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6:35 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Ohio Minimum Wage Increasing 30 Cents in 2012

Ohio's minimum wage is set to increase 30 cents to $7.70 per hour on Jan.1.

The increase is part of a constitutional amendment voters approved in 2006, which says minimum wage will increase each year at the rate of inflation. The liberal think tank Policy Matters Ohio says data shows an estimated 347,000 workers will receive wage increases.

The $7.70 rate applies to workers 16 and older who don't get tips. The wage for tipped employees will be $3.85, up 15 cents, but their total pay cannot be less than $7.70 hourly.

Statewide News
5:04 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Ohio State Highway Patrol Wants to Set a New Record

There were one thousand and 80 people killed on Ohio’s roads last year.  That was more than in 2009 when a record low number of people died as a result of roadway accidents.  One thousand twenty two were killed that year. 

Ohio is on track to set a new modern day record this year.  The fatality count on the state’s roads right now is below one thousand.  The Ohio State Highway Patrol wants to keep those numbers low.  So it’s going to have troopers on the roads, looking for unsafe driving. 

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Statewide News
4:04 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Parole Board Recommends Against Clemency for Convicted Killer

The Ohio Parole board has recommended against clemency for a death row inmate Charles Lorraine, who was convicted of stabbing an elderly Warren couple to death back in 1986 as part of a robbery. 

His attorneys told the parole board that he suffered from an abusive childhood at the hands of his parents. Further, doctors said he suffered from brain damage due to some sort of trauma or injury.  Lorraine’s defense said those two factors contributed to his violent behavior.  And there were questions as to whether Lorraine was properly represented when tried in court. 

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Statewide News
4:04 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Governor Kasich Signs Ban on Certain Abortion Coverage

Governor Kasich has signed into law a bill to prohibit abortion coverage by health plans operating in the new insurance exchanges that were laid out in the federal health care overhaul.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has claimed the measure is unconstitutional and has said it would fight it in court.

The ACLU of Ohio says the ban on abortion coverage violates a voter-backed state constitutional amendment that says no law or rule should prohibit the purchase or sale of health care or insurance. 

Arts & Culture
1:24 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Book Nook: River of Smoke, by Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh recently published "River of Smoke," the second book in a planned trilogy. In the first novel, "Sea of Poppies," Ghosh transported readers back to 18th Century India. He introduced a number of characters who we meet again in the second book.

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