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Manchin Only Democratic Senator Not to Endorse LGBT Bill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is the only Democratic senator who did not co-sponsor an LGBT anti-discrimination bill. 44 Democratic U.S. senators and the two independent senators that caucus with them have signed onto Senate bill 788. The bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon would add LGBT protections to… Read More

Quarles: Sales of Kentucky Hemp Products Surged in 2018

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner says sales of the state’s hemp products surged in 2018, as did the amount hemp farmers were paid. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said Monday that Kentucky hemp processors reported nearly $58 million in gross product sales last year, compared with nearly $17 million in 2017. The report is… Read More

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, Gov. Mike DeWine and OBM Director Kimberly Murnieks

DeWine’s Budget Doesn’t Bet On Money From Sports Gambling

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Gov. Mike DeWine says he’ll pay for the spending in his $69 billion dollar budget with economic growth – not new taxes or fees. And he’s also not counting on a source of revenue several lawmakers have been hoping to secure since a big U.S. Supreme Court decision last year. DeWine said the budget isn’t… Read More

Hundreds Of High School Seniors Honored At “Ohio Military Signing Day”

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Hundreds of high school seniors bound for the armed forces were honored in Columbus this week. It’s a ceremony conceived by the state school superintendent, and it’s grown dramatically in its first year. Seniors headed for the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines were applauded for their decision to enlist, and their families were… Read More

Ohio Sues Over $16M in Alleged Prescription Drug Overcharges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Efforts to support Ohio’s vulnerable children and adults, prepare more skilled workers, and address water-quality concerns would get targeted funding increases under Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s first state operating budget proposal. Officials say the spending plan unveiled Friday doesn’t raise taxes, instead relying on anticipated slow, steady economic growth from existing… Read More