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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.

Farmers At Least Partly To Blame For Toledo Water Crisis

The blue-green algae inundating Lake Erie and some other Ohio lakes is fueled by fertilizer runoff from farm fields and lawns.
5, 2014

About a half-million people were told to avoid their tap water after tests showed a toxin linked to algae found in Lake Erie. That algae is fueled by fertilizer runoff.

Ohio Ranks Fourth In Number Of Farmers Markets

Ohio ranks fourth in the nation for the number of Farmers's Market.
4, 2014

Federal statistics say Ohio now ranks fourth in the number of farmers markets, up from fifth place last year.

Findlay Flood Study Still On Schedule

The city of Findlay has struggled with flooding over the past seven years, particularly in the downtown area near the Blanchard River.
4, 2014

The Army Corps of Engineers says it still plans to finish a study within at least two years on flooding that has plagued areas near Findlay.

State Fair Closes With Sale Of Champions

The 2014 Ohio State Fair closed Sunday. Fair managers say they should come close to or exceed previous attendance records.
August 4, 2014

The Ohio State Fair is over for another year, and while final attendance figures aren’t in yet, the fair did bring in some big numbers with the Sales of Champions.

Toledo Mayor Lifts Water Ban

Toledo officials issued the water warning in Ohio's fourth-largest city early Saturday after tests revealed the presence of a toxin likely from algae on Lake Erie.
4, 2014

Ohio’s fourth-largest city warned residents not to use city water early Saturday after tests at one treatment plant showed readings for microcystin above the standard for consumption, most likely from algae on Lake Erie.