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Notable news of the week from Columbus
Apr 7, 2017 3:44 PM

Notable news of the week from Columbus

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House and Senate took their sessions on the road to Sandusky to hear Gov.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
'Destiny's Law' would increase prison terms for those who harm children
Apr 7, 2017 3:27 PM

'Destiny's Law' would increase prison terms for those who harm children

COLUMBUS — Individuals who permanently disable youngsters would face increased mandatory prison sentences, under legislation passed by the Ohio Senate April 5.SB 20 passed on a vote of 30-3 and heads to the Ohio House for further consideration.Sen.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Lawmakers react to Kasich's 'State of the State' address
Apr 5, 2017 12:13 PM

Lawmakers react to Kasich's 'State of the State' address

COLUMBUS — Republicans praised Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State speech Tuesday night, spotlighting the accomplishments of the administration and the GOP-controlled legislature over the past half dozen years.

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Kasich: 'The state of our state remains strong ...
Apr 5, 2017 11:12 AM

Kasich: 'The state of our state remains strong ...

SANDUSKY — Gov. John Kasich has directed a state panel to pump up to $20 million into efforts counter the state’s ongoing opiate epidemic.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
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(Video) Ohio legislators moving to soften state renewable energy standards
Mar 31, 2017 1:08 PM

(Video) Ohio legislators moving to soften state renewable energy standards

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House moved legislation March 30 softening the state’s renewable and energy efficiency standards, months after Gov. John Kasich vetoed a comparable bill sent to his desk by the legislature.

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(Video) Gov. Kasich announces new limits on opiate prescriptions
Mar 31, 2017 1:03 PM

(Video) Gov. Kasich announces new limits on opiate prescriptions

COLUMBUS — Doctors will be limit in the number of prescription painkiller doses they can prescribe to patients, under changes announced by Gov. John Kasich and several state agencies March 30.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Ten things that happened this week at the Ohio Statehouse
Mar 31, 2017 12:04 PM

Ten things that happened this week at the Ohio Statehouse

COLUMBUS — Lawmakers prepared to head north and then back home to their districts for a couple of weeks, the governor spotlighted Ohio’s continuing fight against drug addiction, and the legislature passed a few more bills during what was a busy week on Capitol Square.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
As drug epidemic continues, tales of addiction come to light at Ohio Statehouse
Mar 31, 2017 11:59 AM

As drug epidemic continues, tales of addiction come to light at Ohio Statehouse

COLUMBUS — Do you know somebody addicted to drugs? Or who has died as a result, either through an unintentional overdose or other destructive behavior that resulted?I’m betting you probably do.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Ohio Senate approves bill to increase penalties for fentanyl sales
Mar 31, 2017 12:31 AM

Ohio Senate approves bill to increase penalties for fentanyl sales

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate moved legislation March 29 to increase criminal penalties for the possession and sale of fentanyl, a powerful opioid that’s being added to heroin and leading to increased overdose deaths.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 8, 2017 3:25 PM

Lawmakers closer 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.

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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.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
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.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
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.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
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.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
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.

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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.

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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