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Kasich signs Internet cafe ban, repeal effort already underway
 Internet cafe operators are organizing a repeal effort even before the ink is dry on a new law that would shut down the sweepstakes businesses in Ohio. Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich in a private ceremony on Tuesday evening signed House Bill 7, which would effectively shut down Internet cafes by limiting their cash prizes to $10. But, an...

4:05 AM Wednesday, Jun. 05, 2013

Internet cafe operators are organizing a repeal effort even before the ink is dry on a new law that would shut down the sweepstakes businesses in Ohio. Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich in a private ceremony on Tuesday evening signed House Bill 7, which would effectively shut down Internet cafes by limiting their cash prizes to $10. But, an...
Kasich signs act named for slain Clark County deputy
 Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill on Tuesday honoring slain Clark County Deputy Suzanne Hopper. The Suzanne Hopper Act is designed to keep law enforcement officers safe by giving them access to more information about potentially dangerous people with a history of mental illness. Hopper was killed in the line of duty in January 2011 by Michael...

10:49 PM Tuesday, Jun. 04, 2013

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill on Tuesday honoring slain Clark County Deputy Suzanne Hopper. The Suzanne Hopper Act is designed to keep law enforcement officers safe by giving them access to more information about potentially dangerous people with a history of mental illness. Hopper was killed in the line of duty in January 2011 by Michael...
Ohio may raise speed limit to 70 on more roads
 The speed limits on even more Ohio roads could go up to 70 miles per hour this year. The Ohio Senate Finance Committee has suggested raising the top speed limits on some state freeways “built to the standards and specifications of the interstate system” from 65 miles per hour to 70 mph, and from 55 mph to 60 mph for other state...

4:05 AM Tuesday, Jun. 04, 2013

The speed limits on even more Ohio roads could go up to 70 miles per hour this year. The Ohio Senate Finance Committee has suggested raising the top speed limits on some state freeways “built to the standards and specifications of the interstate system” from 65 miles per hour to 70 mph, and from 55 mph to 60 mph for other state...
Cost for vehicle registration in Ohio could go up

8:59 PM Monday, Jun. 03, 2013

The cost of vehicle registrations in Ohio could go up under a plan being considered by state lawmakers. Tucked into the senate finance budget is an amendment that would have a 2 percent hike to the state portion of annual vehicle registration fees. Most noncommercial drivers would as a result pay another 62 cents, bringing the total cost...
Ohio voters may face decision to allow medical uses for marijuana
 Ohio voters could decide next year whether the state joins the growing trend of allowing the use of marijuana for medical reasons. The Ohio Rights Group this week kicked off its drive to gather petitions for a constitutional amendment that would ask voters to create a medical marijuana program in Ohio. The Ohio Ballot Board certified the...

4:05 AM Saturday, Jun. 01, 2013

Ohio voters could decide next year whether the state joins the growing trend of allowing the use of marijuana for medical reasons. The Ohio Rights Group this week kicked off its drive to gather petitions for a constitutional amendment that would ask voters to create a medical marijuana program in Ohio. The Ohio Ballot Board certified the...
Ohio Senate votes to limit state auditor’s authority over JobsOhio

3:58 PM Thursday, May. 30, 2013

A bill that would largely prevent state audits of JobsOhio is now headed to Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s desk. The Ohio Senate on Thursday morning voted 22-10 to approve a Wednesday amendment made by the Ohio House of Representatives to prevent Ohio Auditor Dave Yost from auditing JobsOhio, a private non-profit that promotes economic development...
Ohio lawmakers move to block JobsOhio from state audit
 Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives voted Wednesday to shield nearly all of JobsOhio’s financial records from review by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost. Under the bill, Yost would not be allowed to review the majority of the state’s private economic development arm’s funding — an estimated $100 million annually...

7:06 PM Wednesday, May. 29, 2013

Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives voted Wednesday to shield nearly all of JobsOhio’s financial records from review by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost. Under the bill, Yost would not be allowed to review the majority of the state’s private economic development arm’s funding — an estimated $100 million annually...
Medicaid expansion in Ohio back in play

4:05 AM Wednesday, May. 29, 2013

The first of a likely series of Republican bills to revive Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to bring state health insurance to the working poor in Ohio was formally introduced Tuesday. The bill would make an estimated 275,000 Ohioans newly eligible for Medicaid, a centerpiece of Kasich’s state budget plan that house Republicans nixed...
Fallen soldier a hero to his family
 After a shopping trip last December, Krista Williams returned home to find two uniformed Army officers sitting with her mother in the living room. She knew immediately what to expect. Her husband, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Wesley Williams, who had been deployed to Afghanistan the month before, had prepared her for this moment. She remembered the...

4:05 AM Monday, May. 27, 2013

After a shopping trip last December, Krista Williams returned home to find two uniformed Army officers sitting with her mother in the living room. She knew immediately what to expect. Her husband, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Wesley Williams, who had been deployed to Afghanistan the month before, had prepared her for this moment. She remembered the...
Bill for updating constitution: $1.1M

4:05 AM Saturday, May. 25, 2013

The state’s first comprehensive review of the state constitution since the 1970s could have a hefty price tag: $1.1 million. A budget plan approved by the Ohio House last month includes $1.1 million over two years in extra funding for the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission. The initial bill that created the commission in 2011...
Cincinnati-area lawmaker to run for state treasurer
 State Rep. Connie Pillich on Monday said she’s running for state treasurer, making her the third Democrat to announce a statewide bid in 2014 against current Republican officeholders. Pillich, 52 of Montgomery, is an attorney and a former captain in the U.S. Air Force who served eight years of active duty. She has bachelor’s and...

4:05 AM Tuesday, May. 21, 2013

State Rep. Connie Pillich on Monday said she’s running for state treasurer, making her the third Democrat to announce a statewide bid in 2014 against current Republican officeholders. Pillich, 52 of Montgomery, is an attorney and a former captain in the U.S. Air Force who served eight years of active duty. She has bachelor’s and...
Christian groups push for preschool vouchers in Ohio

4:05 AM Friday, May. 17, 2013

Saying it would promote economic opportunities that lead to stable, traditional families, a group of Ohio pastors and Christian educators on Thursday urged state lawmakers to put more money in pre-kindergarten education. The group, organized by Shepherding the Next Generation, a Washington, D.C., based organization of evangelical pastors...
State’s budget director “optimstic” Medicaid expansion is coming

4:05 AM Wednesday, May. 15, 2013

Republican Gov. John Kasich’s budget chief told Dayton business leaders on Tuesday he is “optimistic” a proposal to expand health coverage to an estimated 275,000 working poor Ohioans will reemerge by the end of the year. Ohio Office of Budget and Management Director Tim Keen restated arguments for expanding Medicaid eligibility...
States urged to lower DUI limit

4:05 AM Wednesday, May. 15, 2013

A federal agency on Tuesday asked states to toughen the standard to declare when someone is legally too drunk to drive. Among a series of recommendations, the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates traffic crashes, said states should reduce the DUI standard from 0.08 blood alcohol content to 0.05. While results vary by person...
Bill gives bicyclists more room on road

4:05 AM Tuesday, May. 14, 2013

A proposed new law would require Ohio’s drivers to be a little more generous when sharing the road with bicycles. House Bill 145, introduced by Ohio Rep. Mike Henne, R-Clayton, would make drivers keep a distance of at least three feet when passing bicycles. Current law requires only that drivers provide a “safe distance&rdquo...
Kidnapping suspect could face more charges
 A Cleveland man accused of kidnapping three young women and holding them in his home for about a decade could face additional charges, including for aggravated murder if authorities can tie him to forced miscarriages, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty said Thursday. Ariel Castro, 52, appeared in court for the first time Thursday...

12:37 AM Thursday, May. 09, 2013

A Cleveland man accused of kidnapping three young women and holding them in his home for about a decade could face additional charges, including for aggravated murder if authorities can tie him to forced miscarriages, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty said Thursday. Ariel Castro, 52, appeared in court for the first time Thursday...
Neighbors shocked over Cleveland kidnapping case

8:19 PM Tuesday, May. 07, 2013

Luis Soto said he’d spent countless hours searching for his cousin, Gina DeJesus, who disappeared at the age of 14 in 2004. “I’ve gotten on my motorcycle and I’ve driven up and down these streets for some sign, and there’s been nothing,” Soto said quietly. “And here it’s been right in front...
Lawmakers push to overhaul Ohio’s energy standards

4:05 AM Monday, May. 06, 2013

A bill will be coming soon to overhaul Ohio’s standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency, according to a state lawmaker leading hearings on the issue. Hearings on Ohio’s 2008 energy law that requires power companies to produce 12.5 percent of their energy from renewable sources such as wind, hydroelectric and solar panels...
Obama to 2013 OSU graduates: make democracy work

3:27 PM Sunday, May. 05, 2013

President Barack Obama encouraged Ohio State University graduates on Sunday to be active U.S. citizens while speaking of government as a positive force in people’s lives. Obama, standing on a platform in Ohio Stadium’s north end zone Sunday afternoon, gave a 27-minute speech that urged the 8,200 students that school officials...
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