A proposal on benefits for Ohioans who are out of work could be cut by more than half, from a maximum of 26 weeks to 12 weeks. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow talked to a group that calls the plan "unbalanced.”

A Republican lawmaker wants to ban schools from charging pay to participate fees schools charge for sports and music programs. And he’s hoping to get ideas from the public.

The state still owes the federal government more than $775 million that it borrowed to pay unemployment benefits during the recession. One lawmaker told Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow that she has a plan to prepare the state for the next economic downturn.

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The Ohio Supreme Court says requiring convicted sex offenders to register and check in periodically with authorities is not cruel and unusual punishment.

Soon after lawmakers passed charter school reform laws, advocates for traditional public schools started suggesting changes in the funding system. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports -- charter school experts have some thoughts on that.

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Communities around the state are holding events to honor veterans. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow takes a look at what Ohio is doing to help military members in the long term.

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger has formally signed off on recently passed legislation that designates November 10th each year as “Armed Services, Peace Officer, First Responder and Dual Service Recognition Day” in the Buckeye State.

A Democratic lawmaker who suffers from multiple sclerosis says Ohioans are growing impatient waiting for medical marijuana. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

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Ohio’s corn and ethanol industry is fighting back at ads it says are misleading and funded by "big oil".

The ad aired last week in Ohio, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, and it says in part: “Mandating corn for ethanol doubles greenhouse gas emissions compared to gasoline over 30 years, and escalating mandates raise food costs and threaten the quality of the air we breathe. Mounting scientific evidence has revealed the inconvenient truth – increasing ethanol mandates can actually make things worse.”

A new study shows inmates in Ohio’s local jails often rack up thousands of dollars in fees while they are in those lockups. And as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the study shows those fees make it harder for ex-offenders to become productive citizens.

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