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Jul 14, 2017 3:21 PM

State budget passes; veto battle looms

The House and Senate gave final approval Wednesday to a new two-year, $65.5 billion budget, and legislative leaders say they could return next week to override Gov. John Kasich's possible veto of a Medicaid expansion freeze.

By Jim Siegel Gatehouse Ohio Media
Jul 14, 2017 3:21 PM

Discussions ongoing on unemployment compensation reform 

COLUMBUS -- Amid all of the debate over Medicaid expansion and tax policy and local government and school funding and all the other decisions that are part of the thousands of pages of biennial budget legislation, there was one issue that was somewhat surprisingly missing -- unemployment compensation reform.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Taylor joins governor race
Jul 14, 2017 3:19 PM

Taylor joins governor race

Positioning herself as a "tenacious fighter" who will "challenge the system," Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor formally announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor Friday.

By Alan Johnson Gatehouse Ohio Media
Church offers support after Uniontown shooting
Jul 14, 2017 3:18 PM

Church offers support after Uniontown shooting

LAKE TWP. -- RiverTree church is offering prayers, counseling and other support for those affected by a confrontation that left a police officer wounded and a man dead. Those efforts began Monday morning and are continuing from 10 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m.

By Ed Balint Gatehouse Ohio Media
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Uniontown officer shot; gunman dead
Jul 14, 2017 3:18 PM

Uniontown officer shot; gunman dead

LAKE TOWNSHIP -- Ryan A. Probst had a number of run-ins with the law and Uniontown police over the last decade. It turned deadly late Sunday. Probst, 28, was killed during an exchange of gunfire that left Uniontown Sgt. David White wounded.

Gatehouse Ohio Media
Jun 29, 2017 5:53 PM

Lawmakers OK budget for BWC 

COLUMBUS -- State lawmakers finalized a new budget for the Bureau of Workers' Compensation Wednesday, absent a controversial provision that would have blocked benefits for undocumented workers injured on the job.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Jun 29, 2017 1:04 PM

Abortion ban bill passes Ohio Senate 

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would ban the most commonly used abortion procedure for women in the second trimester of pregnancy. Senate Bill 145 passed on a vote of 24-9, with Democrats opposing, and heads to the Ohio House for further consideration.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Jun 29, 2017 1:04 PM

Court: Ohio can restart executions

The full 6th U.S.

By Alan Johnson Gatehouse Ohio Media
Compassion fatigue in opioid war
Jun 25, 2017 6:14 PM

Compassion fatigue in opioid war

Six times Nikki Dixon has been saved from likely death of heroin overdose by quick-acting friends and emergency responders who used the drug antidote naloxone to revive her.

By Catherine Candisky And Marty Schladen Gatehouse Ohio Media
Jun 25, 2017 6:14 PM

AP analysis finds partisan map-making advantage in Ohio 

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A political map-making process controlled by Ohio Republicans resulted in the party winning nearly two more U.S. House seats and five more Ohio House seats in the last election than would have been expected in neutral circumstances, an Associated Press analysis has found.

By Julie Carr Smyth Ap Statehouse Correspondent
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Jun 23, 2017 10:06 AM

New projection: State revenue falls $1 billion short of estimate

New revenue estimates show Senate Republicans were wise to pass a budget on Wednesday that accounted for a $1 billion revenue shortfall. The Ohio Legislative Service Commission announced Thursday that it is revising its February estimates downward by $1.

By Jim Siegel Gatehouse Ohio Media
Jun 22, 2017 1:20 PM

Enhanced driver's licenses bill OK'd 

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio House approved legislation Wednesday that would enable Ohioans to obtain enhanced driver's licenses, allowing passage into Canada and Mexico in place of a passport. HB 60 moved on an unofficial vote of 83-4 and heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Jun 22, 2017 1:20 PM

Bill would expand prohibitions on fines by small villages 

COLUMBUS -- Legislation that would limit civil traffic fines issued by tiny communities -- namely, a small village in southeastern Franklin County -- was moved by the Ohio House Wednesday. "I believe this bill address(es) what is a fundamental issue of fairness," said Rep.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Rules change eyed for absentee voting
Jun 22, 2017 9:13 AM

Rules change eyed for absentee voting 

COLUMBUS -- With backers saying it will reduce paperwork and ensure fewer mistakes on early ballots and critics saying it will make it harder for eligible residents to vote, the Ohio House approved legislation aimed at making Ohio's absentee polls more like those on Election Day.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Jun 22, 2017 9:13 AM

Law would beef up distracted driving fines 

COLUMBUS -- Drivers who break certain traffic laws while texting or engaging in other activities that distract their attention from the road would face an extra fine, under legislation moved by the Ohio House Wednesday.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Jun 19, 2017 4:56 PM

What is the drug price ballot issue?

Tracy Jones got involved in the Drug Price Relief Act campaign to lower drug prices because her aunt had to choose between a cheap antibiotic and another drug that cost $126 a month.

By Alan Johnson | Gatehouse Ohio Media
Ohio farmers fear Trump push to revamp NAFTA
Jun 8, 2017 2:47 PM

Ohio farmers fear Trump push to revamp NAFTA

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's hope of revising NAFTA is prompting fears that acrimonious talks could spark a trade war and threaten the lucrative export of soybeans and corn by Ohio's farmers. Although U.S. Trade Representative Robert E.

By Jack Torry Gatehouse Ohio Media And Grant Pepper Dayton Daily News
Jun 8, 2017 2:47 PM

Ohio starts hearings to ban LGBT discrimination 

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio House launched hearings Wednesday on legislation that would ban housing, employment and other discrimination based on residents' sexual orientation or gender identity.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
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Jun 8, 2017 2:47 PM

Court rules ECOT can't delay $60M payment to state

The Franklin County Court of Appeals today unanimously denied ECOT's request to block the state Board of Education from ordering the online school to repay $60 million in state aid for inflating its attendance numbers.

By Catherine Candisky Gatehouse Ohio Media
Jun 8, 2017 2:47 PM

Playwright offers support for Follis bill 

COLUMBUS -- Jim Stoner was so inspired by the life of Charles Follis that he wrote a play about him.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau