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Ohio Politics Now: Kasich says 'We're not looking the other way' as overdose deaths hit record

A report released Thursday shows the state hit another record with 3,050 drug overdose deaths in 2015. Gov. John Kasich said in an interview that the state continues "playing a rear guard action ... But I believe we’re making progress. I feel we’re doing everything we possibly can. We're not looking the other way. We're not putting our heads in the sand."

Allergy doctor pleads guilty to using serum without license

A Dublin-based allergy doctor pleaded guilty Thursday to using the serum for allergy injections without holding the required license. Dr. Summit Shah, 36, was ordered to pay $210,031 in restitution to insurance providers to cover the cost of the drugs under a plea agreement. He pleaded guilty to four felony counts of selling, purchasing or delivering dangerous drugs. As part of the agreement, prosecutors dismissed Medicaid-fraud charges against Shah, who operates Premier Allergy on Perimeter Drive.

Panel begins to talk about unemployment reforms

The Unemployment Compensation Reform Joint Committee held the first of five hearings Thursday, attempting to tackle a problem that has eluded state leaders for at least two decades. The solution lies in a long-debated balance between benefits provided to jobless workers and taxes paid by employers that fund the system. Republican legislative leaders say they hope to pass a bill when the legislature returns after the Nov. 8 election.

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