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May 8, 2017 2:56 PM

Mandel vows limited term if he defeats incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown

COLUMBUS -- Republican state Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel vowed May 8 to serve only two terms in Congress if he's successful in unseating Democratic incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Midway not showing 'Guardians' in protest
May 4, 2017 2:42 PM

Midway not showing 'Guardians' in protest

Midway Drive In on S.R. 59 in Ravenna Township has joined several other drive-in theaters in not showing the latest "Guardians of the Galaxy" film. Theater owners posted a statement on their Facebook page late Tuesday about why "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.

By Matthew Merchant Staff Writer
May 4, 2017 2:08 PM

Speedy trial rules OK'd by Ohio Senate

COLUMBUS -- Courts could release alleged felons without dismissing the charges against them in certain circumstances, under changes to the state's speedy trial rules OK'd by the Ohio Senate May 3. SB 32 passed on a vote of 32-0 and heads to the Ohio House for further consideration.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
May 3, 2017 12:23 PM

Veterans bonus program benefits almost 100,000 vets

COLUMBUS -- Nelson Weirick did stints in the U.S. Navy and the National Guard from the mid-1970s through 1999, when he retired from the service.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
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School bus caravan delivers food for hungry
May 3, 2017 11:54 AM

School bus caravan delivers food for hungry

CANTON - A caravan of 17 yellow school buses cruised north on Interstate 77 the morning of May 1 headed to Akron. Instead of students, the buses were loaded with boxes and boxes of donated food for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

By Kelli Weir Gatehouse Ohio Media
May 3, 2017 11:25 AM

Mild winter will likely mean more ticks

If you're among the Ohioans spotting ticks already (hopefully, not on your skin), you know the disease-carrying mites have gotten off to an early start this season.

By Mary Beth Lane The Columbus Dispatch
May 3, 2017 12:00 AM

Second annual Moving Day Walk is June 17 at Wade Oval

The National Parkinson Foundation's signature walk event called Moving Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 17 at Wade Oval in University Circle from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

May 3, 2017 12:00 AM

Humane Society readies for Bark in the Park

The Humane Society of Summit County is preparing for its annual Bark in the Park pledge walk and pet expo presented by Cascade Subaru and Wild Republic, at Springfield Lake Park May 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 2, 2017 1:36 PM

Biennial budget OK'd by lawmaker panel May 1

COLUMBUS -- Lawmakers would have greater control over Medicaid spending for Ohio's expanded-eligibility population, under the biennial operating budget OK'd by a lawmaker panel May 1. HB 49 passed the Ohio House's Finance Committee on a split vote of 23-9, with Democratic members objecting.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
May 2, 2017 11:46 AM

Ohio Department of Commerce auction includes coins, stamps even a gold tooth

COLUMBUS -- Old coins and currency, stamps and other collectables, including a gold tooth, will be sold to the highest bidder this week during a second auction of unclaimed items held by the Ohio Department of Commerce.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
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May 1, 2017 3:32 PM

Gov. Kasich postpones nine executions

COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich postponed nine executions May 1, the latest rescheduling as the state deals with legal challenges to its lethal injection process and attempts to locate supplies of the drugs used to put Ohio inmates to death. The move came a week after the U.S.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
May 1, 2017 10:55 AM

State pays back $1B in workers' comp to public, private employers

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation has finalized another $1 billion payback to private and public employers, plus plans for additional support for workplace safety and wellness initiatives, including a new program aimed at small businesses.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Apr 28, 2017 2:39 PM

Cuyahoga Valley National Park seeks history teachers

BRECKSVILLE -- The National Park Service is seeking qualified teachers who would like to participate in this summer's Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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Apr 28, 2017 10:42 AM

Veterans Bonus Program a 'show of support' from taxpayers and legislature

COLUMBUS -- Nelson Weirick did stints in the U.S. Navy and the National Guard from the mid-1970s through 1999, when he retired from the service.

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Apr 28, 2017 10:42 AM

10 things from this week at the Statehouse

COLUMBUS -- The debate over the biennial budget continued, Gov. John Kasich was on the road promoting his new book, and Democrats in the Ohio House picked a new Akron-area representative. Here are 10 things that happened around the Statehouse last week. 1.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Cuyahoga Falls moves dirt to open up Front Street
Apr 27, 2017 11:41 AM

Cuyahoga Falls moves dirt to open up Front Street

CUYAHOGA FALLS -- It's official. The city began moving dirt April 24 to remove its pedestrian mall and open up Front Street to vehicular traffic. Decades ago, a section of Front Street downtown was closed off and made into an outdoor mall to compete with indoor malls.

By Steve Wiandt Reporter
Apr 27, 2017 10:48 AM

Ohio House considers stiffer penalties for selling fetal remains

COLUMBUS -- Doctors who conduct abortions and those who work with them would face stiffer criminal penalties if they sell fetal remains, under legislation being considered in the Ohio House.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Apr 26, 2017 10:39 AM

Uncontested primary races could go away under new bill

COLUMBUS -- Congressional districts would skip special elections when primary races for vacancies are uncontested, under legislation that passed the Ohio House Tuesday. HB 18 passed on a vote of 84-0 and heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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House budget about 'restraining growth'
Apr 26, 2017 10:39 AM

House budget about 'restraining growth'

COLUMBUS -- House Republicans stripped most of Gov. John Kasich's tax reform and other controversial measures from biennial budget legislation Tuesday in the first major alteration of the two-year spending plan proposed by the administration.

By Marc Kovaccapital Bureau
Apr 26, 2017 10:39 AM

Legislation: Residents with concealed carry licenses would not be required to inform police of

COLUMBUS -- Residents with valid concealed firearm licenses would not be required to notify officers that they are carrying, under legislation being considered in the Ohio House. HB 142 its first hearing April 25 before the chamber's Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee. Rep.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief