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Rex Santus

(January 8, 2013) — Rex Santus is a senior news major at Kent State University. He is a fellow at The Plain Dealer’s Columbus bureau. At Kent State, he has held several positions at the student newspaper, both as an editor and a reporter. He also contributed articles to student-run magazines The Burr and Fusion. He plans to pursue a career as a news journalist when he graduates in December 2013.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.