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Mar 24, 2017 1:25 PM

Lakewood lawmaker introduces LGBT discrimination bill

COLUMBUS -- A Democratic state lawmaker is reintroducing legislation that would ban housing, employment and other discrimination based on residents' sexual orientation or gender identity. Rep.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 24, 2017 12:35 PM

10 things for this week at the Statehouse

COLUMBUS -- Lawmakers continue to move legislation, including the biennial transportation budget, health officials are urging residents to take precautions against the Zika virus and the director of the Ohio Department of Health is moving on.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 23, 2017 2:05 PM

Wrongfully imprisoned Portage County men receive $1.45 million each

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Court of Claims has finalized a $4 million settlement for two Portage County men wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 17 years in the murder of a Randolph woman. Robert Gondor and Randy Resh will each receive about $1.45 million of the total, with another $1.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 23, 2017 12:11 PM

Ohio Senate signs off on $7.8B transportation bill

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Senate signed off on its version of a $7.8 billion biennial budget for the Ohio Department of Transportation and a handful of other state agencies Wednesday, sending the legislation to a conference committee to hash out differences with the Ohio House.

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Firefighters: Increased disclosure needed for fracking emergencies
Mar 23, 2017 12:11 PM

Firefighters: Increased disclosure needed for fracking emergencies

COLUMBUS -- A Youngstown firefighter urged state lawmakers March 22 to require increased disclosure to emergency responders of chemicals used in horizontal hydraulic fracturing.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 22, 2017 11:18 AM

A mandate to use U.S.-made steel in school repairs?

COLUMBUS -- Ohio schools would be required to use U.S.-made steel products in their renovations, under legislation being considered in the Ohio House. Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) offered HB 57 in response to lead contamination in water systems in Sebring in Northeast Ohio.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 22, 2017 11:15 AM

Bill would mandate search warrant for drone use by law enforcement

COLUMBUS -- Law enforcement agencies would have to obtain search warrants to use drones to gather evidence to be used in criminal proceedings, under legislation being considered in the Ohio Senate. SB 60 seeks to establish procedures for officers' use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM

'Sierah's Law' would create registry of violent offenders for investigations

COLUMBUS -- The mother and uncle of a northwest Ohio college student who was murdered last year while bicycling near her home urged lawmakers March 14 to create a registry of convicted violent offenders, for use by law enforcement investigating comparable crimes.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Another showdown over energy efficiency standards?

COLUMBUS -- Lawmakers could be headed for another showdown with Gov. John Kasich over the state's renewable energy generation and efficiency standards.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Scott Stapp to play The Kent Stage in May

Scott Stapp and his Acoustic Storyteller Tour will arrive at The Kent Stage May 25 at 7:30 p.m. Stapp's artistic and personal journey has encompassed all the talent and torment imaginable in scaling to musical success.

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Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM

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Art centerhelps Northeast Ohio rock The Cuyahoga Valley Art Center will host a third Northeast Ohio Rocks! rock painting party March 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the 8001 Brecksville Road facility in Brecksville.

Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM

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Raffle, auction set for Arc of Summit, Portage counties The Arc of Summit and Portage Counties will host its 30th Annual Reverse Raffle and Auction April 21 at Guy's Party Centre in Akron. The event includes a dinner, $2,000 grand prize, reverse raffle, as well as a live and silent auction.

Mar 21, 2017 12:30 PM

Senate OKs measure allowing campaign finance reports to be filed electronically

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Senate has again signed off on legislation that would allow local elections officials to accept campaign finance reports electronically. SB 44 passed on a vote of 33-0 and heads to the Ohio House for further consideration.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 21, 2017 12:09 PM

Senate panel amends $8 billion transportation budget

COLUMBUS -- An Ohio Senate panel amended legislation March 20 setting nearly $8 billion in spending over the next two fiscal years for the Ohio Department of Transportation and several other state agencies.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 20, 2017 2:52 PM

Renacci in for governor's race in 2018

COLUMBUS -- Republican Congressman Jim Renacci announced his intentions March 20 to run for governor. In addition to a released announcement, Renacci also filed a treasurer designation form with the secretary of state's office marking the start of his campaign.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 17, 2017 11:58 AM

10 thing from this week at the Statehouse

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio House continued work on the biennial budget, lawmakers moved several more bills and Gov. John Kasich announced another billion dollar workers' compensation rebate, with payments expected by mid-year, pending final approval by the BWC board.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 17, 2017 11:58 AM

Senate expands Ohio Channel coverage for hearings

COLUMBUS -- As promised, the Ohio Senate plans to begin broadcasting additional committee hearings in coming days, marking the first expansion of Ohio Channel coverage of legislative proceedings in years.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 16, 2017 2:34 PM

Lane restrictions on High Level Bridge in Akron

AKRON -- Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker alerts residents and motorists of temporary lane restrictions on the North Main Street Bridge over the Cuyahoga River (also known as the High Level Bridge), located in Akron and Cuyahoga Falls, beginning March 20 and ending March 24.

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Mar 16, 2017 2:34 PM

Coalition talks immigration reform benefitting high-tech, skilled workers 3

COLUMBUS -- Members of a new state coalition want policy-makers to make it easier for immigrants with high-tech and other skilled backgrounds to enter and remain in the country legally. The new Ohio chapter of the national reform group Fwd.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 16, 2017 10:55 AM

Another showdown with Kasich over energy efficiency standards?

COLUMBUS -- Lawmakers could be headed for another showdown with Gov. John Kasich over the state's renewable energy generation and efficiency standards.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief