bill.

Ohio Senate Committee Hears Testimony for Nitro’s Law

(May 8, 2012) — Supporters of a bill that would toughen animal cruelty laws had a chance to voice their support for Nitro’s Law today. The law is named after a three-year-old Rottweiler that starved to death at a kennel in Youngstown in 2008.

Four new bills push for pension reform

(May 8, 2012) — Four bills introduced today in the Ohio Senate with bipartisan backing would ignite reform for four state pension systems, but legislation for the fifth system was stalled because of labor concerns.

Changes in regulation of painkillers expected to reduce addictions

(May 7, 2012) — Recovery centers around the state expect to see some changes in their business as a result of Governor John Kasich’s announcement of new regulations for emergency rooms prescribing opiates.

“Roberta’s Law” would notify crime victims, families of convict’s parole hearings, release

(May 4, 2012) — Roberta Francis’ father doesn’t want anyone to experience what happened to his daughter.

Ohio Senate passes bill to ban texting while driving

(May 4, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A bill that would ban texting behind the wheel passed the Ohio Senate on Thursday after a heated floor debate.

Pension reform might take a while

(May 3, 2012) — The saying “Measure twice, cut once” is typically attributed to carpenters, but a member of the General Assembly is urging his peers to do the same.

JobsOhio bill fixes public-records issue

(May 2, 2012) — After backlash from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the state Senate revised a bill yesterday to ensure that JobsOhio doesn’t receive more public-records exceptions than any other agency.

BMV branch honored for high organ donation rate among customers

(April 30, 2012) — For the eighth time in 10 years, the Hayden Road Bureau of Motor Vehicles has been honored for having the highest organ donor registration rate in Ohio.

Local economy gets global view

(April 27, 2012) — This year, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s annual update on central Ohio’s economy extended beyond the region’s 12 counties and touched on dozens of foreign countries.

Sheriff to auction seized 2009 BMW

(April 26, 2012) — The Athens County Sheriff’s Office will auction several vehicles seized during investigations, 10TV News reported Thursday.

Athens residents fear another rock slide

(April 26, 2012) — Athens residents near the site of last month’s massive boulder crash are living in fear of another rock slide. Monitoring pins detected a tree’s movement on that same hillside this week.

Move to defund Planned Parenthood stopped by Ohio lawmakers, but issue could re-emerge

(April 24, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A provision to strip federal dollars from Planned Parenthood was abruptly removed by state lawmakers on Tuesday, but could reemerge soon.

‘Squawk box’ aims to deter fowl that foul

(April 21, 2012) — Luke Stedke is used to the reaction by now.

Take it slow

(April 20, 2012) — Seventeen crumpled orange-and-white construction barrels were placed in a Columbus State Community College parking lot yesterday, silent memorials to those who died in transportation work zones across Ohio last year.

Medical marijuana to be decided by Ohio voters

(April 20, 2012) — The November election may be months away, but Ohioans are already preparing to cast their votes on many issues… including whether or not to legalize a form of medical treatment that’s used in more than a dozen states and Washington DC.

City remains leery of storefront gambling

(April 19, 2012) — The Columbus City Council extended a moratorium on new storefront-gambling operations within city limits while state legislation to regulate them remains stalled in a committee.

Drug Take-Back Day attacks prescription abuse

(April 17, 2012) — Ohio is addicted. But even as prescription drug abuse continues to leave the state riddled with desperate junkies and early deaths, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is pushing to find the cure.

Despite bipartisan support, patrol cautious about bill to raise Ohio’s interstate speed limit

(April 16, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio – A bill that would raise the speed limit to 70 mph on interstates in Ohio is getting support from both Republicans and Democrats at the Statehouse.

Ceremony Honors Ohio Civil War Soldiers

(April 16, 2012) — The Ohio National Guard honored 19 Ohio soldiers for their role in a raid 150 years ago.

‘Prepare to stop’ signs on way out

(April 14, 2012) — The state is getting rid of many of its “prepare to stop when flashing” signals that warn drivers that an upcoming traffic light is about to turn red.

Kenyon conference tests U.S. nation-building efforts

(April 13, 2012) — After a wave of revolution swept the Middle East last year, academics at Kenyon College questioned the U.S. policy of promoting democracy overseas.

Senate working on texting ban wording

(April 11, 2012) — A statewide ban on texting while driving is caught up in senate committee.

