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Pennsylvania set to OK medical marijuana; Ohio could follow

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is set to become the latest state to legalize medical marijuana as the Legislature sent a bill to the governor on Wednesday after parents of children suffering from debilitating seizures circulated the Capitol urging lawmakers to act. The House vote, 149-46, set off cheers in the ornate chamber and capped several years of door-to-door lobbying ...

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High court allows western Ohio wind farm to proceed

High court allows western Ohio wind farm to proceed

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Opponents of a planned wind farm in western Ohio’s Champaign County have lost a legal challenge. A 5-2 decision by the Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday upholds a 2013 power siting board decision allowing Champaign Wind LLC’s “Buckeye Wind II” project to proceed. The plan included up to 56 wind turbines on 13,500 acres of private ...

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Ohio gas prices going into workweek up from month ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s average price for regular gas going into the workweek is up slightly from the state’s average this time last month. The price per gallon in Ohio was about $1.98 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s up 7 cents from the state average of around $1.91 ...

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Regulators set votes on FirstEnergy, AEP rate deals

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio utility regulators plan votes Thursday on two proposed energy deals that have drawn national attention from consumer, business, energy and environmental groups. The power purchase agreements were submitted separately in December by Akron-based FirstEnergy and Columbus-based AEP. Both ask regulators to permit rate increases over the next eight years to subsidize certain aging coal-fired and ...

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Ohio regulators near decisions on FirstEnergy, AEP rate deals

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio utility regulators are nearing decisions on two proposed energy deals that have sparked fierce debate among consumer, business and environmental advocates. The power purchase agreements submitted separately in December by Akron-based FirstEnergy and Columbus-based AEP have been the subject of television ad wars, email-writing campaigns, apps and web sites and mountains of written testimony. The ...

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Ohio gas prices up more than 20 cents from price 1 month ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s average price for regular gas going into the workweek has climbed more than 20 cents from the state average this time last month. The price per gallon in Ohio was about $1.92 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s up 22 cents from the state average ...

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Federal funds to aid layoff-hit Appalachian coal communities

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Appalachian coal communities hit hard by layoffs will get $45 million in federal funding to help them diversify their economies, create new jobs and retrain workers. The Appalachian Regional Commission, the White House and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Thursday that it’s part of a $65.8 million grant package through the Obama administration’s Partnership for ...

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The Latest: Fed still expects benefits of cheaper gas

The Washington news conference of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is shown on a television screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. The Fed is keeping short-term interest rates unchanged at a range between 0.25 percent and 0.5 percent, citing the risks posed by global economic and financial turmoil. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the U.S. Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting, which ended Wednesday. The central bank kept interest rates steady amid uncertainty about the global economy and financial markets. (All times local) 4:00 Federal Reserve officials are still waiting for cheaper oil and gas to boost consumer spending and perk up the economy. Fed Chair Janet Yellen ...

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Acura brings NSX specialty car production to Ohio

In this Wednesday, March 9, 2016, photo, technicians work on Acura's next-generation supercar, the NSX, at its new Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio. The next generation of Acura’s top-of-the-line NSX is ready to begin full production in Ohio in late April. It’s the first time in the showcase car’s 27-year history that it will be made outside of Japan. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The next generation of Acura’s top-of-the-line NSX is ready to begin full production in Ohio in late April — the first time in the car’s 27-year history that it will be made outside of Japan. Honda Motor Co. confirmed the start of production of its new specialty car on Thursday. It will make 800 per year ...

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The Latest: Kasich endorsed by senator who had backed Rubio

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich pumps his fist before speaking at his presidential primary election night rally in Berea, Ohio, on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. His wife, Karen, waves to supporters. Kasich won the Ohio primary. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the race for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations a day after critical primaries in five states (all times local): 8:45 p.m. John Kasich is picking up the endorsement of Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, who previously backed Marco Rubio. Inhofe says in a statement released by the Kasich campaign that he is backing ...

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