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7:03 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Rally supports possible Ohio texting ban

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Lawmakers, police and families have met on the lawn of the Ohio Statehouse to rally in support of a measure to ban texting while driving.

An estimated 75 people showed up to bolster the bill, which would make it a minor misdemeanor to text while driving.

The proposal's sponsors were joined by representatives of central Ohio police departments, local politicians and the daughter of a man killed when he was hit by a texting driver.

Statewide News
7:01 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Ohio gov prepared to defend natural gas drilling

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Governor John Kasich  says he's prepared to talk to people in bars, hotels and salons about the economic impacts of natural gas drilling to combat misconceptions about hydraulic fracturing.

Officials say a major natural gas deposit in eastern Ohio could create thousands of jobs.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process through which chemical-laced water is injected deep underground to break up shale rock and allow natural gas to escape.

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Health
8:55 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Report predicts big changes in Ohio health costs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A report prepared for the state says some Ohio health insurance premiums could go up as much as 150 percent while others could fall 40 percent in 2014 when much of the national health care overhaul takes effect.

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who also heads the state insurance department, says the findings from consulting firm Milliman Inc. are "alarming." The Republican said in a news release Tuesday that what she calls "Obamacare" will have widespread and expensive impacts.

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Politics
7:23 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Business executives group endorses Ohio union law

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A group of Ohio business executives is urging voters to uphold a new state law that places restrictions on public employee unions.

The Ohio Business Roundtable is endorsing Issue 2 on the November ballot, urging a yes vote to affirm what it calls "reasonable and common sense reforms." The group says the changes will help local communities manage finances and deliver services without raising taxes. It says localities face fiscal challenges it attributes primarily to the cost of labor agreements.

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Politics
7:17 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Ohio medical marijuana ballot language rejected

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says a group wanting to legalize medical  marijuana has enough petition signatures but failed to properly summarize ballot language in its initial effort toward putting the idea before voters.

The Columbus Dispatch reports DeWine last week rejected the 2012 ballot proposal by the Ohio Coalition for Medical Compassion. The constitutional amendment would require a prescription for marijuana purchases and allow those qualified to grow a limited number of plants.

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