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Statewide News
8:22 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Bill Would Let Ohio Troopers Police Casinos

Adam Tinworth

A key state lawmaker isn't comfortable with a proposal to let the State Highway Patrol investigate crimes
within Ohio's new casinos.

Republican state Rep. Matt Huffman, of Lima, said during a hearing Tuesday that he has concerns about extending the patrol's turf to private property. The Columbus Dispatch reports Huffman chairs a House panel overseeing legislation related to gambling.

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Statewide News
5:10 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Report Finds Misconduct In Ohio Development Department

Ohio's government watchdog has found wrongdoing in the way the development department handled federal grant money meant to help low-income people weatherize their homes.

The report from the office of the inspector general says state Department of Development was given $266 million as part of the federal stimulus to help poor Ohioans weather-proof their homes.

The report finds that the department didn't do enough inspections to make sure that groups weatherizing homes actually did the work they were paid for.

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5:17 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

OSU Set To Introduce Meyer As Next Football Coach

Ohio State says interim coach Luke Fickell will remain on Urban Meyer's staff and lead the Buckeyes in a their bowl game.

Meyer, the former Florida coach and native Buckeye, was officially hired Monday by Ohio State, a program with a glittering past that has suffered through a difficult year of NCAA violations, suspensions and a 6-6 record.

The university scheduled a 5:15 p.m. EST news conference to introduce Meyer.

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.