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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.”

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.

Andy Chow

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.

Screenshot of ad "Inconvenient Facts"

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.”

Karen Kasler, Statehouse News Bureau

A Republican Senator from northeast Ohio is trying a fourth time to get a bill passed that he says will help firefighters who got cancer while on the job. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Thirty-five states have so-called presumptive disability laws linking firefighting to cancer – and that makes it easier for firefighters with cancer who can’t work anymore to get workers’ comp and disability benefits. Sen. Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) wants Ohio to be the

Karen Kasler

Welcome to Election Day 2015 - 24 hours of non-stop news condensed to just under 12 minutes.

(The Statehouse News Bureau is a three-member crew that provides coverage of government and politics for Ohio’s public radio listeners.  We are not a radio station, but produce spots and packages that air on Ohio’s 33 public radio stations.  We are the only broadcast journalists who are dedicated to daily Statehouse and government reporting.)

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Some evangelical church leaders throughout the state are the latest to oppose Issue 3, the proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio/TV

People who want medical marijuana in Ohio say they are ready to vote for Issue 3, even if they don’t particularly like all of the aspects of the plan. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles explains why.

Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor and safety leaders throughout the state are taking part in a campaign called “5 to Drive” that tells parents to talk to their young drivers about five safe driving practices.

Karen Kasler, Statehouse News Bureau

Many Ohioans know there’s a marijuana legalization issue on the ballot – but most don’t know there’s an issue to change the way state lawmakers’ districts are drawn.

Karen Kasler, Statehouse News Bureau

The election of 2015 hasn’t even happened yet, but there are already suggestions that Republicans are planning way ahead.

Conservative Christian churches throughout Ohio will soon be getting guides to distribute to members suggesting how to vote on statewide ballot issues. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

A charter school reform bill is zooming through the legislature after months of negotiation. But a pothole has opened up, relating to how those teachers fund their retirements.

There’s a bill in the Ohio legislature that would allow for deer sanctuaries to house injured deer that can no longer survive in the wild. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, there’s a story behind this bill.

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