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4:21 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

With Playoff Expansion, Baseball Goes Wilder

Manager Fredi Gonzalez was the face of frustration when his Atlanta Braves collapsed last year and missed the playoffs on the last day of the season. If this season's rules had applied, he might've been smiling: The Braves and the Boston Red Sox would've made the postseason.
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Major League Baseball expanded its playoff format to 10 teams Friday, adding a second wild-card in each league.

The decision establishes a new one-game, wild-card round in each league between the teams with the best records who are not division winners, meaning a third-place team could win the World Series.

This is the only change in baseball's playoff structure since the 1995 season, when wild-card teams were first added.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Obama, Kasich Approval Rises Among Ohio Voters

New poll results indicate Ohioans are in a slightly better mood toward their leaders as the economy improves. Governor John Kasich saw his approval rating among Ohioans rise to 44 percent from 42 percent in the latest University of Cincinnati Ohio Poll, released Friday. It is the first time since Kasich took office that the poll found more Ohioans approve than disapprove of his performance. President Barack Obama also saw a bump in his approval rating, to 47 percent from 43 percent in July. But about half of Ohioans disapprove of the overall job Obama is doing.

Politics
5:46 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Retirement Payouts Costing Ohio Entities

A report says local Ohio governments pay out millions of dollars each year to retiring employees for accrued sick leave and vacation time that was never taken.

Elected officials say the payouts are troubling but likely can't be eliminated, while public employees say they've earned the money and saved taxpayers by not taking time off work.

The Middletown Journal reports that local governments paid out more than $5 million to departing employees, including $1.7 million in Butler County and just over $1 million in Warren County.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Push For Gay Marriage Proposal On Ohio Ballot

Backers of gay marriage in Ohio are taking another step to try to overturn the state's constitutional ban enacted eight years ago. The Freedom to Marry Coalition planned to submit more than 1,700 signatures of registered Ohio voters Thursday to Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Business & Technology
4:18 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Ohio Attorney General Adjusts Report on Business Incentives

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has adjusted a recently released report on state business incentives to show almost six in 10 recipients of economic development grants, tax credits and other perks have met the conditions of their state agreements.

That's an improvement from a December version of the report, which found nearly half of recipients had failed to meet their terms.

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