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Around the Miami Valley
9:08 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Locked-out Cooper Tire Workers Approve Ohio Deal

Union members at Cooper Tire in northwest Ohio have agreed on a five-year contract with the company that ends
a three-month lockout.

Multiple media outlets report that workers approved the contract last night by a vote of 627 to 321.

More than 1,000 workers at the plant in Findlay were locked out in November. They had rejected an earlier contract offer, saying they were upset over proposed pay cuts and increased health care costs.

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Environment
8:58 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Court Won't Get Involved in Carp Fight

kate.gardiner

The Supreme Court won't order closure of shipping locks on Chicago-area waterways to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.

The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Michigan and other Great Lakes states, who have been trying for immediate shutdown of the locks and a quicker timetable for other steps to halt the carp's northward march from the Mississippi River toward Lake Michigan.

The high court already has rejected the request from Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin twice.

Education
7:36 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Columbus Schools Seek $900K in Unpaid Lunch Money

Leo Reynolds

Columbus schools are using a collection agency to help them recover delinquent lunch payments totaling
roughly $900,000.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the schools are owed lunch money for nearly 6,000 students. Accounts that owe more than $50 for lunches since 2009 will be turned over for collection late next month.

Most families owe just a few dollars. About 10 percent of the families that owe lunch money account for about 80 percent of the total owed, and that's the group that's being targeted.

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Around the Miami Valley
7:25 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Cooper Tire Workers Vote on Ohio Deal, Could End Lock-out

Hancock County Courthouse in Findlay Ohio where lockout protests were held.
Fuzzytek

Union members at Cooper Tire in northwest Ohio are set to vote Monday on a tentative five-year agreement with the company that could end a months-long lockout.

More than 1,000 workers at the plant in Findlay were locked out in November. They had rejected an earlier contract offer, saying they were upset over proposed pay cuts and increased health care costs.

Multiple media outlets have reported that newer hires would be compensated differently than veteran workers under the proposed agreement.

Statewide News
5:40 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Ohio Unveils Efforts Targeting Drug Trafficking

New efforts to crack down on drug trafficking in Ohio include legislation targeting hidden compartments in vehicles and changes in how drivers can use the Highway Patrol hotline.

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