AAA says regional travel this weekend is expected to be up 3.3% over last year's Labor Day holiday. The auto club predicts that with gas prices lower than they were a year ago, some 1.2 million Ohioans are hittng the road.
AAA says that, nationally, vacationers won't go as far as they did last year, but Ohioans will still be putting in some travel time. The popular spots this year, according to book agents are Gatlinberg and Hilton Head, and in Ohio, Hocking Hills and Newport Aquarium.
Two big changes are coming to taxes in Ohio this weekend – the state sales tax goes up, and the state’s personal income tax goes down.
The income tax for individuals will drop by 8.5%, while the state sales tax increases from 5.5% to 5.75%. Tax Commissioner Joe Testa says most people won’t notice the sales tax increase unless they’re making major taxable purchases, such as buying cars. But he says even then it’s more than a wash.
The state's attorney general has named two former Ohio Supreme Court justices to a commission that will study the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which had asked for a commission seat, was absent from Attorney General Mike DeWine's list on Thursday. Included were former high court justices Yvette McGee Brown and Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, a county prosecutor, a sheriff and a police chief.
The Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is asking the state's attorney general to be included in the commission studying Ohio's new facial recognition program.
The organization on Wednesday sent a letter to Attorney General Mike DeWine saying it believes it is "necessary and appropriate" that it has a voice on the commission because of its unique understanding of privacy law.
The city of Dayton introduced a resolution Wednesday that opposes “stand your ground” legislation being considered at the Ohio house.
Right now, Ohio law says you have the right to defend yourself if you’re in your home. But if you’re outside, you have to retreat. If House Bill 203 is passed, it would allow you to fight back anywhere.
Dayton is the first city in the state to come out against the proposed legislation. Commissioner Nan Whaley says it won’t help the city’s initiative to reduce gun violence, and that citizens have raised concerns about the bill.