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Gov. John Kasich takes on drug addiction, political infighting in address
 Ohio Gov. John Kasich used his 2017 State of the State address to call Ohioans on opposite sides of the partisan divide to find common ground on issues such as infant mortality, drug addiction and hunger. “If we begin to work together, we will be surprised at how much progress we can make,” he said in a speech then went for 72...

Posted: 20 days ago

Ohio Gov. John Kasich used his 2017 State of the State address to call Ohioans on opposite sides of the partisan divide to find common ground on issues such as infant mortality, drug addiction and hunger. “If we begin to work together, we will be surprised at how much progress we can make,” he said in a speech then went for 72...
State of the State: Drugs, jobs, taxes are on Kasich’s agenda
 Every year since he took office in January 2011, Gov. John Kasich has used his annual State of the State address to talk about tax reform, job creation and drug addiction. When he takes the stage at the Sandusky State Theatre at 7 p.m. Tuesday, the governor will hit those topics again. While the governor focuses on the scourge of drug addiction...

Posted: 21 days ago

Every year since he took office in January 2011, Gov. John Kasich has used his annual State of the State address to talk about tax reform, job creation and drug addiction. When he takes the stage at the Sandusky State Theatre at 7 p.m. Tuesday, the governor will hit those topics again. While the governor focuses on the scourge of drug addiction...
Pence says cutting regulations will spur job growth during Ohio visit
 From the factory floor of a central Ohio electronics manufacturer, Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday pumped up the benefits of pulling back on government regulations as a means to spur job growth. “Manufacturers are the engine of our economy and thanks to President Trump that engine is about to roar,” Pence said. “Literally...

Posted: 23 days ago

From the factory floor of a central Ohio electronics manufacturer, Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday pumped up the benefits of pulling back on government regulations as a means to spur job growth. “Manufacturers are the engine of our economy and thanks to President Trump that engine is about to roar,” Pence said. “Literally...
Huge rooftop solar array helps power new Columbus IKEA store
 IKEA’s vast retail floor is stocked with sleek-designed goods and gadgets. But have you seen their rooftops? The soon-to-open IKEA Columbus store has enough rooftop solar panels and cool technology to make an environmental engineer weep with joy. Atop a white membrane covering the entire roof are 3,546 solar panels that are expected...

Posted: 24 days ago

IKEA’s vast retail floor is stocked with sleek-designed goods and gadgets. But have you seen their rooftops? The soon-to-open IKEA Columbus store has enough rooftop solar panels and cool technology to make an environmental engineer weep with joy. Atop a white membrane covering the entire roof are 3,546 solar panels that are expected...
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor bows out as state insurance director
 Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, a Republican candidate for governor in 2018, is stepping down as director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. Taylor, who has held the post since January 2011 when the Kasich administration took office, will be replaced by Jillian E. Froment, who has served as deputy director since 2011. Taylor will continue to serve...

Posted: 24 days ago

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, a Republican candidate for governor in 2018, is stepping down as director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. Taylor, who has held the post since January 2011 when the Kasich administration took office, will be replaced by Jillian E. Froment, who has served as deputy director since 2011. Taylor will continue to serve...
Ohio may make it harder for youths to buy cough, cold medicine
 The Ohio House passed a bill today that would block juveniles from buying products containing dextromethorphan, an ingredient commonly found in cough and cold medicines. House Bill 73, sponsored by state Reps. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, and Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, would require stores to check identification before selling such products...

Posted: 25 days ago

The Ohio House passed a bill today that would block juveniles from buying products containing dextromethorphan, an ingredient commonly found in cough and cold medicines. House Bill 73, sponsored by state Reps. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, and Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, would require stores to check identification before selling such products...
Ohio State ready to sign $1.16 billion energy deal

Posted: 25 days ago

Ohio State University is expected to sign a $1.16 billion deal that will bring an upfront cash infusion but cede control of the systems that power, heat and cool the 485 buildings on main campus for half a century. The OSU Board of Trustees is expected to vote April 7 in favor of a 50-year lease of the university’s energy system to...
Retiree health care cuts looming for cops and firefighters in Ohio
 Starting in 2019, retired cops and firefighters will no longer receive health care benefits through the Ohio Police & Firefighters Pension Fund but instead will receive a stipend to buy coverage on the open market. The OP&F board of trustees voted this week in favor of the major change as a means to preserving the health care fund for the...

Posted: 25 days ago

Starting in 2019, retired cops and firefighters will no longer receive health care benefits through the Ohio Police & Firefighters Pension Fund but instead will receive a stipend to buy coverage on the open market. The OP&F board of trustees voted this week in favor of the major change as a means to preserving the health care fund for the...
Ohio sets new 1-week limit for some pain killer prescriptions
 As accidental overdose deaths spike in Ohio, Gov. John Kasich, lawmakers and regulators on Thursday announced new limits on prescribing powerful painkillers for acute pain, such as after surgeries or injuries. The governor’s plan will allow for 7 days worth of opiates for adults and 5 days for children when the drugs are prescribed...

Posted: 25 days ago

As accidental overdose deaths spike in Ohio, Gov. John Kasich, lawmakers and regulators on Thursday announced new limits on prescribing powerful painkillers for acute pain, such as after surgeries or injuries. The governor’s plan will allow for 7 days worth of opiates for adults and 5 days for children when the drugs are prescribed...
Kasich signs transportation budget; OKs driver’s license fee increase option 
 Counties will be allowed to bump up license plate fees by $5, as part of the transportation budget signed today by Gov. John Kasich. The fight over the $5 fee increase was one sticking point ironed out between the House and Senate in the two-year state transportation budget bill. The bill prescribes how Ohio will spend $7.82 billion on transportation...

Posted: 26 days ago

Counties will be allowed to bump up license plate fees by $5, as part of the transportation budget signed today by Gov. John Kasich. The fight over the $5 fee increase was one sticking point ironed out between the House and Senate in the two-year state transportation budget bill. The bill prescribes how Ohio will spend $7.82 billion on transportation...
5 things to know about Ohio’s state pension funds
 As the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio considers cutting cost of living allowances for teachers and retirees, here are five things to know about Ohio’s five public pension funds. 1. Combined, the five retirement systems hold more than $185 billion in assets invested for 1.89 million government workers, retirees and beneficiaries...

Posted: 26 days ago

As the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio considers cutting cost of living allowances for teachers and retirees, here are five things to know about Ohio’s five public pension funds. 1. Combined, the five retirement systems hold more than $185 billion in assets invested for 1.89 million government workers, retirees and beneficiaries...
Ohio fixes law that let cars run red lights; only applies to bikes
 Have you heard about the new law that lets drivers run red lights if the traffic light isn’t working? Yeah, forget about that. Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday moved to pass a new bill to clarify that the run-the-redlight-if scenario only applies to bicyclists when they don’t trip the traffic light detectors embedded in the pavement...

Posted: 26 days ago

Have you heard about the new law that lets drivers run red lights if the traffic light isn’t working? Yeah, forget about that. Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday moved to pass a new bill to clarify that the run-the-redlight-if scenario only applies to bicyclists when they don’t trip the traffic light detectors embedded in the pavement...
Opiate Crisis: Ohio lawmakers want to curb over-prescribing
 In the battle against the opioid addiction crisis gripping Ohio, state lawmakers are looking at cracking down on the over-prescribing powerful painkillers. Germantown resident Scott Weidle, whose son Daniel died of a drug overdose in December 2015, is pushing to replace Ohio’s opioid prescribing guidelines with those recommended by...

Posted: 26 days ago

In the battle against the opioid addiction crisis gripping Ohio, state lawmakers are looking at cracking down on the over-prescribing powerful painkillers. Germantown resident Scott Weidle, whose son Daniel died of a drug overdose in December 2015, is pushing to replace Ohio’s opioid prescribing guidelines with those recommended by...
Erica Baker case: Dad says missing children’s day would help families
 Erica Baker’s dad told state lawmakers on Tuesday that designating May 25 as Ohio National Missing Children’s Day would mean a lot to families like his. “It’s a uniting thing for all the parents that have missing children. It gives them a day of recognition in the state of Ohio. I thought it was very important for...

