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Politics
6:33 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Santorum Strikes Freedom Theme in Visit to NW Ohio

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the 2012 election is about freedom and stopping government interference in the lives of Americans. The former Pennsylvania senator spoke to about 500 people at a hotel in Perrysburg in northwest Ohio on Tuesday, a week before the state's primary. Santorum says oil prices are rising while the Obama administration blocks access to fossil fuels that could lower prices and help the economy.

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Business & Technology
6:30 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Columbia Gas of Ohio Lowering Prices

Some good news for consumers today: Columbus Gas of Ohio says a near-record gas supply is driving down prices.

Columbia says beginning in March, the average monthly bill for customers who spread payments out through the year will drop from $82 a month to $53. Columbia spokesman Ken Stammen says the price drop comes amidst a mild winter and near-record gas supplies.

Statewide News
9:18 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Authorities Charge 27 from Four States After Dog Fighting Raid

North Carolina authorities have charged 27 people with a variety of crimes stemming from what investigators
say was a Robeson County dog-fighting ring that drew participants from three other states.

State Alcohol Law Enforcement officers raided a home in Maxton on Saturday during the middle of what they say was a dog fight.  State and federal authorities seized 18 dogs, including some with serious wounds, along with tens of thousands of dollars and other paraphernalia.

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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

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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.

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