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Pot Plan Changes

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 12:34 PM

One of the groups backing a plan to legalize marijuana in Ohio is making a big change to its proposal. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports the plan would now allow Ohioans to grow small amounts of pot for their own personal use.

High Court Ruling Limits Local Power Over Gas Drilling

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:59 PM

Communities trying to rein in oil and gas drilling have suffered a heavy blow from the state Supreme Court. ideastream’s Joanna Richards has more on the case that pitted a Northeast Ohio city against a Northeast Ohio energy company.

An Arty Shelter From the Cold

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM

The paintings and sculptures of the Cleveland Museum of Art have attracted visitors from around the world for almost a century. But, after recent renovations, the museum is also becoming a destination spot for those seeking respite from the brutal weather. ideastream's David C. Barnett paid a visit.

Portman Criticizes Obama Foreign Policy in Speech on Israel

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 5:46 PM

Ohio's Republican senator, Rob Portman, accused the Obama administration of conducting a disengaged foreign policy that allowed threats against the Unites State and Israel to grow in Iran and territory now controlled by the Islamic State. ideastream's Nick Castele reports.

Northeast Ohio Retail Vacancy Rate Falls

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 9:44 AM

The great recession left Northeast Ohio littered with vacant storefronts, and dead or dying malls. But as ideastream's Nick Castele explains, some empty retail spaces are welcoming new tenants, while other spots meet the wrecking ball.

Be Well: Measles

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:45 AM

Recent measles outbreaks linked to a Disneyland in California and spreading to 17 states and counting has left many people wondering if they and their family are at risk. Dr. Susan Rehm, Vice Chair of the Infectious Disease Department at Cleveland Clinic, joins Rick Jackson to answer measles vaccination questions and discuss the possibility of the outbreak reaching Ohio.

Akron Mayor Mulls Creating City Construction Company

Monday, February 16, 2015 at 8:08 PM

The mayor of Akron says he's working to set up a city-run construction company. ideastream's Nick Castele has more.

Inaugural Ice Fishing Derby Draws Dozens Of Hearty Anglers

Monday, February 16, 2015 at 8:07 PM

Despite the intense cold and winds, more than a hundred anglers gathered on Wallace Lake in Berea last Saturday for Cleveland MetroPark’s first-ever ice-fishing derby. ideastream’s Brian Bull slogged through near white-out conditions to talk to some of the contestants.

State Party Chairs Skirmish Early In 2016 U.S. Senate Fight

Monday, February 16, 2015 at 6:17 PM

Next year's U.S. Senate campaign really hasn't heated up yet - but the major party chairs are both hinting at a tough fight ahead. From our Statehouse Bureau Karen Kasler reports.

Cigarette Tax Bump Could Lead To More Smuggling

Monday, February 16, 2015 at 6:13 PM

There's a proposal on the table that would increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1 -- giving Ohio the highest cigarette tax among all the states it borders. This may boost tobacco smuggling. Statehouse reporter Andy Chow explains.

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