Ohio's Republican and Democratic gubernatorial front-runners are headed toward a primary-free showdown, ending a shakeout marked by complaints that both major parties got too aggressive in pushing out challengers.
The Democrats had a primary looming until last Friday, when Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune quietly withdrew his late bid against Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald.
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Local governments in Ohio might get some help soon replenishing their dwindling road salt supplies.
The snow started early in Ohio and hasn't stopped yet, leading to a shortage of salt for treating roads. The Ohio Department of Transportation is nearing its purchasing limit on four contracts negotiated last summer with suppliers to provide the salt for the state and for local governments.
What could be the biggest snow storm to hit Ohio this season is on the way later this afternoon and early Wednesday.
Forecasters say most of the state could end up with another 6 to 10 inches of snow on the ground by the time it's all over. The heaviest snow is expected to be between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 a.m. Wednesday - meaning that the morning rush hour likely will be a big mess.
A winter storm warning will be in effect for nearly all of the state through Wednesday morning.
State officials remind eligible Ohioans that they can get help managing energy costs this winter through a payment assistance program.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio says the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus allows eligible Ohioans to pay utility bills based on a percentage of household income.
Customers must receive their primary or secondary heat source from a company regulated by the utilities commission and have a total household income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level to qualify.