Chris Widener en Report: Actions Benefited Nonprofit Over $800K <P>A newspaper reports a state senator backed Ohio legislative actions that eventually benefited a nonprofit he co-founded by more than $800,000.</P> <P>The Dayton Daily News reports that Republican Sen. Chris Widener of Springfield was in the Ohio House when he backed Senate changes to House Bill 160. The newspaper says the bill helped the Ohio Equine and Agricultural Association get out from under $413,877 in taxes and penalties. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:04:00 +0000 Associated Press 29160 at Bob Evans develops partnership with Global Stem Academy <p>Bob Evans Farms is partnering with Springfield's Global Impact Stem Academy. The restaurant chain plans to offer internships and curriculum development for the academy.<br><br>State Senator Chris Widener says the partnership with Bob Evans will give students a rare opportunity to get first hand experience in the food and farm industries.<br> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:33:24 +0000 Wayne Baker 24013 at Springfield Schools to Develop Bioscience Academy <p>Springfield City Schools have entered into a partnership with Clark State Community College, Wright State University and the Dayton Development Coalition to develop the state's first bioscience academy.<br><br>The academy will prepare students to compete for jobs in the agricultural science field.<br><br>State Senator Chris Widener (R-Springfield) and Springfield Superintendent of Schools, Dr. David Estrop, started researching the bioscience academy project last year after Widener attended a Clark County Farm Bureau meeting and learned that the bioscience field is underrepresented.<br> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 19:04:02 +0000 Wayne Baker 23666 at State Budget Sends Mixed News For Ohio Arts Council <p>In PoliticsOhio this week, Emily McCord spoke to Karen Kasler from Ohio Public Radio&#39;s Statehouse News Bureau. Kasler reported on a story this week on how the state budget is impacting the Ohio Arts Council. It received more money but there are strings attached to how that money can be used, and according to the OAC, that&#39;s unique in the state. Kasler breaks down what happened and the implications.</p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 21:28:06 +0000 Emily McCord 1894 at