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The Ohio Supreme Court is all Republican now that Gov. John Kasich has appointed a new justice. This comes a day before the effective date of the resignation of embattled sitting justice Bill O’Neill who stepped down to run for the Democratic nomination for governor. 

Mary DeGenaro, a judge on the Seventh District Court of Appeals, was picked to replace O’Neill. Her appointment seemed likely given she was already endorsed by the Ohio Republican Party to run for the court this year.

State Auditor Dave Yost says questions about past drug convictions of a consultant who played a key role in Ohio’s new medical marijuana program, set to begin operation in September, need to be addressed now. He says it’s time for an investigation.

Ohio’s U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is among those calling for the resignation of fellow Democrat Al Franken.

 

Former Ohio Senate President Bill Harris has passed away after months of battling cancer. Harris was born in Tennessee and got his college degree in Arizona, but his political career was all Ohio. In 1995, he left his car dealership in Ashland after being easily elected, in a heavily Republican district, to the Ohio House. The Marine veteran served there until 2000 when former Gov. Bob Taft appointed him to fill the Senate seat vacated by former Senator Dick Schafrath, who took an administrative position.

Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s loss to Republican President elect Donald Trump wasn’t the only blistering defeat for Ohio’s Democratic Party. The state Legislature, which was already Republican dominated, became even redder and it's left the leader of the Ohio Democratic Party evaluating the losses and where the party goes from here.

Clinton’s loss was devastating, according to Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper who said, “What we saw was a tidal wave that was far bigger than Ohio.”

The Ohio Department of Education wants to know how much learning is actually going on among the more than 17,000 students at the state’s largest online charter school, ECOT. Some of the school's students are taking a stand. 

18 year old Gabriel Young is featured in one of ECOT’s latest commercials, in which he states, “I was adopted for seven years and then put back.”

Young lives on his own, and says ECOT’s flexible system fits his schedule. And he adds that the work students do can’t always be tracked through log-in information.

The Libertarian Party of Ohio made a dicey move to try to get their presidential nominee, Gary Johnson, onto the ballot. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, that move ultimately paid off.

According to Chow, Ohio’s Libertarians always planned on swapping in Gary Johnson for former gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl, who was listed on the official paperwork.

Today is the deadline for submitting petition signatures for independent presidential candidates for the fall ballot in Ohio. The Libertarian Party of Ohio submitted their ticket's paperwork yesterday. But the party is using an unusual strategy to do that.

Ohioans could see a new charge in their electric bills as early as June, now that state regulators have approved plans by FirstEnergy and AEP to guarantee income for struggling coal plants. But while opponents are fighting the ruling, those utilities are touting the benefits.

Groups against the so-called coal plant bailout say the ruling from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio gives AEP and FirstEnergy an unfair competitive advantage.

But AEP President, Pablo Vegas, says his utility needed the ability to charge customers more in order to stabilize costs.

Even with the focus on Super Tuesday next week, Democratic candidates

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley has failed to qualify for Ohio's primary ballot, falling short of the signatures needed to appear before the state's voters.

New data from the federal government puts Ohio in the middle of the pack when it comes to high school graduation rates. Ohio’s graduation rate stands at 80 percent. However, a demographic breakdown of the data shows Ohio is failing certain populations. When it comes to high school graduation, Ohio ranked right in the middle of other states and Washington DC for the 2010 -2011 school year. Eight out of ten students finished high school in four years. But a deeper look into the numbers shows some troubling statistics.

30 years ago this month, Honda became the first Japanese auto-maker to start production on U.S. soil. Its conversion of an Ohio cornfield into a factory chugging out waves of Honda Accords was seen as both revolutionary and foolhardy. Honda has survived and prospered, but lately it has come under increasing pressure in a tightening race for the top slot in midsize sedans. Inside the Honda plant in Marysville, Ohio, a virtual conga-line of Accords rotate through the welding line. Once the line stops rolling, dozens of insect-like robotic arms fall upon them.

Citing a 58-percent drop in 3rd quarter earnings—including falling profits from its Brazil voting machine business—Diebold said it’s not economically feasible to invest in a new, 100-million dollar headquarters any time soon.  CEO Thomas Swidarski says his company will keep developing new technologies for Diebold clients. “So we’re comfortable with where we are regarding our strategy, and approved execution in security, and renewed confidence in our ability to deliver growth.â€?

American farmers earned more income last year than ever. And Ohio is among the states at the center of the food boom that incorporates not just farming but food processing and manufacturing. Think manufacturing in Ohio and you’re apt to picture cars rolling off of assembly lines or maybe glowing molten steel being poured into ingots at local mills. But chew on this: Ohio has another manufacturing sector that’s more resilient and generates more dollars: food.

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