U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres laid out a sobering view of the current state of the world Tuesday, saying that "a wind of madness is sweeping the globe" as instability erupts into unpredictable and violent conflicts. The problems are made even worse, he said, by faltering economic situations and countries that disrespect U.N. Security Council resolutions "before the ink is dry."

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For the first time in several years, an Ohio Department of Transportation panel has voted to proceed with hundreds of millions of dollars in road construction projects.  


Ohioans have just a couple of days to fill up before the new statewide gas tax goes into effect.

The Mid-Ohio Planning Commission wants Central Ohioan to think differently about their daily commute, and they hope a little friendly competition may spur the switch to healthier forms of transportation. 

Columbus City Council last night approved a five dollar increase in vehicle registration fees. 

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has unveiled plans for the next phase of construction on the I-70-71 split downtown. 

The collapse of a bridge earlier this week in Tennessee is raising new alarms about the delicate state of infrastructure across the U.S.

Tennessee Department of Transportation engineers say that a concrete overpass spanning an interstate highway in Chattanooga fell when a truck carrying an oversize load hit the bottom of the bridge and sliced through steel beams underneath. One person driving underneath the bridge was injured, police say.

A joint Ohio Senate-House committee working on a compromise over a new state gas tax has delayed its work until Monday.


It’s looking more unlikely that Ohio lawmakers will decide on the size of a proposed gas tax in time to meet the March 31st deadline to have the transportation budget signed into law.

Governor Mike DeWine's office says the state gas tax would rise by 11-cents-per gallon in a deal reached Thursday with the speaker of the Ohio House on the state transportation budget. 

As Ohio House and Senate lawmakers work out differences in their proposed transportation budgets, there's one thing in the Senate's version that doesn't seem to have anything to do with transportation - a change in a tax credit designed for low-income people. 

Karen Kasler

Governor Mike DeWine is trying a last ditch effort to push lawmakers back toward the gas tax increase that he originally proposed – which they slashed dramatically.

An Ohio Senate committee has proposed cutting Republican Governor Mike DeWine's gas tax increase proposal from 18 cents a gallon to 6 cents, down from the House-approved 10.7 cents a gallon.

Republican Ohio Senate leaders say they plan on making more changes to the transportation budget, which might include further cuts to the Governor's proposed gasoline tax increase. 

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Ohio Senate leaders say it’s very likely they will make changes to the proposed gasoline tax increase.

The Ohio House has approved a transportation budget bill that includes increases in the state's gas and diesel taxes to help maintain roads and bridges. 

The director of the Ohio Department of Transportation isn’t pleased with the decision by the House Finance Committee to cut Governor Mike DeWine’s proposed 18 cent gas tax increase to just under 11 cents.

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Hours after Republican Governor Mike DeWine argued for an 18 cent gas tax increase to fund road repair and maintenance in his State of the State speech, majority Republicans in the Ohio House significantly cut his requested amount.

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther and other city leaders said Monday they support a bill raising the state's gas tax by 18 cents a gallon to help maintain roads and bridges. 

Republican Governor Mike DeWine has found himself in a tough position right at the start of his administration – having to raise a tax that hits most Ohioans. And Democrats have pounced on him for it. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.  

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In his gubernatorial campaign last year, Republican Mike DeWine accusedDemocratic opponent Rich Cordray of planning to raise taxes.

A conservative think tank says if the state increases the gasoline tax, state leaders should offset it by cutting other taxes.

Karen Kasler

A panel of transportation experts is telling Governor Mike DeWine the best way to generate more funding for road projects is to increase the gas tax, but they avoided a specific recommendation.

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After two hearings and two hours of public testimony this week, the panel appointed to recommend solutions to the funding crisis at the Ohio Department of Transportation is leaning toward raising the gas tax.

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Whether it's a deadly cold snap or a hole under an Antarctic glacier or a terrifying new report, there seem to be constant reminders now of the dangers that climate change poses to humanity.

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The new director of the Ohio Department of Transportation spoke Tuesday before a panel that will recommend to Governor Mike DeWine how to fund major new road construction projects. 

Records show the state is running out of money for major new road-construction projects.  

Once the backbone of the nation's transportation system, the nation's aging interstate highways are now overused and worn out, according to a new federal report. And failure to invest billions in modernizing the system will likely lead to more potholes, slower traffic jams, and increased costs to drivers and the nation's economy.

The I-word is popping up again in Washington D.C.: infrastructure.

It's one of the few issues on which President Trump and Democrats in Congress might be able to agree. Both sides say they're willing to work together on a plan to rebuild the nation's roads, bridges, transit and water systems.

"It really could be a beautiful bipartisan type of situation," Trump said in his news conference last Wednesday. While he was combative on a lot of issues, this wasn't one of them: "We have a lot of things in common on infrastructure," he added.

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In nearly every election, the economy is considered the top issue.