OSU students prep “moon rover” race entry

(April 10, 2012) — This week, high school and college students will get the chance to tool around the moon sort of.

Trees will represent blossoming relations

(April 10, 2012) — Ohio will represent a century-long relationship with an unlikely symbol this month a fragile, pink flower.

Company Gets Federal OK To Expand Quarry Near Bald Eagles

(April 10, 2012) — CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has come to an agreement with the Melvin Stone Company on expansion plans for quarry in western Pickaway County, 10TV News reported Tuesday.

Stark ads spur calls to quit lines

(April 7, 2012) — A graphic government campaign that offers “tips from former smokers” has caused a surge in calls to tobacco quit lines nationwide, even in states such as Ohio, where funding for cessation services has been cut in recent years.

Fmr. Ohio Senate President Faces Criticism For Memorial Remarks

(April 6, 2012) — The head of the organization that oversees the Ohio Statehouse is facing criticism from the Ohio Jewish community for remarks he made earlier this week about a Holocaust memorial at the Statehouse.

Holocaust memorial gets pushback

(April 6, 2012) — The head of the organization that oversees the statehouse is facing criticism from the Ohio Jewish community for remarks he made earlier this week about a Holocaust memorial at the Statehouse.

Students’ empty holsters a protest of campus gun bans

(April 5, 2012) — Some Ohio State University students are wearing an extra accessory to class this week: empty holsters.

Head of Ohio Statehouse review board criticized for comments about planned Holocaust memorial

(April 5, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A prominent state politician is taking criticism for the way he expressed his reservations about a Holocaust memorial planned for the Statehouse grounds.

State seeks help for kids in long-term foster care

(April 5, 2012) — Concerned that some children languish in foster care, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is calling together experts to identify solutions.

Ohio animal owners oppose bill that would impose new regulations

(April 4, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio animal owners are roaring over a bill that would institute strict regulations that could result in many wild animals being taken away from their owners.

Ohio Supreme Court to decide former attorney general’s law license suspension

(April 4, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio Supreme Court will decide whether former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann should be allowed to practice law during a license suspension.

Utica man sentenced in fatal wreck

(April 3, 2012) — NEWARK, Ohio A Utica man was sentenced today to 100 hours of community service for causing a crash that took the life of his teenage passenger.

Chardon leaders, first responders reflect on healing process

(April 3, 2012) — Just over a month ago, a northeast Ohio school was rocked by a deadly shooting.

Man, 18, sentenced in fatal crash

(April 3, 2012) — NEWARK, Ohio Rachel Gattrell stood in the Licking County Juvenile courtroom yesterday, faced the young man whose driving caused the death of her 16-year-old daughter and told him that she had forgiven him.

Statehouse official criticizes plan for Holocaust memorial

(April 3, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio The president of the group that oversees the Ohio Statehouse and surrounding area said on Tuesday that he was disappointed by Gov. John Kasich’s decision to build a Holocaust memorial on the Statehouse grounds without consultation.

Ohio grapples with Stand Your Ground law

(April 2, 2012) — In the aftermath of Florida teen Trayvon Martin’s death, the focus turns to whether or not other states will adopt their own versions of the “Stand Your Ground Law” and Ohio is one of them.

Quickly addicted

(April 1, 2012) — Rebecca Bobb was a success story.

Death toll drops in drug war

(April 1, 2012) — After a decade of shattered lives and early graves, Ohioans finally might be seeing a glimmer of hope in the battle against prescription-drug overdoses.

Teen’s loss: “I miss him so much”

(April 1, 2012) — Something was wrong with Cole.

Here’s some advice if you ever win the lottery: Keep quiet, guard ticket, hire advisers

(March 31, 2012) — You wake up today to discover you’re $640 million richer. What’s the first thing you do?

House OKs limiting right to bench trials

(March 31, 2012) — The Ohio House either leveled the playing field or stood the constitution on its head this week.

Medical-marijuana backers seek funds

(March 31, 2012) — The Ohio Medical Cannabis Association has planted the seed for a ballot initiative that would put the question of medical marijuana to Ohio voters this November, and now it is working to ensure those efforts bear fruit.

Cleveland-area representatives announce bill to create Ohio Rape Crisis Fund

(March 30, 2012) — COLUMBUS, Ohio A bill that calls for sex offenders to pay higher court costs could help create a steady flow of funding for rape crisis centers across Ohio.

