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Drug Prison, College Cost Cuts On Ohio Senate GOP’s Agenda

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Ohio Republicans in the Ohio Senate have released their legislative priorities for the coming session.
28, 2015

Republicans in the Ohio Senate are pushing for colleges to cut students’ costs by 5 percent and want the state to set up a drug prison where addicted inmates can get treatment.

Abortion Limits To Go Before State Lawmakers

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28, 2015

In the coming weeks, state lawmakers are expected to take up two proposals to limit abortions in Ohio.

IKEA Announces Plans For Store In Columbus

Rendering of a proposed Ikea store in the Polaris area.
Rendering of a proposed Ikea store in the Polaris area.
January 27, 2015

Swedish retailer IKEA announced Tuesday it plans to build a store in Columbus near Polaris Mall.

O-H-eh! Ohio Canada Trade Mostly Autos And Oil

More than 300,000 Ohio jobs depend on trade and investment in Canada
27, 2015

As a Great Lakes state, Ohio has deep economic ties to Canada. More than 300-thousand Ohio jobs are linked directly to exports to Canada. Canadian Consul General for Ohio, Douglas George, says he’s looking for more trade ties during a week-long visit to the state that began in Columbus.

IKEA To Build Columbus-Area Store

IKEA calls itself "the world's leading home furnishings retailer."
27, 2015

Swedish furniture retailer IKEA says it plans to build a store in the Columbus area.

Kasich Sets Feb. 2 For Release Of 2-Year Operating Budget

Governor Kasich plans to release his preliminary two-year state budget to state lawmakers February 2.
26, 2015

Gov. John Kasich’s administration will release Ohio’s next state budget February 2.

Ohio Sues Federal Government Over Fee In Affordable Care Act

DeWine calls the fee “a blatantly unconstitutional expansion of power by the federal government.”
January 26, 2015

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine has made good on threats to sue the federal government over a tax in the Affordable Care Act.

Freeze On Energy Standards Hurting Central Ohio Solar Business

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Solar Panels on roof of Evening Street Elementary in Worthington.
26, 2015

A Central Ohio solar company is blaming Ohio’s freeze on green energy standards for some of the slowdown in its business.

Central Ohio Job Market Tightens, Puts Pressure On Wages

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Production workers at SK Food Group make sandwiches and frozen food items for some national chains. The plant near Rickenbacker supplies SK's customers mostly east of the Mississippi River.
23, 2015

Ohio’s jobless rate declined again last month to 4.8%. The new number is the latest sign that central Ohio’s job market is turning in favor of workers. The tightening labor market helps job seekers but may put a brake on growth of some individual companies.

Pay-To-Park Zones Could Be Answer To Short North Parking Crunch

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Columbus City officials soon will consider recommendations that could change residential parking zones in neighborhoods near urban districts, such as the Short North.
22, 2015

Urban living has revitalized some Columbus neighborhoods. Condos, restaurants and shops attract new residents and visitors. But there’s a downside: parking. It’s becoming more and more of a headache for the downtown area’s thriving neighborhoods. WOSU takes a look at the parking crunch and a possible solution.