Ohio http://wcbe.org en Romney To Stump In Columbus Next Week http://wcbe.org/post/romney-stump-columbus-next-week <P><SPAN lang=EN>Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is planning a more aggressive </SPAN><SPAN lang=EN>schedule of campaign events in Ohio and Colorado. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:25:07 +0000 Jim Letizia & Associated Press 23017 at http://wcbe.org Swine flu cases at Butler County Fair linked to Indiana fair http://wcbe.org/post/swine-flu-cases-butler-county-fair-linked-indiana-fair <p>The outbreak of swine flu among several dozen people who attended the Butler County Fair last week has been linked to a similar outbreak in Indiana. Health officials say up to 41 people, nearly all of them children, have become sick with symptoms similar&nbsp;to those of a swine flu strain. The southwest Ohio cases are linked to the Butler County Fair, which ended last weekend.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 21:33:06 +0000 Alison Holm & Associated Press 20025 at http://wcbe.org School Board Superintendent apologies for 'bad judgement' http://wcbe.org/post/school-board-superintendent-apologies-bad-judgement <p>Ohio&#39;s leading education official has issued a public apology after a state watchdog found that he lobbied for a Texas-based standardized testing firm last year while on the company&#39;s payroll. Superintendent Stan Heffner said he had shown bad judgment and would accept whatever punishment the Ohio Board of Education deems necessary.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 21:20:51 +0000 Alison Holm & Associated Press 20024 at http://wcbe.org Crops endangered in drought-stricken Ohio http://wcbe.org/post/crops-endangered-drought-stricken-ohio <p>The US Agriculture Department has classified an additional 218 counties and a dozen states as disaster areas due to the nation&#39;s drought. That brings this year&#39;s total to nearly 1600 counties&nbsp;in Ohio and 31 other states. More than 90% of them because of the drought. A national monitor map by the University of Nebraska shows Ohio is in a moderate drought. Ohio State University agricultural economist Matt Roberts tells statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen recent rainfall cannot reverse much of the damaged crop yields.</p><p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 21:01:17 +0000 Alison Holm & Associated Press 20023 at http://wcbe.org Residents unconvinced about benefits of a privatized Ohio Turnpike http://wcbe.org/post/residents-unconvinced-about-benefits-privatized-ohio-turnpike <p>Residents living near the Ohio Turnpike aren&#39;t convinced about the benefits state officials say would come by privatizing the toll road. The first public meeting about the plan came last night in Elyria, where Lorain County Commissioner Ted Kalo expressed concerns about increased tolls and sloppy maintenance.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 21:52:57 +0000 Alison Holm & Associated Press 19083 at http://wcbe.org Record-breaking spending in Ohio Senate campaign http://wcbe.org/post/record-breaking-spending-ohio-senate-campaign <p>Ohio&#39;s largest police union has thrown its support behind democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown in the state&#39;s closely watched campaign for U.S. Senate. It marks the first time in 24 years the fraternal order of police has endorsed a democrat for senate. In a statement, president Jay McDonald cited Brown&#39;s opposition to the governor&#39;s collective bargaining overhaul as a key factor in its endorsement. The FOP chose brown over republican opponent and state treasurer Josh Mandel. The race continues to draw attention in and outside of The Buckeye&nbsp;State. And as Ohio Public Radio&#39;s Karen Kasler&nbsp;reports, it&#39;s already setting records.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 21:27:03 +0000 Alison Holm & Ohio Public Radio 19078 at http://wcbe.org Ohio woman opens nation's first 'Death Cafe' http://wcbe.org/post/ohio-woman-opens-nations-first-death-cafe <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 13px; font-family: verdana, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 19px; ">Death is an issue few people want to talk about. One central Ohio woman wants to change that. Lizzy Miles is hosting what&#39;s believed to be the first &quot;Death Cafe&quot; in the United States tomorrow night in Westerville. Spaces for the event have already been closed so miles is taking reservations for another cafe August 23rd in Columbus. She talks about them with the Ohio Public Radio&#39;s Jo Ingles.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 21:15:32 +0000 Ohio Public Radio & Jo Ingles 19077 at http://wcbe.org Fracking protesters want changes for waste disposal http://wcbe.org/post/fracking-protesters-want-changes-waste-disposal <p>Civil disobedience is a tactic that&#39;s starting to be adopted in Ohio by at least some environmentalists protesting the oil and gas drilling method often called fracking. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 21:41:21 +0000 Ohio Public Radio & Bill Cohen 19020 at http://wcbe.org Three approved for Ohio's new inmate employment program http://wcbe.org/post/three-approved-ohios-new-inmate-employment-program <p>State prisons director Gary Mohr has approved the first three inmates for a program meant to help ex-cons find work. The program provides information to employers about an inmate&#39;s employability. Mohr says it&#39;s designed to reduce Ohio&#39;s prison population in part by reducing recidivism.