A state legislative panel has signed off contracts related to empowering the state's new private job-creation partnership, JobsOhio.
Last week, Gov. John Kasich announced an agreement between the state budget and commerce departments to transfer the state liquor business to JobsOhio for the next 25 years. The deal is worth $1.4 billion.
As part of the plan, the state Controlling Board on Monday approved a contract to allow the state Commerce Department to continue to distribute and sell liquor in Ohio.
Catholic leaders in Ohio are joining the chorus of church officials urging parishioners to protest and pray about the federal government's decision to require many church-affiliated institutions to cover free birth control for employees.
Bishops in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo shared their opposition in letters distributed or read to parishioners this weekend, saying the decision runs counter to their beliefs.
Ohio shows progress in trying to improve the quality of the state's teachers, a new national report concludes.
The National Council on Teacher Quality gives the state a "C+" grade overall for 2011, up from "D+" two years earlier. The research and policy group that seeks a better national teacher force says Ohio is among the most improved states, ranking 11th in progress and tied for fifth overall.
Ohio gets better marks for steps to expand its pool of potential teachers, teacher preparation, identifying effective teachers and removing ineffective ones.
Ohio Republicans are dismissing President Barack Obama's third State of the Union address as more of the same, while Democrats liked what he had to say about manufacturing.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio says he heard little in the way of new ideas to help create jobs. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says the president stuck with what the Republican described as the same failed policies of expanded government and more spending.