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Ohio bill could require kids to learn cursive writing, despite Common Core

By Bradley Parks

(April 11, 2015) — COLUMBUS Cursive writing could soon be a requirement for Ohio elementary school students.


Mandel Pushing Local Governments To Post Spending On Ohio Checkbook

By Bradley Parks

(April 7, 2015) — Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is asking local governments to post their expenditures online.


Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel asking local governments to post their expenses online

By Bradley Parks

(April 7, 2015) — COLUMBUS Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is asking local governments and school boards to post their expenses online to show how public tax dollars are spent.


Quinnipiac Poll Shows Ohioans Favor Strickland, Support Marijuana Legalization

By Bradley Parks

(April 6, 2015) — A new poll released by Quinnipiac University shows Ohio voters support former Gov. Ted Strickland over incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman in next years Senate race.


Young Republicans push to support same-sex marriage

By Maria DeVito

(April 2, 2015) — Members of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry are in Ohio this week to meet with top state and local GOP leaders to garner support for removing anti-same-sex marriage language in the Republican platform.


Sen. Sherrod Brown Denounces Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

By Bradley Parks

(April 1, 2015) — Sen. Sherrod Brown spoke out against Indianas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, inviting businesses to instead invest in Ohio.


Sen. Sherrod Brown bashes Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

By Bradley Parks

(April 1, 2015) — COLUMBUS Sen. Sherrod Brown spoke out against Indianas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, inviting businesses to instead invest in Ohio.


Ohio may cut promotional gaming credits for casinos and racinos

By Bradley Parks

(March 31, 2015) — Ohios casinos and racinos have failed to generate the kind of money promised in the 2009 campaign to approve them.


As the nation emerges from the recession, people look to several measures to determine just how far we have come back and how f

By Bradley Parks

(March 26, 2015) — COLUMBUS The Ohio Department of Transportation will decide the fate of the proposed relocation of Ohio State Route 32 by the end of the year.


Bill allowing open containers in some areas passes Ohio House

By Bradley Parks

(March 26, 2015) — COLUMBUS Baseball fans and partiers are one step closer to being able to carry open containers near Great American Ballpark in time for the All-Star Game in July.


What The Jobs Report Doesn’t Tell You: Poverty In Southeast Ohio

By Bradley Parks

(March 23, 2015) — As the nation emerges from the recession, people look to several measures to determine just how far we have come back and how far we have to go. Economic recovery can become a matter of perspective.


Bill Aims To Boost Penalties For Repeat Violent Criminals

By Bradley Parks

(March 21, 2015) — Ohio lawmakers are targeting violent crime with a new bill that would increase prison time for repeat offenders.


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.