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7:35 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Ohio Offers Help During Medicare Open Enrollment

State officials are reminding Ohioans that they have until Dec. 7 to find Medicare coverage or switch plans under the government's program for seniors and the disabled.

The open-enrollment period gives beneficiaries a chance to review their health and prescription drug coverage. Any changes they make to their Medicare coverage will take effect Jan. 1.

The state's insurance director Mary Taylor says benefits and costs in plans can change from one year to the next, and consumers should check how those factors impact coverage.

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12:06 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

134K Ohioans Must Meet Work Requirements to Get Food Stamps

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As families prepare to gather around the table for Thanksgiving, state policymakers are urging the governor to change requirements for food assistance. Starting at the beginning of next year, more than 134,000 Ohioans will lose their food stamps unless they meet certain work or training requirements. This affects childless adults ages 18 to 50 who are not disabled.

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Statewide News
7:04 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Ohio Construction Work Could Affect Holiday Travel

The Ohio Department of Transportation says some construction work will be suspended over the Thanksgiving holiday, but drivers may still come across many work zone restrictions.

Among the construction areas is a widening project along Interstate 71 in parts of Delaware and Morrow counties. Transportation officials say they opened a third lane in the area to ease southbound congestion during the holidays for drivers from Cleveland to Columbus.

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Statewide News
7:35 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Balanced Budget Amendment Resolution Signed

State officials gathered in Lima Monday afternoon to celebrate the signing of a resolution directed at their colleagues in Washington. The balanced budget amendment resolution demands Congress pass such a requirement or allow the state to call a Constitutional convention. Gov. John Kasich has pushed for the resolution, and says it’s a bipartisan issue.

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7:04 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Five Adults Indicted In Steubenville Case

Five adults, now including the superintendent of Steubenville City Schools, are now facing charges in the alleged cover-up of a rape at a high-school end-of-summer party last year.

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine announced the indictments at a press conferenc. They range from felony obstruction of justice charges against Superintendent Mike McVey to misdemeanor failure to report child abuse against an elementary school principal.

DeWine says the issues that surfaced in Steubenville spread well beyond the Ohio River town.

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