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1:05 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Ohio County Expands Benefits for Gay Couples' Kids

Ohio's largest county has decided to expand health care benefit access for gay county employees to include
their partners' children.

The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland reports the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Council voted 6-4 to
approve the change Tuesday.

The county doesn't give the same benefits to the children of unmarried heterosexual couples. Council members noted that heterosexual couples could wed to get benefits for their children, but gay couples didn't have that option.

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Health
12:55 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Legionnaires' Outbreak in Ohio Prompts Lawsuits

An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at a southwestern Ohio hospital a year ago has led to four lawsuits
filed in the past two months.

The outbreak at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton sickened 11 patients.

The Dayton Daily News says the new lawsuits against the hospital involve several people who contracted the disease and the families of four others reported to have the illness before they died.

Politics
7:48 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Poll: Santorum Jumps in Front of Romney in Ohio

A new poll shows Rick Santorum edging ahead of Mitt Romney in Ohio.

The Quinnipiac University poll out Wednesday finds Santorum jumping to the lead with Ohio voters just three
weeks before the Republican presidential primary.

The former Pennsylvania senator leads Romney 36-29 percent among likely primary voters.

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich was third with 20 percent.

Arts & Culture
4:04 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Cincinnati Museums to Merge in Money-Saving Effort

The Cincinnati Museum Center and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are merging in an effort to prevent the civil rights institution from closing its doors.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the merger will allow the Freedom Center to close a $1.5 million annual budget hole and the Museum Center to increase efforts to pay $8 million debt.  About 15 jobs will be eliminated.

The Museum Center houses a history museum, a children's museum and a natural history and a science museum.  The Freedom Center will be its fourth wholly owned subsidiary.

Business & Technology
10:42 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Governor to Tout Business Expansions in SW Ohio

Ohio's governor plans to join in announcements of the expansions of two businesses based in the Cincinnati area.

Gov. John Kasich has stops Tuesday in suburban Loveland and in downtown Cincinnati.

In the first, he'll be at Bioformix, a company that makes and distributes environmentally sensitive adhesives, coatings, sealants and ink.

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