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Columbus' Easton Town Center is fully decorated for the holiday season.

Ohio Retailers Expecting a Slight Spending Boost this Holiday Over Last Year

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Ohio’s more than 7,000 retailers are expecting a slight increase in sales this holiday season over last year, though where those spending increases are projected may be a surprise. For the eighth year in a row, Ohioans are expected to spend more this holiday season than the previous year. The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants… Read More

Pedestrians pass through The Ohio State University's student union

Ohio State Says Fiscal 2019 Record Year for Research

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State University says it had a record-breaking year for research in fiscal 2019 with nearly $930 million in research expenditures, representing a 6.2% increase from the previous year. The university reported the numbers as part of its submission to the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development Survey, which… Read More

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder

Top Lawmaker Suggests “Redistribution” of Wealth to Fund the State’s Schools

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The head of the Ohio House wants the state to come up with a new way of funding schools. And he throws out a suggestion that could involve what’s often been called a “Robin Hood” approach. Speaker Larry Householder says some wealthier school districts have high family incomes and business properties that contribute a lot… Read More

Sen. Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) gives testimony for his bill, SB237, which removes the "duty to retreat" before using lethal force in self-defense.

“Stand Your Ground” Bill Gets First Hearing in Ohio Senate

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State lawmakers are considering a bill that would remove what’s known as the “duty to retreat” in public before shooting someone in self-defense, a law commonly referred to as the “Stand Your Ground” bill. At the heart of the debate is whether the law would increase or decrease safety. Sen. Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) told the Senate Government Oversight and Reform… Read More

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Men Alleging Sex Abuse by Ohio State Doc to Address Trustees

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Several of the 300-plus men alleging decades-old sexual misconduct by a team doctor are expected to address Ohio State trustees Thursday and urge the university to do more to take responsibility for what happened. The Board of Trustees agreed to hear from the men, as it did a year ago, but… Read More

A gavel on a set of scales

Dayton Gunman’s Friend Pleads Guilty to Firearms Counts

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A friend of a gunman who killed nine people in a rampage in Dayton has pleaded guilty to two firearms charges unrelated to the deadly mass shooting. Twenty-four-year-old Ethan Kollie pleaded Wednesday to lying on a federal firearms form and possessing a gun while using illegal drugs. The gun was unrelated… Read More

Sherry Russell discusses the death of her son at the Gallia County Jail in southern Ohio at her medical care business in Rio Grande, Ohio.

Families of Inmates Who Died, Hurt at Gallia Co. Jail Seek Answers

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GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (AP) — Families of inmates who died or were seriously injured at a small Ohio county jail in the last year are seeking answers about what happened to their loved ones. Records obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with former inmates and family members of deceased prisoners show evidence of uneven care… Read More

The Statehouse building

Lawmakers Pass Tax Break Bills, but Also Say They’re Concerned About Them

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State lawmakers have touted their support of a bill that eliminates the so-called “pink tax” on feminine hygiene products and gives a tax credit to teachers buying supplies. It also restores a $250,000 income tax break for lawyers and lobbyists. And it can seem to be a mixed message Republican leaders are sending on tax policy. This… Read More