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Statewide News
12:01 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Federal Judge Rules Ohio Must Recognize Out-Of-State Gay Marriage

A federal judge has ordered Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of gay couples performed in other states.  Judge Timothy Black's ruling on Monday criticized the state's "ongoing arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."

He says the state's marriage recognition bans are unconstitutional and unenforceable.

Rick Cauthen and his partner of nine years, were married in New York in 2012. He says when they had their taxes done this year, it was a reminder that Ohio considers their marriage invalid.

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Statewide News
6:04 am
Mon April 7, 2014

New Language For Same-Sex Marriage Amendment

The group that’s pushing a same-sex marriage amendment in Ohio says it’s retooling the language because of concerns about religious institutions.

Ian James of Freedom Ohio says language about recognition of same-sex marriages by religious institutions has been taken out, and that the group will start circulating the new petitions as soon as possible. But he says they still have the signatures they need to put the original issue on the ballot with a filing deadline of July 2.

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Statewide News
12:20 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Kids Count Report: Ohio Children Of Color Face Barriers To Opportunity

A new report from the Annie E. Casey foundation says children of color still face 'Troubling obstacles' when it comes to social and economic opportunity in the US.  The document states those obstacles are especially true for children in Ohio.

The annual Kids Count Policy Report measures how children in all racial groups are fairing as they reach certain milestones, from birth, through early education, and into adulthood. Sarah Biehl is policy director with Children's Defense Fund Ohio.  

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Statewide News
2:08 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Central Ohio Counties Lead In Population Growth

Credit www.geology.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Central Ohio counties are leading the state in population growth categories.

Population estimates released by the census bureau show Franklin County - home to Columbus - recorded by far the most births in the state last year, 18,200. Adjacent Delaware County had the biggest percentage growth - 2.09 percent - in Ohio in the same period.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio on the whole lost almost 7,400 people to migration last year. Almost half of that loss came in Cuyahoga County, home to Cleveland.

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2:07 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Ohio Bill Would Require Notice For Overpaid Taxes

Ohio bill would require notice for overpaid taxes

Businesses and taxpayers would be notified when they overpay their taxes under a bill passed by the Ohio House.

The measure was passed Wednesday and now goes to the Senate.

It would allow Ohio's tax commissioner to give automatic refunds or provide credit toward future taxes if a taxpayer has overpaid - similar to when consumers overpay on their utility bills.

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