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50 National Historic Landmarks in Ohio, from the USS Cod to Stan Hywet Hall
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Indexed 2017-02-23 07:42:25 (Article ID 1354229922)

By Sara Dorn, cleveland.com U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell named 17.4 acres of Kent State's campus a National Historic Landmark last month, commemorating the site where the Ohio National Guard fatally shot four students and wounded nine others during a Vietnam War protest on May 4, 1970. The site joins 2,500 other designated landmarks across the U.S., including more than 70 in Ohio
 

 

Ad campaign cost Ohio taxpayers $1.7 million
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Indexed 2017-02-23 03:14:17 (Article ID 1354132660)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A television public service campaign featuring Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer and Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel cost taxpayers nearly $1.7 million for television ads across the state. The 30-second ad promotes an important cause - STABLE investment and savings accounts for Ohioans with disabilities - but its steep cost is drawing criticism. The total cost is nearly $1
 

 

Adam Ward, new CFAES director of gov't affairs, grew up in Champaign County
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Indexed 2017-02-23 03:14:17 (Article ID 1354123002)

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences’ new director of government affairs comes with rich experience in the state legislature, in the executive branch of state government, and in an advocacy role for policy and funding at the state and national levels. He also has agricultural roots from a childhood growing up on a corn, soybean and hog farm
 

 

Barberton Police Chief won't answer questions about drug house
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Indexed 2017-02-23 03:14:17 (Article ID 1354134164)

BARBERTON, Ohio - Barberton Police Chief Vince Morber refused to answer questions Wednesday about how his department has dealt with a known drug house in his city.Police records showed at least 18 calls for service over the last two years at 102 Norwood St. for possible overdoses, including people found not breathing and vomiting.In January, Larry Bowman died after an overdose at that address. Rec
 

 

Bill aims to revive cursive writing in Ohio schools
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Indexed 2017-02-23 07:42:25 (Article ID 1354221341)

Republican Reps. Andrew Brenner and Marilyn Slaby have proposed legislation that would again make cursive instruction mandatory between kindergarten and fifth grade. By The Associated Press COLUMBUS Some state lawmakers want to bring back cursive handwriting as a requirement in Ohio's elementa
 

 

Bipartisan effort launched to update Ohio crime laws, reduce prison population
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Indexed 2017-02-23 03:14:17 (Article ID 1354133515)

COLUMBUS Offenders on parole who commit technical violations like missing mandatory meetings wouldnt automatically be returned to prison under a bipartisan effort announced Wednesday as a way of reducing Ohios prison population. The bipartisan state Senate legislation also would allow more offenders to petition to have their records sealed and give judges more discretion when sentencing inmat
 

 

Cleveland voters don't think Donald Trump understands them: Ohio Matters
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Indexed 2017-02-23 07:42:25 (Article ID 1354134640)

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Voters in Cleveland say they have plenty of reasons why they're worried about Donald Trump. Here are a few of them. Darlene Tyler, 23, said she is worried that people she knows --seniors and the disabled --will have their public assistance jeopardized under Trump. Ohio Mattersis a series examining important national issues through the eyes of people living across the state.
 

 

College grad on the job hunt in Seneca County wants Donald Trump to create jobs: Ohio Matters
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Indexed 2017-02-23 06:48:30 (Article ID 1354226433)

TIFFIN, Ohio -- Mark Linsalata took time to warm up to President Donald Trump's candidacy. He said he decided to support Trump after it became clear that he would win the Republican presidential nomination. "Ironically enough, I was a never Trumper. I did not want Trump to be the nominee. I wanted anybody but Donald Trump," he said. "I became a Trump supporter. It was hard for me, because I was
 

 

Cuyahoga County could save $500,000 a year if it ditches certified mail
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Indexed 2017-02-23 07:42:25 (Article ID 1354134734)

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cuyahoga County could save up to $500,000 a year if state law no longer required the government to send notices by certified mail. The state lists 27 instances when certified mail notification is currently required by law. They include notices sent by government agencies and boards, including the auditor's office, board of revision and board of elections. See the list below or
 

 

Farm Bureau tells lawmakers: property taxes hurting family farmers
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Indexed 2017-02-23 06:09:24 (Article ID 1354218206)

COLUMBUS Ohio Farm Bureau members recently made their case for property tax relief during testimony before the Ohio Senate Ways and Means Committee. In addition, Farm Bureau leaders met with Ohio House members as the representatives continue to explore pathways forward for CAUV reform. Farm Bureau is seeking changes to the states Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) formula, which in recent year
 

 

GOP congressmen in Ohio lay low amid town hall push
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Indexed 2017-02-23 03:14:17 (Article ID 1354133512)

COLUMBUS Ohioans concerned about repeal of the federal health care law and stoked by liberal groups opposed to President Donald Trumps actions have organized town halls across the battleground state during this weeks congressional recess. Most Republican congressional representatives are skipping the events, often citing schedule conflicts. Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, a conservative
 

