An Ohio Senate committee plans to hold hearings on school safety matters beginning next week with a meeting focused on prevention and mental health.
The panel was created this year to address school security and prevention of violent acts in public spaces. It comes after last year's deadly shootings at a Chardon high school and elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
The first hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday. Other hearings focusing on security, school infrastructure and law enforcement response are scheduled for March.
In the Ohio race, incumbent Sherrod Brown defeated Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel.
Former Dayton Daily News editor Ellen Belcher says when Mandel decided to run against Brown, not many people gave him a chance - but when money started pouring in, the tide started turning.
"Its been up and down and there were moments when people thought Sherrod Brown could actually lose this. I think this is one of those times where those who think that money can't buy an election are proven right," says Belcher.
There's a lot of activity at the Ohio Statehouse this week. Some of it involves students from the Ohio College Access Network and the Ohio Student Education Policy Institute (OSEPI). They are testifying before the Senate Finance Committee - presenting their recommendations regarding Ohio education policy. Senator Chris Widener says it's the second year the group has appeared before Widener’s committee.
Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel will take on Incumbent Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown this fall. Mandel easily won the G-O-P primary winning 62% percent of the total votes statewide. On March 12, 2012, Florida Senator Marco Rubio campaigned in Ohio for the Senate hopeful.
The following audio contains addresses from Mandel and Rubio to a crowd of 300 in the Berry Room located at Wright State University's Nutter Center.
State parks and other lands in Ohio will be opened to oil and gas drilling under a bill that has passed the state Senate on Wednesday.
The Senate voted 22-10 on the legislation that sets up a commission to oversee oil and gas leasing. It also requires state agencies to create property inventories that could yield potential drilling sites.
The House has passed the bill, but would have to agree to the Senate's changes before it could go to the governor's desk.