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Signatures can be collected for vote amendment measure

Approval was given Thursday for collection to begin

Ohio lawmaker: State tax policy penalizes married heterosexuals

Rep. John Becker told members of the Ohio House’s Ways and Means Committee this week that state law should be changed to allow such couples to file their state taxes separately instead of jointly

Severance-tax proposal has 50-50 chance of Ohio House passage

House Bill 375 would provide clarity to the state’s oil and gas tax policies, says a rep from state oil and gas association

Compromise plan reached on Ohio calamity days

The compromise provides four additional calamity days once districts have used their initial five already outlined in state law and four contingency days they planned at the start of the school year.

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Ohio top court hearing Youngstown murder case

Defendant was convicted of murdering a YSU student in 1985

Defendant convicted of murdering a YSU student in 1985

State to decide on gaming machines for fraternal and veteran organizations

State to decide on gaming machines for fraternal and veteran organizations

Kasich signs provisional ballots bill into law

Democrats said the law would make it harder for eligible Ohioans to cast ballots and could mean more legitimate votes are thrown out

Horse stall deal nearly done for Austintown racino

Mahoning Valley Race Course

The documents include plans for 988 horse stalls in 13 barns at the site

Ohio bill would force hospices to find, dispose of unused painkillers

The state's hospice programs would be required to get rid of the painkillers

Ohio House OKs GOP-backed election law changes

Democrats objected to the changes

Ohio justices hear fracking regulation arguments

Should the ODNR be the sole authority of who can drill and where in Ohio communities?

Ohio GOP lawmakers at odds over calamity days

The Senate moved an amended bill Wednesday allowing four additional snow days but only after schools have used makeup days outlined in required contingency plans

Ohio Senate signs off on 3-day period for no sales tax

The sales tax holiday would begin on the first Friday of August and would cover school supplies, computers and supplies.

ODNR draws up plans to promote parks for drilling

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS Newly released documents outline plans to market

Female inmates prepare large Ohio flag for Kasich speech

For the third consecutive year, inmates at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, through the Ohio Department of Corrections’ Ohio Penal Industries program, have sewed massive lengths of fabric into an auditorium curtain adorned with the larger-than-life banner.

Controlling board looks into road salt purchases

The attorney general alleges the two salt companies divvied up the state and manipulated road salt prices in a scheme that cost state and local governments $50 million or more.

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Horse stalls stall permits at Austintown racino

Horse stalls stall permits at Austintown racino

Ohioans drink up in record levels

The state’s liquor control division reported sales of 12 million gallons for the year, up from 11.9 million in 2012.

Sales-tax revenue up in strong drilling counties; job growth still slow

Shale-oil drilling is increasingly focusing on eight counties in eastern Ohio, including Columbiana, and those areas are seeing some of the biggest gains in sales-tax receipts.

Ohio officials launch new human-trafficking campaign

The Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force is distributing thousands of posters, to be displayed in rest stops, youth services facilities, prisons, halfway houses and other locations.

Gov. Kasich to work on plan to market Ohio

Columbus executive to work on plan to market Ohio

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.

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.


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