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U.S. Supreme Court Sends Shelby County Case Back To Lower Court

The order comes after its ruling Monday that businesses can now lodge religious objections to the coverage.
2, 2014

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered further review in a case involving Ohio business owners who challenged the birth control mandate under the new federal health care law.

New Fiscal Year Brings New Tax Breaks

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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.

Ohio Ranks Near Top In Hazardous Chemical Spills

A 2012 train derailment in Columbus caused at least three cars each carrying 30,000 gallons of ethanol to explode.
June 30, 2014

Since 2005, Ohio has had 256 serious incidents involving hazardous material releases during transport. That puts the state third in the nation behind only California and Texas.

Libertarian National Convention Comes To Columbus This Weekend

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Libertarians expects 600 delegates and 30 speakers at the convention that runs through Sunday at the downtown Hyatt Regency.
27, 2014

Democrats and Republicans get most of the attention for their national conventions, but Libertarians are hoping to get a jump-start on both parties with their convention in downtown Columbus.

Kasich Denies Any Involvement In Suarez Case

Kasich says he "may have had a meeting with (Suarez) a long time ago", but he denies any involvement in the case against Suarez.
June 25, 2014

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he “may have had a meeting” with embattled businessman Benjamin Suarez, but he says he’s not involved in the campaign finance case and Kasich’s testimony would serve no purpose.

Long-Time Stivers’ Aide Resigns

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U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers' Chief of Staff Adam Kuhn resigns amid sexually explicit photo leak.
24, 2014

U.S. Congressman Steve Stivers’ office confirms Chief of Staff Adam Kuhn resigned Tuesday afternoon.

Kasich Fights Subpoena In Campaign Contribution Case

The motion filed by the Ohio Attorney General's Office says Suarez is not allowed to subpoena Kasich to testify about abstract legal principles just because the testimony would be persuasive.
June 24, 2014

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is fighting a subpoena that would require him to testify for the defense at the federal court trial of a northeast Ohio businessman accused of using employees and others to funnel illegal campaign contributions to two prominent Republican politicians.

Sen. Brown Open To Gas Tax Increase To Improve Highway System

Senator Brown says he wants a plan that keeps road maintenance funded for at least six years.
24, 2014

The federal government is running low on cash to fund highway and bridge projects this year, and lawmakers in Washington have put together a set of competing fixes to the problem. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he’s open to increasing the federal gas tax.

Ohio Shifts Tax Burden From Businesses To Homeowners, Farmers

Homeowners and farmers were paying about 48 percent of the property taxes in 1975. That was up to more than 70 percent in 2011.
24, 2014

A new study shows Ohio’s property taxes have been shifting from business to residential and agricultural for 35 years. And it’s a shift that’s accelerated over the last 20 years.

Ohio Gets B+ For Manufacturing

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One of Ohio’s biggest challenges is retaining an educated workforce – what economists call human capital. Hicks says part of the brain drain problem is attracting today’s workers to Ohio’s aging urban centers.
23, 2014

Ohio gets an above-average grade in a study that grades the health of each state’s manufacturing industry by looking at the tax climate, productivity, and other factors.