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8:21 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Reports of failed foster adoptions, cries for more services

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Child advocates are pushing for help for families adopting older foster children and those with serious behavioral and mental health issues.

Most states focus money on recruiting parents, but once a child is adopted, few funds are directed to supporting the new families.  Ohio's program offers adoptive parents up to $10,000 for services -- a drop from $20,000.

Health
8:13 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Ohio biking event raises $8.7M for cancer research

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Organizers say an Ohio charity bike ride for cancer research has had its most successful year yet, raising nearly $8.7 million over the weekend.

The three-year-old Pelotonia tour had collected a total of about $12.3 million in its first two years to support cancer work at Ohio State University.

Cyclists raised or committed money to ride one of several routes during the two-day event. The longest was a 180-mile round trip from Columbus to Athens.

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Business & Technology
7:44 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Rural US sharing fed money for broadband Internet

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Telecommunications companies in Ohio and 15 other states are sharing more than 103 million dollars in federal funding to help expand broadband Internet access to rural America.

Politics
7:23 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Ohio's elections chief bans certain board mailings

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's top elections chief is banning county officials from sending voters unsolicited absentee ballot applications ahead of Election Day.

The move by Secretary of State Jon Husted Monday comes after several county boards of elections recently had tied votes on whether to send out applications.

A spokesman for the Republican says he wanted to provide clear guidance to boards, and issued the directive to the state's 88 counties in order to have uniformity.

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Environment
5:12 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Grant would help turn Ohio farm waste into energy

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ST. MARYS, Ohio - A Cleveland company has received a 1 million dollar federal grant to help create a facility that would turn animal waste into energy near Grand Lake St Marys.

 U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced today (Monday) that Quasar Energy Group will use the U.S. Department of Agriculture grant for a methane digester. The 2.2 million dollar facility would turn manure into methane that can be used for heating and converted into alternative vehicle fuel.

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