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ODOT wants OK to change highway speed limits depending on weather, traffic
 The Ohio Department of Transportation has the authority to impose variable speed limits on a handful of interstate stretches, based on road conditions, but now it wants permission to change speed limits anytime statewide. For example, ODOT can drop the speed limit during snow storms that hit I-90 east of Cleveland or when traffic is heavy...

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The Ohio Department of Transportation has the authority to impose variable speed limits on a handful of interstate stretches, based on road conditions, but now it wants permission to change speed limits anytime statewide. For example, ODOT can drop the speed limit during snow storms that hit I-90 east of Cleveland or when traffic is heavy...
New details: Ohio’s gas tax increase would start July 1 if approved
 Gov. Mike DeWine is asking lawmakers to increase the Ohio’s gas tax as early as July 1 and allow for it to change each year based on inflation. DeWine’s request for an 18-cent-per-gallon increase would put Ohio’s gas tax at 46 cents per gallon. However, it could increase to 54 cents per gallon by 2030 if it follows the recent...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Gov. Mike DeWine is asking lawmakers to increase the Ohio’s gas tax as early as July 1 and allow for it to change each year based on inflation. DeWine’s request for an 18-cent-per-gallon increase would put Ohio’s gas tax at 46 cents per gallon. However, it could increase to 54 cents per gallon by 2030 if it follows the recent...
What people are saying about raising Ohio’s gas tax
 Gov. Mike DeWine will ask lawmakers today to approve an 18-cent per gallon increase in the state’s gasoline tax, which currently stands at 28-cents. An 18-cent increase would raise $1.2 billion a year to fix the state’s roads and bridges. People are split on the issue. Many say they don’t want any new taxes and the state...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Gov. Mike DeWine will ask lawmakers today to approve an 18-cent per gallon increase in the state’s gasoline tax, which currently stands at 28-cents. An 18-cent increase would raise $1.2 billion a year to fix the state’s roads and bridges. People are split on the issue. Many say they don’t want any new taxes and the state...
Local drivers react negatively to Gov. DeWine’s proposed gas tax increase
 Drivers in the Miami Valley want to see improvements in local roads, but don’t believe the 18-cent increase to Ohio’s gas tax proposed by Governor Mike DeWine is the way to do it. DeWine is asking lawmakers to approve a 18-cent increase in Ohio’s 28-cents-per-gallon gas tax to raise an additional $1.2-billion a year for...

Posted: 21 hours ago

Drivers in the Miami Valley want to see improvements in local roads, but don’t believe the 18-cent increase to Ohio’s gas tax proposed by Governor Mike DeWine is the way to do it. DeWine is asking lawmakers to approve a 18-cent increase in Ohio’s 28-cents-per-gallon gas tax to raise an additional $1.2-billion a year for...
Gov. DeWine to ask for 18-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase
 Gov. Mike DeWine says he will ask lawmakers to approve an 18-cent per gallon increase in the state’s gasoline tax, which currently stands at 28-cents. An 18-cent increase would raise $1.2 billion a year. Further details are expected to be released during a 9 a.m. meeting of the House Finance Committee. The transportation budget bill...

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Gov. Mike DeWine says he will ask lawmakers to approve an 18-cent per gallon increase in the state’s gasoline tax, which currently stands at 28-cents. An 18-cent increase would raise $1.2 billion a year. Further details are expected to be released during a 9 a.m. meeting of the House Finance Committee. The transportation budget bill...
Ohio AG says state owed $15.8M from pharmacy benefit manager
 The Ohio Attorney General is arguing the state is owed $15.8 million from a company that manages pharmacy benefits for Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation — an accusation that the company says is “without merit.” The allegation comes amid growing tensions between Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration and pharmacy...

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The Ohio Attorney General is arguing the state is owed $15.8 million from a company that manages pharmacy benefits for Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation — an accusation that the company says is “without merit.” The allegation comes amid growing tensions between Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration and pharmacy...
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine stops executions, wants new protocol
 Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he is halting executions until the state devises a new lethal injection protocol that overcomes any court challenges. He did not issue a formal stay of all executions but said “Ohio is not going to execute someone under my watch when a federal judge has found it to be cruel and unusual punishment.&rdquo...

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Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he is halting executions until the state devises a new lethal injection protocol that overcomes any court challenges. He did not issue a formal stay of all executions but said “Ohio is not going to execute someone under my watch when a federal judge has found it to be cruel and unusual punishment.&rdquo...
Gov. DeWine to ask for gas tax increase, will detail plan Thursday
 Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he will ask lawmakers this week to increase the state gas tax to help fund $1.5 billion in construction, maintenance and safety projects on Ohio roads and bridges. He declined to say exactly how much of an increase he will seek, saying that announcement will come Thursday when he unveils his two-year transportation...

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Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he will ask lawmakers this week to increase the state gas tax to help fund $1.5 billion in construction, maintenance and safety projects on Ohio roads and bridges. He declined to say exactly how much of an increase he will seek, saying that announcement will come Thursday when he unveils his two-year transportation...
Ohio chief justice wants major changes to state’s bail, criminal justice system
 Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, who forcefully campaigned against Issue 1 last fall, is calling for major changes to the state criminal justice system that she says will be a better deal for taxpayers and help those caught up in addiction. O’Connor, a Republican, said on Tuesday that she wants Ohio to expand...

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Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, who forcefully campaigned against Issue 1 last fall, is calling for major changes to the state criminal justice system that she says will be a better deal for taxpayers and help those caught up in addiction. O’Connor, a Republican, said on Tuesday that she wants Ohio to expand...
Miami County state lawmaker wants to make it legal for farmers to grow hemp
 A Miami County state lawmaker wants to make it legal for farmers to grow hemp. Hemp looks like marijuana, but hemp is much more versatile in its many uses. This is why state Sen. Steve Huffman of Tipp City said he’s introducing a bill to make it legal to grow here. Huffman sponsored Ohio’s medical marijuana law. With this bill...

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A Miami County state lawmaker wants to make it legal for farmers to grow hemp. Hemp looks like marijuana, but hemp is much more versatile in its many uses. This is why state Sen. Steve Huffman of Tipp City said he’s introducing a bill to make it legal to grow here. Huffman sponsored Ohio’s medical marijuana law. With this bill...
Former Dayton Development Coalition leader J.P. Nauseef to lead JobsOhio
 Former Dayton Development Coalition leader J.P. Nauseef will be the next president of JobsOhio, the non-profit that heads up economic development efforts for the state. “J.P. Nauseef is the right person to lead JobsOhio,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a written statement. “His extensive experience in the economic development...

Posted: 7 days ago

Former Dayton Development Coalition leader J.P. Nauseef will be the next president of JobsOhio, the non-profit that heads up economic development efforts for the state. “J.P. Nauseef is the right person to lead JobsOhio,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a written statement. “His extensive experience in the economic development...
County jail, Dayton prison cope with water crisis
 The water emergency for the city of Dayton and Montgomery County meant that the county jail and a state prison in Dayton had to make adjustments for inmates. Montgomery County Jail inmates switched to bag lunches and dinner because of the initial precautionary boil water advisory, according to Sheriff Rob Streck.  The jail never lost...

Posted: 7 days ago

The water emergency for the city of Dayton and Montgomery County meant that the county jail and a state prison in Dayton had to make adjustments for inmates. Montgomery County Jail inmates switched to bag lunches and dinner because of the initial precautionary boil water advisory, according to Sheriff Rob Streck.  The jail never lost...
Montgomery County water outage: County to set up distribution centers, asks state for help
 Montgomery County is working on a plan to set up water distribution centers and is asking the state for help with the Dayton city-county water outage. "We have recognized we are going to need the state based on the population that's impacted," county Administrator Michael Colbert said in an interview with News Center 7 anchors James...

Posted: 7 days ago

Montgomery County is working on a plan to set up water distribution centers and is asking the state for help with the Dayton city-county water outage. "We have recognized we are going to need the state based on the population that's impacted," county Administrator Michael Colbert said in an interview with News Center 7 anchors James...
Water outage: Dayton and Montgomery County cancel boil advisories 
 A Wednesday water outage say the City of Dayton lose 2.52 million gallons of water in 10 minutes. During a Friday afternoon press conference, City Manager Shelley Dickstein said that the city is unable to say what caused the break until river levels drop and it can be accessed better. It is not clear how much the water needs to recede...

