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Fed. Drug Policy Chief Headlines Opiate Conference

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, surpassing auto accidents.
March 31, 2015

Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli was scheduled to be in Columbus Tuesday as the keynote speaker at an Ohio conference on opiates and other drugs. He was also scheduled to participate in a roundtable discussion with health care leaders on the impact of opioids on infants and expectant mothers.

House Committee To Vote On “Heartbeat Bill”

Many Republicans and anti-abortion have said they worry the abortion measure would be ruled unconstitutional if passed.
24, 2015

An Ohio House committee has scheduled a possible vote for Tuesday on a proposal to effectively ban abortions after the first fetal heartbeat is detected. The measure has failed in each of the last two legislative sessions.

Ohio Drivers Can Now Use Smart Phones To Prove Insurance

Paper versions of proof of insurance will still be accepted.
23, 2015

Ohioans are now able to show proof of insurance to police officers and state agencies with their smart phones and other electronic devices.

New Laws Open Door For Adoptees To Access Birth Records

Adoptees lined up inside the Ohio Department of Health’s Vital Statistics bureau Friday morning
March 20, 2015

A new law now allows access to birth records to 400,000 adoptees from around the world who were born in Ohio between 1964 and 1996. Some of those adoptees traveled from 14 states to gather in Columbus Thursday night so they could be among the first to take advantage of the new law on Friday.

Court Rules AEP Can Shut Off Delinquent Accounts Remotely

The Wednesday ruling by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio applies to 132,000 Central Ohio AEP customers with new smart meters.
March 19, 2015

State utility regulators have approved a request by American Electric Power to remotely disconnect the electricity of some Ohio customers who haven’t made payments.

Columbus To Challenge Red Light Camera Ban

Supporters of the cameras say they make roadways safer and save lives. Critics often call them invasive and money-making tools for municipalities.
19, 2015

Columbus city leaders say they will file a lawsuit to repeal a new state law that effectively bans red light cameras.

Buckeye Lake Town Hall Meeting Draws Nearly 500 People

Buckeye Lake Dam
Buckeye Lake Dam
March 18, 2015

The future of Buckeye Lake and it’s troubled dam were the subject of a town hall meeting that brought out nearly 500 people Monday night.

Lawmakers Scrap Plan To Allow Fracking In State Parks

File photo
March 18, 2015

Plans to allow fracking in state parks appear to be dead for now. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports that provision has been pulled from a bill making its way through the Ohio legislature.

Buckeyes Earn Number 10 Seed, Will Play VCU In NCAA Tournament

D'Angelo Russell is expected to be one of the top picks in this year's NBA Draft if he turns pro.
March 16, 2015

Ohio State (23-10) was ousted in the Big Ten quarterfinals by Michigan State and was 4-4 in its final eight games. But the Buckeyes are dangerous because of D’Angelo Russell and his 19.3 points per game.

State, Licking County Officials To Discuss Faulty Buckeye Lake Dam

Buckeye Lake Dam
Buckeye Lake Dam
March 16, 2015

Monday’s meeting follows a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report saying the 180-year-old earthen dam along the north bank of Buckeye Lake is faulty and should be replaced immediately, or the lake be drained to prevent a catastrophic failure.