Legislation would create stricter set of rules for state’s dog breeders

(March 29, 2012) — The Ohio General Assembly is closer to putting a leash on puppy mills after a seven-year struggle to end what some say is an abusive practice.

Lawmakers honor Chardon “heroes”

(March 29, 2012) — Just a month after a high-school shooting in Chardon left three dead and two seriously wounded, Gov. John Kasich and the General Assembly honored law-enforcement, firefighters, school officials and other first responders for their efforts.

Orange Township fire levy may be on ballot

(March 28, 2012) — The Orange Township Fire Department in Delaware County might ask voters to approve a 7.9-mill property tax in November to replace funds that have been almost completely depleted.

Ex-director of humane society pleads guilty to theft

(March 28, 2012) — DELAWARE, Ohio The former Delaware County Humane Society co-director choked up as he apologized yesterday for stealing a pickup truck and tens of thousands of dollars.

Report: How ‘right to work’ would benefit Ohio

(March 28, 2012) — Just eight months before Election Day, a potential “right-to-work” ballot measure is igniting a political debate over how Ohio can create more jobs.

Record lottery jackpot lures local players

(March 28, 2012) — People are lining up in Columbus, and across the country, for the chance to become the world’s luckiest jackpot winner.

Humane society thief pleads guilty

(March 27, 2012) — DELAWARE, Ohio The former Delaware County Humane Society co-director pleaded guilty this afternoon to stealing a pickup truck and tens of thousands of dollars from the nonprofit and its other co-director.

Drug-overdose deaths a record in 2010

(March 9, 2012) — Ohio tallied a record number of accidental drug-overdose deaths in 2010, with Franklin County registering the highest single-county total.

Landlord enters not-guilty plea to code violations at Franklinton house

(February 28, 2012) — A landlord accused of code violations at a Franklinton house where three people died in December entered a not-guilty plea in Franklin County Environmental Court this morning.

Local high-school grads flock to OSU

(February 27, 2012) — More students from Dublin Coffman High School applied to Ohio State University than from all but one other school in the nation, with 211 students vying for a spot in the incoming class.

Exotic animals on agenda

(February 26, 2012) — Talk about exotic animals found its way into a Downtown veterinary conference this weekend amid a barrage of educational sessions and labs.

Columbus State job-training program touted by Jill Biden

(February 22, 2012) — Because he was struggling to pay child support, Marlon Hairston said, he had to take the first chance at earning an income that came his way.

Powerball lures fewer Ohioans but more money at $2 cost

(February 21, 2012) — About a month after lottery organizers doubled the price to play Powerball, Ohioans are playing less than before but responding to sizable jackpots just the same.

Artifacts at OSU evoke Glenn’s dramatic mission

(February 19, 2012) — There’s a grainy, black-and-white photo of John Glenn, reclining on the deck of the USS Noa. It’s Feb. 20, 1962, and Glenn’s wearing a NASA jumpsuit, a subtle grin, aviator sunglasses and black Converse sneakers, propped up against the side of the destroyer.

New OSU building tops colleges’ collective budget

(February 18, 2012) — A $126 million science building at Ohio State University is the biggest construction project that would be funded through a wish list that public university leaders have presented to the state.

Tea party group calls IRS “intrusive” in seeking information on nonprofit status

(February 17, 2012) — An Ohio tea party group is refusing to comply with requests from the Internal Revenue Service regarding its nonprofit status, deeming them “intrusive.”

Israeli official visiting Statehouse expresses concerns on Irans nuclear efforts

(February 16, 2012) — The vice prime minister of Israel sought to foster relations between his country and the state of Ohio today during a speech in the House chambers.

County fighting infant deaths

(February 15, 2012) — Franklin County commissioners will soon learn whether the first installments of $7 million that the county plans to spend to decrease infant deaths are starting to pay off.

Worthington schools need law changed for bond issue

(February 11, 2012) — Worthington schools want the right to make a rarely used type of tax even more unusual.

Ohio participates in earthquake drill on bicentennial of New Madrid temblors

(February 8, 2012) — At precisely 10:15 a.m. today, the computer-generated instructions sounded over the intercom and interrupted an ordinarily ordinary routine at the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Dublin.

Bill to delay school start until after Labor Day draws educators’ objections

(February 2, 2012) — A bill that would change how Ohio schools calculate class time came under fire from both state and local school officials yesterday.

Fatal white-nose syndrome found in Summit County bats

(February 2, 2012) — A deadly fungus that affects bats has been found in a Summit County Metro Park.

