Gov. Matt Bevin and Republican leaders of the state legislature have released a proposal that would make major changes to the retirement plans for teachers and other state workers.

The proposal would phase out the state’s use of a defined-benefit pension system, which guarantees payments to state employees throughout their retirements.

Instead, nearly all future and some current employees would be moved into defined contribution plans like 401(k)s, which will require the state to put less money into employee retirements.


Hamilton County will host a summit next month on the heroin crisis. Commissioner Denise Driehaus says it will highlight what the heroin coalition has been doing and solicit ideas for dealing with the epidemic.

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Two manatees are back in Florida and three new ones are now receiving care at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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For Cincinnati Vice Mayor David Mann, the proclamation he presented Wednesday at City Hall was very personal. Mayor John Cranley honored Mann's mother, Faye, who will celebrate her 100th birthday Thursday.

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Lannis Timmons, a long-time high school basketball coach, has been chosen by the Cincinnati Board of Education to fill the vacancy left by the death last month of board member Chris Nelms.


Ohio Republican state Sen. Cliff Hite of Findlay suddenly resigned his seat Monday, just a month after saying he would run for re-election next year. He didn't initially indicate why. Now he's sharing more details.

Major League Soccer could soon leave Columbus.

The owner of the Columbus Crew SC announced Tuesday he was considering relocating the team to Austin, Texas, unless Columbus comes up with a plan for a new, downtown stadium. That stunned fans, to say the least, including season ticket holder Matthew Coy.

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Hamilton County Commissioners are considering using a new annual Motor Vehicle License $5 fee to help to pay the local match required for state and federal funding of the Western Hills Viaduct reconstruction.

It’s likely Ohio’s only statewide elected Democrat will enter the race to become his party’s nominee for governor.

After The Ohio State University said they would look into "alternatives" to allow white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus, Spencer's lawyer gave the school a new deadline of Friday, Oct. 20 to respond to their requests.


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