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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. 

Around the Miami Valley
12:05 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Dayton Drivers Face 6 Years of Construction

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Drivers on I-75 through Dayton should get used to orange barrels.

The Dayton Daily News reports construction work that began in 2006 will continue until 2017.  Planning for the $400 million-plus update of the interstate began in 2000, and the first phase of construction is nearly complete.  That involved adding a third I-75 lane in the area of Ohio Route 4, while removing a sharp curve and other work to relieve congestion.

Statewide News
10:18 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Ohio Gov. Addresses Economic Challenges

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he wants to hear from local communities on handling economic challenges in the
wake of voters' rejection of a law that would have placed new limits on public employee unions.

Kasich on Monday said in a review of his first year in office that communities can't tax their way to prosperity, but that the people have spoken on curbing collective bargaining rights. The law was rejected 62 percent to 38 percent.

He said one of the lesson learned from the referendum is that officials need to build a case for making change.

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