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State Lawmakers Attending Inauguration Jan. 20

COLUMBUS — Thirteen Republican state lawmakers will attend Friday’s inauguration of President-elected Donald Trump as part of Ohio’s official legislative delegation.

By Marc Kovac
Nov 30, 2016 5:43 PM

Investigators think OSU attacker may have been inspired by Islamic State

COLUMBUS -- Investigators reviewing social media postings and other electronic communications by Abdul Razak Ali Artan said Wednesday they believe he could have been inspired by the Islamic State to carry out a knife attack at Ohio State University earlier this week.

By Marc Kovac
Nov 29, 2016 4:03 PM

State panel considers firearm law, after OSU incident

COLUMBUS -- A law°maker panel is poised to move leg°is°la°tion that would al°low per°mit°ted in°di°vid°u°als to carry con°cealed firearms in day care cen°ters, on uni°ver°sity cam°puses and at a range of other lo°ca°tions.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Nov 4, 2016 11:18 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.

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Nov 1, 2016 3:52 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 26, 2016 6:33 PM

Technically, it's not legal in Ohio to take a selfie with your ballot -- yet

Ohio Revised Code generally bars voters from showing their ballots to others "with the apparent intention of letting it be known how the elector is about to vote." Josh Eck, a spokesman for Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, said the section of state law that covers the issue was enacted before the current social media environment.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau
Oct 23, 2016 12:00 AM

Around Ohio for Oct. 23, 2016

Ohio gets lots of attention in presidential raceCincinnati -- Ohioans are again getting plenty of attention in the presidential race's final weeks.Republican Donald Trump campaigned here Oct.

Oct 21, 2016 7:57 AM

Around Ohio for Oct. 23, 2016

Ohio gets lots of attention in presidential raceCincinnati -- Ohioans are again getting plenty of attention in the presidential race's final weeks.Republican Donald Trump campaigned here Oct.

Oct 20, 2016 11:03 PM

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
Oct 20, 2016 5:57 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.

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Oct 19, 2016 8:47 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 19, 2016 8:42 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 8:07 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 10, 2016 1:12 PM

Billy Graham's son visits Ohio, calls for 'Christian Revolution' among voters

Franklin Graham, the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, spoke to an audience of more 6,000 people gathered outside the Ohio Statehouse Oct. 6 as part of his Decision America Tour.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Oct 6, 2016 3:22 PM

Ohio Supreme Court: Nude child photos don't have to be lewd to convict offender

Columbus -- Recordings of nude children don't have to be lewd in nature to lead to convictions, the state's high court ruled Oct. 5.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Oct 6, 2016 3:17 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
Oct 5, 2016 2:47 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.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Oct 4, 2016 11:32 AM

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.

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Sep 30, 2016 8:58 AM

Ohio advisory boards to focus on cyber security and student debt collection

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine launched two new advisory boards Sept. 29, one aimed at helping businesses protect themselves from hackers, the other focused on collection practices for student debt.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Sep 30, 2016 8:58 AM

Around Ohio

Minimum wage to go up 5 centsColumbus -- Ohio's minimum-wage workers will see a nickel-per-hour boost to their paychecks come January, state officials announced Sept. 29.As of Jan. 1, Ohio's minimum wage will increase to $8.15 for non-tipped employees (up from $8.10) and $4.