Bipartisan support may speed OK of 70 mph limit

(February 1, 2012) — Contempt for slow drivers especially those hogging the left lane on Ohio freeways apparently crosses party lines.

Not passing? Get out of left lane, bill says

(January 31, 2012) — Look out, left-lane lollygaggers: Life in the fast lane might get a little less comfortable.

Ohio still leaves sexual education to each district

(January 30, 2012) — A national group says schools should have specific guidelines for teaching sexual education, such as in which grades children should learn the proper names for genitalia, but Ohio doesn’t plan to follow the recommendations.

U.S. policy on Somalia gets mixed reviews

(January 28, 2012) — For decades, Somalia has been plagued by myriad problems famine, violence, piracy and thousands of refugees and not everyone agrees on how to solve them.

U.S. policy on Somalia gets mixed reviews

(January 28, 2012) — For decades, Somalia has been plagued by myriad problems famine, violence, piracy and thousands of refugees and not everyone agrees on how to solve them.

Roe v. Wade marked with rival Statehouse talks

(January 25, 2012) — This week’s 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion brought both sides of the debate to the Statehouse yesterday and their deliveries were just as different as their messages.

Save manufacturing and watch out for Romney, Strickland tells Obama

(January 23, 2012) — Former Gov. Ted Strickland shared some words of advice with President Barack Obama on how to woo Ohio voters in his State of the Union address tomorrow night: Save manufacturing and watch out for Mitt Romney.

‘Occupy’ protesters pounce on Kilroy at rally

(January 21, 2012) — Former U.S. Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy of Columbus stood yesterday alongside protesters to speak out against corporate influence on politics, criticizing the “ability to really distort the election process.”

Drug shortages alter patients’ care

(January 20, 2012) — Last year was a record year for drug shortages in the United States, causing hospitals to alter treatments and some patients to suffer painful side effects.

Low-rate loans might go to more farmers

(January 20, 2012) — State Republicans say that new legislation would give more Ohio farmers an opportunity to receive reduced-interest loans to offset their operating expenses.

Ward representatives for City Council urged

(January 18, 2012) — A coalition looking to create a “more accountable” Columbus City Council wrapped up its final educational session last night.

State parks cleaner with fewer trash receptacles

(January 15, 2012) — Ohio’s state parks are cleaner.

Gees apology accepted by Polish-American group

(January 14, 2012) — A national Polish-American group accepted an apology from Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee yesterday for what it called a “slanderous analogy.”

Ohio colleges to aid vets with PTSD, brain injuries

(January 13, 2012) — Ohio State University and five other Ohio colleges are joining a national effort to combat post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries suffered in war.

Web helps county surpass 105,000 in dog-license sales

(January 13, 2012) — Franklin County residents bought more dog licenses in 2011 than in any of the previous five years.

Sex-trafficking victim knows the value of hope

(January 13, 2012) — Jeanette Bradley had a normal, middle-class upbringing in Worthington until the incest began.

Taylor continues criticisms of health-insurance exchange

(January 11, 2012) — In her latest criticism of the federal health-care law, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor said yesterday she fears the state will have “little control” over mandated health-insurance exchanges, whether they are implemented by the federal government or the Kasich administration.

Job training wins experts’ backing as Columbus council mulls spending

(January 6, 2012) — Job training is the surest way to improve the local economy, two experts told the Columbus City Council yesterday as it weighs how to spend money in 2012.

‘Heartbeat bill’ would have big influence across state

(December 17, 2011) — Under existing Ohio law, Allison Bowers and Carrie Holt had a choice.

Domestic Silence: Some courts reluctant to help abused gays

(November 28, 2011) — Featured on the IRE website (Jan. 25, 2012), at

Domestic Silence: The truth about abuse in Ohio

(November 27, 2011) — Featured on the IRE website (Jan. 25, 2012), at

Domestic Silence revisited: Abuse victims lacking shelter?

(November 27, 2011) — Featured on the IRE website (Jan. 25, 2012), at

Trustees OK pair of OU projects

(November 19, 2011) — Ohio University’s proposal to spend $977.5 million on capital improvements over the next six years was one of two plans to win unanimous approval from the school’s trustees yesterday.

Adopted from foster care, children finally find a home for good

(November 17, 2011) — Children ran around clutching toys much too big for their little fists, dodging chairs and tables as families laughed. The sight was unexpected in a courtroom.

