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Report finds hunger is prevalent issue in Ohio

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

House considers bill on concealed guns

The OSHP has some reservations about the changes. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

Taft says he'll veto altered handgun bill

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

Tax amnesty nets state $63 million

More than 4,700 applications were received for the amnesty. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

NEOUCOM School gets state funds for renovations to lab

A Huron company will provide dental care for prison inmates in Youngstown. By JEFF ORTEGA

Additional project costs OK'd

The state controlling board also approved a YSU land purchase. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Second company admits violating securities laws

State law currently prohibits casino gambling. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

Execution scheduled for condemned killer

Benner's last meal included four bacon cheeseburgers and two desserts. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Affiliate of tribe admits offenses

State officials are resisting the idea of Indian casino gambling, including in Lordstown. By JEFF

STATE OF THE STATE Reviews are mixed over Taft speech

One Valley legislator said the governor's speech 'had absolutely no substance.' By JEFF ORTEGA

Prosecutors: Benner should die

Benner is scheduled to be executed in early February. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

Apprentice-license bill sent to governor's desk

By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT COLUMBUS -- Residents and nonresidents would be able to

Death row inmate set for clemency hearing

Benner could become the 20th person executed by the state since 1999. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Legislation likely to go to courts

The Ohio House approved the measure to abolish residency requirements 66-28. By JEFF ORTEGA

Bill to bar residency rules is set for a vote

Youngstown has a residency requirement for its city employees. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Dann's bill targets changes for trustees

Dann thinks 'everyday people' should serve on trustee boards. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Taft OKs law on debris dumps

Taft said the bill 'strikes the right balance.' By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

Democrats support Marc Dann

So far, one GOP candidate has set his sights on the top law enforcement spot. By JEFF ORTEGA

Taft to sign bill for restrictions on landfills

Girard residents hope the city's zoning laws will prevent a new facility. By JEFF ORTEGA

Bill would change laws on construction dumps

Two local lawmakers voiced their support of the bill. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

Bill allows transfer of YSU land

The measure would help develop the Smoky Hollow neighborhood. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Tax lien was a mistake, Sen. Dann says

Dann was appointed to a legislative ethics committee. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

Panel in House OKs landfill bill

Mahoning Valley lawmakers failed to get three amendments approved. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

CASINOS Companies accused of securities laws violations

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe has looked at building a casino in Lordstown. By JEFF ORTEGA

Justices hear arguments over executive privilege

The governor's office is resisting releasing weekly memos to state Sen. Dann. By JEFF ORTEGA

Group blasts Issue 1 in TV ads

The TV ads begin Saturday and continue through Monday. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

Commission dismisses complaint against Angelo

The elections commission staff indicated it agreed with Angelo's assertions. By JEFF ORTEGA

Exal receives $7 million for new factory in city

Exal Corp. began operations in Youngstown in 1993. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

Bill puts moratorium on taking of private property

The bill also allows for a study of the state's eminent domain laws. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Issues 1, 2 do well in state survey

Issues 4 and 5 don't have majority support in the poll. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

Williams executed for '91 massacre

Family members of the victims were dismayed that Williams didn't apologize. By JEFF ORTEGA

McKelvey to co-chair issues opposition campaign

One issue places limits on campaign contributions. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

Committee voices ideas on dumps

The report included comments by Niles and Liberty state lawmakers. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

No date set to continue hearing regarding finance allegations

Joseph J. Angelo improperly used $4,100 from three checks, it's alleged. By JEFF ORTEGA

Eminent domain action will be in 2005

The Senate bill would create a task force to study eminent domain. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

OHIO Senate to tackle deferrals in eminent domain cases

The state's action comes in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Bills set to revisit eminent domain

The Senate proposes a constitutional amendment to address the issue. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Lawmaker's bill to allow drilling on public lands

Rep. John Hagan said drilling could bring more money to the state. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

Proposal aims to tighten rules

Some are concerned about the effect the dumps could have on people's health. By JEFF ORTEGA

Board to mull killer's case

The board will make a recommendation to Taft, who will decide Williams' fate. By JEFF ORTEGA

Gov. Taft works to get aid for home heating

Taft wants to use federal money to help pay some home heating bills. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

NATURAL GAS Hearings in House to address rising cost

Higher heating prices will affect businesses as well as residential customers. By JEFF ORTEGA

16 former clients will share $29,000 in compensation

By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT COLUMBUS -- Sixteen former clients of former Atty. Mark

Group has the signatures to put 4 initiatives on ballot

The group wants to change the way districts are redrawn in Ohio. By JEFF ORTEGA VINDICATOR

THIRD FRONTIER PROJECT In switch, farm bureau favors loan initiative

The farm bureau says the state can better afford the loans now than in 2003. By JEFF ORTEGA

CAMPAIGN FINANCE O'Brien fined in elections violation

The mayor was asked about the matters during testimony to a grand jury. By JEFF ORTEGA

Jay Williams seeks views on materials

Independent candidates have no affiliation with another party, the OEC says. By JEFF ORTEGA

O'Brien files sworn statement apologizing for finance errors

The mayor doesn't think his wife's deposits to wrong accounts were intentional. By JEFF ORTEGA

Taft discloses unreported gifts

The Regional Chamber was one of the groups that gave the governor gifts. By JEFF ORTEGA

Date set to hear Dann's lawsuit

The suit will test how far the governor's executive protection blanket extends. By JEFF ORTEGA

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