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City Hall lobbyist agrees to plead guilty in red light camera case

Columbus City Hall lobbyist John Raphael has agreed to plead guilty to extortion charges involving Columbus elected officials and Redflex, the city's red light camera vendor.
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This week on After The Score, Steve and Thomas talk about Ohio State at Indiana, the hot start by the Bengals, a federal ruling about college athletics and playoff baseball.

Deadline Passes With No Severance Tax Deal

Oct 2, 2015
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Ohio lawmakers missed a hard deadline Thursday to produce a plan to increase the state’s tax on oil and gas. There’s still no report, and top legislative leaders aren’t worried about it.


The FBI says the chief detective for the Mount Vernon Police Department has been arrested and charged with extorting others and trafficking in narcotics. 

A group studying Ohio's oil-and-gas severance tax will miss a state budget-imposed deadline for releasing its report even after the state Senate president initially called it a "hard deadline" and told reporters it was likely coming this week.

Ohio Senate spokesman John Fortney said Thursday that work continues on the report and the group is making progress. He didn't know when a report would come, but cited a desire to "get this right."

Avi Avital
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Avi Avital is a man on a mission with a mandolin.  He's performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, with stops along the way including the Berlin Philharmonie.  This young man from Israel is redefining the boundaries of the instrument to include Bach, Mozart and more.

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A nonprofit organization overseeing police reforms in Seattle will monitor the agreement between Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice aimed at curbing abuses by police and improving officers' relationships with the communities they serve.

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The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal involving a death row inmate who sought DNA testing on a cigarette butt found near the scene of the 1990 double murder that led to his sentence.

At issue is whether there is a constitutional appeals process for death row prisoners who have requests for DNA testing denied after a trial is over.

An Ohio bill would let schools and camps keep a supply of asthma inhalers not prescribed to specific patients in case of emergencies.

Lawmakers Opt For More Time On Charter School Bill

Oct 1, 2015
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A charter school reform measure won’t be going to the governor’s desk just yet. Instead the Ohio House has opted to spend more time making changes to the bill.

State Panels Recommends Indefinite Suspension Of Green Energy Standards

Oct 1, 2015
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Ohio lawmakers have dealt another blow to the green energy industry and the state’s policies to encourage its use.


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Unmute Episode 2: Music from Child of Light and Journey

On this week’s episode of our series on video game music, we’ll listen to the music of two beautifully-crafted games – Child of Light and Journey.
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