Website offers forum to those with a cause

(November 8, 2011) — Just a couple of clicks of a computer mouse stand between Internet users worldwide and social change.

Protesters fire up Issue 2 rally

(November 2, 2011) — HANOVERTON, Ohio Wide gaps in funding and polling might suggest otherwise, but there is still a fight to be had over Issue 2.

City celebrates opening of first bicycle shelter

(November 2, 2011) — The city’s first bicycle shelter is open for business.

Occupy Columbus lunch to put focus on SB 5

(November 1, 2011) — With a week to go until Election Day, Occupy Columbus is hoping to stir up discussion about the implications of Senate Bill 5.

Animal cruelty may hint of domestic violence ahead

(October 27, 2011) — Shannon Marie Nolan Broe, 24 beaten to death by her husband in 2011. She was pregnant with their daughter, Alexandra Jordan.

Oval becomes forum for students’ gripes

(October 25, 2011) — Droves of Ohio State University students braved cloudy skies today to vent their frustrations and spread the message of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Counties to lose as federal timber funds end

(October 24, 2011) — Twelve southeastern Ohio counties could see federal timber-production funds cut as a partnership with the Wayne National Forest heads toward a year-end expiration date.

Group challenges personhood issue

(October 21, 2011) — A newly formed group filed a legal challenge yesterday to a proposed amendment that would ban abortion from conception.

Supreme Court puts on a legal show in Hillsboro

(October 20, 2011) — HILLSBORO, Ohio As justices from the Ohio Supreme Court listened to arguments yesterday in Hillsboro, the already-cramped room was packed tighter than a pack of cigarettes.

Woman sues after her prison release

(October 20, 2011) — A woman whose 1990 murder conviction was overturned because of improper testimony by a toxicologist is suing several Franklin and Licking county officials.

Protesters can’t occupy park

(October 18, 2011) — Organizers of the Occupy Columbus movement, denied their request to set up camp Downtown, have found themselves without a permanent base.

Violence among girls spurs more to seek help

(October 16, 2011) — A state law enacted last year was originally meant to protect teenagers in destructive dating relationships.

East Side teen faces 22 counts in six attacks

(October 15, 2011) — A 16-year-old East Side boy is charged with 22 felony counts stemming from attacks on six strangers in February.

Anti-abortion group begins push for constitutional amendment

(October 14, 2011) — An Ohio anti-abortion-rights group has gained enough signatures to begin its push for a constitutional amendment, to the chagrin of many opponents.

Protesters urge passage of jobs bill

(October 12, 2011) — A second day of Downtown protests brought more than 100 people to the Statehouse yesterday calling for jobs and “economic accountability.”

Ohio’s training-test rule trips up volunteer firefighters

(October 11, 2011) — A state law that was meant to keep firefighters up-to-date on training is costing some departments their volunteers.

Photos from Occupy Columbus demonstration

(October 10, 2011) — These photos were taken on October 10, 2011 by Tristan Navera (Columbus Dispatch)

Occupy Columbus rally aims to show unity with protesters on Wall Street

(October 10, 2011) — When 71-year-old Sara Dawson told her children she’d be coming to the Occupy Columbus rally today, they asked if they should have bail money ready.

Homeless-housing project a promo for jobs act

(October 8, 2011) — Just a shell of wooden 2-by-4s and cement blocks on Norton Avenue, the site of a once-abandoned lumberyard will soon become the fifth development of its kind to provide homes for Columbus’ homeless.

Deficit puts Akron in ‘fiscal caution’

(October 6, 2011) — Akron has become Ohio’s first city to be stamped with the “fiscal caution” sticker, after results yesterday from a 2010 financial audit showed the city had a deficit exceeding $87.8 million.

Ohio Correction Employees Picket For Safe Prisons

(October 6, 2011) — Members of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA) picketed Monday in front of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) demanding safer prisons.

State board OKs changes to two Senate districts

(October 1, 2011) — Despite much confusion over the remapping of two state Senate districts in Cuyahoga County, the state Apportionment Board accepted an amendment in an emergency meeting yesterday an amendment identical to the one pulled out of the approved redistricting maps on Wednesday.

Loaded with confusion

(October 1, 2011) — Most restaurant and bar patrons sauntering along the streets of central Ohio yesterday were probably blissfully unaware of the new ‘guns in bars’ law, especially because few establishments’ windows brandished additional signs barring said guns from the premises.

