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Oct 31, 2016 6:03 PM

Group proposes term limits for Ohio Supreme Court

The Committee to Impose Term Limits on the Ohio Supreme Court and to Preclude Special Legal Status for Members and Employees of the Ohio General Assembly also wants to require lawmakers and legislative employees to abide by the same state laws that other residents have to follow.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Oct 25, 2016 5:38 PM

DeWine to Chambers: Change in culture needed to help drug problem

Solon -- Ohio's top prosecutor has instituted changes in "the culture of government" that have drastically improved the turnaround time for DNA evidence in criminal cases.

By Andrew Schunk | Editor
Oct 19, 2016 8:42 PM

Advocates seek to ease fears raised by Trump about voting security in Ohio

Columbus -- Nonpartisan voting rights groups in Ohio are joining the state's Republican elections chief in pushing back against suggestions by the Trump campaign that the state's election could be compromised.In a conference call Oct.

By Julie Carr Smyth Associated Press
Oct 18, 2016 11:18 AM

Portman, Strickland hammer each other about Trump, Clinton at US Senate debate

The matchup between US Senate Incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic challenger Ted Strickland was the second of three planned debates; Portman and Strickland were scheduled to meet a last time Oct. 27 in Cleveland.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
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Oct 18, 2016 11:12 AM

Election preview: Judges O'Donnell, Fischer vie for seat on Ohio Supreme Court

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John P. O'Donnell faces First District Court of Appeals Judge Pat Fischer in one of two competitive races for the Ohio Supreme Court. The other features appeals court judges Cynthia Rice and Pat DeWine. Incumbent Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O'Connor is unopposed.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Oct 18, 2016 11:12 AM

Two appeals court judges DeWine, Rice face off for Ohio Supreme Court seat

Appeals court judges Pat DeWine and Cynthia Rice, who are facing off in a race for an Ohio Supreme Court seat, hope voters will take the time to vote down ticket, too.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Oct 12, 2016 7:04 PM

Ten Things About Early Voting

COLUMBUS — Are you ready to vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton or Republican nominee Donald Trump?Or maybe your inclinations lean more Green or Libertarian or toward some other political persuasion.What about the Ohio Supreme Court?

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Oct 12, 2016 5:47 PM

PUCO approves $132 million rider rate hike for FirstEnergy, meaning higher monthly bills for

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio rejected a larger rider sought by the company, opting instead to allow $132.5 million annually, plus taxes, to be collected from customers over the next three years, with the possibility of a two-year extension.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Oct 7, 2016 12:02 AM

Akron bridal shop in Ebola scare sues Texas hospital

DALLAS -- The owner of an Ohio bridal shop that went out of business after an Ebola scare has sued a Texas hospital, saying it failed to train and prevent a nurse from contracting the virus from a hospital patient.

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Oct 4, 2016 5:42 PM

Advocates urge Ohio lawmakers to protect, help domestic violence victims

Jo Simonsen, a director at the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, spoke in Columbus Oct. 4 during a program as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Oct 3, 2016 3:57 PM

Execution date set for Summit County man who raped, murdered toddler

Ronald Phillips, whose execution has been postponed several times while the state worked to locate supplies of the drugs used by the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections current lethal injection protocol, is to be put to death on Jan. 12.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Oct 3, 2016 3:57 PM

Trump moving ahead of Clinton in Ohio, according to latest poll

In a survey of 497 likely Ohio voters conducted in the days after the first presidential debate, 47 percent of respondents backed Trump, versus 42 percent who picked Clinton. Another 6 percent sided with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Sep 30, 2016 4:56 PM

Ohio Senate forwards bill to require review of state agencies

Columbus -- Lawmakers would have to review and renew state departments or they would cease to operate, under legislation passed Sept. 28 on a split vote in the Ohio Senate that's drawing concern from union and other groups.

By Marc Kovac -- Capital Bureau Chief
Sep 30, 2016 4:47 PM

Ohio asks 12,000 doctors to comply with pain pill monitoring law

The crackdown comes as Ohio faces a drug overdose epidemic that's been tied in part to the ease of access to prescription opioids.

By Julie Carr Smyth Ap Statehouse Correspondent
Sep 27, 2016 9:56 AM

Ohio may regulate money drawings like Queen of Hearts

Columbus -- The state office that regulates casinos would develop rules to provide oversight for Queen of Hearts and similar pools, fantasy sports contests and other money drawings, under legislation announced by one state lawmaker Sept. 26.Sen.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Sep 27, 2016 9:56 AM

Ohio History Connection plans $5 million in improvements, upgrades

Lawmakers on Sept. 26 signed off on more than $5 million in upgrades and improvements to state historic sites and for storage space and online systems at the state historical society.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Sep 18, 2016 12:00 AM

Around Ohio for Sept. 14, 2016

Abusing pets is now a felony crimeColumbus -- A new law in Ohio stiffens penalties for abusing pets.The law that took effect Sept. 13 makes it a fifth-degree felony to knowingly cause serious physical harm to a companion animal.

Sep 16, 2016 4:21 PM

Ohio Gov. John Kasich voices support for multi-national trade deal

Columbus -- Republican Gov. John Kasich urged congressional leaders Sept. 16 to move the much-debated Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multi-national trade deal being pursued by Democratic President Barack Obama but opposed by groups and members of both parties.

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Sep 16, 2016 4:21 PM

Ohio Supreme Court sides with mineral rights holders in oil and gas reserve cases

The ownership issues came to light as companies turned to horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to drill for oil and gas reserves in shale formations deep underground.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Sep 13, 2016 1:17 PM

US Supreme Court denies request by Democrats to extend early voting in Ohio

The ruling means eligible voters will not be allowed to register and cast ballots on the same day when Ohio's absentee voting period for the presidential election begins next month.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief