Ohio's largest state employee union says it's reached a tentative deal with state officials to extend its current contract until 2015.
Leaders in the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association credited last week's defeat of a contentious collective bargaining law with allowing them to better negotiate their contract.
The tentative agreement will retain all current contract provisions between the union and the state. It doesn't include furlough days or personal leave that were in the current agreement that is set to expire at the end of February.
Thousands of Ohio welfare recipients who were overpaid more than 10 years ago are being informed that they will have to repay that money to the state.
The overpayments are not the result of fraud, and most resulted from administrative errors by government workers, The Columbus Dispatch (reported Wednesday. An example would be a welfare recipient who might have reported a change in income to his caseworker that would have reduced the benefit, but that information wasn't logged before the monthly check was mailed, the newspaper reported.
Advocates trying to solve Ohio's problem of homelessness predict it will get worse in the coming months. Bill Faith heads the Coalition on Housing and Homelessness in Ohio. He says federal money to help the homeless is running out.
"Ohio got its share of money, almost 66 million dollars, that since 2010 has been used to prevent homelessness for thousands of Ohioans who were on the edge, but that money is beginning to dry up," says Faith.
The Republican leader of the Ohio Senate says it is too soon to say whether his chamber would vote before the end of the year on a bill that would ban abortions in the state after the first detectable heartbeat.
Senate President Tom Niehaus said Tuesday that a group of lawmakers he's convened continues to research the measure.