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9:24 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Ohio Kmart Closing Will Put 52 Out of Work

If the numbers from one store are an indication, Ohio could be losing more than 300 jobs from the shutdown of six Kmart locations.

The state this week received notice from a regional Kmart executive that 52 employees will be affected by the closing of a store in Springfield in western Ohio. The retailer indicated that none of the laid-off workers will be able to transfer to jobs at other stores.

The Springfield location will close April 8.

Statewide News
9:22 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Ohio Groundhog Predicts Early End to Winter

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Ohio's answer to Punxsutawney Phil is predicting a shorter winter - not that there's been much winter to speak of.

WMRN radio reports that Ohio groundhog Buckeye Chuck failed to see his shadow at dawn on Thursday under overcast skies in the central Ohio city of Marion. According to legend, no shadow means spring will arrive early.

Winter has barely made an appearance in Ohio. Temperatures have been warmer than normal and most spots have seen much less snow than usual.

Statewide News
5:14 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Senate Bill Expected To Repeal Ohio's Election Law

The leader of the Ohio Senate says a bill to repeal the state's disputed election law will be introduced in the coming weeks, and his fellow Republican lawmakers are looking at rules to replace the contentious measure.

Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus told reporters Wednesday that it's too early to tell whether any replacement legislation could be passed before November's general election.

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Books
11:49 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Book Nook: Lord of Misrule, by Jaimy Gordon (Part 1 of 2)

Jaimy Gordon's novel "Lord of Misrule" is set in 1970 at a small horse racing track in West Virginia. Gordon once worked at such a place-her book immerses readers in a lost world of language and dialect as we experience a series of claiming races and the  dramatic intrigues that are unfolding.  She has created a cast of unusual and highly memorable characters here.

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Statewide News
10:49 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Ohio House Votes to Toughen State Cyber Fraud Laws

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The Ohio House has voted to give the state's top law enforcer beefed-up powers to go after online scammers who use sites such as eBay and Craigslist to rip people off.

The bill approved 83-10 yesterday allows the state's attorney general to seek records on phone and Internet activity by suspected cyber fraudsters. Online payment information also could be requested.

The measure passed the state Senate in November. It now returns to the Senate for a final vote.

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