- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) - Ohio’s governor says a State Highway Patrol post will be renamed in honor of a longtime state lawmaker and judge.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) said Monday during his State of the State speech that the Medina (meh-DY’-nuh) post would bear the name of Republican House Speaker William Batchelder.

Medina is home to Batchelder, who’s winding up a 46-year career in public service this year.

Kasich was delivering the annual address at the city’s Performing Arts Center. The Republican governor has said he selected the location as a tribute to Batchelder. His fans in the audience wore yellow “Batch” buttons in his honor.

Kasich said the Speaker has been a strong and constant booster of the State Highway Patrol and the post would be renamed in honor of his support.

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