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Statewide News
7:04 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Work On Cincy Streetcar Resumes After Key Vote

Work on Cincinnati's streetcar is set to begin anew on Thursday with the delivery of rail for the 3.6-mile line.

Installation of the rail on the $133 million streetcar line will resume Friday.

Other work coming up will include rebar installation, and work on traffic signals, poles and water mains.

The controversial streetcar project survived a vow by newly elected Mayor John Cranley to derail it for good because of the price tag.

A 6-3 vote by the city council last week prevented him from doing that.

Statewide News
7:35 am
Mon December 23, 2013

AAA Expects Holiday Travel By 3.5 Million Ohioans

Auto club AAA estimates more than 3.5 million Ohioans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the year-end holiday period running from Saturday through New Year's Day.

That number is up slightly from last year. AAA says travel during this holiday season has increased with economic improvements in recent years. Average gas prices now are expected to remain lower during the holidays than they were a year ago.

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Statewide News
7:04 am
Wed December 11, 2013

State Unveils New Medicaid Application System

The state says it’s created a new system to connect Ohioans to Medicaid benefits, faster. This is just another step in the state’s project to better coordinate public assistance programs.

The new system received more than 1,100 applications in its first day of operation.  This was also the first time people under the expanded Medicaid program could sign-up online.  The digital application service replaces the old system which had been in place for 32 years.

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Statewide News
6:35 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Voter Records Bill Among Issues Before Ohio House

The Ohio House is slated to vote today on a bill to bolster the state's voter registration database.

The measure requires state agencies to share data with the secretary of state to help maintain Ohio's voter records. It also reduces the minimum number of electronic voting machines a county must have.

The Ohio Association of Election Officials supports the bill.

Today is the last day the House expects to be in session this year. Senators already have wrapped up work.

Two other election-related bills not scheduled for a vote have drawn more heated reaction.

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Statewide News
8:04 am
Mon December 9, 2013

State Reminds Ohioans To Check Cable TV Rates

The state's Department of Commerce says the end of the year is a good time for Ohioans to closely examine their cable television bills for any upcoming rate increases.

Commerce officials say many cable companies raise rates at the beginning of a year. Ohio law requires cable providers to give consumers written notice of any rate increase 30 days in advance. Those notifications could appear on November or December bills.

Commerce Director Andre Porter says some providers also may offer holiday or promotional pricing to attract new subscribers.

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