Statewide News

Statewide News
7:35 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Constitutional Modernization Commission Looking At How Districts Are Drawn

The Constitutional Modernization Commission, a panel of lawmakers and private citizens that will be asked to recommend changes to Ohio’s Constitution, is looking at the way the lines for legislative districts are drawn.

Secretary of State Jon Husted says that plan should be bipartisan and transparent to create districts that are compact and competitive. And that means lots of campaigning, political ads and robocalls.

“In the end, we’ll have more democracy. And more democracy is likely more expensive,” says Husted.

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Statewide News
7:04 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Big Increase In Concealed Carry Permits In Ohio

State officials say there's been a big surge in concealed carry permits in Ohio this year.

The Ohio attorney general's office says just over 82,000 permits had been issued through the end of September.

That's more than all of last year and a record for the state.

Ohio's concealed-carry law allows people with firearms-safety training to apply for a license through county sheriff's departments.

A spokesman with Ohioans for Concealed Carry tells The Columbus Dispatch that there's an upward trend of people wanting to carry out their Second Amendment rights.

Statewide News
6:35 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Ohio Utilities Restoring Power After Storm

More than 30,000 customers in in Ohio were still without power early Monday after a strong storm system rolled through the state.

The Sunday evening storm brought strong winds that blew down trees and power lines and damaged some structures, including the rectory at a church in northwest Ohio and a barn in central Ohio. Some minor injuries were reported.

The storm ripped through several states in the Midwest Sunday, spawning tornadoes and tearing through homes and overturning cars along its path. At least six people were killed in Illinois.

Statewide News
7:04 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Governor Grants Clemency To Death Row Inmate For Unusual Reason

Governor Kasich has granted a stay of execution to a condemned child killer from Northeast Ohio. The execution was supposed to take place Thursday.

Death row inmate Ronald Phillips wants to donate his organs to two members of his family and wants the rest of his organs to be given to strangers after he dies.  The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections denied that request.  But Governor Kasich is granting a stay of execution to give medical experts time to determine whether Phillips’ non vital organs or tissues can be donated. 

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Statewide News
8:04 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Ohio Supreme Court Hears Complicated Case That Could Have Implications For “Snowbirds”

As the weather gets colder, there are more than a few Ohioans who are right now planning their annual extended stays in Florida or other warm climates. But there's a complicated case in the Ohio Supreme Court which hopes to answer the question where a person who has two homes actually lives.

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