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Lawmakers Ramp Up Scrutiny Of Recipients On Food Stamps, Medicaid

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The Ohio Senate and House have approved a bill, HB119, that will ramp up scrutiny of people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. The new review process will require government administrators to review a person’s eligibility every quarter, this is currently an annual process. The same requirements are also attached… Read More

Ohio’s Cities Say They Need More State Money To Fix Roads And Bridges

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Ohio’s cities have seen about $450 million in cuts to their local government funds under Gov. John Kasich. The lobby group that represents cities is looking forward to establishing new relationships with Governor-elect Mike DeWine and the incoming legislature. Here’s why. Mike Barhorst is the mayor of Sidney in western Ohio. He says he wants to make sure state leaders… Read More

Census Data Show Some KY Counties Among Nation’s Poorest

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New data from the Census Bureau show eastern Kentucky is still struggling with poverty and lagging far behind national and state averages in terms of income. The Bureau’s latest American Community Survey shows Bell, Harlan and McCreary Counties have some of the lowest median household incomes in the United States. Of counties with 10,000 residents or more,… Read More

Auditor Recommends Changes To How State Funds Online Schools

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – As lawmakers consider changing how Ohio funds online charter schools, the state auditor recommends they consider models factoring in student performance or testing. Ohio’s traditional school funding is enrollment-based, but e-school funding in recent years has been calculated using documented student participation. In a report released Thursday, Republican Auditor Dave Yost’s… Read More

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State Settles Final 2 Wrongful Termination Lawsuits

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The state of West Virginia has settled the final two of 12 wrongful-termination lawsuits filed against the Secretary of State’s office. Charleston attorney Mark Atkinson told the Charleston Gazette-Mail on Thursday that fired investigators Thomas Ranson and Jeff Shriner settled their lawsuits for $50,000 each. The lawsuits were filed against Republican… Read More