Ohio Department Of Job And Family Services

Ohio has nearly 16,000 children in the custody of county children’s services agencies. Gov. Mike DeWine wants to increase the number of foster care families available to meet that need. Here is one effort that’s designed to recruit more foster parents.

Frank LaRose delivers address after taking oath of office in Akron.
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Newly-sworn in Secretary of State Frank LaRose is already making his pitch to Ohio lawmakers for his biggest legislative priorities. Among the top issues, modernizing the voter removal process, which right now allows registrations to be removed after six years of inactivity. 

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Four medical marijuana dispensaries opened yesterday to sell the first products to Ohioans. Here's how business went on the first day.

Solar panel
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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is holding  hearings on what could be the largest renewable energy project in the state. 

Minority Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) offers the Democratic response after Gov. John Kasich's State of the State speech in March. Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron, far right) has announced she'd like to be Minority Leader.
Ohio House Democrats

Ohio House Democrats will pick a new leadership team next week, more than a week after their leader resigned in the fallout from the battle over which Republican would be Speaker.

Medical marijuana sales opened at the Botanist in Canton on Wednesday.
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Ohioans who have been waiting to get medical marijuana in Ohio don't have to wait any longer.  

The transportation budget, which is usually introduced in February, funds major road construction projects. It needs to be passed by the end of March.
Karen Kasler

A coalition of business leaders and local elected officials say there’s no money for big road construction projects in the transportation budget that will come out next month, so lawmakers have to at least consider the possibility of raising the gas tax.

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Four medical marijuana dispensaries are now open in Ohio and more are planned to come online in the future. And the number of conditions for which marijuana can be used in Ohio could expand too.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
Andy Chow

While not directly announcing a presidential run, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown says he’ll tour the key 2020 primary states spreading the message of what he’s calling the “Dignity of Work.”

Gov. Mike DeWine signs an executive order to create the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Home Visitations.
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Gov. Mike DeWine is hitting the ground running just one day after being sworn into office by creating the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Home Visitations. The group will be charged with creating a budget proposal that increases the amount of families served with home visitations.