Chris Widener

A newspaper reports a state senator backed Ohio legislative actions that eventually benefited a nonprofit he co-founded by more than $800,000.

Bob Evans Farms is partnering with Springfield's Global Impact Stem Academy. The restaurant chain plans to offer internships and curriculum development for the academy.

State Senator Chris Widener says the partnership with Bob Evans will give students a rare opportunity to get first hand experience in the food and farm industries.

Springfield City Schools have entered into a partnership with Clark State Community College, Wright State University and the Dayton Development Coalition to develop the state's first bioscience academy.

The academy will prepare students to compete for jobs in the agricultural science field.

State Budget Sends Mixed News For Ohio Arts Council

Jul 15, 2011

In PoliticsOhio this week, Emily McCord spoke to Karen Kasler from Ohio Public Radio's Statehouse News Bureau. Kasler reported on a story this week on how the state budget is impacting the Ohio Arts Council. It received more money but there are strings attached to how that money can be used, and according to the OAC, that's unique in the state. Kasler breaks down what happened and the implications.