COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohioans across the state felt an earthquake centered in Virginia as office buildings swayed near the Statehouse and the press box shook at a Cleveland Indians game.
Some buildings were evacuated briefly Tuesday but no damages or injuries were immediately reported. Tremors were felt in the state's Appalachian region and stretched as far west as Dayton and north to Lake Erie.
Secretary of State Jon Husted says a new law should make it easier for all of Ohio’s military members serving abroad to cast ballots. Under this new law, Husted says military members will receive a kit that gives them all of the information they need to vote in Ohio. And he’s established a website, OhioMilitaryVote.com, that will provide those who serve the country abroad with the same information in the kit. Husted says this new process will make sure military members can get a ballot on the internet.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Child advocates are pushing for help for families adopting older foster children and those with serious behavioral and mental health issues.
Most states focus money on recruiting parents, but once a child is adopted, few funds are directed to supporting the new families. Ohio's program offers adoptive parents up to $10,000 for services -- a drop from $20,000.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - It appears Ohio won't get $176 million in federal stimulus money to expand its unemployment benefits.
The federal government set aside $7 billion to give to states that expanded those benefits, and the deadline is Monday. Ohio's General Assembly would have to pass a law to make those changes, but no voting session was scheduled Monday.
A spokesman for Republican Gov. John Kasich says it's unwise to make changes that will cost the state in the long run in exchange for one-time money from the federal government.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Hundreds of home-weatherization jobs are expected to be lost in Ohio as federal stimulus money runs out for programs that help low-income and elderly Ohioans with home-energy improvements.
The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies in Columbus told the state this week that agencies providing services for the Home Weatherization Assistance Program expect to lay off about 700 employees in the next six months.