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Health
8:55 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Report predicts big changes in Ohio health costs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A report prepared for the state says some Ohio health insurance premiums could go up as much as 150 percent while others could fall 40 percent in 2014 when much of the national health care overhaul takes effect.

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who also heads the state insurance department, says the findings from consulting firm Milliman Inc. are "alarming." The Republican said in a news release Tuesday that what she calls "Obamacare" will have widespread and expensive impacts.

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Politics
7:23 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Business executives group endorses Ohio union law

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A group of Ohio business executives is urging voters to uphold a new state law that places restrictions on public employee unions.

The Ohio Business Roundtable is endorsing Issue 2 on the November ballot, urging a yes vote to affirm what it calls "reasonable and common sense reforms." The group says the changes will help local communities manage finances and deliver services without raising taxes. It says localities face fiscal challenges it attributes primarily to the cost of labor agreements.

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Politics
7:17 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Ohio medical marijuana ballot language rejected

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says a group wanting to legalize medical  marijuana has enough petition signatures but failed to properly summarize ballot language in its initial effort toward putting the idea before voters.

The Columbus Dispatch reports DeWine last week rejected the 2012 ballot proposal by the Ohio Coalition for Medical Compassion. The constitutional amendment would require a prescription for marijuana purchases and allow those qualified to grow a limited number of plants.

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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.

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