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Statewide News
8:18 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Toledo Beats Other Ohio Metro Housing Markets

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TOLEDO, Ohio - A trade group reports Toledo showed the most improvement among the state's six biggest housing markets during July.

The National Association of Realtors says Toledo had a higher increase in home prices, a bigger drop in homes on the market and a shorter average sale time than Akron, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton.

Toledo Board of Realtors President Ed Sitter tells The Blade the report confirms "positive signs," including agents saying some homes are drawing multiple offers.

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Statewide News, Health
7:27 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Ohio Finds more Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile

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DAYTON, Ohio - Health officials and pest controllers say Ohio weather patterns have caused an increase in mosquito populations this year, including more carrying West Nile virus.

Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman Shannon Libby says 248 pools of mosquitoes collected from traps have tested positive for the virus so far. That's up from 78 by this time in 2010.

Libby tells The Dayton Daily News that there have been no reports of human cases of West Nile in Ohio, which can lead to coma, paralysis and death.

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Statewide News, Politics
7:13 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Cleveland Council lets Flash Mobs Veto Stand

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - A Cleveland crackdown on flash mobs won't be enacted now that the city council has upheld the mayor's veto.

A measure that would have made it a crime to use social media or cell phones to pull together a crowd was approved unanimously by council members last month and then shot down by Mayor Frank Jackson. The Plain Dealer reports the council voted 14-2 on Wednesday not to override Jackson's first veto since he took office in 2006.

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Statewide News
5:16 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

GOP Leaders Seek To Stop Senate Bill 5 Ballot Issue

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There are 83 days till election day, and the fight for and against Ohio's new collective bargaining reform law is gearing up. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports Republican leaders are just now asking the leaders of the group that put Issue 2 before voters to come to a meeting to talk about a compromise.

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Statewide News
1:55 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Feds Back Off Commercial Licenses for Farmers

Brian Forbes

 Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation said it was looking into whether farmers should be required to have commercial driver's licenses to operate farm machinery.  This week, WYSO’s Jerry Kenney reports – that decision has been made.

DOT officials announced that they won't move forward with Commercial license requirement.  Dozens of members of Congress from farm states in the Midwest wrote to the transportation department, asking that the idea be scrapped.

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