Karen Kasler

Hundreds of mental health and addiction counselors could lose their jobs because the state is now requiring criminal background checks for people who provide Medicaid services. Some of those counselors and their employers who’d be affected by the new policy are asking state lawmakers to step in.

The Republican candidate for governor says Ohio should be a leader in using technology to improve government services and the climate for business. And he wants his running mate to head up the effort to do that.

The term limited state treasurer has revealed what he may be planning as his next move. But though Josh Mandel filed paperwork that suggests he’ll run for the 11th Congressional district near Cleveland – that may not be the case.

A dozen high-tech ideas for fighting the opioid crisis have each been awarded $200,000 from Ohio’s Third Frontier fund. The winners were picked in a contest announced last year, and there’s still a final round of cash to come.

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The term limited state treasurer has revealed what could be his next political pursuit.

The term limited state treasurer has revealed what he may be planning as his next move.

Gov. John Kasich participated in a 9-11 ceremony at the Statehouse, joined by both Republicans and Democrats who stood on the west side of the Statehouse, overlooking a field of nearly 3,000 small flags.

The Ohio Department of Education will release report cards on the state’s more than 600 school districts this week. Meanwhile, a Republican lawmaker is still pushing his bill that would once again overhaul the report card system, saying those simple-to-understand letters are hiding essential information about schools.

Ohio Statehouse
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Two months into the fiscal year, the state budget department says its forecast for tax revenues is close to on track.

A classroom at Cleveland's John Hay High School.
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The Ohio Department of Education this week releases report cards for the state’s more than 600 school districts. The grades comes as a Republican lawmaker continues pushing a bill to, once again, overhaul the report card system.

Two months into the fiscal year, the state budget department says its forecast for tax revenues is close to on track.

Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor
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The top justice of the Ohio Supreme Court is speaking out on a constitutional amendment on the fall ballot, which would require low-level drug offenders be charged with misdemeanors, not felonies.

The top justice of the state’s highest court is speaking out on a constitutional amendment on the fall ballot, which would require low-level drug offenders be charged with misdemeanors, not felonies. Supporters say money could then go to treatment instead of crowded prisons. But Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has concerns about Issue 1.

Job seekers at one of two fulfillment centers in Central Ohio.
Esther Honig / WOSU

Ohio has been gaining jobs over the last few years, and its unemployment rate hit its lowest level in 17 years a few months ago. But there are other numbers in the state’s economic overview that raise concerns for a progressive group that reviews the economy each year on Labor Day.

Classroom
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With most Ohio students back in school, officials and lawmakers are hoping to prevent a possible crisis like the one that had them scrambling to find alternative graduation requirements for students at risk of not graduating.

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