COLUMBUS, Ohio (CGE) – Ohio headline highlights is a weekly Saturday roundup of second tier and other interesting stories on people, politics and government in Ohio for the week just ended.
Ohio on “Toughest States for Retirees” list
AARP lists Ohio 6th on its list of top ten toughest states to live in for retirees. High unemployment and cold winters were Ohio’s problems; poor fiscal health made Illinois No. 1 and foreclosure capital of the world made Nevada No. 10.
Chief Justice holds 2nd discussion meeting
Supreme Court of Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor met with local judicial and legal officials in Medina County in the second of a series of conversations she plans around the state to discuss ways to improve Ohio’s court system.
Franklin Co. Dems have new leader
Jennifer Dillard, 41, Ohio Rep. Nancy Garland, D-New Albany, for the past two years, is the new executive director of the Franklin Co. Democratic Party. She was the Franklin County field director for the Ohio Democratic Party in 2007 and 2008 and helped organize the local presidential campaign for Barack Obama.
Ohio has new state fire marshal
Former State Representative and retired Madison Township Fire Chief Larry L. Flowers will become the 33rd State Fire Marshal of Ohio. Flowers begins serving immediately. Flowers served as a House Member from 2001 to 2008 in the 19th and 24th Ohio House Districts. He also was the fire chief of the Madison Township Fire Department in Franklin County from 1978 to 2000. Most recently he has been serving as the Madison Township Administrator.
Kasich appoints two to State Medical Board
Gov. John R. Kasich announced the appointment of Madia A. Dalsukh of Marion (Marion Co.) and Laurie O. Elsass of Dublin (Union Co.) to the State Medical Board.
ODP gets new press secretary
The Ohio Democratic Party announced that Justin Barasky will be its new Press Secretary. Born in Ohio and a graduate of Ohio University, Barasky previously worked former Governor Ted Strickland, Judge Bill O’Neill, and Congressman Charlie Wilson. Barasky was the Nevada Press Secretary for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Harris tosses in towel on school board seat
Martha Harris, a retired Cleveland special education teacher, voluntarily withdrew a lawsuit she filed in federal court against Gov. John Kasich and other state officials to keep her seat on the Ohio Board of Education.
Texting while driving bill may have be revived
If Rep. Courtney Combs, R-Hamilton, chairman of the Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, has his way, a bill to ban texting while driving that fizzled last year could be revived this year, now that Republicans control the Ohio House.
Lucas Co. unhealthiest N.W. Ohio county
Lucas County was determined to be one of the unhealthiest counties in Ohio again this year, based on factors like having a low percentage of uninsured adults and a high ratio of primary-care providers.
Bats aren’t just for baseball
State and federal wildlife officials now say that a fatal bat disease that’s killed as many as 1 million bats in 14 states and Canada was found in an Ohio mine
Education gets temp super until new super found
You could call it “Waiting for Superintendent,” as the Ohio Board of Education stands ready to name Stan Heffner, a long-time Department of Education staffer, to serve as interim superintendent until a permanent replacement for Superintendent Deborah S. Delisle is found.
Gambling honcho wants clarity
The developer of a casino in Cincinnati said problems that could stall the project coming online are related to state indecision over taxing issues and racetrack slot machines.
Ohio Pharmacy Board reverses itself
Reversing a previous decision that only allowed consumers the opportunity to move their prescriptions from one pharmacy to another once, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy has filed paperwork with the Register of Ohio that would reverse a rule the board enacted on Jan. 1, barring consumers from moving a prescription more than once a year. Some pharmacists had complained about unnecessary paperwork and the potential for miscommunication during transfers. Ohioans can now move to their hearts content.
Ohio counties underwater get loan help
A dozen flooded Ohio counties in north-central and northwestern Ohio received good news that they are eligible to receive economic-injury loans from the Small Business Administration.
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