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Statewide News
4:31 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Home Sales in July Positive Indicator for Ohio's Economy

Home sales in Ohio moved up for the 25th straight month and that’s seen by some as a positive indicator for the state’s economy.  

In July more than 13,ooo homes sold; a 25.8 percent increase over sales reported a year ago at that time, and July’s highest sales figures since 2005.

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Statewide News
8:35 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Youth Suicide Prevention Law Now In Effect In Ohio

As Ohio kids head back to school, the adults they interact with in school will have new training under a law that’s designed to stop teen suicide.

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Statewide News
5:35 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Ohio Aiming To Raise Child Support Collection

A statewide effort to collect more child support from parents is seeing mixed results from county to county in Ohio.

Child-support experts tell The Columbus Dispatch that the main reason is funding.

They say the number of cases each child-support caseworker deals with varies by county because of funding from each county.

Around the state, Geauga and Delaware counties each collected over 80 percent of the child-support money owed in the last fiscal year.

The statewide average was 66 percent.

Statewide News
3:02 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Algal Blooms May Take Hit From Cooler Weather, Farm Methods

The green scum shown in this image is the worst algae bloom Lake Erie has experienced in decades. Vibrant green filaments extend out from the northern shore.
Credit NASA Earth Observatory

Algal blooms are once again causing problems for lakes and streams in Ohio this summer. But farmers are combating the situation, and so far, they’re getting some help from the weather.

When rain falls on farm fields that have been treated with fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorus, whatever chemicals haven't soaked deep enough into the soil, or made their way into the crops, can end up in nearby streams and lakes. That runoff is feeding nutrients to harmful algal blooms. 

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1:06 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

SNAP Program in Trouble as Congress Attempts to Overhaul Farm Bill

Clark County and many other agricultural areas around the country are bracing themselves for the possibility of major cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.  The House and Senate voted recently to cut funding for food stamps as part of major changes to the farm bill.

Joel Potts, of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, says SNAP is important to many families who count on the benefit to put food on the table, particularly in rural, farm areas.

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