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4:40 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

Smoking Ban Goes Before The Supreme Court

The state’s four year old ban on smoking in most indoor places came before the Ohio Supreme Court today. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler says it’s being framed as a case pitting the rights of private property owners against a popular public health crusade.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Ohio Safety Forces' Study Shows Union Concessions

Opponents of Ohio's new union law are touting a report that shows collective bargaining negotiations have saved taxpayers more than $1 billion since 2008.

Protecting Ohio Protectors - a group representing firefighters and police officers - shared the report Tuesday at multiple news conferences around the state. Voters will decide on Nov. 8 whether the law limiting collective bargaining for public employees should be tossed out.

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Business & Technology
11:52 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Study: Great Lakes shipping important to economy

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A newly released study says the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway maritime industry supports 227,000 jobs and generates billions of dollars in wages, tax revenue and purchases.

The industry-funded analysis released Tuesday describes shipping in the region as essential to the economy.

Collister Johnson of the U.S. St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. says the industry provides waterfront jobs like piloting vessels and working at terminals. But it also supports steelworkers, miners, grain farmers and construction workers.

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Politics
11:50 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Ohio election chief upholds Nov. 4 end to early voting

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's elections chief says early voting won't be allowed at county elections boards on the weekend before the Nov. 8 election.

Secretary of State Jon Husted has issued an advisory stating that voters who want to cast an absentee ballot in person before Election Day will have to do it at their local elections office by 6 p.m. on Nov. 4.

Nature
11:50 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: October 18 - 24, 2011

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the Second Week of Middle Fall

"As the afternoons grow shorter and the early evening drives us home to complete our chores," wrote Henry David Thoreau, "we are reminded of the shortness of life, and become more pensive…..  We are prompted to make haste and finish our work before the night comes.

All across the northern half of the United States, the chemical changes in the foliage that became noticeable six weeks ago now accelerate until the fragile landscape turns all at once, reinforcing Thoreau’s reminder.

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