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8:11 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Officials Outline Duties of Nonprofit JobsOhio

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Business loans and certain grants once handled by the state Department of Development will soon be taken over by a nonprofit organization.

State officials outlined some job-creation functions that will move from the state-run department to the semiprivate JobsOhio during a meeting Tuesday with business leaders and elected officials in Dayton.

The west-central area is one of six economic development regions that the state will be divided into under JobsOhio.

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Statewide News
7:39 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Group: Data Shows Jump in Ohio Child Poverty Rate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio child advocacy group says data being released Wednesday shows that the state's child poverty rate increased nearly 50 percent over eight years.

The Children's Defense Fund-Ohio says in the 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book, the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that the state's 2009 child poverty rate was 22 percent, a 46 percent increase over 2001.

Overall, Ohio ranked 29th among the states in indicators of child health and well-being, the same as last year.

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3:27 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: August 16 - 22, 2011

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

As Late Summer deepens, then catalpas start to pale. Buckeye leaves turn brown under the high canopy. Black walnut leaves trickle to the ground. Patches of scarlet appear in the sumac and poison ivy.

Along the freeways, beds of white boneset have come into bloom beside the drifts of Middle Summer’s blue chicory and silver Queen Anne's lace.

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Statewide News
8:58 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Ohio may have to pay millions in penalties b/c too few welfare recipients are working

Ohio may have to pay millions in penalties to the federal government because not enough people on welfare are working at a job or trying to get one. The state has been fined for the last three years because less than a quarter of Ohio’s welfare recipients are working, are volunteering as preparation for work or are in job training programs.

The federal government requires half of recipients be enrolled in work participation.

Ben Johnson at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says his agency is confident the situation can be corrected.  

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Statewide News
7:38 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Union workers reject Kroger's contract offer

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WEIRTON, W.Va. (AP) - Union workers at 12 Kroger Co. grocery stores in West Virginia and eastern Ohio have rejected a three-year contract offer.

Members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 23 also voted to authorize a strike if an agreement isn't reached by Aug. 28.

Union spokesman Richard Granger said Monday that 99 percent of those voting Sunday in Weirton rejected the contract offer, while 97 percent favored the possible strike.

Granger says the offer called for no wage increases and would have shifted health care costs to individual employees.

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