State parks and other lands in Ohio will be opened to oil and gas drilling under a bill that has passed the state Senate on Wednesday.
The Senate voted 22-10 on the legislation that sets up a commission to oversee oil and gas leasing. It also requires state agencies to create property inventories that could yield potential drilling sites.
The House has passed the bill, but would have to agree to the Senate's changes before it could go to the governor's desk.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a spending bill that includes $6.7 million for the Predator Operations Center at the Springfield Air National Guard Base.
The money is a boost for the Base which hopes hosting the operations center will help ensure its future existence. The funds were part of a larger $72.5 billion bill for military construction and Veteran Affairs programs.
The approved funding is also a big boost for the region which hopes to cement its foothold as a center for unmanned aircraft training, education and product development.
An Ohio State trustee says the university's governing board should be ready to address the school's ongoing football scandal next week.
Members of the 17-person board of trustees, which oversees most Ohio State actions, has consistently refused to comment on the NCAA investigation that led to coach Jim Tressel's forced resignation on May 30.
Having gained several new members since their last apperance on Kaleidoscope, Starving in the Belly of the Whale returns to the WYSO studios to perform some new songs. A fluid lineup of players joins frontman Ricky Terrell onstage and on the new album the band just finished recording. The album is set to be released later this summer and will be free as are the band's previous releases. Here the band discusses plans for the rest of the year and how their writing and recording process has evolved to accommodate a rotating lineup.