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State approves money for dump cleanup in Dayton
 The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will pay Rumpke of Ohio $500,000 to clean up soda, beer and wine stockpiled over the past two years in warehouses, trailers, tanks and outside of a property on Deeds Avenue in Dayton. The Ohio Controlling Board on Monday approved a request from the Ohio EPA for the clean-up contract without debate...

9:07 PM Monday, Dec. 04, 2017

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will pay Rumpke of Ohio $500,000 to clean up soda, beer and wine stockpiled over the past two years in warehouses, trailers, tanks and outside of a property on Deeds Avenue in Dayton. The Ohio Controlling Board on Monday approved a request from the Ohio EPA for the clean-up contract without debate...
Democratic governor candidates debate jobs, taxes, education issues
 Four Democrats running for governor in 2018 debated issues such as jobs, taxes, education and roads on Monday but looming off stage was a major development: Richard Cordray scheduled his gubernatorial campaign announcement for Tuesday in his hometown of Grove City. Cordray, who stepped down last month as director of the federal Consumer Financial...

6:41 PM Sunday, Dec. 03, 2017

Four Democrats running for governor in 2018 debated issues such as jobs, taxes, education and roads on Monday but looming off stage was a major development: Richard Cordray scheduled his gubernatorial campaign announcement for Tuesday in his hometown of Grove City. Cordray, who stepped down last month as director of the federal Consumer Financial...
Legal challenges expected after medical marijuana growers named
 A dozen business owners are delighted by the state’s marijuana grower license awards announced this week but 97 others failed to make the cut and some are threatening to sue. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program on Friday released scoring results for all 109 applicants for Level 1 cultivation licenses: 73 failed to meet the minimum...

10:07 PM Friday, Dec. 01, 2017

A dozen business owners are delighted by the state’s marijuana grower license awards announced this week but 97 others failed to make the cut and some are threatening to sue. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program on Friday released scoring results for all 109 applicants for Level 1 cultivation licenses: 73 failed to meet the minimum...
Meyer to get a $100,000 bonus if Ohio State beats Wisconsin
 If the Ohio State Buckeyes win the Big Ten Championship game on Saturday, it’ll mean a $100,000 bonus in Urban Meyer’s paycheck. Meyer’s 41-page contract with the university is stocked with performance bonuses and extra benefits. For example, if Meyer’s team goes on to a BCS bowl game, he’ll be paid another $150...

4:41 PM Friday, Dec. 01, 2017

If the Ohio State Buckeyes win the Big Ten Championship game on Saturday, it’ll mean a $100,000 bonus in Urban Meyer’s paycheck. Meyer’s 41-page contract with the university is stocked with performance bonuses and extra benefits. For example, if Meyer’s team goes on to a BCS bowl game, he’ll be paid another $150...
Next step taken in Ohio medical marijuana: 5 things you should know
 Ohioans are a little closer to having access to medical marijuana. The state on Thursday released the list of 12 companies that were granted large-scale cultivation licenses, out of a pool of 109 that applied.  The awards come nearly a month after the state announced licenses for 11 small-scale growers out of a pool of 76 applicants...

1:23 PM Friday, Dec. 01, 2017

Ohioans are a little closer to having access to medical marijuana. The state on Thursday released the list of 12 companies that were granted large-scale cultivation licenses, out of a pool of 109 that applied.  The awards come nearly a month after the state announced licenses for 11 small-scale growers out of a pool of 76 applicants...
What they’re saying: DeWine-Husted ticket draws strong Ohio reactions
 Mike DeWine and Jon Husted will run as a ticket for Ohio governor, the Republicans announced Thursday at the University of Dayton. DeWine, the state attorney general, will run for governor and Husted, the secretary of state, will seek to become lieutenant governor. The race for the GOP nomination also includes U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth...

10:43 PM Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

Mike DeWine and Jon Husted will run as a ticket for Ohio governor, the Republicans announced Thursday at the University of Dayton. DeWine, the state attorney general, will run for governor and Husted, the secretary of state, will seek to become lieutenant governor. The race for the GOP nomination also includes U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth...
DeWine-Husted ticket called governor’s race ‘dream team’ by GOP state senator
 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted made it official Thursday, announcing that Husted will drop his bid for governor and join DeWine as his running mate in the 2018 Republican primary for governor.   Both men have deep ties to the Dayton region.   DeWine said Husted brings experience...

