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7:03 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Rally supports possible Ohio texting ban

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Lawmakers, police and families have met on the lawn of the Ohio Statehouse to rally in support of a measure to ban texting while driving.

An estimated 75 people showed up to bolster the bill, which would make it a minor misdemeanor to text while driving.

The proposal's sponsors were joined by representatives of central Ohio police departments, local politicians and the daughter of a man killed when he was hit by a texting driver.

Statewide News
7:01 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Ohio gov prepared to defend natural gas drilling

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Governor John Kasich  says he's prepared to talk to people in bars, hotels and salons about the economic impacts of natural gas drilling to combat misconceptions about hydraulic fracturing.

Officials say a major natural gas deposit in eastern Ohio could create thousands of jobs.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process through which chemical-laced water is injected deep underground to break up shale rock and allow natural gas to escape.

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Statewide News
4:09 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Change In Audit Fee Worries Strapped Communities

School districts and townships are outraged at the change in the rate of state auditors to $41 an hour – some were paying more than that, but some were paying less. But Sue Cave is the executive director of the Ohio Municipal League says her membership had mixed reactions.

“When you take a look at the fee that they developed, you’ll find that it affects different communities in different ways. So some of them will receive a larger increase than others,” says Cave.

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Statewide News
5:14 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Census: Ohio poverty at more than 30-year high

A new census report shows Ohio's poverty rate is the highest in more than 30 years, and median household incomes are at their lowest levels in more than a quarter century.

Commerce National Bank chief economic adviser James Newton tells The Columbus Dispatch the census survey released Tuesday reflects the hits the state has taken from the recession, the loss of manufacturing jobs and other factors.

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Statewide News
12:07 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Kasich Honors Ohio Firefighers

The governor honored Ohio firefighters killed in the line of duty one day after the nation remembered first responders who died in the 9/11 terror attacks a decade ago.

Gov. John Kasich took part in a wreath-laying for fallen Ohio firefighters Monday in the courtyard at the state fire marshal's office in suburban Columbus.