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Military
9:10 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Ohio Company Builds Mobile Units for Veterans Care

A Columbus company is building vehicles used as mobile centers to expand veterans' access to counseling and
health care.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Farber Specialty Vehicles will add 20 more so-called Mobile Vet Centers to a fleet of 50 it has built to be used in underserved or rural areas.  Lawmakers and VA officials are expected to be on hand Wednesday to send off the first of those 20 new vehicles and announce where the
new centers will be headed.

Business & Technology
11:06 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Senator Brown Offers Help to End Cooper Tires Lockout

Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has offered his help to end the more than month-old lockout at a Northwest Ohio tire plant.

Multiple news outlets report the Democrat gave a pep talk Monday to Cooper Tire workers gathered at a packed union hall in Findlay.

Brown says he knows the union members are eager to get back to work.

Cooper Tire & Rubber is based in Findlay. In late November it locked out more than 1,000 union members at a factory in its hometown after workers voted down a tentative three-year  contract.

Education
8:06 am
Tue January 3, 2012

OSU President Says University Should Have Asked More Pointed Questions in Football Scandal

President E. Gordon Gee says the Ohio State University should have asked more pointed questions as a memorabilia-for-cash scandal was first coming to light.

The NCAA last month hit Ohio State with a one-year bowl ban and additional penalties for violations that started with eight football players taking thousands of dollars in cash and tattoos. That was in exchange for jerseys, rings and other Buckeyes memorabilia.

Gee tells The Columbus Dispatch that the university has learned to back up its procedures by asking the right questions.

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Politics
7:32 am
Mon January 2, 2012

Ohio Legislative To-Do List for 2012

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With a two-year state budget behind them, Ohio lawmakers head into a new year with their workloads a little lighter.

Next up: an agenda that's likely less controversial than 2011.  The year was marked with heated debate over collective bargaining restrictions for unionized public workers. Voters overwhelming rejected the new limitations in November.

Cracking down on the ownership of exotic animals and spurring development of the state's oil and natural gas industry are expected to be among the top issues before the Legislature in 2012.

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Statewide News
7:27 am
Mon January 2, 2012

Newspaper: Ohio Drunken Driving Convictions Common

More than 1.1 million people have at least one conviction for driving while impaired in Ohio.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that's about one in every seven licensed drivers in the state.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety provided the newspaper with a breakdown on the number of convictions, which includes people from outside the state who were caught in Ohio. Almost 45,000 people have five or more convictions. Two people share the state record of 20 convictions.

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