4:24 PM Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted made it official Thursday, announcing that Husted will drop his bid for governor and join DeWine as his running mate in the 2018 Republican primary for governor.   Both men have deep ties to the Dayton region.   DeWine said Husted brings experience...
Lt. Gov. Taylor says she’s staying in race for governor
 The same day Republicans Mike DeWine and Jon Husted announced they’re teaming up in 2018, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor brushed aside all notions that she would drop out of the GOP primary. “I am in it to win,” Taylor said. “Mike DeWine is the past. And I will fight for Ohio’s future.” Taylor, who has served as...

3:53 PM Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

The same day Republicans Mike DeWine and Jon Husted announced they’re teaming up in 2018, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor brushed aside all notions that she would drop out of the GOP primary. “I am in it to win,” Taylor said. “Mike DeWine is the past. And I will fight for Ohio’s future.” Taylor, who has served as...
Springfield, Yellow Springs to get large marijuana growing operations
 Ohio’s nascent medical marijuana industry took a giant step today when the state of Ohio awarded a dozen large-scale grower licenses, including one near Springfield and one in Yellow Springs.  The 12 winners, selected from a pool of 109 applicants, will be spread across the state from Brown to Erie counties.  The company Pure...

3:12 PM Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

Ohio’s nascent medical marijuana industry took a giant step today when the state of Ohio awarded a dozen large-scale grower licenses, including one near Springfield and one in Yellow Springs.  The 12 winners, selected from a pool of 109 applicants, will be spread across the state from Brown to Erie counties.  The company Pure...
DeWine to name Husted as his running mate in Dayton today
 Two powerful Republicans running for governor have decided to join forces instead of running against each other, sources say. Attorney General Mike DeWine is expected to name Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted as his running mate in the 2018 GOP primary for governor at an event in Dayton on Thursday. Husted and his campaign team could not...

11:07 PM Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

Two powerful Republicans running for governor have decided to join forces instead of running against each other, sources say. Attorney General Mike DeWine is expected to name Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted as his running mate in the 2018 GOP primary for governor at an event in Dayton on Thursday. Husted and his campaign team could not...
Kasich to decide if Ohio will legalize fantasy sports betting
 On Tuesday, the Ohio House voted 86-3 to let the Ohio Casino Control Commission regulate fantasy sports betting. The vote now sends the bill to Gov. John Kasich. If he signs it, it would legalize fantasy sports gambling in the state. Earlier story: Fantasy sports contests played by thousands of Ohioans may soon be regulated by the Ohio Casino...

8:55 PM Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

On Tuesday, the Ohio House voted 86-3 to let the Ohio Casino Control Commission regulate fantasy sports betting. The vote now sends the bill to Gov. John Kasich. If he signs it, it would legalize fantasy sports gambling in the state. Earlier story: Fantasy sports contests played by thousands of Ohioans may soon be regulated by the Ohio Casino...
Highway in Kirkersville may be renamed to honor slain police chief
 A stretch of highway U.S. 40 may be renamed to honor the Kirkersville police chief who was gunned down in an alley behind a nursing home in the early morning hours of May 12. The Ohio Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday in favor of a bill to rename the portion of U.S. 40 that passes through the Village of Kirkersville the “Steven...

8:33 PM Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

A stretch of highway U.S. 40 may be renamed to honor the Kirkersville police chief who was gunned down in an alley behind a nursing home in the early morning hours of May 12. The Ohio Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday in favor of a bill to rename the portion of U.S. 40 that passes through the Village of Kirkersville the “Steven...
Ohio lawmakers want to ban freeze fees charged by credit agencies
 Credit reporting agencies would no longer be allowed to charge consumers fees every time they place or lift a freeze on their credit reports, under a proposal from state Rep. Mike Henne, R-Clayton. Henne and his co-sponsor state Rep. Brigid Kelly, D-Columbus, testified Tuesday on House Bill 386, which would prohibit credit reporting agencies...

7:14 PM Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

Credit reporting agencies would no longer be allowed to charge consumers fees every time they place or lift a freeze on their credit reports, under a proposal from state Rep. Mike Henne, R-Clayton. Henne and his co-sponsor state Rep. Brigid Kelly, D-Columbus, testified Tuesday on House Bill 386, which would prohibit credit reporting agencies...
OSU releases records, videos from terrorist attack on campus
 Police body camera footage and other documents released by Ohio State University on Monday – a day ahead of the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack on main campus – paints a chaotic and dramatic scene that left the attacker dead and 11 students and staff members injured. “As soon as the firefighters got back in...

