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Jun 22, 2017 1:20 PM

Enhanced driver's licenses bill OK'd 

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio House approved legislation Wednesday that would enable Ohioans to obtain enhanced driver's licenses, allowing passage into Canada and Mexico in place of a passport. HB 60 moved on an unofficial vote of 83-4 and heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Jun 22, 2017 1:20 PM

Bill would expand prohibitions on fines by small villages 

COLUMBUS -- Legislation that would limit civil traffic fines issued by tiny communities -- namely, a small village in southeastern Franklin County -- was moved by the Ohio House Wednesday. "I believe this bill address(es) what is a fundamental issue of fairness," said Rep.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Rules change eyed for absentee voting
Jun 22, 2017 9:13 AM

Rules change eyed for absentee voting 

COLUMBUS -- With backers saying it will reduce paperwork and ensure fewer mistakes on early ballots and critics saying it will make it harder for eligible residents to vote, the Ohio House approved legislation aimed at making Ohio's absentee polls more like those on Election Day.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Jun 22, 2017 9:13 AM

Law would beef up distracted driving fines 

COLUMBUS -- Drivers who break certain traffic laws while texting or engaging in other activities that distract their attention from the road would face an extra fine, under legislation moved by the Ohio House Wednesday.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
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Jun 19, 2017 4:56 PM

What is the drug price ballot issue?

Tracy Jones got involved in the Drug Price Relief Act campaign to lower drug prices because her aunt had to choose between a cheap antibiotic and another drug that cost $126 a month.

By Alan Johnson | Gatehouse Ohio Media
Ohio farmers fear Trump push to revamp NAFTA
Jun 8, 2017 2:47 PM

Ohio farmers fear Trump push to revamp NAFTA

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's hope of revising NAFTA is prompting fears that acrimonious talks could spark a trade war and threaten the lucrative export of soybeans and corn by Ohio's farmers. Although U.S. Trade Representative Robert E.

By Jack Torry Gatehouse Ohio Media And Grant Pepper Dayton Daily News
Jun 8, 2017 2:47 PM

Ohio starts hearings to ban LGBT discrimination 

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio House launched hearings Wednesday on legislation that would ban housing, employment and other discrimination based on residents' sexual orientation or gender identity.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Jun 8, 2017 2:47 PM

Court rules ECOT can't delay $60M payment to state

The Franklin County Court of Appeals today unanimously denied ECOT's request to block the state Board of Education from ordering the online school to repay $60 million in state aid for inflating its attendance numbers.

By Catherine Candisky Gatehouse Ohio Media
Jun 8, 2017 2:47 PM

Playwright offers support for Follis bill 

COLUMBUS -- Jim Stoner was so inspired by the life of Charles Follis that he wrote a play about him.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Jun 8, 2017 2:47 PM

Ohio testimony warns against legalizing fireworks 

COLUMBUS -- Patricia Holsinger's parents died in a house fire the night after Independence Day in 2014. Leo and Betty Sayre, ages 78 and 76 respectively, had lived in their Lawrence County home for nearly half a century when a consumer firework landed on the roof and sparked the blaze.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
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Jun 8, 2017 2:47 PM

Heartbeat bill back in Ohio House 

COLUMBUS -- A lawmaker from northeast Stark County has reintroduced a controversial bill that would ban abortions within weeks of conception, six months after Gov. John Kasich vetoed comparable legislation passed by the Republican-controlled Ohio Legislature. Rep.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Jun 7, 2017 10:02 AM

Ohio Supreme Court considering woodlands CAUV case 

COLUMBUS -- Owners of rural woodlands asked the Ohio Supreme Court Tuesday to allow a challenge of land values set by the state tax commissioner and used by county auditors to determine annual property tax bills.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Jun 4, 2017 4:59 PM

Ohio falling short in drug battle

To save lives in Ohio's burgeoning opioid epidemic, the state must broaden access to medication-assisted treatment to drug addicts, according to a national health expert.

By Catherine Candisky Gatehouse Ohio Media
Jun 4, 2017 4:59 PM

10 things to know about medical marijuana in Ohio

COLUMBUS -- Ohio is still more than a year away from fully launching the new state program that will oversee medical marijuana use in the state. But in the 12 months since lawmakers passed and Gov.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
May 30, 2017 11:35 AM

Vehicle hits children on street, 2 dead

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- A vehicle struck three young people on South Main Street in Coventry Township late Sunday afternoon, leaving two girls dead.

By The Associated Press
May 30, 2017 11:35 AM

Gas prices drop in Ohio after Memorial Day weekend 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The end of the long weekend for Memorial Day has brought lower gas prices for drivers around Ohio. The state average for a gallon of regular fuel was about $2.29 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc.

By The Associated Press
May 22, 2017 7:02 PM

Portage murder case prompts high court rule change

COLUMBUS --A Portage County murder case has prompted the Ohio Supreme Court to adopt new rules that will enable inmates sentenced to death to appeal rejections of applications for additional DNA testing of evidence directly to the high court.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
May 22, 2017 7:02 PM

Summit man extorted by child porn site turns self in

TWINSBURG TOWNSHIP -- After signing up for a child porn website and then being extorted for money, a Summit County man chose to turn himself in to police rather than pay $5,000.

By April Helms Reporter
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May 22, 2017 6:51 PM

State's high court adopts new DNA testing rules 

COLUMBUS -- New rules adopted by the state's high court Monday will enable inmates sentenced to death to appeal rejections of applications for additional DNA testing of evidence directly to the Ohio Supreme Court-- a change prompted by a ruling late last year in a Portage County murder case.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Marine's wish granted; Hudson graduate to be buried in new uniform
May 22, 2017 6:51 PM

Marine's wish granted; Hudson graduate to be buried in new uniform

JACKSON TOWNSHIP - Bill Johnson will don a Marine service uniform and head for Washington on Saturday. "There's no such thing as an ex-Marine, that's what he's always told me," said Emily Lengyel, hospice coordinator of volunteers at Harbor Light Hospice.

By Edd Pritchard Gatehouse Ohio Media