Posted: 8 days ago

A Wednesday water outage say the City of Dayton lose 2.52 million gallons of water in 10 minutes. During a Friday afternoon press conference, City Manager Shelley Dickstein said that the city is unable to say what caused the break until river levels drop and it can be accessed better. It is not clear how much the water needs to recede...
ODOT Director says Ohio must find money to fix roads or ‘more people will get hurt’
 Road construction and maintenance will stall, infrastructure will suffer and danger to drivers will increase if the state does not find money to fix roads, Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks told lawmakers on Wednesday. “Statistically, we know that deteriorating road conditions lead to more crashes and more crashes...

Posted: 8 days ago

Road construction and maintenance will stall, infrastructure will suffer and danger to drivers will increase if the state does not find money to fix roads, Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks told lawmakers on Wednesday. “Statistically, we know that deteriorating road conditions lead to more crashes and more crashes...
Ohio lawmaker pushes LGBTQ anti-discrimination bill
 While same-sex couples are legally allowed to marry, they can be fired from a job or kicked out of an apartment based on their sexual orientation in Ohio. State Sen. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, is planning to change that. Antonio, who is gay, announced that she will re-introduce the “Ohio Fairness Act” to prohibit discrimination...

Posted: 8 days ago

While same-sex couples are legally allowed to marry, they can be fired from a job or kicked out of an apartment based on their sexual orientation in Ohio. State Sen. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, is planning to change that. Antonio, who is gay, announced that she will re-introduce the “Ohio Fairness Act” to prohibit discrimination...
At least 43 schools in Ohio arm teachers and staff, report says
 Controlled door access, visitor screening and mass notification systems are the most common measures used in Ohio schools to protect kids and teachers, according to a new statewide survey sent to 5,620 buildings. Panic buttons, radio hookups to first responders, protective windows and physical barriers are used in fewer schools, according...

Posted: 8 days ago

Controlled door access, visitor screening and mass notification systems are the most common measures used in Ohio schools to protect kids and teachers, according to a new statewide survey sent to 5,620 buildings. Panic buttons, radio hookups to first responders, protective windows and physical barriers are used in fewer schools, according...
State Senate leader plans to eliminate thousands of business regulations in Ohio
 Republicans firmly in control of the Ohio Senate promised to eliminate thousands of business regulations, crack down on human trafficking, and change how drug users are treated in the criminal justice system. “You’ll see us focus on a number of big picture issues,” said Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, on Tuesday...

Posted: 9 days ago

Republicans firmly in control of the Ohio Senate promised to eliminate thousands of business regulations, crack down on human trafficking, and change how drug users are treated in the criminal justice system. “You’ll see us focus on a number of big picture issues,” said Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, on Tuesday...
Heartbeat abortion bill re-introduced by Ohio lawmakers
 Two Ohio lawmakers have re-introduced the “heartbeat bill,” which would outlaw abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. On Monday, state Reps. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, and Candice Keller, R-Middletown, introduced the “heartbeat bill” and said they have 50 co-sponsors for the measure in the 99-member Ohio House. House...

Posted: 10 days ago

Two Ohio lawmakers have re-introduced the “heartbeat bill,” which would outlaw abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. On Monday, state Reps. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, and Candice Keller, R-Middletown, introduced the “heartbeat bill” and said they have 50 co-sponsors for the measure in the 99-member Ohio House. House...
Yogi Kasich? Former governor tweets about his first yoga class
 Former Ohio governor John Kasich is taking up yoga with his wife, Karen Kasich, and posted a short video about his first foray into the ancient practice. “I took my first yoga class today, right beside my wife. You know, it was pretty hard, pretty challenging but I kind of figured out it’s not about me versus the world, it&rsquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

Former Ohio governor John Kasich is taking up yoga with his wife, Karen Kasich, and posted a short video about his first foray into the ancient practice. “I took my first yoga class today, right beside my wife. You know, it was pretty hard, pretty challenging but I kind of figured out it’s not about me versus the world, it&rsquo...
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