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Mar 8, 2017 3:25 PM

Lawmakers closeer to passage of bill eliminating uncontested primary votes

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate has again moved legislation eliminating primary elections if races are not contested.SB 10 passed on a vote of 32-0 and heads to the Ohio House for further consideration.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Ohio Democrats propose Gov. Kasich spend a week at school, report back
Mar 8, 2017 2:51 PM

Ohio Democrats propose Gov. Kasich spend a week at school, report back

COLUMBUS — Two Democratic lawmakers want to send Gov. John Kasich back to school, with homework to boot.Reps.

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Mar 8, 2017 2:50 PM

Lottery under way for tickets to 'State of the State' address

COLUMBUS — A few lucky Ohioans will get to see Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State speech in Sandusky next month in person, thanks to an online drawing for tickets launched Tuesday.

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Mar 8, 2017 2:48 PM

State representative from Findley seeks Ohio Treasurer's seat

COLUMBUS — Another lawmaker has announced intentions to seek statewide office in 2018.In a video posted online over the weekend, state Rep. Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) said he is running for state treasurer.

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Mar 8, 2017 2:44 PM

Ohio Supreme Court reconsiders ruling on weight of cocaine penalty case

COLUMBUS — In an unusual move, the Ohio Supreme Court has reversed a December decision in a drug-related case after two members of the court who sided with the majority in the earlier ruling retired.

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Feb 28, 2017 1:26 PM

Ohio Senate to consider House bill on protections for victims of dating violence

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House moved legislation Tuesday that would enable victims of dating violence to seek protection orders against their attackers.HB 1 passed on a unanimous vote and heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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Bald eagles return to nest on Cuyahoga River
Feb 13, 2017 4:42 PM

Bald eagles return to nest on Cuyahoga River

BRECKSVILLE — A pair of bald eagles has once again returned and is actively tending to its nest within the Pinery Narrows area in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Summit County Public Health: Not too late to get flu immunization
Feb 13, 2017 4:22 PM

Summit County Public Health: Not too late to get flu immunization

Summit County Public Health warns Summit County residents that Summit County is in the midst of the 2016-2017 influenza season.Just like the rest of Ohio and the nation, the number of influenza cases in Summit County has been increasing, according to a Feb.

Feb 10, 2017 1:40 PM

Ten things that happened in the Ohio Statehouse this week

COLUMBUS — The executive budget was formally introduced, there was ample talk about President Donald Trump and lawmakers got down to work on other legislation during a busy early-in-the-session week in Ohio’s capital city.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Dozens dead from fatal overdoses in Cuyahoga, medical examiner reports
Feb 7, 2017 3:03 PM

Dozens dead from fatal overdoses in Cuyahoga, medical examiner reports

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson today announced Cuyahoga County suffered at least 46 confirmed fatal overdoses in January due to heroin, fentanyl, or a combination of the two.

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Man passes note, robs Bedford bank
Feb 7, 2017 12:21 PM

Man passes note, robs Bedford bank

On Feb. 6 at approximately 3:50 p.m., a lone black male entered and robbed the U.S. Bank located at 680 Broadway Ave.

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Feb 7, 2017 12:12 PM

State Democrats counter Republicans, seek to make Ohio a 'sanctuary state'

COLUMBUS — Democratic state lawmakers have proposed making Ohio a “sanctuary state,” providing protections to undocumented immigrants.Reps. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) said the state should be welcoming of immigrants.

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Feb 6, 2017 3:22 PM

Legislators discuss 'Right to Work' legislation

COLUMBUS — The head of the Ohio House’s Finance Committee expects backers of Right to Work to reintroduce legislation this session implementing the policy in the state.But Rep.

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Feb 6, 2017 3:20 PM

Legislation would protect underage human trafficking victims from prosecution

COLUMBUS — A Democratic state lawmaker wants state law changed to protect more human trafficking victims.Rep.

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Feb 6, 2017 3:18 PM

State legislators move to block 'sanctuary city' attempts in Ohio

COLUMBUS — Elected officials who move to designate their communities as sanctuaries for immigrants in the country illegally could face criminal charges or civil penalties if those immigrants commit crimes, under legislation being drafted in the Ohio House.

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Jan 26, 2017 11:37 AM

Federal court blocks three Ohio executions, rules state's lethal injection process unconstitutional

COLUMBUS — A federal court on Thursday blocked three executions scheduled through April, determining the new lethal injection process adopted by the state was unconstitutional. U.S.

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Jan 12, 2017 3:41 PM

Group says up to 1 million Ohioans could lose coverage if ACA is repealed

COLUMBUS — Between 900,000 and 1 million needy Ohioans could lose coverage if President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is repealed outright, according to a report released Jan. 11 by a liberal think tank.

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Roegner sworn in as state representative of 37th House District
Jan 10, 2017 10:57 AM

Roegner sworn in as state representative of 37th House District

COLUMBUS—State Representative Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) was sworn in Jan. 3 as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. She represents the 37th Ohio House District, which includes portions of northeastern Summit County.

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Jan 6, 2017 11:41 AM

Ten things that happened the first week of the 132nd Ohio General Assembly

COLUMBUS — Lawmakers were back in town, Gov. John Kasich had his first press conference of the year, and more than two dozen bills were signed into law during a shortened first work week of the new year.

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Gov. John Kasich comments on Obamacare, signs bill to fight opiate epidemic
Jan 5, 2017 9:58 AM

Gov. John Kasich comments on Obamacare, signs bill to fight opiate epidemic

COLUMBUS — Gov.

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