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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

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

Speed limit set to increase

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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.

Kasich's 2013 resolution: Raise drilling tax, lower state income tax

The governor is confident a severance-tax increase will be OK’d by the Legislature next year.

Gov. Kasich touts 2013 plans

The governor says he plans to continue transforming Ohio.

Valley native Judith French chosen for Ohio Supreme Court

Justice French is originally from Sebring and was chief legal counsel for former Gov. Bob Taft.

Kasich signs bill eliminating Youngstown court seat

The current three-judge system has been in place in Youngstown for decades and was established when the city had about 150,000 residents.

DeWine: Arming educators should be an option

Attorney general said he would strongly consider having an armed ex-police officer in schools.

Kasich set to sign law allowing guns in Statehouse garage

The governor said the gun-law issues addressed in the bill are separate from the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.

Gov. Kasich: No Ohioans filling jobs in Ohio oil fields

“We haven’t completed our survey yet, but we intend to talk to them about the fact that we expect to have Ohioans playing a very large part in the development of this industry,” the governor said.

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Hagan: Numbers don’t call for third Youngstown judge

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The proposal to eliminate a Youngstown Muni seat likely will be voted on next week.

Youngstown groups: Bill would clean-up abandoned properties

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS Two Youngstown groups are voicing their support for

Kasich continues to seek support for plan

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By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS Gov. John Kasich continued to seek “strong support” for

Ohio colleges, universities unite on proposed changes to policies

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS Student graduation rates would have greater weight when

Group forms in Ohio to push tax increases for rich

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS A coalition of liberal groups is planning a series of

Update on fracking action at statehouse

An update on lawmaker action and other activities at the Ohio Statehouse related to horizontal hydraulic fracturing:

Some Ohio GOP legislators hope to revive Heartbeat Bill

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS Does the Heartbeat Bill still have a heartbeat?

Bill to further restrict abortion comes to halt in Ohio Senate

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS Republican Senate President Tom Niehaus dealt a blow to

Kasich sets sights on developing work-force training programs

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS Gov. John Kasich convened a new panel Monday to develop

Future of Ohio Turnpike troubles consumer group

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS A consumer-advocacy group concerned about the potential

Valley-grown Christmas trees head overseas to US troops

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS Dozens of Ohio-grown evergreen trees are on their way

Groups speak out on abortion issue, legislation and election

By MARC KOVAC new@vindy.com COLUMBUS Planned Parenthood and groups that oppose GOP-supported

12 things to consider from the election

A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange ponders the results of Tuesday's election as reported on the front page of Wednesday's "Newsday" of New York. The re-election of President Barack Obama led U.S. investors to dump stocks Wednesday.

Romney comes back to Ohio

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney contrasted his

Kasich targets tax reform, fracking, turnpike as end-of-year priorities

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS Bank-tax reform, an increase in the tax on oil and gas

Constitution, redistricting issues draw controversy

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS Ohio voters will consider two issues in November that

Advocates to Husted: Rethink absentee ballot directive

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS Voting-rights advocates are urging Republican Secretary

ohio u.s. senate seat Brown, Mandel trade jabs in debate

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown called his opponent a

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