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Statewide News
10:59 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Food Banks Worry About Rising Peanut Butter Prices

Food banks around the country say rising peanut butter prices are making it harder for them to provide one
of their most-requested items this holiday season.

The increase in the cost of peanut butter and food overall has been a blow to food banks and pantries that say they're serving more clients and having a harder time getting donations because of the economy.

Peanut butter is popular at food banks because it's a kid-friendly protein source that has a long shelf life and doesn't require special storage, cooking or utensils.

Statewide News
10:56 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Northwest Ohio Advised of Potential for Flooding

Flooding could become a problem across northwest Ohio, where up to 2 inches of rain is expected to drench
areas already saturated by recent rainfall.

An area that stretches from Toledo to Cleveland's western suburbs and several counties to the south will be under a flood watch from late Monday night to late Tuesday. The National Weather Service says flooding is possible along rivers and creeks and in low-lying areas.

A few rivers in the region were already approaching flood stage Monday morning.

Statewide News
4:17 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Election Law Foes Submit More Signatures

After a setback last week, opponents of Ohio's new elections law submitted additional signatures in hopes of putting the measure before voters in a 2012 repeal effort.

Democrats and their allies loaded a U-Haul truck full of more than 166,000 signatures to deliver to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's just more than a week after he said they were more than 9,500 short of the roughly 231,000 they needed.

Among other changes, the election overhaul shortens the swing state's early voting period.

Statewide News
4:44 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Ohio Ban On Exotic Animals Proposed

A study group is proposing that Ohio ban new ownership of venomous snakes, monkeys, tigers and other dangerous animals with only limited exceptions.

The group has been holding expedited meetings since last month, when police were forced to kill 48 wild animals — including endangered Bengal tigers — after their owner freed them from his Zanesville farm and then committed suicide.

A summary of the group's input and state agencies' recommendations for new regulations was obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, after the group's final meeting.

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Environment
10:13 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Groups, Towns Say Ohio Fracking Rules Fall Short

Environmentalists and local officials complain that proposed standards for extracting oil and gas from the shale beneath Ohio don't go far enough.

The Columbus Dispatch reports drilling firms won't have to reveal all the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.  That's a horizontal drilling technique that releases natural gas from shale by breaking up the rock with chemical-laced water.

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