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  • Ohio Politics Now: What does Gov. John Kasich's push for a federal balanced budget mean for Ohio?

    Republican Gov. John Kasich has made it his mission to get a constitutional amendment that would require a balanced budget. He’s planning a national tour to push the issue (though some of speculated it’s also a way for him to become more well-known nationally if he decides to run for president in 2016.)

  • NYC gunman arrested in Springfield, Ohio, in 2009

    SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — The man accused of ambushing and shooting to death two New York City police officers before killing himself had been charged in Springfield, Ohio, in 2009.

  • Parents carry on dying Defiance girl’s giving

    When Tiana Bishop turned 12, she made a wish — a specific wish.

  • Curbing fertilizer runoff a challenge

    While many farmers employ what are thought to be best practices to keep fertilizers from running off their fields and feeding huge algae blooms in lakes, including Erie, scientists are working on novel ways to curb the problem.

  • Kasich leads push for U.S. balanced-budget amendment

    WASHINGTON — Gov. John Kasich is leading a crusade for a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but some budget analysts fear it would force state officials to make extremely difficult decisions to raise taxes or cut spending.

  • Evacuated families in Monroe County await answers on fracking-well gas leak

    SARDIS, Ohio — This hollow used to be peaceful. Not long ago, Randy Heater and his daughters would roam the Monroe County hills to hunt, setting up deer stands on quiet fall days when the air was still. On Dec. 13, that stillness shattered.

  • Photos: Solstice ritual at Serpent Mound

    The Friends of Serpent Mound gathered at sunset yesterday at the ancient wonder in Peebles, Ohio, lighting luminaries to celebrate the arrival of the winter solstice.

  • Ohio family gets help after sinkholes

    ROSEVILLE, Ohio — Five families will move into new homes on donated land after sinkholes forced them to flee their rural Muskingum County property. They might not be in their new mobile homes in Perry County in time for Christmas.

  • Denison professor studies nature’s explosive side

    GRANVILLE, Ohio — Explosive plumes of rubber ducks. Field trips to California. Rocks nearly 200 million years old. If you’re Erik Klemetti and you teach college courses about volcanoes in a state that, well, doesn’t have volcanoes, you have to be creative.

  • New laws you need to know — or not

    Lawmakers once again were busy in the post-election lame-duck session, moving quickly to pass a truckload of legislation that affects a wide variety of Ohioans. These issues were approved over the past two months; a few major issues did not make it into law.

  • Capitol Insider | Study: Ohio 7th in political ad spending

    It didn’t seem like our TVs were taken over by political ads quite as much this year, but we Ohioans still were inundated with 69,500 commercials worth nearly $34 million that were broadcast on state government campaigns, a study by the Center for Public Integrity shows.

  • John Switzer commentary: Handmade creche gifted, treasured, then returned

    This is a story about how a Christmas gift came back to the one who had given it, after almost half a century. I was talking to my friend Michael Bergman, a Madison County farmer, and I asked him if he was ready for Christmas.

  • White lion from Siegfried and Roy euthanized at Cincinnati Zoo

    CINCINNATI (AP) — An aging white lion given to the Cincinnati Zoo by performers Siegfried & Roy has been euthanized because of age-related health issues.

  • Suburb of Cincinnati paying to have beaver removed from park

    MASON, Ohio (AP) — Officials of this suburb of Cincinnati are eager to catch a troublesome beaver. Mason officials said the busy beaver has felled at least three trees and gnawed on more than 50 others at Pine Hill Lakes Park.

  • Prosecutors: Judge should serve time

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Prosecutors say an Ohio juvenile court judge sentenced to six months on a felony conviction should go to jail as ordered by the trial judge.

  • $50,000 raised for Cincinnati streetcars via memento sales

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Commemorative fare cards for Cincinnati’s streetcar system have generated $50,000 since going on sale on Dec. 9. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that more than 1,000 of the 1,500 metallic cards produced have been sold.

  • Support groups help families who have lost someone to drugs

    On top of Lori Yuppa’s Christmas tree sits a small angel handmade from a foam cup with her son’s picture on it. The ornament Chase Cummings made in the second grade has become one of her most cherished possessions since he overdosed on heroin on Sept. 18, 2012, her birthday. He was 18.

  • U.S. Senate approves resolution honoring Jesse Owens

    WASHINGTON — A resolution honoring Ohioan and Olympic athlete Jesse Owens has been approved by the U.S. Senate. Ohio senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman yesterday announced approval this week of the measure introduced by Brown and co-sponsored by Portman. It recognizes Owens' athletic accomplishments and his commitment to promoting civil rights.

  • Low gas prices mean more people hit the road for holidays

    Christmas might come early for central Ohioans traveling for the holidays, given low gas prices and predictions of mild weather. The AAA Auto Club is predicting the highest travel volume on record for Dec. 23 to Jan. 4. Nationwide, 98.6 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home. That includes 3.8 million Ohioans, a 5 percent increase over the same period last holiday season.

  • New law will keep lethal-injection drug supplier secret

    A new Ohio law signed yesterday by Gov. John Kasich will shield from public disclosure the supplier of drugs used in future lethal injections effective on March 20.

  • Ohio's children's hospitals to split $1 million state grant to study abuse

    Doctors could be missing the early warning signs of child abuse. But if they know what to look for and how to intervene, they may be able to save an infant’s life. At least that’s the hope behind a new Ohio Children’s Hospital Association study.

  • City police issue alert after 4 attempted child abductions

    Four children reported being enticed by or nearly abducted by strangers this month on the North Side, prompting Columbus police to warn city residents yesterday to stay alert.

  • Delaware County won’t be getting romantic-themed hotel

    The owner of an adults-only, romantic-themed hotel has backed out of a land contract to build another in Delaware County after he learned that he’d have to pay to extend a road through the property.

  • Ohio Muslim woman sues over jail church attendance

    CLEVELAND — A Muslim woman has sued Cuyahoga County in northeast Ohio alleging she was forced to attend Christian church services during a 60-day jail stint on an assault charge.

  • Ohio Politics Now: Gov. John Kasich says more regulations needed on fracking, charter schools

    During a speech in front of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Gov. John Kasich promised to crack down on charter school operators who are not doing their job of educating children, Dispatch Public Affairs Editor Darrel Rowland writes. “We are going to fix the lack of regulation on charter schools,” he said. “There is no excuse for people coming in here and taking advantage of anything. So we will be putting some tough rules into our budget.”

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