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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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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.

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