 

Legislators propose bill to mandate cursive proficiency by fifth grade. -
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Indexed 2017-02-23 06:09:24 (Article ID 1354215728)

COLUMBUS -- When was the last time you used cursive? Rep. Andrew Brenner, a Republican from Powell, Ohio and Rep. Marilyn Slaby, a Republican from Copley, Ohio have introduced a bill in the Ohio House of Representatives to require its teaching in Ohio schools. I think students at an early age need to learn the fundamentals, and part of the fundamentals is writing, Brenner said about House Bill
 

 

Marc Kovac - State budget details
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Indexed 2017-02-23 07:42:25 (Article ID 1354135296)

COLUMBUS It takes a few weeks to really get to know the proposed state budget. Thas because the actual analysis of the legislation the lengthy document produced by the Legislative Service Commission that explains, in everyday language, whas being proposed isnt posted until well after hearings on the bill begin. The analysis for HB 49 was finally made available a few days back, with 370 pages
 

 

Marietta opposes Kasich business tax plan
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Indexed 2017-02-23 07:42:25 (Article ID 1354187768)

Included within Ohio Gov. John Kasichs proposed 2018-2019 budget is a set of provisions centralizing the collection of municipal business net profit taxes. According to Kasichs administration, the goal of centralization is to streamline the filing process for Ohio companies and aid in business compliance with tax law. This is a pro-business proposal thats not focused as much on the state as it
 

 

Office space upgrade $80K under budget
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Indexed 2017-02-23 03:14:17 (Article ID 1354139565)

By RON CRAIG STAFF WRITER Even with additional expenditures, renovations to new office space for the Seneca County prosecutor are expected to cost about $80,000 less than originally thought. During a rescheduled meeting of the Seneca County Commissioners Wednesday morning, County Assistant Administrator Tanya Hemmer asked commissioners to approve an additional $6,000 in spending for the proje
 

 

Ohio case in limbo as Trump prepares to rescind Obama transgender bathroom rules
(Columbus Dispatch © 02/23/2017)
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Indexed 2017-02-23 07:42:25 (Article ID 1354201628)

By Jack Torry Dispatch Washington Bureau By Jessica Wehrman Dispatch Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is expected to rescind guidance
 

 

Ohio House considers changes to transportation budget
(Twinsburg Bulletin © 02/23/2017)
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Indexed 2017-02-23 03:14:17 (Article ID 1354133122)

COLUMBUS -- Boaters would be allowed to keep tabs on water skiers using rearview mirrors, under an amendment added to the biennial transportation budget Feb. 21. The language is similar to amendments and separate legislation offered in recent general assemblies to change an existing state law that requires an extra person onboard watercraft to observe individuals being pulled behind. The Ohio
 

 

Ohio Supreme Court will hear debate on autopsies of 8 family members
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Indexed 2017-02-23 03:14:17 (Article ID 1354133521)

COLUMBUS The Ohio Supreme Court said Wednesday it will hear an open records dispute involving autopsy reports in the unsolved slayings of eight family members. At issue are lawsuits filed by Ohio newspapers seeking the full, unredacted copies of the reports on victims of the April 22 massacre in southern Ohio. The court gave both sides three weeks to submit evidence, and set a deadline fo
 

 

NATIONAL POLITICAL NEWS

Ads push Republicans to act against Obamacare, remind voters why
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Indexed 2017-02-23 06:48:30 (Article ID 1354175665)

Republican-aligned groups poured millions of dollars into ad campaigns Wednesday urging Congress to gut and replace Obamacare, hoping to remind voters why they disliked the health care law and to stiffen spines among wavering Republicans on Capitol Hill. Polls show the zeal for repeal is waning, just as Republicans are finally in a position to get it done. At town halls back home over the past m
 

 

America is for Americans: #tellusatoday
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Indexed 2017-02-23 06:48:30 (Article ID 1354176603)

President Trumps new guidelines on handling undocumented immigrants could potentially put millions of immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally but since then have abided by the law, at risk for deportation. Facebook comments are edited for clarity and grammar: No matter how you feel about dreamers, Trumps first obligation is to Americans. Let the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program
 

 

American Muslims raise money to repair vandalized Jewish cemetery
(Christian Science Monitor © 02/23/2017)
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Indexed 2017-02-23 04:45:12 (Article ID 1354205756)

February 22, 2017 Amid a flurry of anti-Semitic incidents in recent weeks, many American Muslims are stepping forward to support the Jewish community. The most recent effort, a fundraising campaign started by Muslim-American activists to help repair a vandalized historic Jewish cemetery, had garnered more than $65,000 donations as of Wednesday morning more than triple the initial goal. The rais
 

 

Canada sees spike in border crossers coming from US
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Indexed 2017-02-23 04:32:30 (Article ID 1354189272)

An unprecedented number of people are fleeing north, seeking safety in a new homeland. No, not in America. Thousands are leaving the United States for Canada and immigration advocates say the political rhetoric of the Trump administration is playing a role.
 

