Democratic local officials opposed to leasing the Ohio Turnpike have announced they'll do their own study of whether it's a good idea.
The leaders from counties across northern Ohio said at news conferences in Cleveland and Youngstown yesterday that they're skeptical of an analysis planned by the state. They expect it will favor leasing, as proposed by Republican Gov. John Kasich.
Mahoning County Commissioner Anthony Traficanti predicted that privatizing the turnpike would be a "total nightmare" resulting in potholes and dangerous lapses in plowing and maintenance.
A Minnesota food company is widening its recall of hard-cooked eggs because of a potential for listeria contamination.
Michael Foods, of Minnetonka, is recalling eggs in brine sold in 10- and 25-pound pails for institutional use in 34 states. The eggs carry six brand names: Columbia Valley Farms, GFS, Glenview Farms, Papetti's, Silverbrook and Wholesome Farms.
The Ohio Senate has passed a measure designed to crack down on the large-scale dog breeding operations that critics call puppy mills.
Republican state Sen. Jim Hughes of Columbus says the bill he sponsored will send a message to bad breeders that they are not welcome in Ohio. It passed the Senate Wednesday on a 30-0 vote and now goes to the Ohio House.
If the numbers from one store are an indication, Ohio could be losing more than 300 jobs from the shutdown of six Kmart locations.
The state this week received notice from a regional Kmart executive that 52 employees will be affected by the closing of a store in Springfield in western Ohio. The retailer indicated that none of the laid-off workers will be able to transfer to jobs at other stores.