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Governor John Kasich says there’s no moral equivalency between counter-protesters and Nazi sympathizers, and President Donald Trump should not be concerned about winning an argument over who’s more responsible for last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, you vote for one of the questions and we answer.

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The new state budget is just a month old, but several Ohio communities are said to be considering challenging it in court over concerns about a tax filing change that is voluntary, but some say is still unconstitutional.

Ohio U.S. Sentators Rob Portman (left) and Sherrod Brown.
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Both of Ohio’s U.S. senators expressed surprise at President Trump’s announcement today that he will bar transgender people from serving in the military.

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The state auditor is warning local governments that they’re risking taxpayer money if they don’t have policies on employees’ use of debit or credit cards.

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At Monday's meeting, Columbus City Council voted to table long awaited plans for redistricting the city government. A committee appointed by Mayor Andrew Ginther spent several months preparing a recommendation, but in the end, it did not appear to win the support of constituents.

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Nine months after lawmakers created a committee to examine state tax breaks and loopholes to see which ones should be abolished or closed off, that committee finally has some members.

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Advocates for regulating the safety of manufactured homes in Ohio are urging the state senate to reject efforts by Governor Kasich's administration to gut an independent oversight commission.

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET

The Republican chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations committees have endorsed the idea of a short-term spending bill to keep the government open while budget negotiations continue.

The stop-gap spending measure, introduced by House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, would put off the deadline to May 5.

A petition drive is underway to stop the city of Cleveland from spending $88 million to help renovate Quicken Loans Arena. The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, Greater Cleveland Congregations, and two service unions want voters to decide if the city should help fund the upgrades. What happens if they’re successful is uncertain.

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After blocking executions in Ohio almost three weeks ago, a federal appeals court will reconsider that ruling on whether Ohio can use a new method of lethal injection.

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Officials collecting child support payments in and around Ohio's capital are trying to use a less bureaucratic, more customer-oriented approach to attempt to get more parents to make those payments.

Congress returns Tuesday from its spring recess, facing yet another down-to-the-wire spate of deal-making — and a White House anxious to claim its first major legislative win.

On Friday night, the funding measure lawmakers approved last year to keep the federal government running will expire. The timing leaves members of the House and Senate just four days to reach a new agreement to fund the government, or risk a partial shutdown of federal agencies on Saturday — the 100th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

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A program announced last month to help children hurt by their parents' addictions is already expanding in Ohio.

City of Gahanna

According to city officials, Gahanna just doesn't stand out.

Gahanna marketing director David Kusz says it came to their attention that the city of 33,000 lacks a clear brand - and that's a problem for staying competitive.

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Last week a new proposal to amend Columbus' charter was submitted to city hall. It's a new version of an old idea - changing the structure of City Council.

Columbus has a council far smaller than most cities its size, just seven seats for 800,000 people. And many voters have signaled that they want some sort of change.

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For the fourth time in five months, the state has fallen short of predicted revenue.

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A public comment period on strict new rules proposed for the use of medical marijuana in Ohio is ending.

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The City of Columbus plans to provide a new paid family leave policy for city workers. City Council member Elizabeth Brown says most company benefits haven't kept pace with current family needs.

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Columbus city leaders think they have some solutions for parking in the popular Short North District.  This week,  Council members passed an ordinance creating a Short North Special Parking area.

It requires new developments to consider the parking they need and pay a fee if they can't meet the demand.  

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The Ohio House has unanimously passed a bill designating the barn as the official historical architectural structure of Ohio.

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New U.S. Census Bureau estimates say Franklin County has surpassed Cuyahoga to become the most populous county in the state.

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A new Ohio law requires drivers to allow at least 3 feet of space when passing bicyclists on the road, though some cyclists say it's tough to enforce and not a strong enough deterrent to cars zipping past too closely.

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Though it’s been cold and snowy this week, this year’s warmer than usual winter is good news for Ohio taxpayers. Before this snowfall, the state had spent a little over $63 million on road salt, when the yearly average spent over the last decade has been nearly $77 million.

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The Franklin County Board of Elections says a test of new electronic poll books was successful and they'll be used during the May 2 primary.

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For the third time in four months, the state has fallen short of bringing in the revenues that were projected.

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What was the site of the nation’s first ever public housing complex is getting a second life. As residents begin moving into new housing at the old Poindexter Village, though, many see the complex as a site of lost history. 

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State officials say a record number of concealed carry licenses for handguns were issued last year.

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Ohio is celebrating 214 years of statehood this year, and the Statehouse in Columbus is marking the occasion with a family-friendly party on March 5.

We know that in times of heightened stress, human instincts tell us to fight or flee. For some American Muslims, the current political climate has created a need for more Muslims to stand up and fight by seeking political office.

"Muslims didn't ask to be dragged into the spotlight, but now that we're there and we need to push back," said Robert McCaw, director of government affairs at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). "Getting into elected offices is one of the best means."

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