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8:39 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Gun-Buyer Background Checks Up 17.7% in Ohio

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DAYTON, Ohio - Ohio has seen a jump in FBI background checks on prospective gun buyers this year.

The Dayton Daily News reports the FBI ran nearly 248,000 checks for firearm purchases in Ohio during the first seven months of this year, according to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The number was up 17.7 percent from the same period in 2010.

Around the Miami Valley, Politics
8:35 am
Wed August 17, 2011

State, Feds to Negotiate Over Ohio Dam Lawsuit

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio and the federal government say they're ready to enter negotiations to end a lawsuit over mine tunnels being developed within the watershed of an Ohio state park reservoir.

A lawsuit by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alleged Ohio's decision to issue a permit to Buckingham Coal Co. violated a 1948 state-federal agreement that created the park and reservoir.

Statewide News, Education
8:24 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Applications Trail Available Ohio School Vouchers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio has received far fewer applications than the number of vouchers available for transferring students to private schools from poor-performing public ones.

Although 30,000 vouchers were offered, The Columbus Dispatch reports only more than 17,000 requests for vouchers were turned in by this past Monday's deadline. A provision in the state budget signed at the end of June offered a 16,000 voucher increase of the private school scholarships.

Politics, Business & Technology, Statewide News
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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