Associated Press


Statewide News
11:53 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Ohio, Mich. Lawmakers Write Obama on Vacant Homes

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) - A bipartisan group of Ohio and Michigan members of Congress is asking President Barack Obama to help communities in the two states deal with abandoned and vacant homes.

In a letter dated Monday, the 16 lawmakers say stressed local governments need federal support to demolish decaying properties on a large scale.

The letter says weak housing markets in Ohio and Michigan have been devastated by slow population growth. The lawmakers say it's estimated Ohio has more than 70,000 empty homes in such bad shape that they need to be torn down.

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9:00 am
Sat January 21, 2012

South Carolina Primary Results

Up to date results from the South Carolina Primary on January 21, 2011

Statewide News
10:22 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Snow and Ice Headed for Ohio


Forecasters say Ohio is in for a snowy and icy start to the weekend.

Most of the state is under a winter weather advisory beginning Friday afternoon and continuing into late morning on Saturday.  Up to 6 inches of snow is expected in northern Ohio, while the southern half of the state is likely to receive snow and freezing rain.

Statewide News
10:14 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Ohio Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.1 Percent

Ohio's unemployment rate has dropped again, following the biggest one-month decline in almost 30 years.

The state Department of Job and Family Services reported Friday that the state had joblessness of 8.1 percent in December, down from 8.5 percent in November.  The November rate had been down a full half-point from October's even 9 percent.

12:26 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Algae Fight to Cover All of Ohio's Top Inland Lake


Ohio plans to treat all 13,000 acres of the state's largest inland lake with a chemical to try heading off the toxic algae blooms that become a perennial problem.

Multiple news outlets report that the state's Environmental Protection Agency is trying to pull together $5 million to spread aluminum sulfate, or alum, over Grand Lake St. Mary's in western Ohio.

Officials said in the fall that a test last year over part of the lake was more successful than expected and killed 56 percent of phosphorous in the treated area.