A state audit says officials at a southern Ohio halfway house illegally spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on alcohol, hotels, travel costs for family members and a strip club. The audit released Tuesday also says employees of STAR Community Justice Center in Scioto County forged receipts for personal and unauthorized purchases.

March 12--Scioto County would stand to lose $2.1 million or 17 percent of its sales tax revenues associated with the Medicaid MCO sales tax by adopting an equitable solution that addresses the funding needs of the state and counties on a continuing basis. The first shot fired across the bow was an announcement last year from the federal government that Ohio can no longer charge a sales tax on managed care services.