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Ohio governor proposes new round of tax cuts
Written by ANN SANNER, AP Statehouse Correspondent JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 07:02

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich used his annual State of the State speech Monday to pledge a new round of tax cuts, propose using casino money for a plan to boost ties between communities and schools and said state higher education funding will be tied to course completion and graduation.

Kasich also pushed the importance of vocational training as an alternative route for some students, proposed giving veterans free academic credits for training and experience they received in the military, and promised a new fight against smoking in the state.

In a dramatic moment, Kasich presented his annual courage awards to three women who survived a decade-long captivity in Cleveland after they were rescued in May when one of the women pushed her way through a door to freedom.

The governor also used the 64-minute speech to indirectly ask Ohio voters to support him over likely Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald in November.

Citing a spiritual mission to "bring about a healing" before he dies, he said being governor to all Ohioans is his life and mission. He likened his first term to a hike up a mountain.

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Ohio governor's State of the State speech
Written by The Associated Press   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 07:00

The text, as prepared, of Ohio Gov. John Kasich's State of the State speech Monday in Medina, Ohio.

Thank you Mr. President and Mr. Speaker. Thank you members of the General Assembly, members of my Cabinet, the people of Medina and, of course, my wife Karen Kasich and my daughters, Emma and Reese. Thank you for being here tonight.

Medina is the hometown of Speaker Batchelder. This is his final year in the Legislature and Keith and I are going to miss working with him. And Keith, thank you for your leadership and everything you've done in the last year.

There will be a lot of time in the coming year to celebrate Speaker Batchelder's career, and let me kick that off tonight. The Speaker has been a strong and constant booster of the Ohio Highway Patrol, and in honor of that support I'm proud to announce that we are renaming the Medina Highway Patrol Post for him. Speaker Batchelder, congratulations and thank you for your service.

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Ohio woman gets 4 ½ years in bicycle hit-and-run death
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 24 February 2014 14:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio woman has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison for a hit-and-run crash last year that killed a teacher who was riding a bicycle.

Mary Kathryn Paul had faced a maximum of six years after pleading guilty to an involuntary manslaughter charge in a crash that killed 64-year-old Bob Lennon, a popular teacher and running coach at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus. She was sentenced Monday.

The 36-year-old Paul also pleaded guilty last year to failing to stop after an accident.

Lennon was bicycling in Delaware County in September when he was struck by a passing driver and left behind.

Paul, who is diabetic and suffers from poor eyesight, said she wasn't wearing her glasses and didn't know what she hit.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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Poll: Ohioans split down middle on gay marriage
Written by The Associated Press   
Monday, 24 February 2014 15:43

A new poll finds that Ohioans are closely split when it comes to gay marriage.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday shows that 50 percent of Ohio voters support gay marriage while 44 percent are against it.

The survey also finds that Ohio voters under age 30 overwhelmingly back the idea while those 65 and older opposed it.

Gay marriage supporters are working to put the issue back on the Ohio ballot in November. There also have been recent lawsuits aimed at seeking the recognition of gay marriage in Ohio.

It was just 10 years ago that Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved a statewide ban on gay marriage.

The margin of error for the telephone survey of 1,370 registered voters is 3 percentage points.


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Dingell, longest-serving congressman, to retire
Written by KEN THOMAS, Associated Press   
Monday, 24 February 2014 11:24

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history who mastered legislative deal-making and was fiercely protective of Detroit's auto industry, will announce his retirement on Monday, a person familiar with his plans said.

The person was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of Dingell's announcement.

The 87-year-old Michigan Democrat has served in the U.S. House since winning his late father's seat in 1955. He became the longest serving member of Congress in history on June 7 when he eclipsed the record held by the late Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia.

His plans were first reported Monday morning by The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press.

"I'm not going to be carried out feet first," Dingell told The News. "I don't want people to say I stayed too long."

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