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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.

N. Ohio commissioners concerned about Kasich's turnpike plan

Under Gov. John Kasich’s plan, the state would borrow about $1.5 billion, via bonding against future tolls, and hope to leverage another $1.5 billion in local and federal funding.

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Kasich: 'We can be a shining example'

Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivers his State of the State address Tuesday night in Lima, telling the crowd, “My mission is to make sure that everybody in our state has a chance to realize their hopes and dreams and that their families can do much better.”

Kasich plans town-hall meetings to tout his 2-year budget

10 things you should about the budget plan.

Protesters defend their gun rights at Statehouse

More than 20 other advocates from across the state held signs and made it clear to passers-by where they stood on gun control.

Changes planned for Ohio's eavesdropping laws

Current state law prohibits the interception of a wire, oral or electronic communication.

Human-trafficking official is first hired by state

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS The state has hired its first human-trafficking

Valley’s state senators get assignments

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS Mahoning Valley lawmakers will focus on budget,

Kasich remains mum on right-to-work initiatives

Kasich signed into law a bill that, among other provisions, will allow guns stored in cars in the Ohio Statehouse parking garage.

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