Ohio’s three biggest cities are all in the running to host the Republican National Convention in 2016. Representatives from Cleveland and Columbus are in D.C. this week to try to woo the GOP to this presidential battleground state, and Cincinnati reps will be there soon to do the same. ideastream's Nick Castele reports.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has laid out new standards to continue to try to cut pollution coming from vehicles. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow says this could mean a boost for some Ohio-based researchers.
Northeast Ohio is getting nearly $27 million in federal money to demolish houses left vacant and abandoned from the foreclosure crisis, according to the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.
Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:11 PM
Earlier this week, the sponsors of a religious freedom bill under consideration in the Ohio Statehouse withdrew it, fearing that language similar to that in a bill recently vetoed by Arizona’s governor could have allowed discrimination against gay people if the bill were adopted. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, Chris Long of the Ohio Christian Alliance, explains why he backs the bill, and why he thinks the laws currently on the books are not enough to protect Ohioans exercising their religious beliefs.
Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:08 PM
Gov. John Kasich says there should be no question about his position on fracking in state parks, though he’s been supportive of the drilling industry. But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler says it’s a little fuzzier whether he knew that the agency that oversees both fracking and state parks was considering a plan to promote fracking on those state lands.
Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:06 PM
Lockheed Martin is planning to move 200 engineering jobs to its Orlando flight-training facility, and many of those workers could come from Akron. From Ohio Public Radio station WKSU, Kabir Bhatia reports.
Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:01 PM
Gov. John Kasich has long campaigned against the state income tax. And his re-election campaign is underway, so it’s no surprise that he announced in his State of the State speech that the state income tax is once again a target.
As Black History Month winds down, we share a story of remarkable success and courage by an African-American, Charles B. Leek, who lived in Ashtabula 140 years ago, and rose to unprecedented heights of respect and responsibility. ideastream's Rick Jackson talked with Len Brown, who helped uncover this tale.
When Congress passed its spending bill for 2014 in mid-January, it restored $1 billion in funding to the National Institutes of Health. In Cleveland, that meant Case Western Reserve University saw some research funding previously lost through sequestration restored. But, as ideastream's Sarah Jane Tribble reports, it's still short of what it had been BEFORE the across the board cuts took effect.
Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Tucked into a list of education proposals Governor Kasich unveiled in his State of the State speech Monday was a measure that actually has already taken affect - making funding to colleges and universities dependent on student success. StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen reports it's led one higher ed institution to adjust its approach to admitting students and guiding them toward a degree.
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