M.L. Schultze

Gov. John Kasich has signed a $2.6 billion capital budget, which covers state spending on infrastructure, colleges and universities, and community projects for the coming two years. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

Kasich says this capital budget provides needed money for roads, bridges, schools and the opioid crisis. He says this budget is fiscally solid and the state is better off than when he took the helm in 2011.

“We were a fiscal wreck. A fiscal wreck. We were $8 billion in the hole.”

Many Democrats dispute that number.

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A youth baseball league in Northeast Ohio is raffling off four guns, including an AR-15. It’s the fifth year for the fundraiser, though organizers acknowledge it’s drawing more attention than usual in the past. 

A youth baseball league in Northeast Ohio is raffling off four guns – including an AR-15. It’s the fifth year for the fundraiser, though organizers acknowledge it’s drawing more attention than usual in the past. 

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The Ohio Republican Party voted on Tuesday night to join its Democratic counterpart in endorsing a major overhaul of how Ohio’s congressional districts are drawn.

Ohio’s Republican Party voted last night to join its Democratic counterpart in endorsing a major overhaul of how Ohio’s congressional districts are drawn. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the backing for Issue 1 on the May ballot.

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof acknowledged to the state’s GOP central committee that the way Ohio divides its congressional districts has been good to Republicans for decades. That’s because Republicans have controlled the state Legislature when it’s redrawn the map every 10 years. But Obhof cautioned things are bound to change.

Akron City Council has again delayed a vote on an ordinance that would raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products in the city from 18 to 21. WKSU’S M.L. Schultze has more on questions about how e-cigarettes will be regulated.  

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The Republican running for Ohio Secretary of State says the passion of both parties over voting issues may be doing damage to American’s confidence in their democracy. Frank Larose, the state senator who hopes to succeed Secretary of State Jon Husted, told the Akron Press Club today any move that disenfranchises any voters or allows any voter fraud is too much.

“But nobody should overstate the existence of either fraud or suppression because I think what it does is underminds the confidence that voters have.” 

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