6:13 PM Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

Police body camera footage and other documents released by Ohio State University on Monday – a day ahead of the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack on main campus – paints a chaotic and dramatic scene that left the attacker dead and 11 students and staff members injured. “As soon as the firefighters got back in...
Why are so many Ohioans in prison? The state is trying to find out
 Ohio is planning a deep dive into crime data — arrests, convictions, sentencing, probation, incarceration, behavioral health and more — to help answer some vexing questions, such as why the state has such a high prison population and why so many people here are on probation? The answers — and what is done about it &mdash...

5:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017

Ohio is planning a deep dive into crime data — arrests, convictions, sentencing, probation, incarceration, behavioral health and more — to help answer some vexing questions, such as why the state has such a high prison population and why so many people here are on probation? The answers — and what is done about it &mdash...
Ohio lawmaker wants to limit child marriage
 Efforts to reform Ohio’s child marriage laws, which currently allow children of any age to marry if they obtain parental and judicial consent, could get tangled up in politics over gay marriage, lawmakers say. A Dayton Daily News investigation detailed more than 4,400 girls under 18 married in Ohio over the past 15 years, including...

12:00 AM Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

Efforts to reform Ohio’s child marriage laws, which currently allow children of any age to marry if they obtain parental and judicial consent, could get tangled up in politics over gay marriage, lawmakers say. A Dayton Daily News investigation detailed more than 4,400 girls under 18 married in Ohio over the past 15 years, including...
Unemployment, abortion, among big issues awaiting Ohio lawmakers
 When state lawmakers return to Columbus on Wednesday, they’ll have a long list of issues awaiting action: abortion bans, a fix for the unemployment compensation system, congressional redistricting, a capital budget bill, and more. But just seven session days are scheduled between now and the end of 2017 — and five of those days...

2:00 PM Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017

When state lawmakers return to Columbus on Wednesday, they’ll have a long list of issues awaiting action: abortion bans, a fix for the unemployment compensation system, congressional redistricting, a capital budget bill, and more. But just seven session days are scheduled between now and the end of 2017 — and five of those days...
Dayton mayor responds to lawmaker going after city’s traffic cameras
 Like many Ohio motorists, state Rep. Bill Seitz doesn’t like traffic cameras — not one bit. The long-time legislator authored an anti-traffic camera law that the Ohio Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional. Undeterred, the Cincinnati Republican crafted another bill designed to make it far more expensive for cities to use...

4:10 PM Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

Like many Ohio motorists, state Rep. Bill Seitz doesn’t like traffic cameras — not one bit. The long-time legislator authored an anti-traffic camera law that the Ohio Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional. Undeterred, the Cincinnati Republican crafted another bill designed to make it far more expensive for cities to use...
Reports: Family values Ohio lawmaker led double life as gay man
 Former state lawmaker, Wes Goodman, a family values conservative, lived a double life as a closeted gay man who routinely exchanged explicit messages to men in political circles in Washington, D.C. and Columbus, according to media reports. Goodman abruptly stepped down when confronted by Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger about reports...

6:50 PM Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Former state lawmaker, Wes Goodman, a family values conservative, lived a double life as a closeted gay man who routinely exchanged explicit messages to men in political circles in Washington, D.C. and Columbus, according to media reports. Goodman abruptly stepped down when confronted by Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger about reports...
Who will sell medical pot? 50 from area apply for licenses
 In the latest step to establish a legal medical marijuana industry in Ohio, the state received 370 applications for dispensary licenses, including 50 from six area counties: 19 in Montgomery, 11 in Butler, 10 in Clark, five in Warren, four in Greene, one in Champaign. The next step will be to winnow down the list to the 60 that will be licensed...

9:25 PM Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

In the latest step to establish a legal medical marijuana industry in Ohio, the state received 370 applications for dispensary licenses, including 50 from six area counties: 19 in Montgomery, 11 in Butler, 10 in Clark, five in Warren, four in Greene, one in Champaign. The next step will be to winnow down the list to the 60 that will be licensed...
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