10:21 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: August 23 - 29, 2011

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the third week of Late Summer

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8:34 am
Tue August 23, 2011

AFL-CIO seeks to boost clout with super PAC


WASHINGTON (AP) - The AFL-CIO hopes to boost its clout by launching a new political action committee that could raise unlimited amounts of money.

The move to form a labor super PAC is part of the federation's goal to build a year-round political organizing structure instead of ramping up and down based on election cycles.

It would also help steer more of labor's money to state legislative battles, where unions have been battling efforts to curb union rights in states like Wisconsin and Ohio.

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Statewide News
8:21 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Reports of failed foster adoptions, cries for more services

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Child advocates are pushing for help for families adopting older foster children and those with serious behavioral and mental health issues.

Most states focus money on recruiting parents, but once a child is adopted, few funds are directed to supporting the new families.  Ohio's program offers adoptive parents up to $10,000 for services -- a drop from $20,000.

8:13 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Ohio biking event raises $8.7M for cancer research

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Organizers say an Ohio charity bike ride for cancer research has had its most successful year yet, raising nearly $8.7 million over the weekend.

The three-year-old Pelotonia tour had collected a total of about $12.3 million in its first two years to support cancer work at Ohio State University.

Cyclists raised or committed money to ride one of several routes during the two-day event. The longest was a 180-mile round trip from Columbus to Athens.

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Business & Technology
7:44 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Rural US sharing fed money for broadband Internet

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Telecommunications companies in Ohio and 15 other states are sharing more than 103 million dollars in federal funding to help expand broadband Internet access to rural America.