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7:35 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Kearney Drops Out of Lt. Governor's Race

Sen. Eric Kearney has stepped down from next year’s Democratic ticket after continuing criticism over hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid back taxes.

Sen. Kearney of Cincinnati told Ann Thompson with WVXU that he was stepping aside as Ed FitzGerald’s running mate, because he didn’t want to be a distraction to the campaign.

“I don’t want our business, the Cincinnati Herald, to be the focus of the campaign – rather, I want issues, so that’s why I made the decision,” said Kearney.

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Statewide News
7:04 am
Wed December 11, 2013

State Unveils New Medicaid Application System

The state says it’s created a new system to connect Ohioans to Medicaid benefits, faster. This is just another step in the state’s project to better coordinate public assistance programs.

The new system received more than 1,100 applications in its first day of operation.  This was also the first time people under the expanded Medicaid program could sign-up online.  The digital application service replaces the old system which had been in place for 32 years.

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Statewide News
6:35 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Voter Records Bill Among Issues Before Ohio House

The Ohio House is slated to vote today on a bill to bolster the state's voter registration database.

The measure requires state agencies to share data with the secretary of state to help maintain Ohio's voter records. It also reduces the minimum number of electronic voting machines a county must have.

The Ohio Association of Election Officials supports the bill.

Today is the last day the House expects to be in session this year. Senators already have wrapped up work.

Two other election-related bills not scheduled for a vote have drawn more heated reaction.

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The Economy & Business
4:35 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Southwest Ohio Gears Up For FAA Decision On Drone Testing

Frank Beafore with one of the drone models designed at SelectTech Geospatial in Springfield.
Lewis Wallace WYSO

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The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to make a decision soon about where to open up air space for the testing of commercial drones. Southwest Ohio is competing to become one of six sites around the country as the FAA prepares to regulate the commercial drone industry by late 2015.

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Politics
8:35 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Group Claims First JobsOhio President Cashing In On Ohio Connections

A group critical of JobsOhio says the California native brought in to be its first president may have used that position to set himself up for a big payday later.

The liberal group Progress Ohio has been trying to find out about the deals Mark Kvamme has been striking with his firm Drive Capital since leaving JobsOhio. Progress Ohio’s Brian Rothenberg says based on a similar proposed deal with one of the state’s pension funds, Kvamme could net $9 million in fees, half a million in expenses and 20% of future profits from The Ohio State University’s investment in his company.

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