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Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich blasted President Obama’s speech last night, though he seemed to agree in part with one point of it earlier on Sunday. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports.

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A recent report by the state Inspector General that looked into the work activities of two former aides to Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is being questioned. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles explains why.

Karen Kasler

A bill has been introduced in the Ohio legislature that would, if passed, make Ohio a so-called "right to work" state for private businesses.

The proposal to change the state’s foster care age out from 18 to 21 took another step closer to reality. Lawmakers believe the change could cut down on several problems.

A former top aide to Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and another of her employees could face criminal charges because of the findings in an investigation into how they spent time on the job.

Karen Kasler

About 150 protestors assembled a few blocks away and marched together to the Donald Trump rally, carrying signs and chanting.

Ben Postlethwait

Thousands of people flocked to Columbus to catch the Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump at his first rally in Ohio. Donald Trump used the opportunity to throw a few punches at Gov. John Kasich in front of his home crowd.

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A new report from the University of Cincinnati estimates Ohioans will be spending 4.2% more this holiday season than last.

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Gov. John Kasich was back on the TV news talk show circuit this weekend, and he had a few choice words for his fellow Republican candidate Donald Trump. 

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Lawmakers including Gov. John Kasich and all but two of Ohio’s Congressional delegation have raised concerns and voted against Syrian refugees being resettled in the US and Ohio right now.

New Day for America

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump is threatening to sue his fellow candidate, Republican Gov. John Kasich. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports the news came out last night, at the end of an interesting evening…..

Jo Ingles

Backers of the failed Issue 3 campaign that would have legalized marijuana for personal and medical use in Ohio say they plan to come back to the ballot in 2016. But in an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, ResponsibleOhio’s Ian James says the plan his group intends to put on the ballot next year will be based on free market principles.

Friday is the national Transgender Day of Remembrance, for people who committed suicide or were killed in acts of violence against trans people. Two state lawmakers are observing it with a bill they say will help trans and LGBT teens.

Jo Ingles

There’s bipartisan support for two companion bills in the legislature that would get rid of management training for cosmetologists. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports the plan has lawmakers, salon owners and cosmetologists splitting hairs over what should be required of future hair stylists in the Buckeye State.

Karen Kasler

The first piece of bipartisan legislation to come out of Gov. John Kasich’s task force on police action and community relations is out. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Andy Chow

Ohio House Republicans agreed to send a message to the president that they want to stop accepting refugees from Syria. But it seems that the top House leader doesn’t want to completely shut the door to people in need.

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Gov. John Kasich has pushed back again against Donald Trump.

A U.S. Senate contender wants to make gun control a top issue in his race against a former governor. 

Karen Kasler

Lawmakers in the Ohio House approved a resolution urging President Obama to stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the US.

Republican Rep. Tim Derickson (R-Oxford), who’s running for the southwest Ohio seat recently vacated by US House Speaker John Boehner, sponsored the resolution. “This resolution really is about screening, security screenings," Derickson said. "It’s not about not welcoming immigrants.”

Karen Kasler

Gov. John Kasich is asking the federal government to stop sending Syrian refugees to Ohio. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles has details.

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Gov. John Kasich is calling for action in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris.

The Republican presidential candidate appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Sunday Morning Futures”, invoking a provision of the NATO treaty that he says means an attack on one member affects all members.

“I think article five ought to be implemented, which means that all NATO members would assist France as they move to protect themselves and to root out the terrorists.”

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.

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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.”

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

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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.

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