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The Ohio Senate will begin official hearings on the extensive energy bill that would redirect the state’s attention away from renewables and subsidize nuclear and coal instead. 

Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.
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The Ohio House has overwhelmingly passed a bill banning execution of people found to have schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or other severe mental illnesses at the time of their crime.

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A bill in the Ohio House that would establish health education standards initially contained a provision that said schools, restaurants and health care providers shall post a message about how to deal with problem pregnancies on their bathroom stall doors. However, that part of the bill has now been scrapped.

Shawn Rohlin holds his daughter, Madeline, who found out she had hearing loss and needed hearing aids. Her mom, Nadia Greenhalgh-Stanley, says discovering hearing aids for children was considered a cosmetic device was shocking.
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Democratic lawmakers are trying to pass a bill that would require health insurance companies provide coverage for children’s hearing aids. Hearing aids, which advocates say can help their children learn and develop, is currently treated as a cosmetic device by many plans.

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Lawmakers and dozens of opponents to a pro-gun bill squared off in an Ohio House committee over so-called “Constitutional Carry," HB178, a bill that would allow people to carry a concealed weapon without the need for a permit or training.

Roger Beedon (center) speaks about the sexual abuse he says Richard Strauss inflicted on him. Behind him are former All-American wrestler Mike Schyck, Brian Garrett, who worked at a clinic operated by Strauss and two other survivors.
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More men are coming forward with stories of sexual assault by a former Ohio State sports doctor to join the push for a legal change to allow them to sue the university.

Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the country, will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025.
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Cuyahoga County, the city of Bexley in Central Ohio, and the village of Orange in Northeast Ohio have all voted to ban plastic bags at retailers. A state lawmaker is pushing a bill that would negate such bans by outlawing the fees imposed on violators.

A man watches a baseball game in a casino.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss what legalized sports gambling will look like in Ohio. Brent Johnson, a reporter who covers the New Jersey Statehouse for the Star Ledger and NJ.com, joins the show.

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie is scheduled to shut down in 2020.
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The Ohio House passed a sweeping energy bill, HB6, that would bail out the state’s two nuclear power plants and wipe out green energy standards, with the help of Democratic support.

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The sponsor of a bill requiring fetal remains to be buried or cremated is pleased about a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a similar law from Indiana.

The entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
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Opponents are outraged over changes made to the so-called “clean air” bill approved by a House committee. The legislation subsidizes nuclear and coal plants, repeals required support for renewable energy and strips the ability for wind and solar to receive credits.

Abortion supporters gather outside the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday to rally against the anti-abortion laws in the state.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown examine the backlash against the strict abortion bans passing in Ohio and states across the county. Jo Ingles, statehouse reporter for Ohio Public Radio and Television, joins the show.

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Gov. Mike DeWine is urging state lawmakers to end the time limit on criminal charges for rape and sexual assault, which Democrats have been proposing for years. The leader of the Ohio House says there’s a chance that will happen.

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Numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Highway Patrol show 430 more people died from gun related deaths in 2017 than in car accidents. Lawmakers have different ideas on what should be done to make Ohioans safer while insuring their constitutional rights to bear arms.

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie is scheduled to shut down in 2020.
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The Ohio House has dramatically changed the comprehensive energy bill that would bail out the state’s nuclear power plants and repeal alternative energy mandates.

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