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8:54 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Protest Held outside Boehner's Ohio Office

WEST CHESTER, Ohio - About 100 demonstrators protested outside the Cincinnati office of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner - with some later going to a Columbus country club after hearing he might be there.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that on Tuesday the protesters stood outside the West Chester Township office chanting.

The newspaper reports that a woman kicked the office door, which was locked, but police made no arrests.

The Service Employees International Union says demonstrators want Boehner to focus on jobs for his district.

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Politics, Statewide News
8:44 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Senator Portman Endorses Ohio State Treasurer for Senate

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's junior senator is endorsing Republican state treasurer Josh Mandel in the 2012 race for U.S. Senate.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says in a statement released by Mandel on Tuesday said that he would provide the necessary focus on jobs and the economy. Portman says he has helped Mandel and will continue to do so.

Mandel faces former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin. So far, Coughlin is the only announced candidate in a GOP primary that will decide who faces incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown.

Around the Miami Valley
8:37 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Ohio Woman Sky Dives 50 Times in 1 Day

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - An Ohio woman had a day of thrilling ups and downs as she took a series of 50 sky dives from a small plane Tuesday.

Andrea Kemp calls her feat at southwest Ohio's Hook Field Middletown Regional Airport "a total adrenaline rush."

The Middletown Journal reports it's believed that she set an Ohio record for the most sky dives in one day by a woman.

Kemp compares it to eating chocolate, because she says "you can't stop."

Around the Miami Valley
8:32 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Tough Bid to Make Reds Opening Day a Cincinnati Holiday

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CINCINNATI, Ohio - A measure to have voters make Reds Opening Day an official ceremonial holiday in Cincinnati is having difficulty qualifying for the city's Nov. 8 ballot.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that 81 percent of nearly 9,000 petition signatures reviewed by the county elections board were invalid because the signers live outside the city. Many people were asked to sign at Reds games.

The group behind the campaign believes it collected a grand total of up to 12,000 signatures.

Politics, Statewide News
7:32 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Players in Ohio Union Issue Downplay Wisconsin Impact

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Groups in Ohio say the outcome of Wisconsin recall elections involving a collective bargaining overhaul will have little bearing on whether a similar law in Ohio is repealed this fall.

We Are Ohio spokeswoman Melissa Fazekas said Tuesday that the scenarios in the two states aren’t comparable.

In Wisconsin, Republican politicians who signed onto the law are being challenged. In Ohio, voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to keep the law that limits public unions. Ohio's constitution makes no provision for recalling elected officials.

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