Statewide News

Statewide News
7:24 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Pro-life group endorses Ohio health care amendment

COLUMBUS, Ohio(AP) - The anti-abortion group Ohio Right to Life is throwing its support behind a ballot issue that seeks to keep the government from requiring people to buy health insurance.

The organization said Tuesday it was endorsing what's called the Health Care Freedom Amendment. The proposed amendment to the state's constitution would prohibit any law from forcing Ohioans to participate in a health care system.

Voters will decide the issue on Nov. 8.

Statewide News
7:24 am
Tue September 6, 2011

New Ohio livestock rules widely praised


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State industry and animal welfare advocates say new rules on the handling of Ohio farm animals that take effect later this month will make the state a leader in setting standards for livestock care.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is midway through holding meetings around the state to introduce the new requirements. They cover the proper feeding, restraint, housing and health care for a full range of animals including poultry, cattle, pigs, horses and alpacas.

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Statewide News
9:48 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Extreme heat and humidity making a return to Ohio


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Early September is bringing a return of July's extreme heat to Ohio.

Counties in about two-thirds of the state are under a heat advisory for Friday afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service says high temperatures and humidity in western and southern Ohio will make it feel like 100 degrees or warmer.

The forecasters caution that heat stroke, heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses are possible, particularly for people who work outdoors or are sensitive to heat.

Statewide News
8:01 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Government launches 2 research labs on Great Lakes

CLEVELAND (AP) - The federal government has dedicated two new research vessels to serve as floating laboratories that research the health of the Great Lakes and its marine life.

The watercraft, named Kaho and Muskie, replace two of the U.S. Geological Survey's oldest vessels by the same names and are part of the agency's five-vessel Great Lakes fleet. They were dedicated Wednesday at the Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland.

Statewide News
7:31 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Ruling allows Ohio to move ahead with prisons sale


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A judge has denied a request from a liberal policy group to block Ohio from selling its prisons, but he has agreed to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the law that permits the sales.

ProgressOhio and several prison employees had filed suit last week to challenge Gov. John Kasich's plan to privatize five state prisons.

The Wednesday ruling in Franklin County comes a day before the state plans to announce the company or companies that have been awarded contracts to buy and operate the sites.

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