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Jo Ingles

Members of unions representing retired school workers are taking action to make sure Ohio lawmakers don’t freeze or cut cost of living allowances in their pensions. 

Jo Ingles

A controversial abortion bill that Governor Kasich vetoed at the end of last year has been reintroduced in the Ohio legislature. 

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One of the nation’s largest health insurers says it will stop offering policies in the Ohio marketplace set up under the Affordable Care Act.

Dan Konik

Farmers all around Ohio are turning to lawmakers to help fix what they see as a major crisis. Taxes on their land have been soaring. But making a change to the tax formula could do some damage to a different industry.

Karen Kasler

Senators are preparing to put out their version of the state budget, in which they need to trim hundreds of millions of dollars to make sure it’s balanced. And now the state budget office is reporting another big loss in tax collections for the current fiscal year.

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The so called Christmas tree bill that was quickly passed at the end of last year has found many of its ornaments broken by a court decision. 

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City government officials from around the state are mounting a charge again opioid drug companies, following the state’s announcement to sue manufacturers of powerful painkillers. And a gubernatorial candidate is helping lead the charge. 

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Some Ohio businesses are dismayed by President Donald Trump’s decision to back out of the global agreement to fight climate change. The advanced energy industry says this is a decision that can impact the more than 100,000 jobs tied to green energy in Ohio. One company said these actions have tangible consequences that hurt their bottom line.

Jo Ingles

A bill to combat and prevent fraud against senior citizens is being considered by state lawmakers.

Attorney General Mike DeWine’s lawsuit against five drug companies is drawing mixed reactions from candidates for governor in 2018. Here's a look at what they are saying about this approach to fighting the state’s opioid crisis.

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A Republican state lawmaker says companies have left Ohio because of a lack of access to air travel. He says Ohio can bring back jobs and more flights by building two new regional hub airports, one in the southwest and one in the northeast. 

Karen Kasler

A group of advocates is pushing for more gun control legislation, even as state lawmakers are debating several pro-gun bills. And the Ohio Coalition for Common Sense brought in a notable name for their launch.

The state wants to change to the way mental health and addiction services are billed and coded, to align with national standards. But providers of those services, which are already stressed because of the opioid crisis, are very concerned.

Andy Chow

A nationally recognized health official is pleading Ohio lawmakers to put more focus and resources into the opioid epidemic.

Jo Ingles

Ohio’s Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against five major drug companies that make opioids, saying they have contributed to the overdose crisis here. Ohio leads the nation in the number of opioid deaths, with more than 4000 in 2016.  

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The fight over how Ohio has maintained its voter rolls has made it to the nation’s highest court. 

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A doctor is breaking away from Ohio’s largest medical groups to support a proposed law that would force the state to buy drugs at a lower price. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

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Backers of a plan to allow Ohio voters to vote on congressional redistricting reform this fall have cleared one more hurdle. 

Karen Kasler

A bill that could limit a coroner’s power over death certificates is under debate at the Statehouse.

Daniel Konik

Federal stats show nearly 14,000 jobs at call centers in Ohio have been lost in the last decade. Now Senate Democrats have proposed a bill that seeks to protect 170,000 workers still at call centers in Ohio.

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A sector of the advanced energy industry is calling on lawmakers to change a provision in the budget that would automatically throw $30 million into public transit projects.

Andy Chow

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are sifting through President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which has gotten a lot of heat from Democrats. There’s one issue that has riled up some of Ohio’s top leaders on both sides of the aisle.

Andy Chow

Politicians around the country and here in Ohio are sounding off on the allegations that a Republican congressional candidate body slammed a reporter. One top official believes this is part of a larger, cultural shift.

Karen Kasler

In his State of the State speech last month, Gov. John Kasich announced he wants the state’s Third Frontier commission to spend $20 million toward high-tech solutions to the deadly opioid crisis. The panel has taken the first step toward doing that.

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A measure that would revise rules on fantasy sports, which haven’t been touched in decades, is on its way to the Senate after passing the House. 

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A diverse team is forming to oppose a proposed law that would force the state to only buy drugs at a discounted price. The group fighting the so called “Drug Price Relief Act” features heavy-hitters from the left and right. 

Leslie Adams

Political figures past and present were on hand in the Statehouse rotunda to honor seven former Speakers of the House, going back 50 years. The leaders, along with their families, friends and colleagues, were  there for the unveiling of their portraits.

About 90% of people on Medicaid are enrolled into a managed care program. A proposal floating around in the state legislature would increase that number by bringing people with long-term health problems into the fold. But Ohio’s nursing homes and assisted living communities are fighting back. 

State senators are considering a proposal to move more of Ohio’s Medicaid population into managed care. And a new study from a group representing health insurance companies in Ohio shows that managed health care for certain people saves money and proves to be more effective. 

Karen Kasler

There’s been a lot of discussion about when or if to use the $2 billion in the state’s rainy day fund. A national group has studied the impact of using rainy day funds in budget crises.

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