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Jan 27, 2017 11:56 AM

It's early February: Do you know where your W-2s are?

COLUMBUS -- Ohio's tax filing season officially kicked off about a week ago, when state tax officials began accepting returns from early-bird filers.Between now and mid-April, millions of Ohioans will submit the requisite forms online or through the mail.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 27, 2017 11:22 AM

Budget talks, candidates jockeying for position and other Statehouse rumblings

COLUMBUS -- There were more rumblings about the coming state budget, lawmakers made a brief appearance in their respective Statehouse chambers and another statewide office-holder made his 2018 election intentions known. Things are getting busy again in capital city, as Gov.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 26, 2017 10:11 AM

Prescriptions for painkillers drops in 2016

COLUMBUS -- Ohio patients received 70 million fewer doses of prescription opioids last year versus 2015, according to a report released by the state pharmacy board Jan. 25.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 26, 2017 10:07 AM

Auditor enacts 'fiscal physical' for local governments

COLUMBUS -- Republican state Auditor Dave Yost unveiled what he's calling a "fiscal physical" of local governments' financial books, with hopes that officials will use the information to make changes before they face budgetary crises.

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Jan 25, 2017 12:26 PM

Trumbull prosecutors seek death date for killer in Warren murders

COLUMBUS -- Prosecutors have asked the Ohio Supreme Court to set an execution date for a man convicted in the killing of a Warren woman and the rape and murder of her daughter 18 years ago.In a filing with the state's high court Jan.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 25, 2017 12:22 PM

Gov. Kasich proposes 2-percent increase for public primary, secondary schools

COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich will propose a 2 percent increase in funding for public primary and secondary schools over the next two fiscal years as part of his biennial budget, to be unveiled early next week.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 24, 2017 1:36 PM

Auditor Dave Yost will run for Ohio attorney general

COLUMBUS -- Republican state Auditor Dave Yost announced Jan. 24 that he will run for attorney general, becoming the second statewide official to solidify his 2018 election intentions.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 24, 2017 1:36 PM

Marsy's Law would require victim notification for perpetrator's legal proceedings

COLUMBUS -- A group announced plans Jan. 24 to pursue a constitutional amendment requiring notifications for victims of all legal proceedings involving the perpetrators of their crimes.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 23, 2017 4:21 PM

Ohio GOP officials participate in Right to Life event

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 23, 2017 1:52 PM

Kent State University gets OK to purchase land

COLUMBUS -- The state Controlling Board OK'd Kent State University's plans to purchase a property adjacent to its main Portage County campus for $2.2 million.The location, which is owned by GDR Partners, is located at 430 E. Main St. along KSU's Lester A.

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Jan 20, 2017 12:06 PM

Quiet week at Statehouse as inauguration events ensue

COLUMBUS -- It was a relatively quiet week around the Statehouse, with many officials preparing to attend or protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump. But there were still a few things that happened in and around Capitol Square.Here are 10 of them:1. In D.C.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 19, 2017 9:46 AM

13 from Ohio GOP to attend Trump inauguration

COLUMBUS -- Thirteen Republican state lawmakers will attend the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elected Donald Trump as part of Ohio's official legislative delegation.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 19, 2017 9:11 AM

Flu season kicks into high gear

COLUMBUS -- Health officials are urging residents to get vaccinated, wash or sanitize hands regularly and stay home and away from people when sick, as the state's flu season kicks into high gear.The Ohio Department of Health announced Jan.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 16, 2017 11:51 AM

Opponents of death penalty urge Kasich to commute sentences to life

COLUMBUS -- Opponents of capital punishment urged Gov. John Kasich to postpone the state's scheduled executions and commute the death sentences of Ohio inmates to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 13, 2017 11:01 AM

24 apply for two seats on Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

COLUMBUS -- Two dozen people have submitted applications for consideration for two seats on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.The list included 10 Democrats, 10 Republicans and four independents. Almost half are from the Columbus area.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 13, 2017 11:01 AM

10 things learned from the Ohio Statehouse for this week

COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich offered a mini-preview of his coming biennial budget proposal, Republican legislative leaders named the heads of their respective finance committees and one state agency reminded residents of funding available for residential tornado shelters.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 12, 2017 11:41 AM

Nearly 1 million Ohioans lose healthcare if Obamacare repealed outright

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 Wednesday by a liberal think tank.Policy Matters Ohio also found that the state could lose some $3.

By Marc Kovac | Captial Bureau Chief
Jan 12, 2017 11:36 AM

State agencies, mental health advocates: Text 741741 '4hope'

COLUMBUS -- State agencies and mental health advocates are hoping to raise awareness of free counseling available via text messaging to residents dealing with depression, drug addiction and other issues.

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Jan 11, 2017 1:11 PM

Ohio lawmakers move on firefighter hazard coverage and autism legislation

COLUMBUS -- Disabled firefighters and parents of autistic children had something to cheer about following lawmakers whirlwind end-of-year lame duck session, with movement on a couple of long-sought law changes.Here are 10 more bills that were signed by Gov.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 11, 2017 1:06 PM

Ohio lawmakers cover puppy mills, minimum wage, bestiality laws

COLUMBUS -- Into every even-year holiday season, a few Christmas trees must fall, courtesy of state lawmakers scrambling to finish their work during their general assembly-ending lame duck session.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief