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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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Around the Miami Valley
8:04 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Dayton International Airport Seeks $4.4Million for Upgrades

One of Ohio's larger airports is seeking $4.4 million in extra federal funding to help create more room for airlines to park their planes overnight.

Dayton International Airport also wants to tear down a concourse it hasn't used for almost 20 years.

The Dayton Daily News reports the upgrades would be paid for with the additional federal money, plus the airport's $2.7 million in regular annual support from the Federal Aviation Administration. The city of Dayton would chip in $375,000 from the airport's capital reserve fund.

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Health
6:04 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Ohio Awarded $21Million for Children's Health Coverage

Ohio's work to make sure more children have health coverage has earned the state $21 million in federal bonus funding.

U.S. health officials say Ohio is receiving bonus money for a second straight year. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says in a statement that more of Ohio's children now have the advantages health coverage provides.

Only 22 other states qualified for bonuses.

To receive the funding, states must surpass a Medicaid enrollment target and improve access to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP.

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