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Union activists say they are not happy with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s decision to shutter ten prison farms.

Statehouse News Bureau

The Ohio House and Senate have been busy this week. Some of the bills that have passed may have been missed by many onlookers.

The State of Ohio (Ohio Public Television)

When the Ohio House passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana, a former lawmaker was watching the floor debate online.

Planned Parenthood is suing the state over a new law that would take away from the organization federal dollars that fund cancer screenings, HIV tests and more.

Andy Chow

Five public universities are opening up their checkbooks for all of Ohio to see. 

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

A new leader is taking the reins at the largest lobbying group representing Ohio’s largest industry. 

Andy Chow

After more than twenty years of repeated attempts, the Ohio House has overwhelmingly approved a historic bill that would allow regulated medical marijuana in the Buckeye State.

Andy Chow

Quinnipiac University has released its first poll since John Kasich and Ted Cruz left the GOP contest. And for the first time, it's showing presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump leading Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in Ohio.

Statehouse News Bureau

A bill that’s been passed by the Ohio Legislature is designed to help the state’s agritourism industry.

Andy Chow

Republican officeholders have started to turn toward Donald Trump as their party’s likely nominee for president, now that Gov. John Kasich has left the race. But one expert says it could still be a tough campaign ahead.

Jo Ingles

Gov. John Kasich’s exit from the Republican presidential campaign raises a lot of questions about his personal future and the future of his party.

Jo Ingles

The Ohio House committee that’s been working on a new bill to allow medical marijuana has voted its new legislation out of committee.

Gov. John Kasich had promised he’d take his presidential campaign all the way to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer, but he suspended it last night. This is how the head of the state’s Republican Party is viewing that decision.

Karen Kasler

Gov. John Kasich will no longer be on the presidential campaign trail.

Andy Chow

Gov. John Kasich is done. He’s announcing he will suspend his campaign for the Republican nomination for President later this afternoon.

Jo Ingles

A new report by the Children’s Defense Fund of Ohio shows little improvement for low income children in the state’s Appalachian region.

Jo Ingles

After several months of inaction, a bill that would ban local hiring requirements and restrict labor agreements for local community projects is likely to come up for a vote in the Ohio House tomorrow.

Karen Kasler

Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is calling on the federal government to give Ohio’s school districts money to test for lead in drinking water.

The state’s highest court will decide whether internet retailers which have no offices or employees in Ohio but sell products to Ohio residents have to pay a tax that nearly all Ohio businesses pay. And the question before the court centers on what the definition of doing business in Ohio actually is.

Statehouse News Bureau

A former candidate for the U.S. Senate in the Democratic primary in March is urging his followers to vote for the winner of that election.

Jo Ingles

The elected members who run the state GOP have selected the delegates for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer.

AEP

State officials, utilities and other groups have worked on deregulating the energy market in Ohio for more than a decade. Now two major utility companies want to go back toward re-regulation after the feds nixed their temporary rate hike plan. 

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It’s not every day that a group known for defending the free market celebrates federal intervention. But a conservative group in Ohio is saying the feds made the right choice by blocking a temporary rate hike plan from AEP and FirstEnergy. 

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

Just a few weeks after a controversial decision that federal regulators have now overturned, the head of the panel that regulates Ohio’s utilities has announced he’s quitting.

Jo ingles

Groups around the state are starting to mobilize the people they hope will turn out this fall by organizing statewide voter registration drives.

Jo Ingles

Patients who want medical marijuana in Ohio are starting to take sides in which plans they support.

Karen Kasler

A public records request made by a reporter, an activist or any concerned citizen could start as something simple and spiral into a long, expensive court battle. State lawmakers are trying to change that. 

Jo Ingles

The Ohio Department of Health has heard the case of whether to close down one of the only two abortion clinics operating in southwest Ohio.

Karen Kasler

Opponents of the plan to ask the federal government for permission to charge 1.5 million Medicaid recipients small premiums to stay in the program are calling for critics to make their voices heard at a public hearing in Cincinnati today. But supporters say the plan will keep costs down and help those recipients be more engaged.

Karen Kasler

Ohio’s senior US Senator is on the short list of possible running mates for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton. And he says he doesn't want to be.

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