The state has the largest pension-fund shortfall in the nation, with about $96 billion of liability. Lawmakers are running up against a tight deadline: A new Legislature will be sworn in next week. State employees swarmed the Capitol this week to protest the underfunding of their pensions, as well as pending legislation on the issue.
Friday's jobs report showed moderate growth, but much remains the same for people who have been out of work for months. As the job market itself changes, some of the longer-term unemployed can be among the last to get hired because of a real or perceived lack of skills.
Ohio's attorney general says he has taken over the case of a teenage girl who was allegedly raped by two high school football players last summer. The case attracted national attention after photos and a video, allegedly from the night in question, were posted on the Internet.
Ernie Lopez, whose conviction of sexually assaulting a 6-month-old girl was thrown out, accepted a plea deal in Amarillo, Texas, on Friday, in a move that avoids another trial. Lopez had served nine years in prison.
On Friday, it was confirmed that President Obama won the election with 332 electoral votes tallied in his column. Of course this is old news. But the formal count mandated by the Constitution took place before a joint session of Congress, heavy on ceremony and light on attendance.
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