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Statewide News
7:04 am
Tue March 18, 2014

State Makes Changes to Local Jail Standards

The rules on meals, showers and other issues in local jails may soon be changing. The state prisons department says the new rules will give local law enforcement more flexibility.

A legislative agency has allowed the state whittle down the amount of standards for local jails.

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6:29 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Ohio Gov. Kasich Proposes Midterm Budget

Credit Office of Governor John Kasich

Gov. John Kasich's midterm budget was released today.  Among the key proposals –

The Governor is calling for an 8.5 percent income tax cut for Ohioans - to bring the top rate to 4.66 percent by 2016. Kasich also proposed an increase in cigarette taxes - to $1.85 a pack. Similar increases would apply to other tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

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5:41 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Ohio Lawmakers Seek Healthcare Tax Credit Extension For Autoworkers

Congressman Mike Turner at Delphi Hearing in 2013
Credit WYSO

Ohio’s congressional delegation is calling on Congress to reinstate a tax credit for health care they say helped former auto workers. The Health Coverage Tax Credit, which expired in January, covered a large part of health premiums for people who’ve lost their jobs or seen changes in their retirement benefits—

Many former employees of the Delphi auto plant depended on the credit. It was another blow for thousands of Delphi retirees, including about 2 thousand in Dayton, who saw their pensions drastically reduced after Delphi’s 2009 bankruptcy. 

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8:04 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Patrol: 273 Citations Given Under Ohio Texting Ban

The State Highway Patrol says more than 270 citations have been given to drivers for texting or using a cellphone behind the wheel in violation of Ohio law since the statewide texting ban took effect about a year ago.

Texting while driving is a secondary offense for those 18 and older. That means an officer has to stop a driver for another offense first, such as speeding.

Younger drivers are prohibited from texting or using cellphones or other hand-held devices and it's a primary offense. 

Statewide News
7:04 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Ohio Communities Awaiting Payments From Racinos

Redevelopment of the fairgrounds in one southwestern Ohio county is on hold as state officials figure out the details of distributing $12 million in payments to communities affected by the legalization of racinos.

Lebanon in Warren County, north of Cincinnati, is the first of four communities around Ohio eligible for up to $3 million from a fund set up as part of the 2011 law that allowed racetrack owners to add electronic slot machines.

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