June 29, 2016

Elyria
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Watchdog group wants Cincinnati Zoo held responsible in gorilla’s death

CINCINNATI — An animal protection watchdog group Tuesday called on federal authorities to hold the Cincinnati Zoo responsible for the death of an endangered western lowland gorilla. The zoo’s director, Thane Maynard, said Monday it remains safe for its 1.6 million annual visitors despite a weekend tragedy in which a gorilla was fatally shot to Read More…

DeWine inadvertently announces governor’s bid in 2018

COLUMBUS — Mike DeWine, the state attorney general and a former U.S. senator, confirmed Thursday what political prognosticators have reported for months: He’s running for governor. The 69-year-old Republican shared his less-than-secret plans with a Dayton charter school official in a conversation overheard by a reporter. DeWine told the Dayton Daily News the discussion had Read More…

State legislators pass bill to legalize medical marijuana

COLUMBUS — A medical marijuana legalization bill has been sent to Gov. John Kasich in an effort by state lawmakers to offset support for a proposed fall ballot measure. The measure cleared the Ohio Senate by just three votes, and the House followed by OK’ing Senate changes 67-28. The proposal, which Kasich has not committed Read More…

Could the end be near for Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center?

CLEVELAND — Cleveland State University is considering whether to replace the school’s 13,000-seat arena with a smaller facility to allow for construction of additional on-campus housing. Cleveland.com reports that Cleveland State wants to add another 1,000 housing units in the next few years to meet student demand. Cleveland State has been working to reshape its Read More…

Ohio-to-Pennsylvania flight delayed for solar plane making round-the-world journey

DAYTON — A solar-powered airplane’s planned flight from Ohio to Pennsylvania has been postponed. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 is on an around-the-world journey. It was scheduled to fly from Dayton to the Lehigh Valley Tuesday morning, but project officials scrapped those plans late Monday night. Officials say that during a failure of the cabinet Read More…

Ohio unemployment rate ticked up in April, now at 5.2 percent

COLUMBUS — Officials say Ohio’s unemployment rate rose again in April as 13,600 jobs were lost over the month. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that the state unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in April, up from 5.1 percent in March. February’s rate was 5 percent. The number of workers unemployed Read More…

Ohio General Assembly votes to remove cap on alcohol content in beer

COLUMBUS — In a move that would allow craft brewers the freedom to make boozier beers, Ohio lawmakers have voted to scrap a cap on alcohol content for beer that’s been on the books since just after Prohibition. Ohio legislators this week followed the lead of other states in voting to get rid of the Read More…

Ohio House passes medical marijuana bill

Ohioans are one step closer to seeing the legalization of medical marijuana. The Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 523 on Tuesday, which would make the state the 25th in the nation to allow the drug for medicinal purposes. The bill now goes to the state Senate and possibly Gov. John Kasich for approval. Read More…

Back to being governor: Kasich keeps low profile after end of presidential bid

COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has quickly transitioned from being in the public spotlight to keeping a low profile. Since ending his Republican presidential bid, his office says the governor has been meeting privately with his staff. So far, no public events are on his schedule. Regardless of his next steps, Kasich should have Read More…

Medicaid charge draws critics

COLUMBUS — A plan to require more than 1 million Ohioans on Medicaid to pay a new monthly cost is drawing mostly criticism from health care advocates, Democrats and others who claim the proposal would burden low-income beneficiaries and cause some to drop out of the government-funded program. State officials are gathering public comments on the Read More…