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Feb 23, 2017 11:30 AM

Lawmakers OK Sandusky road trip for Kasich's 2017 State of State

COLUMBUS -- On a split vote in the Ohio House, state lawmakers gave their approval Feb. 22 for Gov. John Kasich to take this year's State of the State address on the road to Sandusky.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Feb 23, 2017 11:30 AM

Elections officials could accept online campaign finance filings, under legislation

COLUMBUS -- Local elections officials would be allowed to accept campaign finance reports electronically, under legislation being considered in the Ohio Senate. Sen.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Feb 23, 2017 11:30 AM

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad names new president

PENINSULA -- The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad announces the appointment of Joe Mazur as its president and chief executive officer, effective March 21, according to a Feb. 23 release from the non-profit.

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Hudson native straps into Ohio National Guard's new Black Hawk helicopter
Feb 22, 2017 11:13 AM

Hudson native straps into Ohio National Guard's new Black Hawk helicopter

COLUMBUS -- Take a peek into a circa-1986 Black Hawk helicopter and you'll see a lot of gauges and low-tech-looking buttons and levers. "We lovingly referred to them as 'steam gauges,'" said Maj. Will Chadwick, an operations officer at the Ohio National Guard based in suburban Columbus.

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Feb 22, 2017 11:13 AM

Ohio House considers changes to transportation budget

COLUMBUS -- Boaters would be allowed to keep tabs on water skiers using rearview mirrors, under an amendment added to the biennial transportation budget Feb. 21.

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

Getting down into the details of the biennial budget

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

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

Buy Angel of Hope memorial bricks by Feb. 24

Helping bereaved parents and families since 2001, the Angel of Hope Children's Memorial in Stow Silver Springs Cemetery was created to help those who suffer the death of a child.

Feb 21, 2017 12:50 PM

Senate considers steeper cocaine-related penalties

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio House passed legislation Feb. 15 to tighten the penalties against those who possess or sell cocaine. HB 4 was OK'd on a vote of 97-0 and heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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Girls on the Run kicks off spring season
Feb 21, 2017 10:43 AM

Girls on the Run kicks off spring season

AKRON -- Registration for the Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio spring season is open. The gotrNEO program is offered each spring and fall throughout Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit counties. Enrollment is limited to 15 girls per team.

Feb 21, 2017 10:43 AM

Group supporting rights for crime victims launches campaign

COLUMBUS -- A group that wants to amend the state constitution to solidify the rights of crime victims formally launched its petition campaign Feb. 15, with hopes of gathering enough signatures to qualify for the general election ballot.

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Feb 17, 2017 11:15 AM

10 things that happened at the Statehouse this week

COLUMBUS -- Work on the biennial state budget continued, a couple of new members were announced for the state's energy regulatory panel and Gov. John Kasich headed overseas to talk economic development and security. Here are 10 things that happened around the Statehouse last week: 1.

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

Measure would protect pastors who refuse to perform same-sex marriages 1

COLUMBUS -- Legislation that would codify protections for pastors who refuse to perform same-sex marriages is being positioned for potential passage in the Ohio House.

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

Senate considers extension on tax holiday for back-to-school purchases

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Senate launched hearings Feb. 15 on legislation that would extend, for a third consecutive year, a three-day sales tax holiday on back-to-school purchases. Sen.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Feb 15, 2017 5:36 PM

25th Anniversary Mardi Gras Gala Fundraiser Hopes to Raise $100,000

Victim Assistance Program will celebrate the 25th Anniversary Mardi Gras Gala March 4. Co-Chairs, Erin Victor and Marissa Pappas, along with their committee, will turn The Tangier in Akron into a fabulous night out on Bourbon Street. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Feb 15, 2017 11:10 AM

DeWine: Local efforts key in combating heroin epidemic

COLUMBUS -- It's a bleak picture: Parents overdosing in front of their kids, an Ohioan dying every few hours every day from heroin abuse, county coroners trying to find more room to store the resulting dead bodies.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Feb 15, 2017 10:27 AM

State auctions off old coins, precious metals, other treasures

COLUMBUS -- Are you in the market for three Spanish 1000 Pesetas bank notes? Or maybe 10 Indian head pennies, from various dates? What about that 1943 choice, uncirculated Washington silver quarter that you've been wanting, plus an empty coin album to go with it?

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

Clerk of Courts notes mandatoryE-Filing in the Criminal division

AKRON -- The Summit County Clerk of Courts office has implemented mandatory electronic filing of court documents for cases in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas Criminal Division, Clerk Sandra Kurt announced in a news release.

Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Cleveland Clinic, Akron General offers screenings, health talks in February

Cleveland Clinic Akron General LifeStyles offers a free monthly lecture series, "NuFit: Nutrition & Fitness Education for a New You!" at all Cleveland Clinic Akron General health and wellness centers.

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Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Democrats counter Republicans on'sanctuary status,' seeking it for entire 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.

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

Ohio Republicans push photo ID for food stamp cards

COLUMBUS -- Needy residents would have their pictures added to the cards they use to buy groceries through the federal food stamp program, under legislation being offered by Republicans in the state legislature.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief