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Since Ohio voters approved an indoor smoking ban in 2006, experts can point to a host of resulting benefits - but a big drop in adult smoking isn't one of them.

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Some 12,000 Ohio doctors are being warned they appear to be violating a 2015 law that requires them to check patients' prescription histories against a state website before recommending prescription painkillers.

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Ohio's largest online charter school has been allowed to proceed with a lawsuit that seeks to block an enrollment audit the state says is necessary to determine its future funding.

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A legislative proposal to regulate medical marijuana through Ohio's pharmacy board is being scrapped over concerns the rare setup nationally would create an undue burden on the state.

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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is flexing his cash advantage over Democratic challenger Ted Strickland by snapping up $14 million of targeted TV time now for ads to air across Ohio through Election Day.

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Anti-abortion activists packed a hearing to determine the fate of an Ohio abortion clinic's license on Tuesday as the facility's operators argued they are meeting emergency requirements laid out in a 2013 law that has contributed to clinic closures around the state. 

The leader of the Ohio Senate says the Republican-controlled chamber is ready to move forward with a bill essentially outlawing Internet cafes. At a news conference Wednesday, Senate President Keith Faber said a majority of his caucus now agrees the sweepstakes parlors are illegal and should be banned. The announcement follows pleas by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine for legislative action. DeWine, a fellow Republican, led a raid on six of the facilities in the Cleveland area last week after an appellate court ruled the cafes constituted illegal gambling.

Almost seven years after a black teenager died in a hanging at an Ohio church camp, Logan County authorities have granted a family lawyer's request to review a coroner's ruling of suicide. Logan County Prosecutor William T. Goslee said Tuesday in an email that he plans to submit writing samples to a state crime lab from the teen, James McCoy III, and a witness who recently invoked the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination in an ongoing wrongful death suit.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's job-creation agency is taking advantage of infighting among opponent lawyers to call the legal basis of their constitutional challenge into question. JobsOhio attorney Aneca Lasley said in an Ohio Supreme Court filing this week that arguments made by a lawyer ousted from the case by ProgressOhio show "a pattern of disregard for settled law and procedure." Lasley refers to a complaint filed by former ProgressOhio lawyer Victoria Ullmann seeking a restored lead role in the case.

A Cleveland judge has ruled Ohio employers are collectively owed $860 million after being overcharged for nearly a decade by Ohio's insurance fund for injured workers. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Richard McMonagle's Wednesday ruling involving the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation affects about 270,000 mostly small-business owners. Many are unaware they're covered by the class action. An employers' organization Pay Us Back Ohio BWC has set up an informational web site, www.PayNowBWC.com, with an employer search feature.

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