The Latest: Kasich: Ohio must embrace change, technology


SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State speech (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY-sik) says Ohioans need to set aside their fear of change to move the state forward.

The Republican governor is delivering his annual State of the State speech Tuesday night in the Lake Erie city of Sandusky.

Kasich says Ohio needs to anticipate and meet change head on in today’s rapidly changing economic environment.

He says Ohio’s great innovators Thomas Edison and the Wright brothers today would be working on things like drones, self-driving cars and artificial intelligence.

Kasich in his speech is touting his creation of a chief innovation officer for Ohio.

He says the person will lead a new Ohio Institute of Technology to help the state stay ahead in biotechnology, aerospace and robotics and areas that haven’t emerged yet.

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3 a.m.

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY-sik) is preparing to deliver his State of the State speech just weeks before the expected release of a new book reflecting on his experiences in the contentious 2016 presidential election.

It’s been clear since Kasich left the race last year that national political unity remains his focus. That could affect what he has to say Tuesday at Sandusky’s State Theatre.

Past governors have used their speeches to reveal or defend their budgets, but Kasich’s budget was introduced nearly two months ago, making that theme unlikely.

Kasich’s book, “Two Paths,” expands on a campaign speech in which he warned against “vicious” campaign tactics as undignified and playing on hate and fear. He says Americans need to find common ground to tackle society’s big challenges.

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