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Kelly Gifford

(March 26, 2012) — Kelly Gifford is in her second year of studying journalism in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Her fellowship is with the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Columbus Bureau. She joined the staff of the The Post in 2010, and currently is Senior Writer for Local News Staff. Previously she interned with WTIU, the PBS affiliate in Bloomington, Indiana, her home town. She also has interned with Bloom Magazine.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.