Proposed rules for allowing drilling in Ohio's state parks would require natural gas and oil companies to stay at least 300 feet - the length of a football field - from campgrounds, certain waterways and sites deemed historically or archeologically valuable.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Thursday that the proposals for drilling leases also include an 89-page list of "best management practices."
A Cincinnati-area family services agency that's come under recent fire over child abuse deaths is likely to receive $2 million to hire more caseworkers, supervisors and case reviewers.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the director of the Hamilton County Job and Family Services asked for the funds in an April 5 memo and two of the three commissioners who'll vote on the request say they support it.
They say the money will come from $28 million set aside for a possible fine in an investigation into agency bookkeeping.
What started off as a short video for his church turned into a feature length documentary project for Shane Pergrem. Here Pergrem discusses the process of making The Almond Tree, his first feature film and where the process has taken him as an artist. He's joined by longtime friend Ricky Terrell of Starving in the Belly of the Whale, who composed the soundtrack to the Almond Tree. Terrell talks about scoring the film and shares several live and recorded songs.
The animated film Chico and Rita is set in 1940s Havana, at a time when Cuban musicians were starting to leave the country and join the jazz scene in New York. It was also a time when musical styles were fusing — and changing the Afro-Cuban jazz scene entirely.
The film tells the story of Chico, one of the best piano players in Havana, and Rita, his sultriest singer. They're lovers, and eventually their migration takes them past New York to Paris — criss-crossing continents to make music while struggling to keep themselves and their relationship afloat.
Update at 1:15 p.m. ET, April 13: Since we first published this post, Sybrina Fulton has gone on other news programs to clarify her comments. We have a new post here, headlined "Trayvon's Mother: Encounter Was An Accident, Shooting Was Not."
If you feel like suing somebody, you'd better be patient.
Due to state budget woes, courts all across the country are cutting back on personnel and the number of hours or even days that they're open. That's causing long delays, especially when it comes to civil litigation.
"There's no question that there's been a pretty devastating impact in lots of states in how we deliver services," says Kevin Burke, president of the American Judges Association.
Since the Arab oil embargoes of the 1960s and 70s, it's been conventional wisdom to talk about American dependence on oil from the Persian Gulf. But the global oil market has changed dramatically since then.
Today, the U.S. actually gets most of its imported oil from Canada and Latin America.
And many Americans might be surprised to learn that the U.S. now imports roughly the same amount of oil from Africa as it does from the Persian Gulf. African imports were a bit higher in 2010, while Persian Gulf oil accounted for a bit more last year.
The agency says there were 380,000 such applications, up from 367,000 (a number that has been revised upward; previously, the agency had estimated there were 357,000 claims in the week ended March 31).
Claims had been running at the lowest pace since March and April 2008. At 380,000, the pace is the lowest since June 2008.