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Politics
12:18 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Republican: Deal close on Ohio congressional map

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Republican negotiator says a deal is getting close on an alternative map for new congressional districts for the state.

Former state GOP chairman Bob Bennett tells The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer the Ohio House could vote on a different map as early as tomorrow.

Republican House Speaker William Batchelder asked Bennett to work with black House Democrats to find a compromise.

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Environment
10:54 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Ohio steps up abandoned mine cleanup program

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio program that cleans up after abandoned coal mines plans to undertake 53 projects next year, nearly three times as many as in 2007.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Monday that the work to restore land and streams is being expanded thanks to more federal money. A change in the formula for dividing coal company taxes among the states has increased Ohio's share, from $7.5 million in 2007 to $18.4 million for next year.

Politics
12:30 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Ohio prof makes anti-Israel statement at speech

KENT, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio professor with former ties to a jihadist website has come under fire for shouting "Death to Israel" during a speech by a former Israeli diplomat.

Multiple media outlets report that Kent State University professor Julio Pino (pee-NOH') shouted the comment Tuesday after trading barbs with former Israeli diplomat Ishmael Khaldi.

Pino reportedly asked how Israel could justify providing aid to countries with "blood money" that came from the deaths of Palestinians.

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Statewide News
5:10 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Millions Spent On Ohio's Union-Limiting Law

The union-backed group pushing for the repeal of Ohio's new collective bargaining law has spent more than $17.3 million in the fight and has another $4.3 million on hand heading into the Nov. 8 election.

Campaign finance reports filed Thursday show We Are Ohio has raised a $19 million from July to mid-October. The coalition wants to overturn the law, which bans strikes by public worker and restricts their collective bargaining rights.

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Around the Miami Valley
4:56 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Husted Nixes Extended Voting Hours In Montgomery County

A vote by Ohio's elections chief means no extra hours for early voting at the board of elections in Montgomery County.

Elections board members were tied on the question of extended early voting. The Dayton Daily News reports Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted became the tie breaker and sided with GOP board members who did not want to stretch the absentee voting into the weekend and evenings.

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