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Environment
8:25 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Gas Drilling Could Lead to Ohio Jobs

The Dayton Daily News reports that natural gas trapped in two shale formations beneath Ohio could mean thousands of new jobs, if activity in other states is any indication.

Pennsylvania,which sits on one of the same shale formations as Ohio, saw gas and oil industries hire 72,000 new people from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the first quarter of 2011.

The newspaper reports that a series of announcements in the last week, including $750 million in land leasing by the Hess Corp. for possible drilling, shows that Ohio is on the cusp of an oil and gas boom.

Statewide News
7:05 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Central and Southern Ohio Lead State in Felony Stops

Central and Southern Ohio led the state in the number of felony arrests made from traffic stops.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that ,079 felony stops were made between January and July of this year.

Franklin County led the state with 171 arrests, followed by Scioto County with 109, Lorain County with 70 and Jackson and Lucas Counties with 65 each.

According to the Highway Patrol, 74% of the arrests comes from a trooper "looking beyond the license plate" to spot criminal activity, such as evidence of drug use.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Fri September 9, 2011

4 more films, video game to be made in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The entertainment industry will make four more movies and a video game in Ohio, with all of the projects taking advantage of a state motion picture tax credit.

The Ohio Department of Development says the new film industry work will be worth more than $17.1 million for the state's economy.

The new movie projects include "Confession," a murder mystery with a cast that will include actor Danny Glover and Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo; and "The Yank," a romantic comedy that will shoot in the Cleveland area and may star comic actor Fred Willard.

Politics
11:08 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Swing state Ohio is second stop on Obama jobs tour

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will visit the politically important state of Ohio on Tuesday to continue selling his job-creation plan.

The White House announced Thursday, hours before Obama was to outline details in a nationally televised speech to Congress, that he would be making Columbus, Ohio, the second stop on a tour to rally the public behind his ideas to create jobs and boost the economy.

Politics
11:07 am
Fri September 9, 2011

County GOP to host Ohio's first-ever straw poll

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - County Republicans in central Ohio say they are making plans for the bellwether state's first-ever straw poll.

The Franklin County Republican Party event will take place Oct. 22 at the Ohio Union on the campus of Ohio State University.

Executive Committee Chairman Doug Preisse said the straw poll will give Ohio Republicans a chance to be heard in the increasingly competitive GOP presidential primary.

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