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 21:53:22 +0000 Alison Holm 18536 at http://wcbe.org Decrease in toxic algae blooms expected http://wcbe.org/post/decrease-toxic-algae-blooms-expected <p>The director of Ohio State University&#39;s Sea Grant program predicts this year&#39;s toxic blue-green algae bloom in Lake Erie&#39;s Western Basin will be much smaller than last year. A team of researchers&nbsp;collaborated on a seasonal algae prediction, saying this year will be mild compared with worsening blooms over the past few years. The team says there&#39;s been less rain than usual, reducing the phosphorus from raw sewage and farm fertilizer runoff that feeds algae growth. The algae produce bacteria that can kill animals and sicken humans.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 21:18:47 +0000 Alison Holm & Associated Press 18531 at http://wcbe.org Authorities arrest suspects in multi-state telemarketing scam http://wcbe.org/post/authorities-arrest-suspects-multi-state-telemarketing-scam <p>Ohio officials say only two of the 18 indicted suspects remain at large in a telemarketing scam that allegedly stole millions from people in 41 states over the past five years. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine&#39;s office said Monday that two more members of the ring, including its alleged leader, have been arrested in the past two days - one in Florida and one in Ohio. DeWine&nbsp;says the suspects targeted land owners and led them to believe their property was worth more than it really was. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 21:05:03 +0000 Alison Holm & Associated Press 18530 at http://wcbe.org Thousands of Ohioans await power restoration http://wcbe.org/post/thousands-ohioans-await-power-restoration <p>More than half a million Ohio homes and businesses have had their electric service restored in the wake of last Friday&#39;s windstorm, but that leaves about 131,000 still without power this afternoon. That&#39;s the word from Ohio&#39;s largest electric company, American Electric Power. Ohio Public Radio&#39;s Bill Cohen talked with some folks who are now in their seventh day without electricity. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 20:43:15 +0000 Ohio Public Radio & Bill Cohen 18359 at http://wcbe.org Discounted lunches keep kids fed during summer http://wcbe.org/post/discounted-lunches-keep-kids-fed-during-summer <p>During the school year, thousands of Ohio children from low-income families receive discounted or free lunches in the cafeteria. In the summertime, some of those kids are able to get free lunches at parks and playgrounds. And as Ohio Public Radio&#39;s Bill Cohen reports, some children are even getting food to take home. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 22:14:34 +0000 Ohio Public Radio & Bill Cohen 17787 at http://wcbe.org Tax measures to be voted on by Ohioans http://wcbe.org/post/tax-measures-be-voted-ohioans <p>Much attention has been&nbsp; focused on the presidential race and other issues on the November ballot. But in 36 of the state&#39;s 88 counties, residents will be voting in an earlier election. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen explains. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 21:24:17 +0000 WYSO-FM: Bill Cohen (Ohio Public Radio) 17784 at http://wcbe.org Bridge bomb suspect wants past threat excluded from trial evidence http://wcbe.org/post/bridge-bomb-suspect-wants-past-threat-excluded-trial-evidence <p>One of five suspects charged with plotting to bomb a highway&nbsp;bridge in Ohio wants to exclude&nbsp;trial evidence that he threatened to&nbsp;bomb his seventh-grade principal. Attorney Anthony Vegh told a&nbsp;federal judge&nbsp;in Akron that information&nbsp;about the threat&nbsp;by Douglas&nbsp;Wright of Indianapolis when he was 12 years old would prejudice&nbsp;the jury. The&nbsp;judge said&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;he will take up the&nbsp;issue next month. All five men have pleaded not guilty. They allegedly tried to detonate what turned out to be a dud bomb provided&nbsp;by an informant. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 21:06:36 +0000 Associated Press 17614 at http://wcbe.org Ohio's Attorney General offers staff for mediation assistance http://wcbe.org/post/ohios-attorney-general-offers-staff-mediation-assistance <p>Ohio&#39;s Attorney General is offering to have his staff mediate&nbsp;disputes between local&nbsp;governments and&nbsp;citizens who are&nbsp;demanding they&nbsp;turn over public records. A.G. Mike DeWine&nbsp;talks about&nbsp;his offer&nbsp;in this interview with statehouse correspondent&nbsp;Bill Cohen.</p><p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 21:04:41 +0000 Ohio Public Radio 17537 at http://wcbe.org Ohio commemorates War of 1812 during 200-year anniversary http://wcbe.org/post/ohio-commemorates-war-1812-during-200-year-anniversary <p>It was 200 years ago that the&nbsp;War of 1812 broke out and since Ohio&nbsp;was in the&nbsp;thick of the conflict, the&nbsp;state today launched&nbsp;a year long commemoration of the event. Statehouse correspondent&nbsp;Bill Cohen was on-hand for the ceremony in the capital building.</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:12:39 +0000 Ohio Public Radio 17406 at http://wcbe.org Ohio tax revenues projected to top pre-recession levels http://wcbe.org/post/ohio-tax-revenues-projected-top-pre-recession-levels <p>Ohio is one&nbsp;of several states projecting increased tax revenues for the&nbsp;upcoming fiscal year.&nbsp;&nbsp;Jim Letizia&nbsp;reports.&nbsp;</p><p>States expect to collect&nbsp;higher tax revenues&nbsp;in the coming budget year that combined would&nbsp;top pre-recession levels, according to a survey by the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 21:03:26 +0000 Jim Letizia 17157 at http://wcbe.org