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$1.8 million requested to start up Ohio’s medical marijuana program

8:11 PM Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

Two state agencies are asking for $1.8 million to get Ohio’s new medical marijuana program off the ground. The Department of Commerce and State Board of Pharmacy, two of the three state agencies that will regulate the program, plans to request money for the new Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program on Monday from the state controlling...
2 bills aim to ease adoption process

4:27 AM Friday, Dec. 27, 2013

State lawmakers in both chambers are considering a plan to make the adoption process quicker and less expensive for adoptive parents, a goal anti-abortion advocates outlined earlier this year, but some involved in the process say the plan is unnecessary. A pair of bills in the House and Senate would increase the state adoption tax credit...
More adopted Ohioans get chance to learn parents’ names

2:57 AM Friday, Dec. 20, 2013

An estimated 400,000 adopted Ohioans could learn the identities of their birthparents in 2015 under a new law signed Thursday by Gov. John Kasich. The law allows people adopted in Ohio between 1964 and 1996 to request birth certificates from the Ohio Department of Health, just like those outside the 32-year window have been able to do for...
Poll show Ohioans divided on gay marriage

2:56 AM Friday, Dec. 20, 2013

Supporters of a gay marriage amendment to the Ohio Constitution say Ohioans are ready to vote “yes” to allow same-sex couples to legally wed here. But poll results released Thursday show that the support and opposition to the measure is nearly evenly split. FreedomOhio, the group behind the “Freedom to Marry” amendment...
Ohio to investigate 17 voting cases f0r voting fraud

8:00 PM Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

Secretary of State Jon Husted referred 17 cases of non-U.S. citizens illegally voting in Ohio — including two in Montgomery County and one in Butler County — to the state attorney general for further investigation. Husted’s office compared state voting records to records from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and found nearly...
Drug abusers turning to pet meds to feed habit

10:49 PM Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Hospitals and doctors’ offices around the state have cracked down on prescription drug abuse, and veterinarians’ offices may be next. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has heard from police officers and community leaders that people are either abusing drugs prescribed to pets or intentionally injuring animals to obtain...
At least 25% of students risk failing test to get to 4th grade
 Between one-fourth and 44 percent of Ohio third-graders would not pass the state test required to move on to fourth grade if it were administered today, according to information provided Thursday by the Ohio Department of Education. ODE plans to release the fall Ohio Achievement Assessment results on Friday, which are a first glimpse of how...

10:29 PM Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Between one-fourth and 44 percent of Ohio third-graders would not pass the state test required to move on to fourth grade if it were administered today, according to information provided Thursday by the Ohio Department of Education. ODE plans to release the fall Ohio Achievement Assessment results on Friday, which are a first glimpse of how...
Drug abusers may be injuring pets to get pain killers
 The war on prescription drug abuse has a new frontline: The veterinarian’s office. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is working with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and state licensing boards to educate veterinarians about possible abuse by people who seek medications for dogs, cats and other pets. Jill Del Greco, a spokeswoman...

12:18 AM Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

The war on prescription drug abuse has a new frontline: The veterinarian’s office. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is working with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and state licensing boards to educate veterinarians about possible abuse by people who seek medications for dogs, cats and other pets. Jill Del Greco, a spokeswoman...
Drug abusers may be injuring pets to get pain killers
 Ohio’s war on prescription drug abuse has a new frontline: The veterinarian’s office. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is working with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and state licensing boards to educate veterinarians about possible abuse by people who seek medications for dogs, cats and other pets. Jill Del Greco, a...

