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West High Students Eligible For Vouchers After New Report Cards

The state revised some district and school ratings after an investigation into "scrubbing" of attendance data.
August 14, 2014

The lowering of state report card scores for some Columbus schools could be good news for students in at least one Columbus school.

Ohio Shale Production Up Ten Fold Since 2012

Utica production numbers are still far smaller than leading regions such as the Marcellus in Pennsylvania, the Bakken in North Dakota, or the Eagle Ford in Texas.
12, 2014

The report from the U.S. Energy information Administration found that production from the Utica region in eastern Ohio increased by more than 10 times over the last two years, from 115 million cubic feet per day in 2012 to an estimated 1.3 billion cubic feet per day by September 2014.

Well-Funded Medical Pot Campaign On The Horizon?

A Quinnipiac poll in February showed 87 percent of Ohio voters support medical marijuana, and there are reports that a well-funded campaign is coming, modeled after the successful drive that casino backers made to the ballot.
12, 2014

Medical marijuana didn’t make the ballot this year, but there are reports that a well-funded campaign is coming.

Ohio’s Moratorium On Executions Extended Through End Of Year

A federal judge has extended the moratorium on executions in Ohio until January 15. The moratorium was scheduled to end this week.
11, 2014

The one-page order by Columbus federal judge Gregory Frost issued Friday affects the state’s latest death penalty policy change, which was announced in late April and increases the amount of the sedative and painkiller Ohio uses.

Early Voting Changes Go Before Federal Judge

Republican backers of the measures say Ohioans still have plenty of time to vote.
11, 2014

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and other civil rights groups are challenging a directive from the state’s elections chief that sets uniform voting times. They’re also seeking to overturn a law that eliminated days when residents can both register to vote and cast an early ballot.

Panels Considers Big Changes To Education Language In Constitution

The 1851 version of the Ohio Constitution set up the state’s public school system by directing state lawmakers to use taxes to secure a “thorough and efficient system of common schools”. Those words “thorough and efficient” have gotten a lot of attention over time.
8, 2014

For 160 years, Ohio has had a public school system. Now, an appointed panel of lawmakers, former public officials and well-connected experts are examining how the Ohio constitution can resolve the debate over how to pay for it.

State School Board Pres. Will Not Seek Re-Election

Ohio Board of Education President Debe Terhar.
August 7, 2014

The head of the Ohio Board of Education says she will not seek re-election to that panel.

Constitution Commission Considers Changes To Term Limits

Democrats say Ohio's new GOP-backed congressional map shows the system is broken and unfairly favors the controlling party.
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.

Columbus Woman Tested For Ebola Virus

A Columbus woman, who exhibited symptoms of Ebola, tests negative for the deadly virus.
5, 2014

Test results for a woman, 46, in Columbus exhibiting symptoms of Ebola came back negative, according to Columbus Public Health.

State Lawmaker Wants To Ban Cities From Housing Some Immigrants

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is in a public fight with Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, who says the region doesn't have the resources to house immirgants who've crossed into the U.S. recently.
August 5, 2014

A Republican state lawmaker has introduced legislation to keep Ohio agencies from agreeing to house immigrants who are in the country illegally. It follows the mayor of Dayton saying the city is willing to house some of the immigrant children who’ve crossed the U.S. southern border recently.