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8:11 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Officials Outline Duties of Nonprofit JobsOhio

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Business loans and certain grants once handled by the state Department of Development will soon be taken over by a nonprofit organization.

State officials outlined some job-creation functions that will move from the state-run department to the semiprivate JobsOhio during a meeting Tuesday with business leaders and elected officials in Dayton.

The west-central area is one of six economic development regions that the state will be divided into under JobsOhio.

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Statewide News
7:39 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Group: Data Shows Jump in Ohio Child Poverty Rate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio child advocacy group says data being released Wednesday shows that the state's child poverty rate increased nearly 50 percent over eight years.

The Children's Defense Fund-Ohio says in the 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book, the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that the state's 2009 child poverty rate was 22 percent, a 46 percent increase over 2001.

Overall, Ohio ranked 29th among the states in indicators of child health and well-being, the same as last year.

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Statewide News
7:38 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Union workers reject Kroger's contract offer

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WEIRTON, W.Va. (AP) - Union workers at 12 Kroger Co. grocery stores in West Virginia and eastern Ohio have rejected a three-year contract offer.

Members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 23 also voted to authorize a strike if an agreement isn't reached by Aug. 28.

Union spokesman Richard Granger said Monday that 99 percent of those voting Sunday in Weirton rejected the contract offer, while 97 percent favored the possible strike.

Granger says the offer called for no wage increases and would have shifted health care costs to individual employees.

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Business & Technology
7:32 am
Tue August 16, 2011

General Dynamics unit wins pair of tank contracts

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) - General Dynamics Corp.'s land systems unit has been awarded two contracts to provide tank work for Saudi Arabia with a combined value of $42.4 million.

The contracts were awarded by the U.S. Army on behalf of the Royal Saudi Land Forces. This work is part of a plan by Saudi Arabia to upgrade its fleet of 314 Abrams tanks.

The work will be performed at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio.

The contract continues work started in 2008.  General Dynamics' shares rose 67 cents to $61.85 in midday trading.

Around the Miami Valley
7:28 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Customs finds $600K in shipped tortilla presses

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CINCINNATI (AP) - Federal customs officials say over $600,000 in U.S. money was hidden in tortilla press machines being shipped from someone in Mexico to Bogota, Colombia, through a freight hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says its Cincinnati agents working with the DHL hub at the airport in nearby Hebron, Ky., found the currency Saturday at the shipping facility.

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