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Budget, taxes, education, drugs - Gov.  John Kasich covered a lot of ground in his State of the State speech in Sandusky. And he also made a little news.

Gov. John Kasich got a guided tour of Amazon’s huge new fulfillment center in central Ohio today. And he took the opportunity to blast a bill to change the state’s green energy requirements on electric utilities into voluntary goals.

A new study paid for by financial planners, non-profits and state leaders shows most Ohioans are not saving enough for retirement. 

Ohio’s state government is taking its show on the road with Gov. John Kasich preparing to deliver his annual State of the State speech in Sandusky. 

As Gov. John Kasich prepares to deliver his statewide address on the State of the State, a coalition of union and community groups is pointing out issues where Ohio is trailing the rest of the nation. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

A well-known Democrat who’s often mentioned as a possible candidate for governor was in Ohio this weekend, campaigning for a national constitutional amendment on money in politics. And he says Ohioans may be seeing a lot more of him.

700,000 Ohioans are covered under Medicaid expansion, and Gov. John Kasich continues to push for the federal government to continue Medicaid expansion in any future health care reform. But he’s also argued that states should have flexibility.  That could mean thousands of very poor people might lose Medicaid coverage.

Six states have adopted computer science standards for schools. A pair of suburban Columbus Republican lawmakers want Ohio to be next, but they don’t want schools to be mandated to use them.

Many large businesses have departments that deal with cybersecurity and data breaches on the internet, but smaller businesses often don’t have those resources. And those small operations are taking advantage of a program offered by the state. 

Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor is stepping down from her job as the director of the state Department of Insurance. 

High schoolers from around Ohio are taking over the Statehouse – visiting it as part in a mock government program to get a first-hand look at how policy is made. 

A man who admitted killing dozens of people while working as a nurse’s aide in the 70s and 80s has died after being beaten in an Ohio prison.

A bill to change the state’s green energy benchmarks on electric utilities from requirements to goals is halfway through the Statehouse. But in spite of the overwhelming vote in the House, the bill faces an uncertain future.

Gov. John Kasich is implementing rule changes for the way medical professionals can prescribe opioids. This plan comes just one day after majority Republicans in the House announced a bill that would accomplish many of the same goals. 

The Senate has upped the penalties for possessing fentanyl, the deadly and powerful synthetic painkiller that’s been turning up in heroin in Ohio. But the debate on what may seem like a simple way to fight the fentanyl problem got complex and heated.

The $7.8 billion transportation budget is now headed to Gov. John Kasich.

Ohio lawmakers are pushing a bill they think will reduce opioid overdose deaths by setting prescribing guidelines for doctors and dentists. 

There’s a bill in the legislature that’s meant to provide a way for women who earn less than their male counterparts to report those situations.

The White House is reportedly quietly restarting talks on health care reform, after the bill President Trump and Republicans back was pulled just hours before a vote on Friday.  And Gov. John Kasich said he was working on that issue too this week.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threw down an ultimatum to so-called sanctuary cities and states, either work with the federal immigration enforcement or lose grant funding. But House Democrats aren’t budging.

Republicans in the House and Senate have reached a compromise on the transportation budget. 

The rate of babies born with drug withdrawal is eight times larger than the rate 10 years ago. Officials say the sharp climb is a direct result of Ohio’s opioid epidemic.

Supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump protested at the Statehouse this weekend in competing demonstrations.

Parents of children with serious medical conditions are pleading with state leaders to keep funding intact for a program that helps pay for treatment. 

President Donald Trump’s go-ahead for the Keystone pipeline that runs from Canada to the gulf shore is triggering concerns from Ohio environmental groups. 

Lawmakers have a busy week ahead of them as they work on the state and transportation budget ahead of Gov. John Kasich’s annual State of the State address. 

A bill that would ban discrimination in housing or employment based on sexual gender or identity has been introduced in the legislature. And it’s not the first time.

There’s a new bill being considered at the Statehouse that would restrict the way police agencies could use drones. The legislation has bipartisan support, for different reasons.

The trucking industry says there’s been a driver shortage for two decades – and that there could be 175,000 unfilled trucker jobs in the next seven years.  A bipartisan group of lawmakers have proposed a package of bills that seeks to put the brakes on that.

With thousands of kids ending up in foster care because of the opioid crisis, the state is trying a new pilot program to help children of addicted parents. 

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