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8:05 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Nearly $439K Spent on Ohio Governor's Mansion

Ohio Gov. John Kasich doesn't live at the state's official governor's residence, but taxpayers paid to fix the mansion's roof and to keep cable running at the home this year.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that more than $438,000 was spent in 2011 to staff, maintain and repair the mansion in Bexley, just outside of Columbus.

Kasich and his family have chosen to stay at their home in nearby Westerville. The state provides security for that home at an undisclosed cost.

The family has used the official governor's residence for occasional stays and meetings.

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Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Mon December 26, 2011

Conrad's Corner: December 26, 2011

Conrad Balliet read his poem, "The Night After Christmas"

Business
8:05 am
Mon December 26, 2011

New Ohio Law Could Boost Craft Beer Breweries

Ohio craft brewers hope a new state law will help boost beer tourism by bringing breweries more in line with winery tasting rooms.

The law allows production breweries to open tasting rooms and sell beer by the glass without buying a second, costly permit.

Ohio wineries have not had to pay that charge and have flourished by marketing themselves as tourist destinations. 

Statewide News
8:03 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Federal Funds Pay Ohio Troopers' Holiday Overtime

The State Highway Patrol says it's using federal traffic safety funding to pay overtime for troopers providing an increased presence on Ohio roadways this holiday season.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports that the patrol got $1.9 million in federal traffic safety funding this fall through the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services.

The patrol says the time between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day can be one of the most dangerous for Ohio drivers.  During that period last year, more than three dozen people died in accidents that involved alcohol. 

Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Sun December 25, 2011

Conrad's Corner: December 25, 2011

Conrad Balliet reads Janeal Ravndal's poem, "Out of Bethlehem"

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