The state's Department of Commerce says the end of the year is a good time for Ohioans to closely examine their cable television bills for any upcoming rate increases.
Commerce officials say many cable companies raise rates at the beginning of a year. Ohio law requires cable providers to give consumers written notice of any rate increase 30 days in advance. Those notifications could appear on November or December bills.
Commerce Director Andre Porter says some providers also may offer holiday or promotional pricing to attract new subscribers.
Low-income Ohioans can start signing up for Medicaid coverage online, along with those who are newly eligible under an expansion of the health program.
The online enrollment option being launched today is part of a new state system. Residents also can learn about what type of health coverage could be available to them through the new website, www.benefits.ohio.gov.
Ohioans who are newly eligible for Medicaid under an expansion of the program can apply for coverage that begins on Jan. 1.
The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles has decided to back off plans to comply with federal driver's license rules because of privacy concerns.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that the state scuttled plans to comply with the Real ID plan approved by the federal Department of Homeland Security.
Ohio Department of Public Safety spokesman Joe Andrews said state officials balked at the "one driver-one license" rule and at being required to store and share copies of personal documents, such as birth certificates.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is expected to privatize more energy and utility operations as it tries to offset steep cuts in the federal defense budget.
The base has already asked for bids to privately manage two water plants on the base that pump more than three millions of gallons a day out of an underground aquifer.
Base spokesman Daryl Mayer tells the Dayton Daily News that the Defense Logistics Agency also has asked for bids to maintain the base infrastructure for waste water collection and natural gas distribution at the state's largest single-site employer.
For Ohioans seeking to get insured under the federal health care law, October was homework month and November was for browsing plans.
Expect to see more action in December. That's what groups who are helping residents get covered say. They are bracing for more people to enroll before next year.
The head of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks says people typically have three to five meetings with the organization's counselors before they feel comfortable picking a health plan in the new marketplace.