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Feb 17, 2017 9:19 AM

A look at unusual legislation hidden inside the proposed state budget

COLUMBUS — It takes a few weeks to really get to know the proposed state budget.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM

League of Women Voters sponsors Great Decisions discussions

The League of Women Voters of Hudson invites citizens to discuss important topics of U.S. foreign policy at Laurel Lake on Tuesday mornings through March 21. Sessions run from 10 11:15 a.m. The Hudson group has been sponsoring these discussions for 35 years.

Donors urgently needed to increase area blood supply
Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Donors urgently needed to increase area blood supply

The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments. Blood donations are urgently needed now and throughout the winter to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need.

Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Metro Parks Minutes

Presidents Day hours for park offices Summit Metro Parks will observe the following hours at its public buildings on Presidents Day, Feb. 20. - F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center (1828 Smith Road in Akron; 330-865-8065): The building will be open for the federal holiday.

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Bald eagles return again to nest
Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Bald eagles return again to nest

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. To protect the eagles from human disturbance, the area surrounding the nest tree will be closed until July 31.

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Bill would mean automatic voter resgistration for Ohioans
Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Bill would mean automatic voter resgistration for Ohioans

COLUMBUS -- Ohioans would be automatically registered to vote unless they opt out of the process, under legislation being introduced by a Democratic state lawmaker. Rep.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Bill would increase penalties for heroin-related crimes

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Senate has relaunched consideration of legislation that would increase penalties for the possession and sale of a powerful opioid that's being added to heroin and leading to more overdose deaths in the state. Sen.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM

You should be concerned about heroin and fentanyl

COLUMBUS -- Take a penny out of your pocket. Or borrow one from somebody. Heck, look around on the ground, and you'll probably find one. Now go get a salt shaker and carefully remove 32 grains. Yes, grains, as in the tiny specks that you sprinkle all over your french fries.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Feb 8, 2017 12:00 AM

Metro Parks minutes

Lace up for the Couch to 5K Motivating. Fun. Life-changing. Those are just some of the ways past participants in the "Couch to 5K" training series have described the annual Summit Metro Parks program, now in its third year. On Feb.

Feb 8, 2017 12:00 AM

Amateur Radio license class starts Feb. 19

The Cuyahoga Falls Amateur Radio Club announces it is offering a mid-level (General) Ham Radio license class at the Summit County Public Library, downtown Akron branch. These classes will take place each Sunday starting Feb. 19 from 1:15 to 4:45 p.m.

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Feb 8, 2017 12:00 AM

Some high-tech initiatives in governor's budget proposal

COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich was on the road the day after his biennial budget rollout, talking to an audience in suburban Dayton about some of the provisions included in the two-year spending plan.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM

Legislative leader finally moves to broadcast more committees

COLUMBUS -- Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) deserves public kudos for his decision to allow the broadcast of three additional legislative committees. It's a big step in the right direction.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 25, 2017 12:00 AM

Flu now widespread across Ohio, hundreds hospitalized

COLUMBUS -- Influenza-like illness is now widespread throughout Ohio for the first time this flu season, and the number of associated hospitalizations are rising. The first week of January, there were 287 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in Ohio compared to 157 the week before.

Jan 24, 2017 12:39 PM

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost joins Treasurer Josh Mandel in bid for Ohio Attorney General election

COLUMBUS — Republican state Auditor Dave Yost announced Tuesday that he will run for attorney general, becoming the second statewide official to solidify his 2018 election intentions.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
(Video) Politicians, Right to Life activists mark Roe vs. Wade anniversary at Ohio Statehouse
Jan 24, 2017 10:32 AM

(Video) Politicians, Right to Life activists mark Roe vs. Wade anniversary at Ohio Statehouse

COLUMBUS -- The Republican head of the Ohio Senate and Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted participated in a memorial Jan. 23 at the Statehouse marking the 44th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized abortion.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 18, 2017 2:44 PM

Flu now widespread across Ohio; 287 hospitalizations in one week

COLUMBUS – Influenza-like illness is now widespread throughout Ohio for the first time this flu season, and the number of associated hospitalizations are rising.

Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Children can celebrate Presidents' Day in Cuyahoga Valley

PENINSULA -- Discover the wintertime magic of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, just a 30-minute drive from Cleveland and Akron, at 1600 Mill Street West in Peninsula.

Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Up to 1 million Ohioans could lose coverage

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. Policy Matters Ohio also found that the state could lose some $3.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Bureau
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Scenic railroad sets ridership record
Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Scenic railroad sets ridership record

PENINSULA -- The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad recorded the highest annual ridership in the history of the organization with 214,063 passengers in 2016. CVSR recorded the highest passenger counts for both its scenic excursions and special event trains in its 44-year history.

From Staff Reports
Jan 17, 2017 1:31 PM

New laws in Ohio, Part 5

COLUMBUS -- Lawmakers moved legislation in recent weeks aimed at improving the health of Ohio's newborns and ensuring the property of law-abiding citizens isn't confiscated without cause. Here are 10 final law changes passed by the legislature during the lame duck session and signed by Gov.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief