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Ohio has awarded close to $28 million in tax credits to help rehabilitate historic buildings in the state, including one in Cuyahoga Falls.

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A bill that defines a new process for resolving conflicts over access to public information has been signed into law. 

Republican Senate President Keith Faber’s bill moved quickly through the legislature.

It allows an individual to accelerate the method of challenging the public records access process by filing a complaint with the Court of Claims for $25 instead of hiring legal representative and going straight to court.

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Youth services advocates say there’s a big problem in the state - parents who are desperate to get expensive or hard-to-get support for their children end up giving the kids over to the state to get them the help they need. A group of lawmakers say they want to fix that issue. 

The bipartisan group of Ohio Senators and Representatives put out a list of ways to cut down on the need for parents to release custody of their children by improving access to aid and streamlining services.

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Approving a governor’s appointee is usually a formality for the Ohio Senate. But the chamber’s leader says he has concerns about a Democratic lawyer from Columbus who is Gov. John Kasich’s pick for the panel that regulates electric utilities in Ohio. 

Republican Senate President Keith Faber says he wants to hold fact-finding hearings on energy lawyer Howard Petricoff. Faber says it’s one thing to be an advocate for issues, but he says he’s concerned about Petricoff being an activist for certain causes.

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Pat Summitt is being remembered for the mark she left on women’s athletics. Summitt, the winningest coach in college basketball history, died Tuesday at age 64 after being diagnosed five years ago with early-onset dementia Alzheimer’s. Summitt led the Tennessee Lady Vols to eight titles in her 38 years as coach.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says that when Pat Summitt became head coach in 1974, the NCAA didn’t even formally recognize women's basketball. 

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