NASA's watchdog says the space agency acted properly when it picked new homes for the retired space shuttles. The shuttles were awarded to museums in suburban Washington DC, Los Angeles, Cape Canaveral, Fla., and New York.
Dayton and Houston did not benefit from the decisions and had asked for an investigation, alleging political influences. In a report released today Thursday, Inspector General Paul Martin found there were no outside influences, including none from the White House. The decision making was based on attendance, population, funding and the facility.
PERRYSBURG, Ohio (AP) - Chrysler Group LLC plans to invest $72 million in a northwest Ohio factory and says it is negotiating with state officials over incentives.
The automaker wants to modernize the Toledo Machining Plant in Perrysburg to produce new-generation torque converters and steering columns. The converters would be paired with new transmissions Chrysler is making in Kokomo, Ind., as part of the automaker's strategy to meet fuel economy requirements.
The company says the upgrade and new equipment would help secure the factory's future and retain 640 hourly and salaried jobs there.
Work on the plant would begin this year and end by early 2013.
The facility currently makes steering columns for eight assembly plants, including one in nearby Toledo.
PITTSBURGH(AP) - The U. S. Geological Survey says the Marcellus Shale region contains some 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas, far more than thought nearly a decade ago.
Tuesday's figure is much higher than the last government assessment in 2002, which suggested about 2 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas.
The USGS says the estimate came from new information about the gas-rich formation underlying New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Technical improvements in how wells are drilled also contributed to the new estimate.
The agency estimates 3.4 billion barrels of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas liquids.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Telecommunications companies in Ohio and 15 other states are sharing more than 103 million dollars in federal funding to help expand broadband Internet access to rural America.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the grants and loans through its rural development office Monday. Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein said in a conference call that rural areas lag behind urban parts of the country when it comes to broadband Internet access. That's because those areas don't have enough people, have rugged terrain, or it's too costly for companies to serve them.
Adelstein says that access is important to improve economic and educational opportunities in those areas.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's largest small business association is throwing its support behind a campaign that is defending the state's contentious new collective bargaining law against a repeal effort on the November ballot.
The law signed by Gov. John Kasich in March bans public employee strikes and restricts collective bargaining abilities for public workers.
The National Federation of Independent Business in Ohio said Monday its membership overwhelmingly supports upholding the law.
The association's executive director says the measure gives government officials the needed flexibility to control their costs.