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Business & Technology
4:53 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Area Residents Raise Concerns at CEMEX Meeting

Xenia Twp. Residents attended a public meeting with global building materials company, CEMEX, in force Tuesday night to voice concerns over the company's proposed mining project.

At the meeting, CEMEX officials stated the proposed zoning change and limestone mining would not negatively affect area residents. Officials added the rezoning from agricultural land to mineral extraction would be done with limited, licensed blasts and no blasting would take place closer than 500 feet from a home.

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Business & Technology
6:55 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Ohio Consumer Advocate is Against AEP Rate Plan

The state's advocate for residential utility customers says American Electric Power's proposed rate plan could raise next summer's rates for many Ohio customers by 31 percent.

The office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel said Tuesday that the proposal would shift rates for generating electricity, leaving residential customers paying more in relation to commercial and industrial users. It argues instead for a uniform rate change across all categories.

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Statewide News
6:36 am
Wed July 27, 2011

120 Ohio Post Offices Studied for Possible Closing

About 120 post offices in the state are among those being considered for closure by the U.S. Postal Service to save money. The list of offices facing a review includes 11 in Cleveland, six each in Columbus and Dayton, five in Toledo, three in Akron and one in Cincinnati.

Military
4:32 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Springfield Airport in Line For Possible New Runway Site

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is eyeing the Springfield-Beckley Airport as a site for a new runway to be used for training involving the C-17 aircraft.

Base officials say Springfield Airport would be an ideal location to use for C-17 cargo transport training out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  The news comes as the base has been looking to cut costs.  As of now, the C-17 training missions fly out of state to hold assault training exercises.

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Elections
12:50 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

UPDATE: Ohioans Will Be Able to Vote on Federal Healthcare in November

Ohioans will be able to vote this November on whether they want to participate in the national health care overhaul.

Secretary of State Jon Husted said Tuesday that opponents to the overhaul collected nearly 427,000 valid signatures to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot. The measure needed roughly 385,000 signatures.

At question is a proposed amendment to Ohio's Constitution to keep people from being required to buy health insurance or face penalties. The federal mandate would go into effect in 2014, when new competitive insurance exchanges are scheduled to open.

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