Statewide News

Statewide News
8:18 am
Thu November 17, 2011

State Reaches Tentative Agreement with Ohio Union

Ohio's largest state employee union says it's reached a tentative deal with state officials to extend its current contract until 2015.

Leaders in the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association credited last week's defeat of a contentious collective bargaining law with allowing them to better negotiate their contract.

The tentative agreement will retain all current contract provisions between the union and the state. It doesn't include furlough days or personal leave that were in the current agreement that is set to expire at the end of February.

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Statewide News
8:16 am
Thu November 17, 2011

New Jobs Coming to Northern Ohio

New jobs are coming to Northern Ohio - Chrysler says it will add 1,100 jobs at an Ohio assembly complex as part of a $1.7 billion investment to build a new Jeep sport utility vehicle.

The automaker said Wednesday that includes $500 million to expand its Toledo assembly plant and add a body shop. State and local officials signed off on incentives for the project.

Chrysler Group LLC sought millions to enlarge the plant where it makes the Jeep Liberty and Wrangler and the Dodge Nitro. It plans to add the new shift by late 2013.

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Statewide News
4:45 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Ohio Goes Back Years To Recover Welfare Overpayments

Thousands of Ohio welfare recipients who were overpaid more than 10 years ago are being informed that they will have to repay that money to the state.

The overpayments are not the result of fraud, and most resulted from administrative errors by government workers, The Columbus Dispatch (reported Wednesday. An example would be a welfare recipient who might have reported a change in income to his caseworker that would have reduced the benefit, but that information wasn't logged before the monthly check was mailed, the newspaper reported.

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Poverty
4:40 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Advocates Predict Ohio Homelessness Will Worsen

Advocates trying to solve Ohio's problem of homelessness predict it will get worse in the coming months. Bill Faith heads the Coalition on Housing and Homelessness in Ohio. He says federal money to help the homeless is running out.

"Ohio got its share of money, almost 66 million dollars, that since 2010 has been used to prevent homelessness for thousands of Ohioans who were on the edge, but that money is beginning to dry up," says Faith.

Statewide News
9:22 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Senator: Ohio Abortion 'Heartbeat' Bill in Review

The Republican leader of the Ohio Senate says it is too soon to say whether his chamber would vote before
the end of the year on a bill that would ban abortions in the state after the first detectable heartbeat.

Senate President Tom Niehaus said Tuesday that a group of lawmakers he's convened continues to research the measure.

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