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8:04 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Ohio Panel Breaks From Debate on Dog Breeder Bill

An Ohio legislative committee has recessed without voting on a bill that would crack down on high-volume dog breeding operations, dubbed puppy mills.

An aide to the bill's sponsor said it was unclear whether further action would come Tuesday night.

The bill would beef up regulations on the care and treatment of animals housed in large-scale establishments and distinguish the facilities from traditional dog kennels. It also requires those considered "dog retailers" to be licensed.

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Education
7:30 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Panel Urges Tuition Changes to Boost Ohio Grads

A panel studying ways to boost Ohio's college graduation rate says tuition should be raised on students to out-of-state rates and the state should withhold money from those students' institutions if they're taking too long to graduate.

In a report released Tuesday, the Complete College Ohio Task Force says institutions should tie tuition guarantees to completing on a set schedule, and distribute financial aid like a paycheck to encourage students to work less and take more classes.

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Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Conrad's Corner: November 13, 2012

Conrad Balliet reads Ron Knipfer's poem, "Dad and the Jam Jar."

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Nature
8:35 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: November 13 - 19, 2012

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user Skelekitten

Poor Will's Almanack for the Second Week of Late Fall.

A few weeks ago I was walking Bella, our border collie, through the alley around a quarter after nine in the morning. The maples were just turning then, the serviceberries and the hackberries half down. I could hear starlings and grackles ahead of me to the north, and I hurried down to see them.

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Statewide News
7:05 am
Tue November 13, 2012

New Racino Project Moves Ahead in Southwest Ohio

Authorities in Warren County are moving ahead on a planned $175 million "racino" in southwest Ohio near Interstate 75 and Monroe.

The 120-acre site would include a harness racing track with grandstand and an indoor site with 2,500 video lottery terminals. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports restaurants, a gift shop and other buildings also are planned. The racino is projected to employ 700 people.

County commissioners in Lebanon plan a hearing Tuesday on the project, after earlier approving a tax plan to fund road and other public improvements around the site.

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