A bipartisan agreement to overhaul the way Ohio draws its legislative districts now goes to the voters.
As students return to class, there are fewer law students in the lecture halls. Law schools across the country report close to a 20 percent drop in the number of applicants this fall. The lingering recession, staffing cuts at law firms, and the rising cost of a law degree get the blame for the decline.
Ohio is set to execute a 9th convicted man in November. That would be the most in the state since executions resumed in 1999. In all, 40 men have been given lethal injections during the past 11 years. But, Ohio has not executed a woman since 1954.
After a couple lean years, the city of Columbus plans to spent more money this year on capital projects – things like road repairs and new fire trucks. WOSU reports, the new spending is thanks to new tax money approved by voters last summer.
Columbus police officers have voted to accept a fact finder’s recommendations concerning their salary and benefits for the next three years.
Health officials say that there are three million nurses in the United States. But they also continue to warn that there’s a nursing shortage. They say the number of jobs going unfilled will grow dramatically in the next 15 years. But in Central Ohio, that doesn’t seem to be the case – at least not yet.
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman promised there would be no sales, property or city income tax increases to support his proposed streetcar system. Thursday night at city hall he released funding details for where the money will come from.
Republicans who dominate the Ohio legislature are gearing up to pass a plan, cutting the state tax on capitol gains. They say Ohioans are paying too much in taxes ..after they make a profit on the sale of houses, businesses, or stocks. Minority Democrats, though, are opposing the tax cut plan.