A proposal to make "Hang On Sloopy" Ohio's official rock song has struck the right note with state representatives.
 
The Ohio House voted 82-13 to pass the measure Wednesday, sending it to the state Senate for consideration.
 
The 1960s hit has been a crowd favorite for decades at Ohio State University games. The university's marching band first performed it in 1965. Pro-sports events around the state also use the song.
 

Businessman, Rick Wegmann named new executive director of Miami Valley Works
GESMV

Miami Valley Works, has named a new executive director.  Businessman, Rick Wegmann will lead the agency, which is an initiative of Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GESMV), and other groups, like the Dayton Foundation, the Dayton Business Committee, and the Greater Dayton Commission on Minority Inclusion

According to a press release from GESMV, Wegmann is the co-founder of information technology provider, Digital Concepts Inc.

Trotwood-Madison School District Superintendent Kevin A. Bell says he looks forward to hearing recommendations from the state department of education district review team.
Trotwood-Madison School District

The state department of education is investigating the Trotwood-Madison City School District’s academic performance. A review team was in town last week because the district is considered “at risk.”

Trotwood-Madison superintendent Kevin A. Bell is glad to have an outsider’s view of his district.

Samaria Rice (center) speaking at a previous press conference about the police shooting of her 12-year-old son, Tamir Rice. Attorney Benjamin Crump is on the right.
Nick Castele / WCPN

After widespread criticism, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson apologized Monday for language in a city court filing saying 12-year-old Tamir Rice was responsible for his own shooting death by police. Speaking at Cleveland’s Olivet Institutional Baptist Church Tuesday, Rice’s family called the incident part of a pattern of disrespect

In Ohio, Mixed Reactions To Netanyahu's Speech

Mar 4, 2015
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio's 8th District, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Following his address to Congress Tuesday, Cleveland-area critics and backers of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are speaking out about his warning on Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

Members of Congress, including many Republicans, gave Netanyahu a rousing ovation after his controversial address to Congress Tuesday.  In his 45-minute speech, the Israeli Prime Minister urged the U.S. to stop any potential deal-making with Iran, expressing concerns it could open a window for the country to develop an arsenal of atomic weapons.

StoryCorps

On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today we hear Yellow Springs resident Kurt Miyazaki interview his mother Lucille about her journey from Hawaii to the Midwest.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer Alan Staiger.

Interior of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum - Cleveland - Ohio - USA
Adam Jones from Kelowna, BC, Canada

Cleveland will spend $500,000 toward the cost of hosting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 30th annual induction ceremony on April 18.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports the subsidy was approved by Cleveland City Council on Monday. The city paid the same amount in 2012 when it last hosted the ceremony, which also rotates to New York and Los Angeles.

Ohio Agency Reports More Than 21,000 Jobs Created In 2014

Mar 3, 2015

Ohio's privatized economic development office reports that it created more than 21,000 jobs last year.

JobsOhio said in a report Monday that there was "great growth" in job creation in 2014. The nonprofit reported landing 286 projects, and $6.1 billion in capital investment by companies locating and expanding in the state.

But The Columbus Dispatch  says JobsOhio reported a downturn in the number of jobs retained by working with existing companies to upgrade or expand their operations.

A Soft Steel Market Takes Its Toll On Ohio Employment

Mar 3, 2015
Rona Proudfoot / Flickr Creative Commons

The United Steelworkers union is awaiting word this week on exactly how many hundreds of people will be at least temporarily laid off in Lorain. U.S. Steel plans to shut down its Lorain tubular operations and lay off as many as 600 workers next week. It’s a drastic change from three years ago, when it seemed like projections for making steel tube couldn’t go high enough.

Patrick Gallagher, whose United Steelworkers district covers all of northern Ohio, says a soft oil-drilling market, strong dollar and ongoing battle over imports has changed a lot.

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Bluebell growing season begins as its first dusky foliage emerges from the hillsides. Daffodil, chickweed, purple deadnettle, and dandelion blooming times unfold slowly just as clumps of nettles, shepherd’s purse, cress, clover and lamb’s quarters reach the spring tipping point and spill across the waysides, fields and gardens.

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