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12:19 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Small business group backs Ohio's new union law

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's largest small business association is throwing its support behind a campaign that is defending the state's contentious new collective bargaining law against a repeal effort on the November ballot.

The law signed by Gov. John Kasich in March bans public employee strikes and restricts collective bargaining abilities for public workers.

The National Federation of Independent Business in Ohio said Monday its membership overwhelmingly supports upholding the law.

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Tri-state area
10:11 am
Mon August 22, 2011

7th person dies from Indiana State Fair collapse

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Police say a 24-year-old woman who was a cheerleading coach at a Cincinnati high school has become the seventh person to die from injuries when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair.

Indiana State Police say Meagan Toothman died late Sunday.  She was among those injured when the collapse happened while fans were waiting for the country act Sugarland to perform on Aug. 13.

Police say Toothman died from injuries suffered in the collapse.  Her family says they decided to "allow to her to be at peace" after suffering brain injuries last weekend.

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Environment
10:03 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Boat race returns to Ohio lake plagued by algae

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A speedboat race is returning to Ohio's biggest inland lake following a year off because of toxic algae.

The Celina Governor's Cup Regatta is planned for next weekend at Grand Lake St. Marys. The lake between Toledo and Dayton is still plagued by blue-green algae, but warnings have been toned down.

Last summer, the lake was closed to swimming, boating and fishing, and people were warned not to touch the water. This year, visitors are advised that swimming, wading, swallowing the water and touching surface scum are not recommended.

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Military
9:45 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Ohio congressman wants tough VA medical penalties

DAYTON, Ohio(AP) - An Ohio congressman wants Veterans Affairs medical personnel who ignore infection control standards to face possible imprisonment.

Republican Rep. Mike Turner plans to announce legislation Monday allowing the government to fine and imprison for up to one year VA health employees for intentionally bypassing safeguards. The Dayton Daily News reports Turner is likely to formally introduce the bill after Labor Day.

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Statewide News
9:04 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Ohio reaches deadline to get $176M in incentives

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - It appears Ohio won't get $176 million in federal stimulus money to expand its unemployment benefits.

The federal government set aside $7 billion to give to states that expanded those benefits, and the deadline is Monday. Ohio's General Assembly would have to pass a law to make those changes, but no voting session was scheduled Monday.

A spokesman for Republican Gov. John Kasich says it's unwise to make changes that will cost the state in the long run in exchange for one-time money from the federal government.

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