12:02 AM Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Ohio’s war on prescription drug abuse has a new frontline: The veterinarian’s office. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is working with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and state licensing boards to educate veterinarians about possible abuse by people who seek medications for dogs, cats and other pets. Jill Del Greco, a...
State House takes on animal abuse, voting, license plates in final votes of 2013

11:55 PM Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

The Ohio House on Wednesday passed bills to toughen penalties for people who harm pets, allow university student trustees to vote, coordinate voter databases and create a special license plate for disabled veterans, among other measures. The Ohio Senate recessed last week until after the holidays, leaving many bills to wait for final approval...
Ohio House puts spotlight on aerospace

10:40 PM Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

Miami Valley lawmakers are making moves to strengthen Ohio’s aerospace presence and secure Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and other federal defense facilities in Ohio. An informal group of lawmakers with an interest in aerospace met Wednesday morning to discuss plans to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of Ohio’s bases. A few...
Lawmaker wants stores pay workers triple overtime for Thanksgiving Day

10:07 PM Monday, Dec. 09, 2013

The first so-called “War on Thanksgiving” has passed, and some state lawmakers said once was enough. Rep. Mike Foley, D-Cleveland, wants to discourage stores from opening their doors on turkey day by making them pay triple overtime to employees working the holiday and Black Friday. Stores that remain closed on Thanksgiving would...
Lawmaker wants stores pay workers triple overtime for Thanksgiving Day

8:50 PM Monday, Dec. 09, 2013

The first so-called “War on Thanksgiving” has passed, and some state lawmakers said once was enough. Rep. Mike Foley, D-Cleveland, wants to discourage stores from opening their doors on turkey day by making them pay triple overtime to employees working the holiday and Black Friday. Stores that remain closed on Thanksgiving would...
Lawmaker wants stores to pay workers triple overtime for Thanksgiving Day

8:33 PM Monday, Dec. 09, 2013

The first so-called “War on Thanksgiving” has passed, and some state lawmakers said once was enough. Rep. Mike Foley, D-Cleveland, wants to discourage stores from opening their doors on turkey day by making them pay triple overtime to employees working the holiday and Black Friday. Stores that remain closed on Thanksgiving would...
Crowded gambling market adding new racino this week

11:39 PM Saturday, Dec. 07, 2013

Miami Valley Gaming & Racing’s Jim Simms is anxious to open the new racino this week in Warren County because by next September, nine racinos or casinos will be operating within a 90-minute drive of the state’s newest gambling spot on Ohio 63, just east of Interstate 75. “First to market is always important,” Simms...
Voter advocate groups ask Kasich to veto election bills

10:15 PM Thursday, Dec. 05, 2013

Voter advocates are calling on Ohio Gov. John Kasich to veto several election-related bills expected to reach his desk in the coming weeks. Several Republican-sponsored bills proposing changes to voting and election procedures are moving quickly through the General Assembly, often without much testimony or debate. Supporters of the bills...
Election laws changing fast in Ohio

5:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 01, 2013

Lawmakers are pushing through several changes to how Ohioans vote, causing voter advocates to worry the legislation will create problems as early as next year’s election. More than 20 election-related bills have been introduced since January — more than the previous six years combined. In 2011, the Republican-controlled General...
Obama’s approval rating at all-time low in Ohio, poll says

4:02 PM Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

President Obama’s approval rating among Ohioans has sunk to an all-time low, according to a poll released Wednesday morning. Only 34 percent of Ohio voters say the president is doing a good job and 61 percent say he’s not, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Obama has the most support from Democrats (69 percent approve)...
Ohio to refund $30 million in overpaid business taxes

4:42 PM Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

The state will refund more than $30 million plus interest to businesses who overpaid taxes during the last three years. Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa said Thursday his department will work with businesses to return money that was overpaid while department policy instructed tax agents not to inform taxpayers of eligible refunds. Testa&rsquo...
Ohio House approves “stand your ground” gun bill
 The Ohio House today approved “stand your ground” legislation, voting 62-27 on a bill that would also ease requirements for carrying a concealed firearm in Ohio. The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate. Under House Bill 203, Ohio would recognize other states’ concealed carry permits if those states recognize Ohio’s permits...

7:49 PM Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

The Ohio House today approved “stand your ground” legislation, voting 62-27 on a bill that would also ease requirements for carrying a concealed firearm in Ohio. The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate. Under House Bill 203, Ohio would recognize other states’ concealed carry permits if those states recognize Ohio’s permits...
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