Ohio farmers say they're enjoying a better than expected harvest following a growing season with one challenge after another.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation spokesman Joe Cornely says corn and soybeans yields should be fairly normal, despite conditions he says could have spelled "out and out disaster."
The Columbus Dispatch reports farmers first had to deal with a rainy spring that hampered planting. Then, a sizzling summer was hard on crops, and that was followed by a cool and wet September that fostered disease.
Ohio will be part of the Super Tuesday presidential primary in March 2010. Attempts to move that primary to May were unsuccessful so that means the Ohio Republican Party had to make a change to its bylaws in the way it handles delegates to the national convention next summer. It’s doing that because of rules set by the national party. So, as Ohio Republican Party Chair Kevin DeWine explains, instead of allowing the winner of the Ohio primary to get all of the delegate votes, the State’s Republican party will now have to allow proportional delegates.
School and local government employees belonging to more than 550 health insurance plans across Ohio will see their share of health care costs rise if voters approve a collective bargaining law this fall, state data show.
Opponents say the union-limiting bill will hurt tens of thousands of average workers around the state. Supporters argue having employees pay a bigger share of their health care costs will save government money and align more fairly with the private sector.
The new law will require public employees to pay 15% health-care costs.
Polling sites in 20 counties will get permanent upgrades to assist Ohio voters with disabilities under newly released federal grant money.
Secretary of State Jon Husted said Tuesday that about $100,000 in grants will go to county boards of elections to improve access for voters with disabilities.
The funds were made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Help America Vote Act. Individual grant amounts range from $40 to $15,000 for improvements in 92 precincts.
Ohioans can cast an early ballot for the Nov. 8 election starting Tuesday.
Voters this fall will decide whether the state should toss out a law governing public employee unions that was passed this spring. The measure limits the collective bargaining abilities of more than 350,000 teachers, nurses, firefighters, police and other public workers around the state.
Another question facing voters is whether the state's constitution should be amended to prohibit governments from requiring Ohioans to buy health insurance.