 

Chicago public schools say they will keep ICE agents out
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Indexed 2017-02-23 06:48:30 (Article ID 1354176773)

(CNN)Chicago Public Schools say they will deny federal immigration agents access to district buildings and personnel unless served with a criminal warrant, the latest in a series of steps taken by US school officials to protect undocumented students. School districts from Pennsylvania to California have stepped up efforts to allay fear and uncertainty in immigrant communities over Trump administra
 

 

Conservatives are 'hopeful but wary' going into annual gathering near D.C.
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Indexed 2017-02-23 04:45:12 (Article ID 1354205762)

February 22, 2017 After a somewhat rocky start, conservative leaders say they are cautiously optimistic going into the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this week.  The conference, which kicks off Wednesday just outside Washington, D.C., inadvertently found itself at the center of a scandal this weekend when a 2016 podcast interview with slated speaker Milo Yiannopoulos, in w
 

 

Democratic divisions on display at DNC debate
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Indexed 2017-02-23 03:14:17 (Article ID 1354139117)

Atlanta (CNN)For all the marches and protests the left has generated since Election Day, the debate over who will lead the Democratic Party in the early stages of Donald Trump's presidency is underscoring the divisions still lingering within its ranks. Eight candidates to become the next Democratic National Committee chair -- led by former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellis
 

 

Democrats tread lightly on primary challenge question
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Indexed 2017-02-23 06:48:30 (Article ID 1354175318)

Democrats don't want to talk about primary challenges. Even though the 2018 campaign cycle has barely begun, top Democrats have been repeatedly confronted with a question: whether to support the prospect of primary challenges to elected Democrats. The question has come up again and again, especially when it comes to Democrats like Sens. Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp, who both were floated for
 

 

DHS chief says U.S. won't have mass deportations
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Indexed 2017-02-23 06:48:30 (Article ID 1354175661)

GUATEMALA CITY U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said Wednesday on a visit to Guatemala that there wont be mass deportations by the Unites States, but he strongly discouraged any Guatemalans from considering the journey north. The executive orders issued by President Donald Trump on border security and immigration enforcement will result in people trying to enter the U.S. illegally
 

 

Ellison open to impeachment of Trump
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Indexed 2017-02-23 06:48:30 (Article ID 1354175742)

Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota said Thursday that he is open to the calls to initiate an impeachment process against President Trump. I think that Donald Trump has already has done a number of things which legitimately raise the question of impeachment, Mr. Ellison said in a CNN debate with the candidates running for DNC chair. Rep. Maxine Waters of California and Joaquin Castro of Texas have s
 

 

Emails show new EPA chief's cozy ties with fuel industry
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Indexed 2017-02-23 06:48:30 (Article ID 1354206492)

WASHINGTON (AP) - When a summer thunderstorm knocked out power to Scott Pruitts home three years ago, the then-attorney general of Oklahoma reached out to a lobbyist for American Electric Power. Pruitts executive assistant emailed Howard Bud Ground, saying General Pruitt wanted to know when his lights would be back on. The utility lobbyist asked for Pruitts address and a work crew soon arrived at
 

 

House speaker gets firsthand look at US-Mexico border
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Indexed 2017-02-23 06:48:30 (Article ID 1354175835)

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan visited the Rio Grande valley on Wednesday for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask Congress to pay for a border wall. It was the first time the Wisconsin Republican had visited the border, and protesters gathered to meet his arrival in McAllen, Texas, with han
 

 

New Pew survey: Republicans would trust Trump over GOP congressional leaders
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Indexed 2017-02-23 06:48:30 (Article ID 1354176370)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.(Photo: Matt Rourke, AP) Take heed, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan: If it came down to it, Republicans would trust Trump over the GOP leadership in Congress, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. The report, released by the nonpartisan think tank on Tuesday and based on a survey taken earlie
 

 

Second Amendment does not cover 'weapons of war,' US appeals court finds
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Indexed 2017-02-23 04:45:12 (Article ID 1354205711)

February 22, 2017 "Assault weapons" are not covered by the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court has found. On Tuesday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals voted 10-4 to uphold a Maryland law, which bans 45 kinds of guns and places a 10-round limit on gun magazines. The law implemented after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 20 students and six teachers in Newtown, C
 

 

Senate may force Trump to turn over tax returns
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Indexed 2017-02-23 04:32:30 (Article ID 1354189238)

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said on Wednesday shes open to using a subpoena to investigate President Donald Trumps tax returns for potential connections to Russia. Collins, a Republican who has served as a U.S. senator from Maine since 1997, sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the 20