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1:55 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Feds Back Off Commercial Licenses for Farmers

Brian Forbes

 Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation said it was looking into whether farmers should be required to have commercial driver's licenses to operate farm machinery.  This week, WYSO’s Jerry Kenney reports – that decision has been made.

DOT officials announced that they won't move forward with Commercial license requirement.  Dozens of members of Congress from farm states in the Midwest wrote to the transportation department, asking that the idea be scrapped.

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Statewide News, Education
10:43 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Test Shows Only 28% of Ohio Students College-Ready

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Results of ACT college-admission tests suggest that nearly three-quarters of Ohio high school graduates aren't completely prepared for college.

Test results released today show that only 28 percent of test-takers in the Class of 2011 at Ohio public and private high schools met college readiness standards in English, reading, math and science.

The state beat the national readiness score of 25 percent.

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Statewide News
8:43 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Sentencing for 2 Convicted in Ohio Pot Farm Case

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A judge is scheduled to sentence the final two defendants today in a marijuana case that state investigators have called an example of cartel-sponsored drug production. All 11 men arrested last September after a sweep of a growing operation in Muskingum County have pleaded guilty.

Statewide News, Politics
8:39 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Gun-Buyer Background Checks Up 17.7% in Ohio

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DAYTON, Ohio - Ohio has seen a jump in FBI background checks on prospective gun buyers this year.

The Dayton Daily News reports the FBI ran nearly 248,000 checks for firearm purchases in Ohio during the first seven months of this year, according to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The number was up 17.7 percent from the same period in 2010.

Around the Miami Valley, Politics
8:35 am
Wed August 17, 2011

State, Feds to Negotiate Over Ohio Dam Lawsuit

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio and the federal government say they're ready to enter negotiations to end a lawsuit over mine tunnels being developed within the watershed of an Ohio state park reservoir.

A lawsuit by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alleged Ohio's decision to issue a permit to Buckingham Coal Co. violated a 1948 state-federal agreement that created the park and reservoir.

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