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9:13 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Quakes Put Ohio Seismologist in Spotlight

Recent northeast Ohio earthquakes linked to drilling wastewater have put Ohio's state seismologist in the spotlight.

Michael Hansen is a part-time state employee whose Ohio Seismic Network has an annual budget of $20,000. It's his job to monitor 26 quake detectors.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Ohio Treasurer Among 6 In GOP Ohio US Senate Race

State Treasurer Josh Mandel and five other Republicans will face off in this year's Ohio GOP primary for U.S. Senate.

The state's top elections official on Thursday announced the list of Senate contenders who will appear on the March 6 primary ballots.

The winner of the 6-way Republican contest would likely face incumbent U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, in November in one of the nation's most closely watched Senate races.

Democrat Mark McGinnis is listed as a write-in candidate challenging Brown.

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Environment
9:32 am
Thu January 5, 2012

After Quakes, Owner to Lower Pressure in Ohio Well

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The owner of a northeast Ohio well used to dispose of wastewater from oil and gas drilling plans to remove material from it to help lower its inner pressure following 11 minor earthquakes.

State officials say they believe injecting wastewater near a fault line created enough pressure to cause seismic activity. The latest and largest quake was Saturday in the Youngtown area and registered at magnitude 4.0, which can cause moderate damage.

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Business & Technology
8:57 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Talks Planned on New Openings for 2 Ohio Casinos

Adam Tinworth

Ohio regulators plan to meet with the operators of two Ohio casinos to talk about a new timetable, now that a consultant has recommended that their openings be delayed.

Consultant Fredric Gushin of Spectrum Gaming told the state Casino Control Commission on Wednesday that more time is needed to investigate the Cleveland and Toledo facilities for licensing.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports commission Chairwoman Jo Ann Davidson said she's optimistic the delays will be a matter of "weeks, not months."

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Politics
5:24 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Ohio 'Heartbeat' Bill Sponsor Clarifies Confusion

The sponsor of an Ohio bill that would impose the nation's most stringent abortion limit has taken responsibility for some confusion over proposed changes to the measure that caused hearings on the bill to be suspended last month.

A Dec. 15 letter written by state Rep. Lynn Wachtmann sheds new light on the sudden hold that was put on the divisive legislation dubbed the "heartbeat bill." The measure cleared the Ohio House in June. Backers had believed it was headed toward passage in the Senate before the holiday break.

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