With a two-year state budget behind them, Ohio lawmakers head into a new year with their workloads a little lighter.
Next up: an agenda that's likely less controversial than 2011. The year was marked with heated debate over collective bargaining restrictions for unionized public workers. Voters overwhelming rejected the new limitations in November.
Cracking down on the ownership of exotic animals and spurring development of the state's oil and natural gas industry are expected to be among the top issues before the Legislature in 2012.
More than 1.1 million people have at least one conviction for driving while impaired in Ohio.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports that's about one in every seven licensed drivers in the state.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety provided the newspaper with a breakdown on the number of convictions, which includes people from outside the state who were caught in Ohio. Almost 45,000 people have five or more convictions. Two people share the state record of 20 convictions.
Emily McCord speaks to Bill Cohen from the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau. Cohen wraps-up the year in politics, calling the GOP governor and legislature one of the most productive in years. He highlights the big political stories of 2011 and what it may mean for the year ahead.
Republican Representative Steve Austria from Beavercreek announced today that he will not be seeking reelection in the 2012 congressional race. Austria currently serves the 7th district, and would have faced a tough challenge ahead against Republican Congressman Mike Turner of the 3rd district.
The two were pitted against each other after Ohio released a new congressional map, merging the 3rd and 7th districts into a new 10th district. Ohio lost two congressional districts this year due to slow population growth.
Todd the Fox and Lisa Bunny put their own spin on the blues, murder ballads and bluegrass using guitars, a suitcase-drum and a washboard. Here the duo performs their favorite covers (both classic and modern) and a few original tunes.
Todd the Fox and Lisa Bunny will perform on Friday, December 30th at the Oregon Express in Dayton.