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Feb 18, 2016 12:00 AM

Two cases of Zika virus recently confirmed in Stark County 

COLUMBUS -- State health officials have confirmed two cases of the Zika virus, adding to more than 30 cases nationally reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A 30-year-old Cleveland-area woman and a 21-year-old Stark County man, both recent travelers

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Feb 18, 2016 12:00 AM

Ohio liquor sales reach record levels in 2015 

Ohio liquor sales reached record levels in 2015 with more than $1 billion and 13 million gallons sold, according to results released by the state commerce officials Jan. 26. The total compares to $949 million in spirituous liquor sold in 2014 and $898 million in '13. Volume

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Feb 10, 2016 3:51 PM

Two cases of Zika virus has been confirmed in Stark County

COLUMBUS -- State health officials have confirmed two cases of the Zika virus, adding to more than 30 cases nationally reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A 30-year-old Cleveland-area woman and a 21-year-old Stark County man, both recent travelers

By Marc Kovacdix Capital Correspondent
Dec 10, 2015 4:00 AM

Economists expect Ohioans to spend $600 million more than last year this holiday season 

Economists are expecting Ohioans to spend $600 million more than they did last year on holiday purchases, according to a forecast released Nov. 23.The University of Cincinnati's Economics Center and the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants are projecting a 4.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
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Dec 3, 2015 4:00 AM

Random things Donald Trump said in Columbus 

If you haven't experienced Donald Trump speaking in person, you are missing the full extent of his persona and his presidential aspirations.The televised GOP debates don't provide a complete picture of his demeanor and the way he is connecting with voters.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Nov 12, 2015 4:00 AM

Lawmakers begin discussions for medical marijuana 

The Republican leader of the Ohio House said Nov. 4 that lawmakers will begin discussions on the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, a day after Ohio voters rejected a plan to regulate the drug for medical and recreational uses.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Oct 1, 2015 4:00 AM

Ohio overdoses in 2014 are highest on record 

More Ohioans died from unintentional drug overdoses in 2014 than in any other year on record, according to preliminary statistics released by state health officials Thursday.The initial data indicate 2,482 deaths last year, up nearly 18 percent from 2,110 in 2013.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Aug 5, 2015 4:00 AM

Pro-marijuana legalization group must gather more signatures 

The group behind a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana use in Ohio has a little more than a week to gather nearly 30,000 more signatures, after its initial petition submission fell short of the requirement to qualify for the November ballot.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Jul 15, 2015 4:00 AM

Ohio Department of Agriculture: Live Birds prohibited at county fairs 

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced June 2 that it was barring displays of live birds, including youngsters' poultry projects, at county fairs as part of efforts to prevent the spread of avian flu.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Jun 24, 2015 4:00 AM

Ohio Senate adds ten budget amendments 

A new state panel would study ways to shift Ohio to a flat income tax within three years, under an amendment added to the biennial budget pending in the state Senate.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
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Jun 24, 2015 4:00 AM

State senate approves $71.3 billion biennial budget 

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Senate approved a $71.3 billion biennial budget Thursday that proponents say will mean lower taxes and economic growth and opponents say will further help wealthy residents at the expense of the needy.Sen.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Jun 17, 2015 4:00 AM

Group seeks to ban the sale of powdered caffeine 

Backers of a ban on powdered alcohol are offering an amendment to separate legislation that would ban powdered caffeine, with hopes of moving a combined bill that would prohibit sales of both products in the state.Rep.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Jun 17, 2015 4:00 AM

House to crack down on hit and run drivers 

The Ohio House OK'd legislation May 12 that would allow increased criminal penalties against individuals who flee the scene of accidents that cause serious injury or death.HB 110 passed on a vote of 87-0 and heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Jun 17, 2015 4:00 AM

ResponsibleOhio for marijuana legalization has enough signatures 

Backers of a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational uses said June 9 they have more than 550,000 signatures in hand toward their effort to place the issue on the November ballot.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Jun 10, 2015 4:00 AM

Pet advocates urge lawmakers to allow EMTs to work on injured pets 

A township trustee from Columbiana County and representatives of pet advocacy groups in the Youngstown area urged state lawmakers May 27 to move legislation allowing paramedics to treat injured dogs and pets at emergency scenes.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
May 20, 2015 4:00 AM

Senate votes to ban powdered caffeine products 

The Ohio Senate has moved legislation that would ban the sale of powdered caffeine products in the state.SB 7 passed April 29 on a vote of 32-1 and headed to the Ohio House for further consideration.The proposed law changes were offered by Sen.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
May 13, 2015 4:00 AM

Ohio Racing Commission approves sanctions on whipping horses 

Harness racers could face sanctions for whipping tired horses or those not in contention during races, under new rules OK'd by the Ohio Racing Commission.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Apr 29, 2015 4:00 AM

Benzel family continues to urge lawmakers to protect unsecured children in vehicles 

The family of an 11-year-old girl killed in a Columbiana County car accident last year continue to urge state lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow officers to stop vehicles with youngsters who aren't secured in seat belts or car seats.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
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Apr 29, 2015 4:00 AM

Ohio House considers bill to protect animals from severe weather 

Pet owners who leave their animals tied outside during severe weather or for more than six hours a day could face criminal charges, under legislation being considered in the Ohio House.HB 94 was offered by Rep. John Barnes Jr.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent
Apr 15, 2015 4:00 AM

Injection well inducing tremors in fracking policy debate 

There's one message that has been heard loud and clear at the Statehouse: The good people of the Mahoning Valley are tired of earthquakes and expect their public officials to do everything in their power to prevent future fracking-induced tremors.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Correspondent