A state legislative panel has signed off contracts related to empowering the state's new private job-creation partnership, JobsOhio.
Last week, Gov. John Kasich announced an agreement between the state budget and commerce departments to transfer the state liquor business to JobsOhio for the next 25 years. The deal is worth $1.4 billion.
As part of the plan, the state Controlling Board on Monday approved a contract to allow the state Commerce Department to continue to distribute and sell liquor in Ohio.
Catholic leaders in Ohio are joining the chorus of church officials urging parishioners to protest and pray about the federal government's decision to require many church-affiliated institutions to cover free birth control for employees.
Bishops in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo shared their opposition in letters distributed or read to parishioners this weekend, saying the decision runs counter to their beliefs.
An Ohio group has resubmitted paperwork to state officials in its effort to push a ballot initiative that would keep workers who are covered by labor contracts from having to join a union or pay union dues.
The group's lawyer, Maurice Thompson, says Ohioans for Workplace Freedom refiled a new summary of its right-to-work amendment on Monday.
Attorney General Mike DeWine has to clear the summary from the coalition of tea party groups and others before they can start collecting the roughly 386,000 valid signatures needed to get it on the ballot this year.
WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) - A bipartisan group of Ohio and Michigan members of Congress is asking President Barack Obama to help communities in the two states deal with abandoned and vacant homes.
In a letter dated Monday, the 16 lawmakers say stressed local governments need federal support to demolish decaying properties on a large scale.
The letter says weak housing markets in Ohio and Michigan have been devastated by slow population growth. The lawmakers say it's estimated Ohio has more than 70,000 empty homes in such bad shape that they need to be torn down.
Forecasters say Ohio is in for a snowy and icy start to the weekend.
Most of the state is under a winter weather advisory beginning Friday afternoon and continuing into late morning on Saturday. Up to 6 inches of snow is expected in northern Ohio, while the southern half of the state is likely to receive snow and freezing rain.