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Karen Kasler

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is ordering county elections officials to be on guard for the possibility of a cyber attack from Iran after entities have seen an increase in suspicious cyber activity around the country.

House Speaker Larry Householder speaks to reporters
Dan Konik

The Ohio House and Senate have had different approaches and ideas on key pieces of legislation during the past year. And while that’s occasionally caused some tension, the leader of the House says that’s ok.

Andy Chow

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost wants state and community leaders to send a message throughout Ohio that there's help out there for victims of human trafficking.

Donald Trump campaigned at the Columbus Convention Center on August 1, 2016. It was one of three visits he made to the Columbus area that year.
Andy Chow

The location, timing and message of this Trump rally could be a preview of his re-election strategy.

Smart Columbus

Linden, a northeast Columbus neighborhood, is about to launch a residential, automated shuttle service which officials say is the first program of its kind in the country.

Abortion supporters and opponents
Jo Ingles

Cincinnati’s only abortion clinic is in business now but its future is uncertain. It is fighting to keep its doors open. 

Dan Konik

Two of the Democrats running for president have not been successful in their attempts to have their names certified to be listed on the March 17 Ohio primary ballot. One of the two has been certified to be a write-in candidate though. 

In October, Reps. D.J. Swearingen (R-Huron) and Phil Plummer (R-Dayton) talked about their bill.
Andy Chow

The leader of the Ohio House had pointed to that bill as an alternative to Gov. Mike DeWine’s anti-gun violence package – a proposal that is likely to be opposed by some Republicans.

handcuffs and keyboard
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A state panel is reviewing a report that takes a deep dive into GPS monitoring of convicted criminals recently released from prison. They're studying whether Ohio should expand the use of electric monitoring through probation.

Andy Chow

Ohio’s Medicaid program has rolled out a new tool, the Unified Preferred Drug List, that's meant improve communication between patients, doctors and pharmacists.

Craig F. Scott, Shutterstock.com

Some states around Ohio have legalized recreational marijuana. But Ohio’s Governor isn’t embracing that possibility. 

The interior showroom at the Fuyao Glass America plant in Moraine, where the announcement was made.
Jerry Kenney, WYSO

An expansion by Fuyao Glass America will bring a hundred new jobs and $46 million in new investment to what was a GM plant in Moraine.

A map of Donald Trump's 2016 performance. He had the highest percentage of any GOP presidential candidate since 1980 in 38 counties (dark red) and second highest in 22 counties (lighter red).
Data from Ohio Secretary of State

The 2020 presidential election could end up being a critical one not just to the winner and his or her supporters, but also to Ohio. Buckeye State voters have picked the winning candidate in each presidential contest since 1960 – and no Republican has won the White House without winning Ohio. 

Some of the protestors in Columbus
Roger Ingles

Some Ohioans who oppose the U.S. assassination of senior Iranian military Commander Qasem Soleimani took to the streets in several cities this weekend including this one in Columbus on Saturday.

Demonstrators in Columbus, December 17, 2019
Dan Konik

Democrats are looking to 2020 with optimism. Party leaders say they are seeing signs that areas of Ohio that voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 and Republican statewide leaders in 2018 are ready to vote for Democrats in 2020. And they say they have a plan to make that happen.

Andy Chow

Gov. Mike DeWine has said his major priority for 2020 is to push for his anti-gun violence package in the legislature and DeWine took that message to hundreds of people gathered from all of Ohio's counties.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) spoke at an Ohio Right to Life rally at the Statehouse in January 2016.
Karen Kasler

Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senator and most of its Republican Congressional delegation have signed onto a court document that could lead to the overturning of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion.

C-SPAN

Ohio is expected to play a vital role in President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign, no Republican has ever won a race for the White House without carrying the state, and supporters say they plan to win in Ohio again with a common talking point, the economy.

Gov. Mike DeWine, during a December interview at the Governor's Residence for "The State of Ohio".
Daniel Konik

Ohio’s governor is pushing back on the Trump administration over a key issue – accepting refugees.

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Ohioans are paying more to drive to holiday gatherings this year. Gas prices are up when compared with this time last year.

Attorney General Dave Yost gestures at a news conference last week.
Karen Kasler

A Sandusky County judge has suspended the county's embattled prosecutor Tim Braun after Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a complaint to remove Braun from office based on his admission of negligent assault in the workplace.

Andy Chow

Ohio lawmakers are taking the rest of the year off before coming back to the Statehouse in 2020. Some of the top leaders in the House and Senate say they have some New Year's resolutions when they return.

Zatevahins, Shutterstock.com

When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, Ohio’s lowest paid workers will have a special reason to celebrate. 

Dan Konik

For most of 2019, a lot of talk about guns focused on bills that would lift restrictions until the deadly mass shooting in Dayton turned the tables.

Dan Konik

Abortion was a big issue in Ohio in 2019, as it has been for several years.  A strict abortion ban was one of the 21 bills that passed, and more bills are still under consideration. 

Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights, left) and Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) talked about 2019 on "The State of Ohio".
Karen Kasler

Gov. Mike DeWine says one of his top priorities in 2020 will be to push the package of gun and mental health law changes that he put forward after the mass shooting in Dayton in August. But the leaders of the Ohio Senate are suggesting that might be an uphill battle.

2019 brought new leadership in the governor’s office and in the Ohio House. But though Republicans were still in charge in both those places and in the Senate, there were only 21 bills that were signed into law, including four required budgets.

Ohio Department of Transportation

If you’ve driven Ohio’s roads lately, you’ve probably noticed the big signs with cheeky sayings directed at drivers. Here's why you are likely to see more of them in the future. 

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The Christmas weather has been mostly mild this year but many Ohioans are still getting the chills. Public health leaders say the flu has hit the Buckeye State hard.

The Ohio Supreme Court is likely to hear the case filed by Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts in the first few months of 2020.
Daniel Konik

The battle over the energy law that starts providing subsidies to Ohio’s two nuclear power plants in 2021 may not be over.

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