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8:35 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: December 4 - 10, 2012

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user K.W. Sanders

Poor Will's Almanack for the First Week of Early Winter.

When I read the journals of the naturalist Henry David Thoreau for the first time, I wanted him to tell me more about himself. I thought that all his notes on the thickness of ice at Walden Pond or about the dates the asters bloomed were frivolous.

I wanted him to talk, just once, about his most secret passions. I wanted him to stop hiding behind nature.

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Politics
7:30 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Kasich Won't Push Heartbeat Bill

The so-called "Heartbeat Bill" is dead in this session of the legislature, according to Republican Senate president Tom Niehaus. But its backers say they won't give up, and are still hoping for a last-minute maneuver to get it to the Senate floor before the end of the year. But one supporter of restrictions on abortion who's not getting involved is Gov. John Kasich.

"I let the legislature do its job, and then I respond.  I try not to wade into the legislature," says Kasich.  "I don't get in the middle of legislative activity."

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Statewide News
7:04 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Ohio drilling falls short of expectations

A newspaper reports that injection drilling in Ohio hasn't met the initial expectations of state officials this year.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials had told state legislators in March that as many as 250 of the natural-gas and oil wells would be drilled in eastern Ohio Utica shale by the end of the year.

But state records show that only 165 wells have been completed, with 22 more being drilled.

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Around the Miami Valley
12:18 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Clark County Democratic Chair Rhine resigns

Clark County Democratic Party Chairman Ron Rhine is planning to retire from his position next year.  A search for a replacement is currently underway.

Rhine took over as party chairman in 2007 after taking over the unexpired term of Charlie Bush. He was elected to the position in 2010.

He also served as a state representative and past president of the UAW International Union. He still serves on the Board of Elections.

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Education
9:59 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Ohio Higher Education Presidents Meet To Discuss Incentivizing Graduation

There was quite a meeting of the minds in Gov. John Kasich’s office, as the presidents of many of Ohio’s public universities and community colleges gathered to put forward their ideas on improving Ohio’s public education system. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports on their reform plan.

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