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Ohio Students First To Take New Common Core Tests

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The Common Core standards, which arose from the federal No Child Left Behind law, have been adopted in more than 40 states and spell out what reading and math skills students should master in each grade.
9:04AM
February
17, 2015

New standardized tests based on the national Common Core standards are being introduced in U.S. schools. The first students to take them are in Ohio beginning today.

Ohio Rep. Ryan Says He Won’t Make 2016 US Senate Run

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Rep. Tim Ryan won't run for the U.S. Senate in 2016.
3:58PM
February 13, 2015

Veteran northeast Ohio congressman Tim Ryan says he isn’t running for the 2016 Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Rob Portman.

Columbus Leaders Vow To Bid Again For Future Political Convention

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Columbus leaders are not giving up on hosting a convention.
3:32PM
February
12, 2015

Columbus has lost its bid to host a national political convention. The Democratic National Committee decided Philadelphia was better suited as the site to nominate its presidential candidate. Disappointed civic and business leaders promise to use the experience to try again in four years.

Philadelphia, Not Columbus Will Host Democrats in 2016

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Central Ohio's hopes of bringing the Democratic National Convention to Columbus were dashed when the DNC picked Philadelphia.
9:48AM
February
12, 2015

Democrats have picked Philadelphia as the site of their 2016 national convention, dashing Columbus’s hopes of hosting the event at Nationwide Arena.

Ohio House: No New Tests To Decide Which Students Move On

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The bill also prohibits using the results of new state math and English assessments to make course credit decisions.
8:13AM
February
12, 2015

The Ohio House has unanimously passed a bill that bars schools from using the results of new proficiency tests being rolled out this school year to determine a student’s advancement to the next grade level.

State Health Officials Defend Proposed Medicaid Premium

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State Medicaid Director John McCarthy told lawmakers on the House Finance Committee that requiring a small monthly payment is an important for people who will eventually make enough money to start buying insurance from the federal marketplace or exchange.
7:55AM
February 12, 2015

Gov. John Kasich and the director of Ohio’s Medicaid program want enrollees making more than the federal poverty level to pay a $20 monthly premium.

Democrats Question Whether Budget Creates Health Barriers

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Some democrats at the Ohio Statehouse worry that Governor Kasich's budget would make it difficult for low income Ohioans on Medicaid to stay on the program.
2:50PM
February
11, 2015

Democrats on a state legislative panel are questioning whether Republican Gov. John Kasich’s budget could create barriers to health care after boosting access for some.

Ohio Anti-Abortion Group Lays Out Legislative Agenda

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Abortion foes set a strong agenda at the Ohio Statehouse.
12:04PM
February
10, 2015

With strong Republican legislative majorities, abortion foes in Ohio have set their sights on an aggressive agenda for the new session.

Pot Legalization Plan Would Bring Grow Site To Franklin County

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ResponsibleOhio spokesman Chris Stock says the plan includes regulations on marijuana growth, sales and use in Ohio.
8:00AM
February 10, 2015

The group behind a proposed marijuana legalization amendment has released more details about its plan, including where the regulated pot would be grown.

Toledo, Ohio Mayor Dies After Cardiac Arrest While Driving

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Toledo Mayor Michael Collins.
2:47PM
February 6, 2015

The mayor of Toledo, Ohio, has died five days after suffering cardiac arrest while driving during a snowstorm.