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Elections
12:50 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

UPDATE: Ohioans Will Be Able to Vote on Federal Healthcare in November

Ohioans will be able to vote this November on whether they want to participate in the national health care overhaul.

Secretary of State Jon Husted said Tuesday that opponents to the overhaul collected nearly 427,000 valid signatures to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot. The measure needed roughly 385,000 signatures.

At question is a proposed amendment to Ohio's Constitution to keep people from being required to buy health insurance or face penalties. The federal mandate would go into effect in 2014, when new competitive insurance exchanges are scheduled to open.

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Business
8:35 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Corn Prices Fall as Heavy Rain follows High Heat

Corn prices fell Monday after storms delivered rain to crops that had been baking in a heat wave across much of the Midwest.

Corn for December delivery fell 11 cents to settle at $6.745 a bushel. Other commodities were mixed as congressional leaders continued to debate ways to raise the U.S. debt limit, and cut spending.

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Politics
7:06 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Tea party Activists Support House Speaker John Boehner in Debt Debate

Tea party activists in House Speaker John Boehner's district are offering him encouragement in the debt crisis negotiations.

They say they want to show support for Boehner's tough position in the showdown in Washington.

A couple hundred supporters, rallied Monday afternoon in West Chester Township. Boehner and other congressional leaders are working to find agreement on a deficit reduction plan with a stated Aug. 2 deadline

Cincinnati tea party leader Mike Wilson says he and others want Boehner to make sure there are significant federal spending cuts.

Weather
8:25 am
Mon July 25, 2011

High Winds in Ohio Topple Vietnam Wall Replica

An Ohio storm knocked down a 10,000-pound granite replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

The Blade of Toledo reports winds approaching 70 mph on Friday knocked over most sections of the 288-foot-long memorial. No one was hurt.

Wall manager Greg Welsh says it was the first time the replica, on display for a weekend festival, has ever gone down.

Volunteers worked for four hours to get the structure back up.

Weather
8:05 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Heat Keeps Attendees Away from Ohio Air Show

Organizers of the annual Vectren Dayton Air Show say attendance was down 15 percent amid the weekend's extreme heat and humidity.

A news release says an estimated 65,000 attended the show.

Officials with the air show said Monday that no other major problems were reported, though on Saturday, the show's general manager said that about a dozen people were treated for dehydration or heat exhaustion.

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