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When leaders talk about reforming criminal sentencing, some begin to argue that it’s too easy for average Ohioans to break the laws. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow has more on the topic of what’s been called “overcriminalization”.

  With the mid-term elections behind us, national political attention is now turned to the presidential election in 2016. But what takes place on the state and local level over the next year arguably has more of an affect on the day to day lives of people and businesses.

Ohio's jobless rate goes up

Aug 15, 2014

For the first time in nine months, Ohio’s unemployment rate went up last month.   The news has the political spin machines working on high speed.

Ohio’s jobless rate was 5.7 in July, up from 5.5 in June. Ben Johnson with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says that’s not reason to think that means the state’s economy is failing:

“We don’t think that the overall trend has changed. We believe that the economy is slowly improving and will continue to slowly improve.

  The debate over charter schools in Ohio has heated up, and several schools and the organizations that run them are currently under investigation. Proponents of charter schools point to them as an option for parents seeking schools that best suit their children. Critics say the schools siphon funding from local public school districts and that many produce poorer academic results than traditional public schools.

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Where's the Money?

Apr 8, 2013

As the Ohio Legislature argues over a new 2-year budget plan, some Ohioans are claiming the state's financial shortage can be traced to some people and companies not paying their fair share of taxes. Statehouse News Correspondent Bill Cohen reports:

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The continuing controversy over a Facebook posting by the president of the State Board of Education was the first order of business at Monday’s board meeting.

Gun owners rally for rights

Feb 8, 2013
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More than a hundred Ohio gun owners rallied at the statehouse Friday. As Bill Cohen reports, they were not expressing anger at the government officials who work inside the building. Instead, they were protesting federal lawmakers in Washington.

New law has tails wagging

Jan 10, 2013
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio’s Governor has signed a bill into law that cracks down on puppy mills.

The signing ceremony for a bill that sets standards for high concentration kennels went to the dogs… literally. As Governor Kasich signed the bill, a Bichon named Sammy joined him on the table.

The bill requires registration and vet checks for dogs in high volume kennels.  It’s a change that Sue Pohler, the owner of a puppy milled dog, says has been a long time coming for a couple of reasons.