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Opponents of Heartbeat Bill gather on the Statehouse steps, a few hours before a hearing on the bill in a Senate committee.
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Opponents of the "Heartbeat Bill," which would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, rallied outside the Ohio Statehouse while supporters gathered inside for a Senate committee hearing.

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An Ohio Senate committee plans to pass the "Stand Your Ground" bill by the end of the week. The bill would make it easier for someone to use lethal force in self-defense by removing the duty to retreat in cases where a person feels threatened.

Abortion rights advocates protest the Down Syndrome ban on abortions at the Ohio Statehouse in 2017.
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Senators are getting their first look at the six-week abortion ban in an afternoon hearing. Opponents of the “Heartbeat Bill” plan a rally outside the Statehouse around noon.

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High school seniors not meeting the testing benchmarks to graduate next year could have extra options on the table – that is, if Ohio lawmakers can pass a change before the end of the year. 

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Newly elected to Ohio’s 3rd Senate district seat, Democrat Tina Maharath credits her unexpected win to knocking on a lot of doors.

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The results for a razor close central Ohio Senate seat have flipped after officials counted the remaining provisional and absentee ballots. The race is just the latest seat to flip from Republican to Democratic in Ohio's 3rd Senate District.

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Democrats gained some ground in the Statehouse in this midterm election, but won’t shift power in either chamber.

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Ohio saw 91 fatalities related to domestic violence from July 2017 to June 2018, according to a recent report out of Ohio Domestic Violence Network.

Troy Balderson, Republican candidate for Ohio's 12th Congressional District, speaks to a crowd of supporters during an election night party Tuesday in Newark, Ohio.
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The Republican leader of the Ohio Senate says he’s confident that Central Ohio's new Congressman Troy Balderson will win in November, even as he’s announcing that Balderson’s replacement in the Senate won’t be picked until after the election.

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The Ohio House on Tuesday agreed with the Senate’s changes to a payday lending overhaul, sending the final bill to the governor’s office. Legislators voted 61-24 to approve the legislation, a relatively easy end to a contentious and often surprising political saga.

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State representatives plan on returning to Columbus this week to vote on the long-awaited payday lending bill. The legislation, if passed, would overhaul the way the industry is regulated in Ohio.

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Some lawmakers are looking for a way to bring legal sports betting to Ohio. The move is in reaction to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, allowing states administer gambling on sports.

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Credit unions are disagreeing with claims that they will directly benefit from a new bill that’s written to crack down on the payday lending industry. As the credit unions argue, they’re already operating from a different, tough set of rules.

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On today's show we discuss the consequences of the enormous amount of plastic disgarded everyday, alternative options available for use, and a bill that is currently making its way through the Ohio Senate concerning the issue.

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A bill to overhaul the payday lending industry in Ohio is heading back to the House after the Senate approved the legislation with some changes. Consumer advocates are touting this as sensible reform while lenders argue this will put them out of business.

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