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Statewide News, Education
10:43 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Test Shows Only 28% of Ohio Students College-Ready

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Results of ACT college-admission tests suggest that nearly three-quarters of Ohio high school graduates aren't completely prepared for college.

Test results released today show that only 28 percent of test-takers in the Class of 2011 at Ohio public and private high schools met college readiness standards in English, reading, math and science.

The state beat the national readiness score of 25 percent.

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Statewide News
8:43 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Sentencing for 2 Convicted in Ohio Pot Farm Case

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A judge is scheduled to sentence the final two defendants today in a marijuana case that state investigators have called an example of cartel-sponsored drug production. All 11 men arrested last September after a sweep of a growing operation in Muskingum County have pleaded guilty.

Statewide News, Politics
8:39 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Gun-Buyer Background Checks Up 17.7% in Ohio

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DAYTON, Ohio - Ohio has seen a jump in FBI background checks on prospective gun buyers this year.

The Dayton Daily News reports the FBI ran nearly 248,000 checks for firearm purchases in Ohio during the first seven months of this year, according to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The number was up 17.7 percent from the same period in 2010.

Statewide News, Education
8:24 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Applications Trail Available Ohio School Vouchers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio has received far fewer applications than the number of vouchers available for transferring students to private schools from poor-performing public ones.

Although 30,000 vouchers were offered, The Columbus Dispatch reports only more than 17,000 requests for vouchers were turned in by this past Monday's deadline. A provision in the state budget signed at the end of June offered a 16,000 voucher increase of the private school scholarships.

Statewide News
7:39 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Group: Data Shows Jump in Ohio Child Poverty Rate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio child advocacy group says data being released Wednesday shows that the state's child poverty rate increased nearly 50 percent over eight years.

The Children's Defense Fund-Ohio says in the 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book, the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that the state's 2009 child poverty rate was 22 percent, a 46 percent increase over 2001.

Overall, Ohio ranked 29th among the states in indicators of child health and well-being, the same as last year.

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