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8:04 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Ohio Cities Send Reps To Check Out GOP Convention

Representatives of Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland went to Washington to chat with Republican officials who will choose the site for their 2016 convention.

The three Ohio cities are in the running to host the convention, and the meetings Monday were informal sessions for GOP officials to answer questions about the process.

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges said the meetings were an opportunity for the cities to "get the real lowdown on what it's going to take," according to The Columbus Dispatch.

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Education
4:32 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

High School Seniors Could Skip Make-Up Days Under Ohio Bill

An Ohio proposal would let high school seniors be excused from certain school days their district must make up because of weather-related closures.

Under the Senate bill, districts could let seniors skip the make-up days if they are slated to occur after their scheduled graduation ceremonies. The bill, which was introduced last week, would only apply to the current school year.

Many schools have exhausted their five allowable days off for snow or bad weather, meaning they have to extend the school year with makeup days.

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Agriculture
4:04 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Bitter Winter Affecting Ohio Growers

The bitterly cold winter is making things tougher for Ohio growers - and that could translate to higher food prices later in the year.

The sub-zero temperatures have caused Ohio wine-grape, blackberry and peach growers to lose much of this year's crop, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

The value of the crops lost to the cold weather hasn't been determined. Laboratories are analyzing grapevines, blackberry canes and strawberry plants for damage. And, of course, the winter is not over yet.

The Environment
7:04 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Ohio State Park Tries Crackdown On Feeding Animals

Officials concerned about the growing population of cats roaming an area state park say they're trying to crack down on people illegally feeding animals or abandoning their pets there.

The Springfield News-Sun reports officials have stepped up patrols and posted signs warning visitors not to feed animals at Buck Creek State Park.

The local humane society's director says food left out can attract animals that pose more danger, such as coyotes.

A park law enforcement official says cutting off the improper food supply will help persuade the animals to move on.

Statewide News
6:35 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Ohio's Senators Want To Discuss Plant's Future

Ohio's senators want to meet with the U.S. energy secretary to promote a uranium enrichment project in southern Ohio.

Sens. Rob Portman, a Republican and Cleveland Democrat Sherrod Brown recently wrote jointly to Secretary Ernest Moniz, saying they'd like to get a project progress update, discuss its future, and ask how they can help the Department of Energy.

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