November 23, 2014

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Ohio Senate passes $55.7 billion state budget

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate has passed its version of the state’s $55.7 billion spending blueprint, but there are still many differences lawmakers will have to work out. The Republican-led chamber passed the bill on a 23-10 vote along party lines after about six hours of debate Wednesday night. The plan would spend more money Read More…

Most large Ohio stadiums plan to continue concealed weapon ban

COLUMBUS — The largest stadiums and other sports venues in Ohio don’t plan to let fans bring concealed weapons with them, even if state lawmakers and the governor approve a proposal that would allow it in facilities that serve alcohol. The facilities say they plan to continue banning guns for safety reasons, taking advantage of Read More…

State Supreme Court says statutory rape law is unconstitutional

COLUMBUS— The Ohio Supreme Court says the state’s statutory rape law is unconstitutional when applied to children engaging in sexual conduct when both children are under the age of 13. The court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the law is vague and encourages arbitrary enforcement because any child under the age of 13 engaging in sexual Read More…

Gov. Kasich spares death row inmate

COLUMBUS — Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday spared a condemned killer of two after earlier expressing concern about the “considerable doubt” surrounding the case. Shawn Hawkins is the first death row inmate to receive mercy from Kasich since the Republican took office in January, and the seventh to be spared since Ohio resumed executions in Read More…

Judge calls glass stairs a peeping risk, says she’ll take elevator

COLUMBUS — An Ohio judge who wears dresses has rendered a verdict on the airy staircase with glass steps at the new county courthouse: she plans to take the elevators. Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Julie Lynch says the stairs at the building that opened Monday in Columbus have the potential to draw peeping from Read More…

Councilman drops plans to crack down on dirty bird feeders

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Bird lovers squawked, so an Ohio city councilman has dropped his plan to crack down on dirty bird feeders. Cuyahoga Falls Councilman Jerry James says existing property maintenance laws make his proposed ordinance moot. He wanted to expand a local law on the feeding of pigeons so residents in the northeast Ohio Read More…

State Senate expected to vote on $55.7 billion budget today

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate was expected to vote today on a $55.7 billion state budget that pushes more money to high-performing schools, while making such hefty policy changes as banning abortions at public hospitals. The Republican-led chamber has made a host of revisions to the two-year spending blueprint since it was passed in the Read More…

High-profile I-71 sign to be replaced due to misspelling

STRONGSVILLE — A new, high-profile road sign over an Ohio interstate highway entrance will be replaced, because a contractor’s spelling went off the road. The word “north” appeared prominently at the top of the sign misspelled “N-O-R-H-T.” Ohio Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jackie Schafer says the contractor fixed the error in the Cleveland suburb of Read More…

Pryor not coming back to OSU

COLUMBUS — Terrelle Pryor’s career at Ohio State, which started with so much promise and potential, came to an abrupt and scandal-ridden end. The Ohio State quarterback announced through his attorney Tuesday that he would not play for the Buckeyes this season. He had already been suspended for the first five games for breaking NCAA Read More…

Gov. Strickland’s Statehouse portrait to be unveiled this afternoon

COLUMBUS — A new painting will give former Gov. Ted Strickland a permanent place within the halls of the Ohio Statehouse. The portrait of the Democrat who left office earlier this year will be unveiled Tuesday afternoon at the state Capitol in Columbus. A news release says the private, 3 p.m. ceremony will include Strickland Read More…