Guns in bars OK as of today

(September 30, 2011) — Few people sitting in a bar, sipping cocktails and chatting with friends think about whether the person next to them is packing heat.

Man was dedicated to Upper Arlington

(September 30, 2011) — Services will be held next week for Clark P. Pritchett Jr., a former Upper Arlington mayor and community leader, who has died of cancer.

Former Upper Arlington mayor dies

(September 29, 2011) — Services will be held next week for Clark P. Pritchett Jr., former Upper Arlington mayor and community leader, who has died of cancer.

Bill seeks protections for gays

(September 28, 2011) — Bonnie McGinnis considered herself a “good teacher.”

‘Heartbeat bill’ divides Ohio anti-abortion leaders

(September 27, 2011) — Ohio’s once-unified anti-abortion movement has been splintered by the return of a former state leader rallying support for a restrictive bill that the head of Ohio Right to Life says is legally flawed.

City wants to hook up 1,000 jobless

(September 27, 2011) — Officials in Columbus hope to find jobs for 1,000 people in less than two months.

Job fairs seek to fill 1,000 positions

(September 26, 2011) — A new jobs initiative has a bold goal: to find jobs for at least 1,000 unemployed people in central Ohio by the end of the year.

Jury rejects self-defense in shooting

(September 24, 2011) — For the second time, Barnell Edward Ellis stood before a jury this week to say he killed Armond Paul Dunlap Jr. in self-defense.

State urged to OK texting-driver ban

(September 23, 2011) — “How many more must die?” That’s the question Tina Yanssens has asked every day since her father, David Muslovski, was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by his 19-year-old neighbor on June 17, 2010.

‘Pill mill’ operator sentenced to more than 10 years in prison

(September 22, 2011) — The second of three women accused of running a “pill mill” in Columbus will see prison time. Charlene Breedlove-Jones, 53, was sentenced to 10 years, 10 months, in prison and must pay $4,011 in restitution.

OSU plan for geothermal wells between a rock and hard place

(September 21, 2011) — An Ohio State University plan to drill 450 geothermal wells to help heat and cool several buildings has run aground as soil conditions proved more difficult than expected.

‘Heartbeat bill’ backers push for Senate approval

(September 21, 2011) — An “Abortion stops a beating heart” bumper sticker held high above her head, Janet Porter’s voice boomed above the more than 600 supporters of the so-called heartbeat bill at the Statehouse yesterday, calling on them to put an end to “abortion on demand.”

Governor’s race do-over: Would you vote the same way?

(September 19, 2011) — It’s just a poll, but county’s residents not sold on Kasich

Obama woos young voters with plan

(September 14, 2011) — More than 3,200 people erupted in cheers and booming applause as President Barack Obama mounted the stage at Fort Hayes high school in Columbus. Spectators leapt from their seats or stood on their tiptoes to get a glimpse of the leader of the free world.

$23,000 far from enough for Mount Sterling police

(September 13, 2011) — MOUNT STERLING, Ohio Residents have donated almost $23,000 to keep the local police force on the streets, but this town’s troubles are far from over.

September 11 | 10 Years Later: Cautiously optimistic

(September 11, 2011) — For the first time since the twin towers tumbled a decade ago today, fewer than 1 in 10 of us is “very worried” that there will be another terrorit attack soon in America, a new poll shows.

Bedbug complaints jump in central Ohio

(September 10, 2011) — Bedbugs have been creeping from American households into hotels and now businesses, too.

Hunger in Ohio rises to 6th-worst in U.S.

(September 8, 2011) — “Mommy, I’m hungry,” 3-year-old Keira Beatty blurted as she jumped into her mother’s arms.

School to partner with media organizations to offer public affairs reporting opportunities to students

(September 6, 2011) — In a time of shrinking resources and increased demand for watchdog reporting, the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University has established a program to enhance the education its students receive in public affairs journalism.

Issue 2 campaign files third election complaint against opponents

(August 31, 2000) — For the third time, the Yes on Issue 2 campaign filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission against the Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue.

Rules still uncertain for early voting in Ohio

(00 0, 0000) — More than 6 million registered voters in Ohio will be mailed an application for an absentee ballot today, but do you know when you can vote in the Nov. 4 election?

Will lack of LGBT protections cost Ohio Amazon HQ2, other business?

(00 0, 0000) — Columbus made the second cut for Amazon’s second headquarters — a $5 billion investment that would create 50,000 jobs — but some LGBT advocates are calling for the company to drop the city from consideration.