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State shifting focus to people living in poverty

State shifting focus to people living in poverty

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Kasich: ‘Ohio is going in the right direction’

Kasich: ‘Ohio is going in the right direction’

Progress made on adding horse stalls at Austintown racino

Representatives from Penn National Gaming and the Ohio Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association updated Ohio Racing Commission members on negotiations to increase the number of horse stalls.

1,165 apply online for Medicaid benefits


The system is the subject of a lawsuit before the Ohio Supreme Court

Court: JobsOhio exempt from public-records laws

The state’s high court is still considering whether a liberal advocacy group has standing to challenge the constitutionality of JobsOhio.

Libertarians file suit to block new state law

The law blocks minor parties from participating in next year’s primary but gives them until mid-year to collect signatures to qualify for the November 2014 election.

Ohio pays nearly $59M in veterans bonuses

In November 2009, voters signed off on a constitutional amendment allowing the state to borrow up to $200 million to pay cash bonuses to Ohio military men and women.

Ohio Senate starts work this week on new tax cut

State Sen. Joe Schiavoni of Boardman questioned whether funds should instead be directed into other services.

Kasich touts new funding for breast, cervical cancer screenings

House Bill 112 created a new check-off on income-tax forms that allows filers to donate all or part of their refunds to a program that provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and related services to Ohio women.

Racing commission concerned about number of horse stalls at Austintown racino

State doesn’t think 760 will be enough

Racing commission concerned about number of horse stalls at Austintown project

Ohio House mulls simplifying state's municipal income-tax systems

Bill sponsors say it's an attempt to make it easier for businesses to file required forms and pay their municipal tax bills.

Ohio Senate considers pet protection bill in domestic violence situations

Sen. Michael Skindell, D-Lakewood, offered SB 177 as a way to protect household companion animals and abuse victims.

Ohio Supreme Court vacates Roberts death sentence

donna roberts case

Roberts was convicted in the 2001 murder of her husband Robert Fingerhut.

Lawsuit filed challenging Ohio Medicaid expansion

Plaintiffs said the State Controlling Board overstepped its authority with a decision that runs contrary to the intent of the general assembly.

State Controlling Board OKs Medicaid expansion in Ohio

Legal challenges expected to be filed

Opponents have promised to file suit to stop the expansion.

Most Ohio sweepstakes parlors shuttered

The move likely will force existing sweepstakes parlors that have not yet closed shop to change their businesses to bring them in line with the new state law or cease operations in the state.

State Controlling Board will take up Medicaid expansion

Ohio residents earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty level would be covered

Separate legislation to expand eligibility has stalled in the House and Senate.

After escaping from police, the Springfield Township man was on the run for eight hours

He faces several charges

New campaign underway to overturn Ohio ban on same-sex unions

In 2004, more than 60 percent of Ohio voters OK’d a constitutional amendment blocking the state from recognizing gay marriages or civil unions.

Dem gubernatorial candidate wants more transparency from JobsOhio

A JobsOhio spokeswoman said economic-development agency is committed to transparency and accountability.

Petition to overturn law submitted

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS Owners of sweepstakes parlors across the state and

Ohio sales tax increases, income tax decreases

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS Thinking about buying a car or a sofa or some fancy

Expand Medicaid in Ohio, advocates say

Among the speakers were Youngstown native Maurice Clarett, former Ohio State running back.

State Controlling Board OKs cleanup equipment

State Controlling Board

The Rootstown site is slated to become part of the Northeastern Ohio Medical University, but the state must first deal with petroleum products that were dumped in the past.

Opponents urge Ohioans to 'think twice' before legalizing medical marijuana

Call undermining of prevention principals

There is no fracking tax in Ohio's new 2-year budget

There also is no expansion of Medicaid eligibility in the budget, but GOP leaders hope to act on the issue before the end of the year.

More ways Ohio's new 2-year budget law may affect you

The budget allows individuals younger than 21 to visit Ohio’s casinos so long as they are “personally escorted by licensed casino personnel.”

Closeup look at the ways Ohio budget will affect you

Taxpayers, casino bettors, cigarello smokers face new rules

Officially known as House Bill 59, there’s something in it for everyone.

Kennel owners now face increased criminal penalties for abuse

The langugage isn't the same as Nitro's Law but accomplishes its goal to increase penalties for dog abusers.

Bill would stop warranted stops and searches of boaters and watercraft

The governor is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming days.

State senator for Cleveland to run for Secy. of State

Turner has served in the state Senate since 2008 and previously was a Cleveland councilwoman.

Warning: Fireworks are dangerous, don't use them

Last year, about 8,700 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms nationally for firework-related injuries, according to a new report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Ohio abortion-rights group protests restrictions

They ask Gov. Kasich to strike abortion-related provisions from the state budget.

Ohio Legislature passes $62B, 2-year state budget

Democrats called the legislation, to be signed by Gov. John Kasich before the start of the new fiscal year Monday, a disappointing mix of ill-advised law changes.

Ohio Senate approves its version of state budget

The vote was a party line 23-10, with Republican members supporting and Democrats opposing.

Policy groups square off on dumping

Ohio Environmental Councial, OOGA heads discuss oilfield waste disposal

Ohio House committee has right-to-work hearing

Two GOP lawmakers say right-to-work legislation would be a benefit to Ohio's economy.

Industry groups: Utica most prolific wet gas field in existence

Speakers address Marcellus, Utica development at two-day conference

Cops, firefighters call for LGF increase

Local governments have been hit hard by $1 billion in local government cuts over the current biennium.

New law changed Internet cafe operations

internet cafes

New requirements include providing the names of business owners, vendors and employees.

Speed limit set to increase

ohio interstates

Change will impact 570 miles of highway By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS Speedsters,

Austintown racino on hold

Site preparation was taking place at the Hollywood Slots Mahoning Valley Race Course in Austintown Township earlier this year. State racing officials have now delayed development for months bydenying a permit and requiring additional seating at the facility.

Ohio business tax-amnesty program ends May 1

The program covers use taxes, the out-of-state equivalent to sales taxes.

Austintown racino seating still a concern

The session near the Statehouse was the second in as many weeks, and commissioners have scheduled a third for next Wednesday for further discussion on spectator seating and other issues.

Penn National involved in track in Lawrence Co., Pa.

There are differences between the Pennsylvania and Austintown projects.

Ohio commerce chief to take over development agency

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS The current state commerce director is set to become

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State racing officials have questions on Austintown racino

Penn National Gaming offered a snapshot of its plans to relocate tracks to Austintown and Dayton from Columbus and Toledo, respectively.

Upgrade added to proposed Nitro bill

State Rep. Ronald Gerberry of Austintown, D-59th, is offering House Bill 57 in response to an incident at a Youngstown kennel where dogs were starved to death.

Gerberry re-introduces Nitro's bill, animal protection measure

This is the third general assembly that state Rep. Ronald Gerberry of Austintown, D-59th, has offered “Nitro’s Bill,” named in memory of a dog who was starved to death at a Youngstown-area kennel.

Kasich's popularity rising, poll shows

More than half —53 percent — of 1,011 questioned by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute said they approved of Kasich’s work in office.


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