August 28, 2015

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The Morning Hit–8/26/15

Welcome back to The Morning Hit, where we talk about what people are talking about online. The web has become the digital equivalent of the office water cooler, and its becoming more necessary by the day to stay in the loop. With that being said, let’s hit it. Booze to your doorstep. Amazon is taking Read More…

Debate tonight could be first step in winnowing GOP presidential field

WASHINGTON — The political veteran with the right resume, but perhaps the wrong last name. The rookie senators and their focus on foreign policy and individual rights. Governors with experience — and baggage. The never-been-elected outsiders, and of course, the billionaire showman. For the Republican Party, the narrowing of that vast field of presidential hopefuls Read More…

Field is set for Thursday’s GOP debate in Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has scored the top spot for Thursday night’s leadoff debate of the 2016 presidential race, joined by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and seven other Republican contenders who made the campaign’s first cut. Seven others will be excluded, including former technology executive Carly Fiorina and Read More…

Gas prices down markedly in Ohio, could fall farther

COLUMBUS — Falling gas prices are greeting motorists in Ohio as the work week gets under way. The average for a gallon of regular gas in the state was about $2.46 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s down 17 cents compared with last week and Read More…

Don’t call it a comeback: Gymnast Douglas on schedule for return

COLUMBUS — Gabby Douglas is exasperated. Again and again and again the defending women’s Olympic all-around champion emphatically slaps her right hand on one of the picnic tables that sit just past the front desk at Buckeye Gymnastics, the latest home in her nomadic career. The 19-year-old isn’t angry, exactly. She’s just over the skepticism surrounding Read More…

Kasich makes it official, jumps into 2016 Republican race

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COLUMBUS — Saying “big ideas change the world,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination Tuesday and set about trying to distinguish himself in a bustling contest with other high achievers. Kasich, 63, launched his campaign at Ohio State University before a crowd of 2,000 at an event marking the entry Read More…

Ohio changes forms, statehouse policy in wake of Obergefell decision

COLUMBUS — Same-sex couples in Ohio can now hold their weddings in the Statehouse, file their state taxes jointly and list their spouses on death certificates following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month that legalized gay marriage across the country. The lead plaintiff in the case that led to the landmark ruling was Jim Read More…

AAA: Gas prices down in Ohio, could decrease more

COLUMBUS — Gas prices for motorists in Ohio start the week a bit lower than they have in recent weeks. The average for a gallon of regular gas in the state was about $2.63 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s down 12 cents compared with Read More…

Republic Steel idles furnace, lays off workers

LORAIN – Republic Steel will idle its electric arc furnace, the company told city officials and union members Friday. Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the company told him up to 150 workers will lose their jobs as part of the shutdown. “From what I’ve gathered, it’s going to be temporary until the market improves,” Ritenauer Read More…

State unemployment rate holds steady for third straight month

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.2 percent in June, unchanged from the previous two months. The Friday morning report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services showed Ohio had 296,000 unemployed workers in June, down 6,000 from 302,000 unemployed workers in May. Ohio’s June unemployment rate was down from the Read More…