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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.

Business & Technology
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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