Politics & Government

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Organic farmers are celebrating a milestone anniversary. It’s been 25 years since the federal government started regulating organic farming.  The Organic Foods Production Act unified a patchwork of different state standards. We take a look at organic farming regulation and the areas where industry experts say there’s room to improve.

Ohio U.S. Senator Rob Portman says he wants a better vetting system before Syrian refugees are allowed in the country.

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The state has announced $3 million in grants to address the mental health needs of Ohio offenders in county jails in hopes of reducing jail populations and the rate of inmates returning to the facilities.


Ohio's attorney general is investigating whether a state university and its consultant violated state lobbying laws when the university paid him nearly $2 million without a state board's prior approval.

Guns and Politics

Nov 19, 2015
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Gun control and gun rights are likely to be a big issues in 2016 campaign politics.  Hillary Clinton hopes to use her tough-on-guns stance to differentiate herself from Bernie Sanders. Here in Ohio, Cincinnati councilman and US Senate Candidate P.G. Sittenfeld recently raised the issue to contrast himself from both his Democrat and Republican opponents. 


Republican presidential contender Donald Trump is slated to make a campaign stop in swing state Ohio next week.

Former Ohio Gov. and Senate candidate Ted Strickland says he supports a short-term pause in accepting Syrian refugees to the U.S. as national security experts review the program.


Two bills pending in Ohio's House and Senate are pitting big hair salons against cosmetology schools as lawmakers propose eliminating the state's mandate requiring someone with a manager's license on salon premises at all times.

The identical bills seek a variety of regulatory changes, but the manager's license debate has divided the industry.

A huge and violent police operation in the Saint-Denis suburb of Paris is over. At least two people are dead and eight people were arrested, in an operation that authorities say stopped a terrorist cell that could have attacked again.

According to François Molins, chief prosecutor of France, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who police believe orchestrated the attacks on Paris, may have been in one of the apartments targeted by the raid.

With the news that one of the Paris attackers may have entered Europe posing as a refugee from Syria, more than half of American governors are now objecting to Syrian refugees being resettled in their states. On Tuesday, White House officials hosted a call with 34 governors to better explain current security screening measures. And this week, some members of Congress have called on the Obama administration to stop or at least pause the resettlement program until refugees can be properly vetted.

Governor Kasich today renewed his call for the United States to join with its allies to destroy ISIS. 


Democratic Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld says he's the only Ohio candidate running for U.S. Senate in 2016 who would support a slew of new gun restrictions in Washington.


Thousands of Ohioans are having their student loans forgiven.

State Attorney General Mike DeWine and nearly 40 other attorney generals announced on Monday that nearly $11 million in student loans will be forgiven as part of a nearly $100 million federal settlement with Pennsylvania-based Education Management Corp., which runs for-profit trade schools and colleges.


The Ohio House is slated to vote Tuesday on a bill to expand the state's concealed weapons law to allow guns in places such as colleges and day cares and on private aircraft.


A bill that seeks to divert more than $1 million in government funding away from Planned Parenthood was slated for votes in the Ohio House, as opponents planned to rally against the potential changes at the Statehouse.

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Gov. John Kasich doesn't want Ohio or the United States to accept more Syrian refugees.

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Columbus Police will be on High Street during the next couple of weeks stopping jaywalkers and cracking down on drivers who don't stop for people crossing the street. We talked with one of Columbus Police's traffic accident investigators.  

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The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are in Akron to begin investigating Tuesday’s plane crash that killed nine people.

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Investigators are still trying to determine why a small business jet crashed into an apartment building in northeast Ohio Tuesday afternoon.

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Five years since the idea was conceived, the Scioto Greenway opens to the public Tuesday, on time and on budget. 

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Columbus City Council president Andrew Ginther defeated Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott in a convincing victory to be the new face that will lead the city. 

With the Columbus mayoral race, three big statewide issues, and a handful of city races, the city of Columbus and the State of Ohio had big decisions to make on Nov. 3. 

Voting hours for Hamilton County extended by 90 minutes until 9 p.m. so voters who may not have voted because of glitches at the polling places can vote, a judge has ruled. 

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A person judged to suffer from severe mental illness at the time of a killing that could result in a death sentence would be spared from capital punishment under a bill before Ohio lawmakers. 

A Cincinnati woman with a fatal pregnancy problem said she was forced to go out of state for a late term abortion. Abortion rights advocates say bills under consideration would make situations like hers worse.

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Gov. John Kasich has stayed away from attacking his fellow Republican presidential candidates in the two previous debates, but he sounded a much more aggressive tone in a pre-debate rally today. 

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Election Day is a week away. Issue 2 is known as the “anti-monopoly” amendment. If the statewide measure passes, it might be only the beginning of a long legal battle.

Redistricting Supporters Say Issue Worth Excitement

Oct 26, 2015
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Issue 1 is the least contentious of the three statewide ballot issues Ohio voters will decide November 3rd.

It’s so uncontroversial in fact that voters don’t seem very interested – the City Club of Cleveland recently canceled a forum on it because few signed up to attend.

The measure would amend the state Constitution to reform the way state legislative districts are drawn.