Julie Carr Smyth

An apparent loophole in legislation creating Ohio Gov. John Kasich's new semi-private job creation board could allow panel members to enjoy job-seeking junkets without having to report the trips to the public.

The bill establishing JobsOhio requires that only "actual expenditures" on travel be reported. That phrasing would seem to exclude plane rides, dinners, and hotel rooms paid for by corporations.

A closely divided Ohio Supreme Court has rejected an effort by a former Republican fundraiser to overturn his conviction in a state investment scandal.

The court on Wednesday declined to hear an appeal by Tom Noe, whose criminal conviction engulfed Ohio Republicans five years ago.

Just three justices made up the majority in the decision. Two justices dissented and two others recused themselves because of having a past relationship with the defendant.

A group fighting November's casino ballot issue is asking a central Ohio prosecutor to determine whether a rival campaign illegally accessed their latest TV spot before it aired.

TruthPAC submitted as evidence a Friday letter from the rival committee's lawyer urging them not to air the ad because it contained false and misleading information. TruthPAC also pointed Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien to public statements by the pro-casino campaign's spokesman acknowledging they got a copy of the ad from Time Warner. Time Warner produced the ad for TruthPAC.

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