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12:04 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Washington may revive Ohio Turnpike leasing grant

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CLEVELAND (AP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation says it's ready to revive an application for a $1.5 million grant to study the leasing of the Ohio Turnpike.

The agency says it will allow use of federal money for such a study if the application gets adjusted. Washington approved an earlier grant but backed off and said the application must be tailored to the turnpike study.

The quest for the federal money has become part of a political issue over leasing the turnpike.

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Statewide News
7:33 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Ohio gov continues push to preserve union law

SHARONVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Gov. John Kasich told supporters during his sixth rally on Saturday that Ohio's contested collective bargaining law would make the state more appealing to business.

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Statewide News
7:28 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Local bodies say Ohio state cuts leading to levies

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Local bodies such as libraries and school boards say they have no choice but to ask voters for more money after Ohio's budget cut their state aid.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that voters statewide will decide nearly 1,100 requests for higher taxes in levies for everything from police and fire protection to parks and senior services.

Voters are becoming wary of the continual requests for tax revenue.

Politics
1:30 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Ohio House could take up new congressional map

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Republicans who control the Ohio Legislature say the state's new and disputed map of congressional districts could be revised.

Ohio House GOP caucus spokesman Mike Dittoe said Friday that all options are on the table, including revisiting the congressional map.

A court fight over the new lines has left the map in limbo and has forced state lawmakers to move toward splitting Ohio's 2012 primary.

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Statewide News
1:26 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Ohio unemployment unchanged at 9.1 percent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Unemployment is holding steady in Ohio following three straight months of rising joblessness.

The state's Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that Ohio's unemployment rate stood at 9.1 percent in September, unchanged from August.

The national jobless rate for September also held at 9.1 percent during the last two months.  State officials say the number of workers unemployed in Ohio during September was 534,000, down from 536,000 in August.

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