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Ohio bill could end Common Core-based tests

By Bradley Parks

(March 18, 2015) — COLUMBUS Ohios Common Core-based tests for math and English language arts could soon face their end.


Ohio ranked No. 1 in nation for transparency in government spending

By Maria DeVito

(March 18, 2015) — After trailing other states, Ohio is now at the top of the list for transparency in government spending.


Rep. Craig gets honored for work with veterans

By Maria DeVito

(March 17, 2015) — Former Columbus City councilman and current State Rep. Hearcel Craig was inducted into the Military Order of the Purple Heart today.


Want to drive 75 mph legally? Lawmakers have a proposal for you

By Maria DeVito

(March 16, 2015) — Less than two years after the speed limit was raised on some of Ohios highways, some lawmakers want to increase it again this time to 75 mph.


Portman pushes for less regulation to help businesses

By Maria DeVito

(March 13, 2015) — Sen. Rob Portman said today streamlining federal regulations will bring more jobs to Ohio.


Ohio Clergy Call For Withdrawal From Immigration Lawsuit

By Bradley Parks

(March 12, 2015) — More than 200 Ohio clergy members are calling on Attorney General Mike DeWine to withdraw Ohio from a lawsuit attempting to block President Barack Obamas executive action on immigration.


Powdered alcohol gets federal approval, but Ohio may ban it

By Maria DeVito

(March 12, 2015) — While powered alcohol was approved for sale by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau yesterday, lawmakers in Ohio are trying to outlaw it.


Advocates push for more restrictions on teen drivers

By Maria DeVito

(March 11, 2015) — After lawmakers in the Ohio House removed regulations on teen drivers from the transportation budget, advocates are pushing those in the Senate to reinstate what they call modest, practical and reasonable provisions.


ATF backs off on banning green-tip bullet

By Maria DeVito

(March 11, 2015) — A popular type of ammunition for AR-15 semiautomatic rifles wont disappear from shelves after a federal agency reconsidered a proposed ban.


Ohio Senate turning to educators, experts to help craft testing policy

By Bradley Parks

(March 5, 2015) — COLUMBUS Ohio is putting standardized testing under the microscope amidst a barrage of concerns from students, parents and educators.


Interactive civics website coming to Ohio

By Maria DeVito

(March 5, 2015) — The Capitol Square Foundation is teaming up with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University and iCivics to create an interactive website for students that will teach them about civics in Ohio.


Ohio students won’t be penalized for opting out of Common Core-based tests

By Bradley Parks

(March 4, 2015) — COLUMBUS Students and school districts wont face penalties for opting out of Common Core-based tests.


Transportation budget passes Ohio House, Eastern Corridor could soon face deadline

By Bradley Parks

(March 3, 2015) — COLUMBUS — The much-debated, multi-phased Eastern Corridor project, in the works for more than 15 years and debated for four decades, appears to be one step closer to a deadline.


Ohio legislature doing little to fight heroin

By Bradley Parks

(March 2, 2015) — COLUMBUS Drug overdoses became Butler Countys top killer in 2014 with heroin as the key culprit in cases investigated by the county coroner.


Brown: Netanyahu address shouldn’t happen

By Maria DeVito

(March 2, 2015) — While in town to discuss extending funding for the Childrens Health Insurance Program, Sen. Sherrod Brown said he will attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus address to a joint session of Congress tomorrow, but he doesnt think the address should happen.


Sen. Brown urges extension of child health care program

By Maria DeVito

(March 2, 2015) — Meredith Mendoza is a working mother, but her employer provided health insurance isnt enough to provide for her three children.


Red Cross passes out smoke detectors on West Side

By Maria DeVito

(February 27, 2015) — Sandra Mollett knows just how dangerous house fires can be.


Abortion rights advocates gather at the Statehouse

By Maria DeVito

(February 26, 2015) — As part of a nationwide day of events, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio partnered with Ohio lawmakers and advocates of abortion rights who are against legislation limiting abortions today.


Ohio schools window for testing extended because of weather

By Maria DeVito

(February 24, 2015) — Ohios students will have more time to complete standardized testing disrupted by bad weather.


Kasich wants nearly to triple cost of puffing on an e-cig

By Maria DeVito

(February 23, 2015) — This plan might take a smokers breath away: The price to use electronic cigarettes could almost triple under a tax proposed by Gov. John Kasich.