Posted: 27 days ago

Erica Baker’s dad told state lawmakers on Tuesday that designating May 25 as Ohio National Missing Children’s Day would mean a lot to families like his. “It’s a uniting thing for all the parents that have missing children. It gives them a day of recognition in the state of Ohio. I thought it was very important for...
Ohio may redact kids’ names from school bus crash reports
 In what could be a major shift in Ohio’s public records law, the names of children involved in hundreds of school bus accidents across the state each year would be withheld from disclosure on police reports. Republican State Reps. Jeff Rezabek of Clayton and Peter Hambly of Brunswick are co-sponsoring a bill to exempt from public disclosure...

Posted: 27 days ago

In what could be a major shift in Ohio’s public records law, the names of children involved in hundreds of school bus accidents across the state each year would be withheld from disclosure on police reports. Republican State Reps. Jeff Rezabek of Clayton and Peter Hambly of Brunswick are co-sponsoring a bill to exempt from public disclosure...
Pension cuts looming for Ohio teachers and retirees
 The financial strength of the State Teachers Retirement System — the second largest pension fund in the state — is being questioned after actuaries told trustees to make big changes. Now, teachers and retirees may face benefit cuts. STRS Ohio’s expected annual investment return — 7.75 percent — is too rosy, retired...

Posted: 27 days ago

The financial strength of the State Teachers Retirement System — the second largest pension fund in the state — is being questioned after actuaries told trustees to make big changes. Now, teachers and retirees may face benefit cuts. STRS Ohio’s expected annual investment return — 7.75 percent — is too rosy, retired...
Death Row: Inmate argues Ohio lacked jurisdiction in 1991 child murder
 More than two decades after the crime, Death Row inmate Jeffrey Wogenstahl is claiming that Ohio didn’t have the right to prosecute him for the death of 10-year-old Amber Garrett because the girl may have been murdered in Indiana — not Ohio. The Ohio Supreme Court will consider Wogenstahl’s direct appeal on April 4. A Hamilton...

Posted: 28 days ago

More than two decades after the crime, Death Row inmate Jeffrey Wogenstahl is claiming that Ohio didn’t have the right to prosecute him for the death of 10-year-old Amber Garrett because the girl may have been murdered in Indiana — not Ohio. The Ohio Supreme Court will consider Wogenstahl’s direct appeal on April 4. A Hamilton...
Ohioans can register to vote online for upcoming election
 The deadline to register to vote for the upcoming May 2nd primary and special election is a week away but registration can now be done online for the first time in Ohio history. Related: Ohio to start online voter registration in January More than 300 local issues, including school levies and bonds, liquor questions, charter amendments...

Posted: 28 days ago

The deadline to register to vote for the upcoming May 2nd primary and special election is a week away but registration can now be done online for the first time in Ohio history. Related: Ohio to start online voter registration in January More than 300 local issues, including school levies and bonds, liquor questions, charter amendments...
‘World’s Greatest Leader’ list includes Kasich, LeBron
 Who’s a better leader, John Kasich or LeBron James? According to Fortune magazine, the Cleveland Cavaliers star edges out the Ohio governor, but Kasich did well nonetheless, finishing 12th in the publication’s fourth annual ranking of the “World’s Greatest Leaders.” Related: You can call up the list here The...

9:17 PM Friday, Mar. 24, 2017

Who’s a better leader, John Kasich or LeBron James? According to Fortune magazine, the Cleveland Cavaliers star edges out the Ohio governor, but Kasich did well nonetheless, finishing 12th in the publication’s fourth annual ranking of the “World’s Greatest Leaders.” Related: You can call up the list here The...
Doctors top Ohio’s top-paid state worker list
 The top paid state workers who each grossed more than $250,000 in 2016 are all doctors working in Ohio’s prisons or mental health systems, according to data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who was spent a chunk of last year campaigning for president, didn’t even crack the...

5:32 PM Friday, Mar. 24, 2017

The top paid state workers who each grossed more than $250,000 in 2016 are all doctors working in Ohio’s prisons or mental health systems, according to data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who was spent a chunk of last year campaigning for president, didn’t even crack the...
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