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Ohio attracts $1.3B in clean-energy investment

The state also ranks first in the country in the number of facilities making wind components,

Gov. Kasich calls for re-emphasis on families

The governor was sworn in for his second four-year term Monday

Kasich defends Medicaid expansion, still wants to expand tax reform

The governor continues to defend his expansion of Medicaid eligibility in the state.

Gov. Kasich: US needs to balance its budget

States might have to band together to force Congress' hands

Ohio law enforcement advisory group meets

A member of the Trumbull County Adult Probation Department is on the advisory group

Kasich: Clamp down on charter schools

The governor says he wants tough new rules for charter schools

David Pepper is Ohio Dem Party's chairman

He told reporters he wants to refocus on the party on issues that matter to Ohioans.

Ohio Senate hammers out redistricting reform

Schiavoni supports the plan

Ohio Senate passes fireworks bill

The bill would eliminate the requirement that consumer-grade fireworks be taken outside of the state within two days of purchase and would allow buyers to “discharge, ignite or explode” such fireworks.

Bill seeks to simplify Ohio muni income tax system

The bill now goes to Gov. Kasich for his signature

Governor announces efforts to combat infant mortality

The goal is to reduce Ohio's infant mortality rate, which is one of the highest in the nation

Pay-raise measures move in Ohio House, Senate

The GOP leader of the Senate questioned whether there’s support to pass a pay-raise bill in his chamber

Bill would provide more online access to public records

The Public Records Act passed on a unanimous vote of 92-0 and heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration

Ohio House OKs bill to limit hours students spend taking tests

The legislation would limit standardized testing times for each subject assessment to four hours per year

Bill would ban abortion within weeks of conception

Law would prohibit abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected

Rep wants Ohio to allow sale, manufacture of stronger beer

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS A Democratic state lawmaker wants Ohio to allow the

Report details T.J. Lane escape in September

The three escapees are now in the OSP in Youngstown

Senate bill would simplify municipal income tax systems

Bill would synchronize filing extensions, penalties, due dates and code definitions for Ohio’s various municipalities

Kitchen’s late disclosure in violation; Sammarone’s role questioned

Kitchen’s late disclosure in violation; Sammarone’s role as donor questioned

The commission decided against a fine for DeMaine Kitchen

ODH still reports no Ebola cases in the state

There are 159 people who had some sort of contact with a Texas nurse who was diagnosed with the virus

Ohio bottle-deposit effort cleared as single issue

The proposal calls for refundable deposits of 5 to 10 cents for closed glass, metal and plastic containers.

Health officials offer messages about Ebola


By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS State health officials have a couple of messages to

ODOT buys salt to help counties with prices

State spends more than $18 million

Measure would keep abuse victims’ addresses secret

They would get their mail through the secretary of state's office

Judge signs off on deal over union fees

The total payout is about $370,000

GOP lawmakers want voter ID bill moved along

The bill was introduced more than a year ago but has not yet had a hearing in the chamber’s Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee.

State Dems to probe Trumbull ballot issue

Complaints allege Polivka violated party bylaws

Redfern said he hopes Polivka ‘comes to his senses.’ Polivka’s response?: ‘That’s a bunch of malarkey.’

POW/MIA plates now available in Ohio; proceeds benefit injured vets

A portion of the purchase price will help pay medical costs for military personnel injured in Iraq or Afghanistan

Kasich proposes more workers' comp rebates

The governor wants to see another $1 billion in rebates go to Ohio private businesses and public offices

Kasich adds $2M to his campaign war chest

In June and July, more than 100 contributors chipped in $10,000 or more to the governor’s re-election efforts.

Kasich outpaces FitzGerald among Ohio voters

Kasich outpaces FitzGerald among Ohio voters

Ohio boasts budget surplus

The state Office of Budget and Management placed the latest surplus at nearly $800 million.

No vote in November on Ohio early-voting hours

Supporters will try to get the issue on the 2015 ballot.

Ohio NAACP wants judge to increase early-voting hours

The organization also wants the judge to restore Ohio’s “golden week,” the former period of time that allowed people to register and cast ballots the same day.

Contraceptive ruling praised, bashed

Two Democrats seeking statewide office, said the decision will hurt women seeking essential medical services.

Legislation freezes renewable energy mandates for 2 years

Environmental and other groups had urged the governor to veto the legislation

Pharmacists can administer measles vaccine

The governor signed the executive order Monday.

Ohio sets up new regs for JEDZ

House Bill 289 focused on JEDZs, which were created nearly two decades ago as a means of encouraging cooperation among local governments and supporting economic development.

State advances $514,000 to Brookfield schools

District was placed under fiscal emergency a year ago

Ohio Senate freezes renewable energy mandate

The bill next heads to the Ohio House, where debate will continue on the prudence of the state’s energy standards.

Primary election had few surprises

More Republicans cast ballots for Gov. John Kasich than Democrats for Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and challenger Larry Ealy combined.

Ohio lawmaker panel offers another frack-tax proposal

The legislation would provide a $10 million exemption for drillers to recover the initial costs of their horizontal wells.

Mahoning JFS chief Bush inducted into Ohio military HOF

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS Sgt. Robert E. Bush Jr. was a helicopter gunner in

Group begins petition drive to overturn Ohio gay-marriage ban

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS A group that hopes to overturn Ohio’s ban on gay

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Both parties support Issue 1 renewal for public works projects


In a few months, statewide elected officials and legislative candidates will be full-swing into their election campaigns, with ample amounts of vitriol to fill voters’ mailboxes and screens.

Early voting for May 6 primary begins Tuesday

Here are some things you should know going into the primary election season

Davis out as Youngstown environmental health director

Davis has surrendered his state registration and admitted he was incompetent

More road salt coming to Ohio

The latest request from the Ohio Department of Transportation was for more than $2 million to buy about 30,000 tons of salt from Cargill De-Icing Technology Inc. and Morton Salt Inc

Budget proposal contains funds for training center

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS A couple of projects included in Gov. John Kasich’s $2.4

Youngstown officials grilled on court accommodations

Legal wrangling in the case has stretched out over five years, with a failed attempt at mediation in 2010 and countering plans favored by the judges and the city


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