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12:41 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Sen. Brown Defends His No Vote On Keystone XL

Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown voted "no" in a tight vote on the Keystone XL pipeline this week.
Credit WCPN

Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is defending his vote against the Keystone X-L pipeline Tuesday. The move to fast-track the pipeline’s construction was shy one vote in the Senate, with strong support from Republicans and a few Democrats.

Brown says if the Keystone Pipeline project is approved and built, it would divert tar sand crude away from Midwestern refineries, a costly move for consumers.

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The Economy & Business
7:02 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Dayton Mall Development Seeking Public Input

Screenshot from the Dayton Mall JEDD website.
Credit Miami Township and Dayton Mall Joint Economic Development District / www.planthemallarea.com

Miami Township and Miamisburg are looking for public input on a redevelopment plan for the Dayton Mall, starting with a meeting Thursday night at the Miami Township Government Center from 6:30-8 p.m.

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Education
6:03 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Wilberforce Makes Changes, Fights To Keep Doors Open

Wilberforce University is the nation’s oldest, private historically black college and university (HBCU).
Credit Wilberforce University

Wilberforce University now has less than a month to fight a Show Cause Order that could strip the school of its accreditation. There have been big administrative changes made in order to help the university keep its doors open.

To address the Show Cause Order from the Higher Learning Commission, Wilberforce hired a new President Dr. Algeania Freeman, and recently appointed 11 new board of trustee members. New board chair Mark Wilson, says they've been working overtime to address the commission's concerns.

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Statewide News
6:02 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Red-light Camera Officer Requirement Clears Senate

Advocates say cameras increase safety.
Credit Nicholas Eckhart / Flickr/Creative Commons

A police officer's presence would be required for tickets to be issued from red-light cameras around Ohio under a bill that's cleared the Ohio Senate.

The officer requirement was among new statewide restrictions placed on the traffic-monitoring devices in legislation approved Wednesday in a bipartisan 24-9 vote. It goes next to the Ohio House.

Republican Senator Bill Seitz, of Cincinnati said the bill addresses legal issues surrounding the use of cameras.

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Child immunizations
12:04 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Immunizations Could Be Required For Entrance Into Day Care

Credit United States Agency for International Development

A pair of bills to require nearly all kids in day care centers to be fully immunized are expected to move quickly in the lame duck session of the state legislature. 

The measures require parents to vaccinate their preschool age kids if they want to enroll them in one of the 4,100 licensed day care centers in Ohio. Republican Shannon Jones of Springboro sponsored the Senate version of the bill, and admits supporters have battled some misinformation about vaccines.

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