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Apr 1, 2016 10:00 AM

Officials urged to purchase naloxone to prevent heroin overdoses 

COLUMBUS -- Volunteers from several state agencies urged local officials Thursday to purchase discounted supplies of a medication that reverses the effects of heroin overdoses.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Mar 25, 2016 10:00 AM

Health officials granted approval for purchase of mosquito traps 

COLUMBUS --State health officials have been given the green light to purchase mosquito traps for use around the state as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the Zika virus.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Mar 18, 2016 10:00 AM

Policy changes announced aimed at reducing college costs 

COLUMBUS -- State officials announced a package of policy changes recently aimed at reducing the cost of college degrees. Initiatives include an expansion of bachelor degrees offered at community colleges and a program allowing students to complete three years of their undergraduate

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Mar 18, 2016 10:00 AM

Senate approves legislation for another sales tax holiday 

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Senate OK'd legislation recently to allow another three-day sales tax holiday before the start of the next school year. SB 264 was amended from its original form, which sought to make the holiday a permanent event. Senators instead opted for a one-year extension.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
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Jan 8, 2016 10:00 AM

State lawmakers finalize school funding legislation 

COLUMBUS -- In October, state lawmakers passed legislation providing more than $44 million in school funding to some schools affected by a line-item veto from Gov. John Kasich earlier in the year.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Ohio governor discusses taxes in year-end review
Jan 1, 2016 10:00 AM

Ohio governor discusses taxes in year-end review 

COLUMBUS -- It was less than three minutes into his year-end review that Gov. John Kasich focused his attention on taxes.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Jan 1, 2016 10:00 AM

20 new laws for 2016 

COLUMBUS -- The new year will bring lower tax bills for small businesses and other filers, a later primary election and potential fines for people who dig as part of development work without first checking the location of underground utilities.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Dec 11, 2015 10:00 AM

Economists expect Ohioans to spend $600 million more than last year this holiday season 

Economists are expecting Ohioans to spend $600 million more than they did last year on holiday purchases, according to a forecast released Nov. 23.The University of Cincinnati's Economics Center and the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants are projecting a 4.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Nov 3, 2015 11:49 PM

Ohio marijuana issue fails

COLUMBUS — Ohioans torpedoed a proposal to regulate marijuana use in the state, countering a big-money campaign that sought to legalize pot for medicinal and recreational uses.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Sep 9, 2015 10:00 AM

Kasich says presidential race not affecting Ohio duties 

COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich says his run for the presidency isn't affecting his governance of Ohio, telling reporters this week that he's in constant contact with his administration and not neglecting his work as the state's chief executive.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondence
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Aug 12, 2015 10:00 AM

Kasich pleased with performance at GOP debate 

CLEVELAND -- Gov. John Kasich was happy with his performance in Thursday's prime time GOP presidential debate.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
May 20, 2015 10:00 AM

Ohio Senate votes to ban powdered caffeine products 

The Ohio Senate has moved legislation that would ban the sale of powdered caffeine products in the state.SB 7 passed April 29 on a vote of 32-1 and heads to the Ohio House for further consideration.The proposed law changes were offered by Sen.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Apr 1, 2015 10:00 AM

Students to be protected by future impact of this year's exams with Kasich's signature 

Parents worried about how new school assessments could affect their children can breathe a sigh of relief, following lawmaker action March 10 to protect current students from the future impact of this year's exams.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Mar 11, 2015 10:00 AM

Bill to provide quicker access to drug countering heroin overdoses 

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio House signed off on legislation Wednesday aimed at providing quicker access of a prescription drug used to counter heroin overdoses.HB 4 passed on a vote of 98-0 and heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Mar 11, 2015 10:00 AM

State senate launches effort to review student assessments 

The Ohio Senate has launched an effort to review the volume and content of student assessments in public schools, with an eye toward potential law changes to ensure the activities aren't interfering with needed classroom instruction.Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina, and Sen.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Govenor continues defense of Medicaid eligibility expansion
Feb 4, 2015 10:00 AM

Govenor continues defense of Medicaid eligibility expansion 

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the final part of a three-part series. COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich was set to take the oath of office for his second term during a midnight swearing-in ceremony at the Statehouse next month, followed by a public event the next day and a gala ball.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Jan 28, 2015 10:00 AM

Workers Compensation bureau proposes cutting rates for private employers 

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation has proposed cutting rates for private employers by 10.8 percent.BWC Administrator Steve Buehrer announced the move Thursday during a committee hearing in Columbus.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Jan 21, 2015 10:00 AM

Kasich lobbies for balanced budget 

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of a three-part series on Ohio Governor John Kasich. A little more than a year ago, Gov.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
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Jan 7, 2015 10:00 AM

Ohio governor talks workforce, education 

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a three-part series.Attend one of Gov. John Kasich's speeches and you'll likely get a history lesson on Ohio's economy in the past, present and future.

By Marc Kovac Dix Statehouse Correspondent
Dec 24, 2014 10:00 AM

Governor vows state oversight of charter schools 

COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich vowed Dec. 18 to revamp state oversight of charter schools, clamping down on those that are failing students."We are going to fix the lack of regulation on charter schools," he told an audience of businesspeople near the Statehouse.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent