Ohio

Republican Mitt Romney is bringing his presidential campaign back to the battleground state of Ohio.

The former Massachusetts governor will be in northwest Ohio today for a fundraiser in Toledo, before speaking at a town hall meeting at the Bowling Green Community Center.

It's a busy campaign week in Ohio. President Barack Obama was in Cincinnati on Monday and Vice President Joe Biden will return tomorrow with a visit to a labor union in Columbus.
 

The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate the train derailment in Columbus yesterday. Most of the people who were evacuated yesterday have returned to their homes.

National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Waynur says the train appeared to have a clear signal when it went into the area where cars derailed.  And Waynur says preliminary reports show speed was not a factor.

Ohio officials say more than 200,000 residents around the state are still without power days after two weekend thunderstorms left many in the dark.

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency released new figures Wednesday afternoon that add several thousand customers from Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives to the tally.  The bulk of the outages still belong to customers of American Electric Power.

Dayton Power & Light is reporting just a handful of outages in the listening area now and plan to have it all back online by this evening.

President Barack Obama departs on a two-day bus tour of Ohio and Pennsylvania today, defending his economic policies and and his decision to rescue U.S. automakers while raising questions about Republican Mitt Romney's business record. 

The president's 250-mile "Betting on America" bus tour will pass through several Northern Ohio communities where he received strong support in 2008.  The tour will also take him into Western Pennsylvania, with a stop in Pittsburgh.

New Ohio Guide: Where North Meets South

Jun 3, 2012
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The Pontifical College Josephinum is one of more than 180 Roman Catholic seminaries in the United States. But it’s the only seminary in the U.S. that’s run by the Vatican.

"There are only 15 pontifical seminaries in the world. 14 of them are in Italy and then Columbus, Ohio. That makes us a unique seminary in the United States," says Father James Wehner, the Josephinum’s president.

About 200 men are enrolled at the Josephinum. While the seminary offers academic degrees, Wehner says there’s a larger purpose.

Ohio is one of eight states that no longer have to meet all the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, but with a caveat.

More than a decade ago the No Child Left Behind Act ushered in a new era of education reform, including the requirement that all students be proficient in reading and math by 2014.  Many states have fought for repeal, calling the law unrealistic.  It remains in place but the Obama Administration has given states a way around some of the requirements, allowing states to apply for waivers.

Joseph Lee Novak

Ohiohas launched its $1.8 billion road construction season for 2012 involving about 800 projects to preserve existing roadways and bridges.

Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray announced the plans Tuesday, noting $1.6 billion more is needed for additional phases of 35 major new expansion projects.

The department says the 800 projects include resurfacing 3,700 miles of interstate and state routes and repairs or upgrades to several bridges, culverts, guardrails, interchanges and hillsides.

Results from the Primaries being held in Ohio on March 6, 2012 - updated throughout the day as results come in.

     A Girl Scout troop that provides pillows and pillow cases to a northeast Ohio homeless shelter is among five recipients of state awards given in memory of Martin Luther King Jr.

     Scouts in Troop 397 in Lake Milton say their annual donation to a Youngstown shelter was inspired by King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The girls reasoned that in order to have a dream, a person needs a pillow.

     They were recognized on Wednesday at the state's annual King commemorative celebration in Columbus, coming ahead of Monday's King Holiday.

Here are this morning's results on Statewide Ballot Issues:

Issue 1 (Proposed Constitutional Amendment to increase the maximum age at which a person may be elected or appointed judge and eliminate certain authorities)

NO: 62.03% (2,036,080 votes)
YES: 37.97% (1,246,535)

Issue 2 (Proposed Referendum to repeal Senate Bill 5)

NO: 61.33% (2,145,042 votes)
YES: 38.67% (1,352,366 votes)

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