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Statewide News
7:04 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Ohio Issuing Fewer Replacement Food Stamp Cards

The number of replacement food stamp cards issued by the state of Ohio is down - meaning fewer were lost, stolen and used fraudulently.

State data show Ohio issued nearly 328 thousand replacement electronic benefit cards in 2013, down 8 percent from 2012. During that period, participation in the program increased.

Food stamp benefits are uploaded monthly on benefit transfer cards, which are similar to debit cards and require a personal identification number.

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Education
6:04 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Principals Placed On Leave Following Ohio School Audit

Columbus school officials say they are taking steps to fire four principals who the district says were associated with student record-keeping problems.

Superintendent Dan Good made the announcement Tuesday. It came on the heels of the Ohio auditor's investigation into attendance data scrubbing at the state's largest school district.

Good says letters sent Tuesday tell the four principals that they are being placed on unpaid leave and recommended for termination.

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Statewide News
12:08 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Governor Kasich: Ohio Should Allow More School Calamity Days

Republican state Reps. Tony Burkley and Brian Hill have introduced a plan to add four calamity days this year following a call from Gov. Kasich  who said many schools have exhausted their five allowable days off for snow or bad weather, or soon will. 

John Charlton at the Ohio Department of Education explains the Governor thinks many schools are going to exhaust the five calamity days now currently allowed by law. And Charlton says the hope is the extra calamity days will make it safer for school children.

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The Economy & Business
7:04 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Ford To Use Rotating Shifts To Avoid Ohio Layoffs

Ford Motor Company will use rotating shifts - two weeks on, two weeks off - to avoid indefinite layoffs at its assembly plant, located west of Cleveland.

Ford said Monday that rotating shifts for 1,000 workers at its Avon Lake plant will begin in August and continue until a new product launch in 2015.

The auto maker says rotating shifts will mean most Avon Lake workers will get 74 percent to 100 percent of regular fulltime pay.

The Economy & Business
6:04 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Meijer To Build Dairy Production Plant In Tipp City

Midwest regional grocery chain Meijer plans to add a dairy production plant to its Ohio presence.

The Mich.-based company says it will put its first Ohio dairy production facility in Tipp City. Meijer already has a distribution center there.

State, regional and local officials are celebrating the plans for a plant expected to employ 103 people and mark a $100 million investment in the western Ohio community.

Meijer says it has 42 stores in Ohio.

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