Ohio

A handful of Ohioans will be front and center for President Barack Obama's inauguration.

Autoworker Kenyetta Jones is one of right "citizen co-chairs" who've been selected to highlight Obama's first-term accomplishments.

Jones spoke at last year's Democratic National Convention about Obama's work to bailout the auto industry.

She'll ride on an inaugural parade float after Obama's swearing-in Monday.

The Miami University Marching Band will be in the parade too.

Both the statewide issues failed. Issue 1 would have convened a constitutional convention, and state lawmakers were hoping it wouldn’t pass so they could continue with an appointed commission which will make recommendations on changes to the constitution. And Issue 2 would have taken the power to draw the maps for state and federal lawmakers out of legislators’ hands and put it with a 12-member citizens’ panel.

Ohio voters have rejected a proposal to change the process for redrawing state legislative and congressional maps.

Issue 2 lost after a fight that pitted voter advocacy groups and unions against business interests and the Ohio Republican Party. Lawyers' groups split on the issue.

The constitutional amendment would have created a 12-member citizen commission to redraw Ohio's political districts every decade. It was prompted by discontent over the maps approved by the state Legislature in 2011.

This is a comprehensive list of school levies throughout the state of Ohio. Results will be updated as they become available.

Advocates for the federal health care law are celebrating the start of the countdown toward October 1 of next year, when 1.5 million uninsured Ohioans can start shopping a health insurance marketplace called an exchange. But there’s still a lot of uncertainty about who will set up and run that exchange.

A package of bills that shore up Ohio's five public pension funds with increased premiums, higher retirement ages and other changes is set to clear the Ohio Legislature.

The Ohio House and Senate plan floor votes on the proposals Wednesday.

Changes will affect some 1.7 million retirees and future retirees and their families who are covered by the five funds. Those are the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System, State Teachers Retirement System, School Employees Retirement System, Ohio Highway Patrol Retirement System and the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund.

Republican Mitt Romney is bringing his presidential campaign back to the battleground state of Ohio.

The former Massachusetts governor will be in northwest Ohio today for a fundraiser in Toledo, before speaking at a town hall meeting at the Bowling Green Community Center.

It's a busy campaign week in Ohio. President Barack Obama was in Cincinnati on Monday and Vice President Joe Biden will return tomorrow with a visit to a labor union in Columbus.
 

The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate the train derailment in Columbus yesterday. Most of the people who were evacuated yesterday have returned to their homes.

National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Waynur says the train appeared to have a clear signal when it went into the area where cars derailed.  And Waynur says preliminary reports show speed was not a factor.

Ohio officials say more than 200,000 residents around the state are still without power days after two weekend thunderstorms left many in the dark.

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency released new figures Wednesday afternoon that add several thousand customers from Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives to the tally.  The bulk of the outages still belong to customers of American Electric Power.

Dayton Power & Light is reporting just a handful of outages in the listening area now and plan to have it all back online by this evening.

President Barack Obama departs on a two-day bus tour of Ohio and Pennsylvania today, defending his economic policies and and his decision to rescue U.S. automakers while raising questions about Republican Mitt Romney's business record. 

The president's 250-mile "Betting on America" bus tour will pass through several Northern Ohio communities where he received strong support in 2008.  The tour will also take him into Western Pennsylvania, with a stop in Pittsburgh.

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