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Apr 6, 2017 12:32 PM

Payless ShoeSource files for bankruptcy, will immediately close nearly 400 stores

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Payless ShoeSource, one of the largest specialty family footwear retailers in the country, is the latest retail chain to seek protection from its creditors while it reorganizes in federal bankruptcy court. The company, based in Topeka, Kan.

By Joyce Smith And Mark Davisthe Kansas City Star (tns)
Apr 6, 2017 11:58 AM

Child abuse law heads to Ohio House

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
Apr 5, 2017 4:01 PM

Summit County prosecutor pushes for Constitutional amendment for victims' rights

AKRON -- Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh, along with local members of law enforcement, has announced her support of Marsy's Law for Ohio. Walsh joined a growing list of Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys April 5 in backing the crime victim bill of rights constitutional amendment.

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Summit County launches multi-language campaign
Apr 5, 2017 12:03 PM

Summit County launches multi-language campaign

HUDSON -- Folks in and around Summit County might be taking a second glance or two at Akron METRO Bus ads and billboards over the next few weeks. Don't worry -- no need to rub the eyes and shake the head.

By Tim Troglen Reporter
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Apr 5, 2017 10:58 AM

Politicians respond to State of State

COLUMBUS -- Republicans praised Gov. John Kasich's State of the State speech April 4, spotlighting the accomplishments of the administration and the GOP-controlled legislature over the past half dozen years.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Apr 5, 2017 12:00 AM

As drug epidemic rages, more stories of addiction come to light

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. Not too long ago, we might have a conversation about those folks, using hushed terms.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Give blood during National Volunteer Month
Apr 4, 2017 2:00 PM

Give blood during National Volunteer Month

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. Donating blood is a simple way to make a profound difference in the lives of patients. Nearly 2.8 million generous people donated blood through the Red Cross last year.

Apr 3, 2017 2:30 PM

Lt. governor Taylor forms campaign committee for top state office

COLUMBUS -- Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor stepped down Friday as head of the Ohio Department of Insurance, weeks after announcing the formation of a campaign committee for a potential 2018 gubernatorial run.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau
Apr 2, 2017 10:39 AM

Faith leaders pledge support in drug battle

COLUMBUS -- More than two dozen faith leaders pledged their support to Gov. John Kasich March 31 in the state's battle against drug abuse.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Apr 2, 2017 10:39 AM

Kasich signs $7.8B transportation bill

COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich added his signature to a $7.8 billion biennial transportation budget Friday afternoon, solidifying spending for road and bridge projects over the next two fiscal years.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
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Mar 31, 2017 10:14 AM

10 Things for this Week from the 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
Mar 30, 2017 12:08 PM

Ohio Senate passes bill to increase penalties for fentanyl trafficking

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate moved legislation Wednesday 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
Mar 30, 2017 11:56 AM

Franklin County auditor announces plans to run for state treasurer seat

COLUMBUS — A second Republican has announced intentions to run for state treasurer next year. Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo tossed his hat into the race via a new campaign website (ClarenceMingo.

By Marc Kovac, Capital Bureau
Mar 28, 2017 1:36 PM

Stow Municipal Court operating in the black, for now

STOW -- The Stow Municipal Court is a rarity in the state in that it does not pass along operating costs to the city it calls home. For now anyway.

By Jeff Saunders Reporter
Mar 28, 2017 12:43 PM

$7.8B state transportation budget moving forward

COLUMBUS -- Mahoning would be one of half a dozen counties with reduced registrations for certain commercial vehicles, as part of a pilot program included in the state's biennial transportation budget.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 28, 2017 12:43 PM

Judge, Summit County Valor Court earn re-certification

AKRON -- Judge Amy Corrigall Jones and the Summit County Valor Court have earned final re-certification from the Ohio Supreme Court's Commission on Specialized Dockets through 2019. Jones established the Valor Court in 2013 and initially received certification in 2014.

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Mar 27, 2017 3:23 PM

Kent State University nets $4.2M from state board for projects

COLUMBUS -- The state Controlling Board released more than $4.2 million for building projects at Kent State University's main campus and Geauga County location. Close to $3.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
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
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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