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Some of the officers that enforce liquor laws in Ohio are being trained to fight more than illegal serving or drinking. 

The state auditor is asking auditors from his office to review how the Ohio Department of Education handles disciplinary complaints. 

Lawmakers and the Kasich administration have gone back and forth on a budget issue that would change the way people with long term health problems would receive medical care. That provision is still on the table as the Senate works to craft their final draft of the budget bill.

As the state’s budget shortfall approaches a billion dollars, a tax cut adopted four years ago is getting close attention. The small business tax cut promoted by Republican leaders has saved business owners money – but has gained a lot of criticism in the process.

Coal plants are struggling to make a profit in Ohio. And there have been proposals from regulators and lawmakers that would help prop up those plants by passing additional costs on to customers. However, legislators say their latest plan would help a struggling plant that was created under unusual circumstances that go back 60 years. 

Both the House and Senate increased the amount the state will spend on its 610 school districts beyond Gov. John Kasich’s original budget proposal. But school leaders are concerned about a big cut that’s remained through all three versions of the budget.

Just days after Republican Senators unveiled their new two-year budget with some substantial cuts, Senate Democrats presented a plan of their own. And this one is drastically different than the one that’s likely to pass the GOP controlled Senate next week. 

Local government leaders believe municipalities are taking some big hits in the latest state budget proposal. Those advocates say this could create a domino effect for cities and towns around the state.

National and local leaders are voicing their support for the victims of a shooting that took place during baseball practice among members of Congress and staff in Washington DC this morning. 

A national political Republican pollster says it’s too early to predict what might happen in next year’s gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races. But he says his polling shows there’s a tremendous amount of restlessness among voters.

A national Republican pollster who is conducting focus groups in Columbus this week says the shooting at a Congressional baseball team practice near Washington D.C. shows the need for politicians to speak out. 

The issue of faith comes into state politics in issues such as abortion and health care. But faith leaders came to the Statehouse today to speak out on another issue that hasn’t seen much action in nearly a decade – payday lending.

Local leaders are urging state lawmakers to save Ohio’s nuclear plants in fear of the impact those shutdowns would have on their communities. 

Senate Democrats are sounding off on the changes Republican leadership made in the House version of the state budget, which the GOP says will deal with a deficit that could be a billion dollars.

There was a silent yet visible demonstration at the Statehouse today as a bill that would ban an abortion procedure was introduced in committee. More than a dozen women dressed as characters from a well-known dystopian novel showed up as the Senate Judiciary Committee considered the legislation.

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