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Decision near on penalty for Biros

The convicted killer's mother begged the board to spare his life. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Ruling: Sheriff to face contempt proceeding

The legal proceedings revolved around space problems at the county jail. By JEFF ORTEGA

Lawmakers OK public-records law

By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT COLUMBUS -- The GOP-led Legislature gave final approval

Officials change, approve measure

Lawmakers are working to increase funding for the Trumbull County Bike Trail. By JEFF ORTEGA

Valley lawyer pleads guilty

The state and defense have recommended probation. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

Sturgeon expected to plead guilty

Neither side would reveal any details of the pending plea agreement. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

House overrides veto of concealed-gun bill

State Rep. John Boccieri was one of those who voted to support the governor. By JEFF ORTEGA

2.75 million marked for business incubator

Most of the funding goes for construction and renovation projects. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

WCI asks state for loan of 5M to buy new furnace

The company, which has about 1,000 workers, is under new ownership. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Group warns of likely gun bill challenge

The measure would also affect local ordinances in Stow, Kent and Youngstown. By JEFF ORTEGA

Fisher gets nod for Cabinet

Lee Fisher is expected to be paid as a Cabinet officer. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

Sturgeon's law license permanently revoked

He faces a criminal trial in Franklin County on three counts of perjury. By JEFF ORTEGA

Strickland hopes for Ohioans' participation

Students are encouraged to attend the inaugural in January. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Dems optimistic about wins in Ohio House campaigns

Democrats say they are keying on three Mahoning Valley-area races. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Jones explains why he supports Ohio's Issue 3

The retired judge says he thinks Issue 3 could reduce school dropout rates. By JEFF ORTEGA

Jones explains why he supports Ohio's Issue 3

The retired judge says he thinks Issue 3 could reduce school dropout rates. By JEFF ORTEGA

Panel dismisses complaint in race

The complaint said the information in the ad didn't appear in a newspaper. By JEFF ORTEGA

Candidates bare sharp edge in TV ads

Sykes says she'll shape up the office; Taylor says Sykes hasn't done an audit. By JEFF ORTEGA

Backers, opponents debate Issue 3 on slots

Opponents say Issue 3 could cause potential social problems. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Polls show Brown leading DeWine

An aide says DeWine has always expected a close race. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

NEOUCOM gets money for lab fix-up

KSU also is getting some state money for improvements. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

Lawyer set to go to trial on felony perjury charges

Sturgeon could face up to five years in prison on each perjury count. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Cincinnati mayor backs Strickland in radio ads targeting urban voters

A congresswoman also speaks in support in the radio feature. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Backers file signatures for increase

The proposal would increase the state's minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $6.85. By JEFF ORTEGA

GOP gets nods from FOP but not for governorship

The police union endorsed Betty Montgomery over Marc Dann of Liberty. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Blackwell, Strickland spar over turnpike

Both men said they would be proactive in reviving Ohio's coal production. By JEFF ORTEGA

State executes man who killed wife

Barton is the third person the state has executed this year. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Legal board urges license revocation

The recommendation will now go to the state's high court for a decision. By JEFF ORTEGA

Bill will protect Ohioans from predatory lenders

The law is hoped to stop those who target people with bad credit. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Sturgeon arraignment pending

The prosecution says Sturgeon perjured himself during a deposition in Columbus. By JEFF ORTEGA

Make credit transfers easier, Blackwell says

Blackwell may work on a plan to change the way Ohio colleges are funded. By JEFF ORTEGA

Lawyer charged with 3 counts of perjury

Sex-related acts reportedly took place in Edward Sturgeon's Youngstown office. THE VINDICATOR,

Spending restrictions approved

The legislation does not restrict local spending. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

$1 million approved for technology upgrade

The university has already purchased software and services from the firm. By JEFF ORTEGA

State honors Youngstown man

The honoree also mentors pupils attending Youngstown city schools. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

House proposal would aid in improving historic buildings

The credit would be for up to 25 percent of the amount spent on rehab. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Ohio House approves bill to limit demonstrations at military funerals

Violations of the proposed restriction would result in a jail time and a fine. By JEFF ORTEGA

Checks were in mail for a long, long time

Some payments to injured workers and people on welfare went missing. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Republicans unveil redistricting plan

The proposal wouldn't be used until 2011. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT COLUMBUS --

Democrats upbeat on chances in Nov.

Democrats can't count on Republican bashing alone to regain power, a spokesman said. By JEFF

Candidates tout top priorities

Two candidates from each party speak of improving the state's economy. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

DeWine faces challenge from 2 in GOP primary

DeWine has served as an Ohio lieutenant governor. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

2 vie for GOP nomination for attorney general

Polls showed Montgomery probably couldn't win the governor's race. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Promotional products firm considers $4M investment

More than 240 jobs would be created in three years. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

Judicial candidates ink 'clean campaign' vow

An appellate court judge said he's already running a clean campaign. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Alcohol-detecting bracelets bought

By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT COLUMBUS -- Mahoning County Juvenile Court is one of

Bill to redirect Robins money

Money to study a lodge at Mosquito Lake would be matched by local dollars. By JEFF ORTEGA

KSU, OU team to offer programs

The program will target nontraditional adult students. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

Report finds hunger is prevalent issue in Ohio

By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT COLUMBUS -- An estimated 1.2 million Ohioans received

Taft says he'll veto altered handgun bill

The measure was overwhelmingly approved by the House. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

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