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Education
8:45 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Ohio State reworks text alert system

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University is rebuilding its database of people who are texted about campus emergencies, so parents who want to keep being notified will have to have students put them back into the system.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio State is starting a new brand new list so alerts will stop going to thousands of graduates across the country. University Director of Emergency Management Bob Armstrong says if there are too many people, there's a greater chance of slowing the system and delaying urgent messages.

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Politics
8:27 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Biden to tout jobs plan at Ohio plant

SOLON, Ohio (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden plans to tout the jobs-creation plan of the Obama administration Tuesday at the plant of an Ohio stretch-wrap maker that recently landed a $1.5 million Small Business Administration loan.

Biden and Karen Mills, who heads up the SBA, plan to stop at Wrap-Tite, Inc. in Solon.

They will be seeking support for President Barack Obama's $447 billion proposal for tax cuts and new public works spending aimed at creating jobs and stimulating the economy.

Politics
5:22 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Democrats Offer Different Redistricting Map

Ohio's Senate Democrats have introduced an alternative congressional map to the Republican plan passed out of the state House last week.

The Democratic legislation contains a map drawn by GOP Illinois state Rep. Mike Fortner, who won a mapping contest sponsored by a coalition of voter advocacy groups.

A spokesman for the Ohio Senate Democrats says the map keeps 79 of Ohio's 88 counties in single U.S. House districts and creates 11 competitive districts out of 16, compared with two in the GOP map.

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Politics
5:16 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Benefits Are Focus Of Ad Defending Ohio Union Law

The campaign defending Ohio's collective bargaining law plans to release a new ad on the health insurance
and pension contributions of public workers.

Building a Better Ohio says the TV spot begins airing statewide Friday in an effort to persuade voters to vote yes on Issue 2 in November to uphold the law.

The ad refers to "reasonable government reforms" that require public employees to pay at least 10 percent toward their pensions and at least 15 percent toward their health care coverage.

Statewide News
5:14 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Census: Ohio poverty at more than 30-year high

A new census report shows Ohio's poverty rate is the highest in more than 30 years, and median household incomes are at their lowest levels in more than a quarter century.

Commerce National Bank chief economic adviser James Newton tells The Columbus Dispatch the census survey released Tuesday reflects the hits the state has taken from the recession, the loss of manufacturing jobs and other factors.

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