A new poll indicates President Barack Obama's lead in Ohio has dwindled, but he is getting strong support from women.
The Quinnipiac University/CBS News poll released today put the Democratic president ahead of Republican Mitt Romney 50 percent to 45. Obama led 55-40 among women and Romney 51-44 among men. Romney led independent voters 49-42 percent.
Romney had more support among white voters, while blacks were heavily for Obama in the poll. A Quinnipiac survey Sept 26 had shown Obama with a 10-point lead.
State officials say heating assistance will be available again this winter to eligible Ohio households.
The HEAP Winter Crisis Program is administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency's Office of Community Assistance. It assists qualified Ohioans with winter heating costs from Nov. 1 through March 31.
The agency says the program will provide assistance once per heating season to eligible households threatened with disconnection or that have been disconnected. It also provides help to those with less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel.