More Workers Comp. Rebates Coming For Ohio Employers

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The rebates come a few weeks after the BWC settled a seven-year lawsuit with hundreds of thousands of Ohio businesses over its group rate system.
9:03AM
August 14, 2014

More than 185,000 public and private employers are expected to receive another round of rebates from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

Constitution Commission Considers Changes To Term Limits

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Democrats say Ohio's new GOP-backed congressional map shows the system is broken and unfairly favors the controlling party.
8:12AM
August
6, 2014

For the first of a three-part series examining some issues on the table before Ohio’s Constitutional Modernization Commission, Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports on what’s being considered on a controversial issue: term limits.

Ohio Republicans Renew Push To Repeal Common Core

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The bill from Republican State Rep. Andy Thompson would repeal the standards and replace them with new provisions based on educational benchmarks used in Massachusetts.
9:01AM
July
29, 2014

School districts have spent years preparing to implement the education standards known as Common Core — which are set to start this coming school year. Now House Republicans are renewing their efforts to repeal the standards.

Kasich Joins Push To Give Fracking Ingredients To First Responders

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Companies are already required to provide a list of the chemicals used at the site. The only chemicals not on the list are those protected by trade rights, which are reported to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
9:23AM
July 28, 2014

Big changes could be coming to Ohio’s fracking regulations in terms of chemical disclosure. It’s a transparency issue environmental groups have been pushing to advance for years, and it appears another step is in the works following a major chemical spill.

Claims Of Racism, Sexual Misconduct In Charter School Testimony

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A request for comment from the Horizon Science Academy in Dayton was forwarded to Concept Schools in Chicago. The group offered a written statement. It did not address the allegations, but did say they prioritize ensuring a “safe” and “professional” school environment.
7:41AM
July
16, 2014

The state board of education is launching an investigation into at least one charter school after hearing disturbing testimony from a group of former teachers.

Ballot Board Clears Language For Clean Energy Initiative

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Former head of the U.S. Energy Dept, Steven Chu talks about energy sources like natural gas and windmills.
9:57AM
July
15, 2014

The group “Yes for Ohio’s Energy Future” can now collect signatures for a ballot initiative to invest $13 billion in bonds into solar, wind, and other alternative energy projects.

Infrastructure, Processing Improvements Help Ohio Shale Industry

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The average time it takes to drill a well has been cut in half because companies are more familiar with the territory.
7:23AM
July
3, 2014

State and industry leaders detailed the health of Ohio’s oil and natural gas industries at Wednesday’s annual “State of the Play” conference.

New Fiscal Year Brings New Tax Breaks

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8:04AM
July
1, 2014

It’s July 1, which means the state is ringing in a new fiscal year. One group is calling attention to what it calls special interest policies taking effect.

Columbus Earns Soccer Reputation During World Cup

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World Cup viewing parties have been popping up all over Columbus, which ranked second in total viewership in the U.S. during Sunday’s match against Portugal.
7:53AM
June 27, 2014

The avid soccer fans credit the city’s Major League Soccer team and a series of U.S. matches for building the local fan base.