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1:51 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Ohio Prison Guards Union Seeks Additional Officiers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The union representing Ohio prison guards wants an extra 400 officers to combat what it calls a sharp increase in the number of serious assaults by inmates on staff.

The union says an upcoming state budget proposal of 89 officers at three individual prisons is not enough and will lead to more injuries and added workers' comp and overtime costs.

The Ohio Civil Service Employees Association said Thursday the major assault rate has hit a 7-year high even as nearly 850 guard positions have been cut.

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Statewide News
6:25 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Gay Marriage Supporters Push For Legalization In Springfield

Michael Premo, Why Marriage Matters
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The latest Town Hall style meeting regarding marriage equality in Ohio took place  in Springfield Wednesday. Leaders from two organizations fighting to make gay marriage legal in Ohio discussed how the next two years will be crucial in making that dream a reality.

Why Marriage Matters Ohio and Equality Ohio have held several Town Hall style meetings to push for legalizing gay marriage.

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Statewide News
3:24 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Ohio Spends Another $2 Million For Road Salt

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio officials have approved spending another $2 million on road salt to replenish supplies used during the long, snowy winter.

The state Controlling Board on Monday granted the request from the Ohio Department of Transportation was for more than $2 million to buy about 30,000 tons of salt from Cargill De-Icing Technology Inc. and Morton Salt Inc. 

Documents show the state is paying about $73.88 per ton for 20,000 tons from Cargill, and $56.75 a ton for another 10,000 tons from Morton.

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Statewide News
5:17 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Kasich Releases State Capital Budget

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On Tuesday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich released a nearly $2.4 billion state construction budget. Included in the budget: funding for a host of community, school, park and prison projects. Quick action is expected on the budget bill put out by Kasich and state legislative leaders.

The bill directs $675 million toward primary and secondary schools and $450 million toward public colleges and universities for repairs, renovations and new buildings.

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Statewide News
7:13 am
Wed March 19, 2014

ODOT: This Winter Is 'Record Smashing'

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Polar vortexes, lengthy cold snaps, blasting windchills…essentially it’s been a winter wonderland turned arctic nightmare for many in Ohio, especially motorists.

ODOT spokesman Steve Faulkner says he’s been tracking his department’s efforts to keep highways and streets clear and safe since the first snow event in mid-October.  Flash-forward to late March, and what do state road crews have to show for it?

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