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Ohio Contest Could Signal Democrats’ Momentum For November

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WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump’s preferred congressional candidate — and his chief legislative achievement — are about to be tested in battleground Ohio in the season’s final high-stakes special election. The midsummer affair comes as Trump’s shadow looms over primary contests in four other states on Tuesday, none bigger than Kansas, where the… Read More

FBI Raids House, Storage Unit of Former Ohio House Speaker

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Federal agents are searching former Republican Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s home in southwest Ohio and a nearby storage unit. An FBI spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the agency was “conducting law enforcement activities” in the area. Rosenberger resigned from the House last month after saying he was aware the FBI was… Read More

Ohio Primary Results

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Find LOCAL AND REGIONAL RACES HERE COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, one of the state’s best-known politicians, and Democrat Richard Cordray, who headed the federal consumer protection bureau under President Barack Obama, prevailed Tuesday to head into a fall faceoff to succeed Republican Gov. John Kasich. November’s general election will feature… Read More

Ohio Dems See Hope, Challenge in Crowded Governor Primary

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The outcome of Ohio’s historic five-way Democratic primary for governor is anyone’s guess. The strongest positioned contenders — former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray and former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich — look at voters’ many choices and take nothing for granted. Longer-shot candidates, like state Sen. Joe Schiavoni and former state… Read More

Ohio Lawmakers To Receive Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – All Ohio state lawmakers must receive sexual harassment training following the sexual misconduct scandals that have swept the nation and forced resignations in both chambers of Ohio’s state Legislature. Senate President Larry Obhof, a Republican, imposed the requirement on all senators and staff members in October, after then-state Sen. Cliff Hite… Read More

Proposed State Fund Would Help Counties Pay Bills, Fight Opioids

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A veteran Ohio politician is calling for a special state fund to help counties boost employment, fight opioid abuse and cover basic expenses. Any of the state’s 88 counties, large or small, would be eligible to draw from the equalization fund proposed Wednesday by Republican Gene Krebs. The former state representative… Read More

Tourism in Coal Country: Digging into Culture, Ecotourism

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PERRY COUNTY, Ohio (AP) — Two-thirds of Appalachia’s coal industry jobs have disappeared since the 1990s. Now the region is hoping tourism will help rebuild its economy by tapping into history and its rugged natural beauty. A Shawnee, Ohio, event re-enacted a Prohibition rally outside the real-life former speakeasy. In Corbin, Kentucky, they’re constructing an… Read More

2nd Ohio State Lawmaker Resigns Over Inappropriate Behavior

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The second Ohio state lawmaker in a month has resigned amid allegations of inappropriate behavior. State Rep. Wes Goodman, a Cardington Republican, resigned on Wednesday. Republican House Speaker Clifford Rosenberger says he learned of Goodman’s inappropriate behavior Tuesday and confronted him immediately. No details have been made public about what Goodman’s… Read More

High-Tech Ideas to Fix Opioid Crisis Compete for Ohio Grants

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich called for scientific breakthroughs aimed at solving the opioid crisis, and grant-seekers are answering with ideas such as remotely controlled medication dispensers, monitoring devices for addicts and pain-relieving massage gloves. Forty-four entities have expressed their intent to apply for up to $12 million in competitive research-and-development grants… Read More

Husted Turns Over Some Ohio Voter Data to Trump Panel

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s elections chief says he has complied with an information request from a presidential commission on voter fraud with a series of web links to publicly available data. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted tells The Associated Press he withheld voters’ driver’s license and partial Social Security numbers from President Donald… Read More