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Apr 26, 2017 10:39 AM

Uncontested primary races could go away under new bill

COLUMBUS -- Congressional districts would skip special elections when primary races for vacancies are uncontested, under legislation that passed the Ohio House Tuesday. HB 18 passed on a vote of 84-0 and heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau
House budget about 'restraining growth'
Apr 26, 2017 10:39 AM

House budget about 'restraining growth'

COLUMBUS -- House Republicans stripped most of Gov. John Kasich's tax reform and other controversial measures from biennial budget legislation Tuesday in the first major alteration of the two-year spending plan proposed by the administration.

By Marc Kovaccapital Bureau
Apr 26, 2017 10:39 AM

Legislation: Residents with concealed carry licenses would not be required to inform police of

COLUMBUS -- Residents with valid concealed firearm licenses would not be required to notify officers that they are carrying, under legislation being considered in the Ohio House. HB 142 its first hearing April 25 before the chamber's Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee. Rep.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Apr 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Schiavoni steps down as minority leader

COLUMBUS -- Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) is stepping down as minority leader in the Ohio Senate, effective next week.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
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Akron man impersonates cop, attempts to gain access to jail, courthouse
Apr 25, 2017 9:51 AM

Akron man impersonates cop, attempts to gain access to jail, courthouse

AKRON -- The Summit County Sheriff's Office was contacted by court personnel April 6 in reference to an individual impersonating a police officer, with a handcuffed child in tow, and attempting to gain entry into a juvenile county courthouse with a firearm. Christopher S.

Apr 25, 2017 9:10 AM

Cuyahoga Falls buffet closes to public after court ruling on employee wages

Cuyahoga Falls -- A televangelist's restaurant has abruptly closed to the public after a court ordered them to pay $388,000 to a group of employees and found that members of his church were urged to volunteer at the buffet as unpaid workers.

By Phil Keren Cuyahoga Falls News-press Editor And Associated Press
Apr 24, 2017 2:33 PM

Kucinich plans Ohio town halls on charter school expenses, impact

COLUMBUS -- Former Congressman and Cleveland Mayor Dennis Kucinich kicked off a series of town hall meetings April 24, calling out lawmakers for pumping billions of dollars into charters at the expense of traditional public schools.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Apr 24, 2017 2:02 PM

Controlling Board releases $2 million for Kent State University

COLUMBUS -- The state Controlling Board released more than $2 million Monday for building improvements at Kent State University. The funds will go toward upgrades in Moulton Hall to accommodate an expansion of KSU's College of Public Health, one of two such colleges in the state.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Apr 24, 2017 9:26 AM

National Park Service to conduct prescribed burns

BRECKSVILLE -- The National Park Service will conduct a 13-acre prescribed fire this spring, between April 24 and June 1, in Boston Township, within Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The burn location is off Boston Mills Road just south of Interstate 80.

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Apr 21, 2017 12:40 PM

Schiavoni steps down as minority leader

COLUMBUS -- Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) is stepping down as minority leader in the Ohio Senate, effective next week.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau
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Apr 21, 2017 11:02 AM

Why Belichick might want Browns to change their tune

BEREA -- Browns architects Sashi Brown and Andrew Berry chaperoned the dance disguised as a pre-draft news conference Wednesday. Hue Jackson, who calls the shots on the biggest draft question, is in hiding.

By Steve Doerschuk Gatehouse Ohio Media
Apr 21, 2017 9:58 AM

Execution date set in Warren murder

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Supreme Court has set an execution date for a man convicted in the killing of a Warren woman and the rape and murder of her daughter 18 years ago. Stanley Theodore Adams is to be put to death on April 16, 2020.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Apr 21, 2017 9:58 AM

10 things from this week at the Ohio Statehouse

COLUMBUS -- How are lawmakers going to cut $800 million out of the proposed biennial budget? We should find out in coming days, as the legislature gets back to work in Columbus. Here are 10 things that happened around the Statehouse last week: 1.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Apr 18, 2017 3:23 PM

Open house set for planned Boston Mills Visitor Center

The public is invited to an open house to view and comment on the plans for the new Boston Mills Visitor Center for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. April 24 at Happy Days Lodge.

Apr 18, 2017 2:37 PM

Serenity Hospice celebrates National Volunteer Week

Serenity Hospice is hosting its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event during National Volunteer Week, April 23-29. This year's theme is "Volunteers Make the World a Brighter Place." It is a time to recognize the contributions of volunteers and to encourage more people to donate their time.

Summit County leaders poised for volunteer challenge at PGA event
Apr 18, 2017 11:38 AM

Summit County leaders poised for volunteer challenge at PGA event

Akron -- The leaders of Summit County government, Cuyahoga Falls, Stow, Akron, Barberton and Green are participating in a volunteer competition in conjunction with this summer's Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

By Phil Keren Cuyahoga Falls News-press Editor
Apr 17, 2017 2:44 PM

Lawmakers address state's unemployment compensation system

COLUMBUS -- Lawmakers and representatives of labor and business groups continue to haggle behind the scenes on reforms to the state's unemployment compensation system, with an eye now toward a potential agreement by midyear. Rep.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Apr 14, 2017 9:58 AM

10 things from this week at the Statehouse

COLUMBUS -- Consider it the calm before the storm, as state lawmakers work behind the scenes on amendments to the biennial operating budget, with changes to be announced soon. Here are 10 things that happened around the Statehouse last week: 1.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
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Apr 13, 2017 11:30 AM

Newcomerstown police confident gunman, accomplice will be caught

NEWCOMERSTOWN -- The U.S.

By Nancy Molnar Gatehouse Ohio Media
Apr 13, 2017 10:41 AM

Amidst song and dance, Kasich celebrates HB 483

COLUMBUS -- Little Lucy Borges danced, made faces and told a couple of jokes, all while Gov. John Kasich was talking about the importance of the state helping Ohioans in need.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief