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8:03 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Federal Funds Pay Ohio Troopers' Holiday Overtime

The State Highway Patrol says it's using federal traffic safety funding to pay overtime for troopers providing an increased presence on Ohio roadways this holiday season.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports that the patrol got $1.9 million in federal traffic safety funding this fall through the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services.

The patrol says the time between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day can be one of the most dangerous for Ohio drivers.  During that period last year, more than three dozen people died in accidents that involved alcohol. 

12:23 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

Feds Say Cleveland's Vote-counting Scanners Flawed

A federal agency says vote-counting scanners used in Cleveland since 2008 are defective and sometimes miss

The findings released this week by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission cap a 20-month investigation.

The agency began the investigation after an April 2010 story in The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported that one in 10 machines failed certification tests required by federal law.

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12:20 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

US Survey Helps Shed Light on Forest-damaging Bug

Triangular, purple kite-like contraptions placed in trees nationwide are helping agriculture officials learn
more about a beetle that's threatening forests.

The 61,500 traps installed in 48 states are part of a survey of the emerald ash borer. The invasive pest has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the United States and Canada, including in Ohio.

The 2011 survey shows the tiny, green beetle hasn't been detected outside of the 15 states where it's already known to exist, but it has been found in more counties in those states than last year.

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Statewide News
6:35 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Ohio Minimum Wage Increasing 30 Cents in 2012

Ohio's minimum wage is set to increase 30 cents to $7.70 per hour on Jan.1.

The increase is part of a constitutional amendment voters approved in 2006, which says minimum wage will increase each year at the rate of inflation. The liberal think tank Policy Matters Ohio says data shows an estimated 347,000 workers will receive wage increases.

The $7.70 rate applies to workers 16 and older who don't get tips. The wage for tipped employees will be $3.85, up 15 cents, but their total pay cannot be less than $7.70 hourly.

Statewide News
4:04 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Governor Kasich Signs Ban on Certain Abortion Coverage

Governor Kasich has signed into law a bill to prohibit abortion coverage by health plans operating in the new insurance exchanges that were laid out in the federal health care overhaul.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has claimed the measure is unconstitutional and has said it would fight it in court.

The ACLU of Ohio says the ban on abortion coverage violates a voter-backed state constitutional amendment that says no law or rule should prohibit the purchase or sale of health care or insurance.