Statewide News
9:04 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Ohio reaches deadline to get $176M in incentives

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - It appears Ohio won't get $176 million in federal stimulus money to expand its unemployment benefits.

The federal government set aside $7 billion to give to states that expanded those benefits, and the deadline is Monday. Ohio's General Assembly would have to pass a law to make those changes, but no voting session was scheduled Monday.

A spokesman for Republican Gov. John Kasich says it's unwise to make changes that will cost the state in the long run in exchange for one-time money from the federal government.

Statewide News
8:55 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Ohio weatherization jobs to be cut as funding ends

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Hundreds of home-weatherization jobs are expected to be lost in Ohio as federal stimulus money runs out for programs that help low-income and elderly Ohioans with home-energy improvements.

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies in Columbus told the state this week that agencies providing services for the Home Weatherization Assistance Program expect to lay off about 700 employees in the next six months.

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8:52 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Logjam-clearing planned along northwest Ohio river

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WESTMINSTER, Ohio (AP) - Officials in six northwest Ohio counties are planning a $1 million project to clear logjams and leaning trees from a 76-mile stretch of the Auglaize River.

They tell The Lima News that goals are to reduce flooding, encourage recreation and create a maintenance fund for the waterway.

The stretch involved collects water from an area of about 216,000 acres and about 12,000 property owners. Funding will come from assessments of $1 to $10 per acre on those property owners in Allen, Auglaize, Mercer, Putnam, Shelby and Van Wert counties.

8:44 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Ohio redistricting board holds public hearings

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The board tasked with redrawing Ohio's legislative lines kicks off a week of public hearings Monday with trips to Lima and Toledo.

The Ohio Apportionment Board redraws the state's legislative districts every 10 years to reflect changes in population after each decennial census. A spokesman for the House speaker says the board wants to hear from the public about what works and what doesn't with the current districts.

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Business & Technology
8:42 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Natural gas driller opens office in northeast Ohio


CANTON, Ohio (AP) - An energy company tapping a major natural gas deposit in eastern Ohio has opened an office in Canton and expects to create more than 70 jobs.

The (Canton) Repository reports today *Friday* that Chesapeake Energy will use the office as an interim operations base until it finds a permanent field office for drilling in the Utica shale formation. Last month Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy said it believes the 1.25 million acres it has leased above the Utica Shale formation in eastern Ohio is worth 15 to 20 billion dollars.