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Washington Times… Obama, Clinton blew Benghazi response: Republican report
By Stephen Dinan - Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - House Republicans have concluded that the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies bear no blame for failing to halt the terrorist assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year, releasing a report Tuesday that said President Obama and the State Department set up the military for failure. The report also found that plenty of intelligence presaged the attack, but the White... read more.
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Court News Ohio… Lawyers Working for Multiple Firms Permissible, By Bret Crow
April 12, 2013 - Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline changed perspective on lawyers practicing with more than one firm in Ohio at the same time. The Ohio Supreme Court Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline no longer advises that a lawyer may not practice with more than one firm in Ohio at the same time, according to an advisory opinion. Finding “substantial justification for a new perspective... read more.
Versailles man injured in ATV accident
On April 27, 2013 at approximately 10:58 PM Darke County Deputies along with Versailles Fire, Ansonia Rescue, and CareFlight responded to the intersection of Greenville-St. Mary's Road and Burns Road on a report of a 3-wheeler ATV injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a Suzuki 3-wheeler ATV, operated by Charles Francis, 25, of Versailles was traveling West on Burns Road and struck a guardrail at the intersection of Greenville-St. Mary's Road.  Francis was ejected from the ATV... read more.
One Year Later, "Brutus" Makes a Difference at Grand Lake St. Marys
New dredge pumped more than 123,000 cubic yards of sediment out of lake
CELINA, OH – More than a year after being put into service, “Brutus,” a 57-ton dredge, has helped increase the amount of sediment removed from Grand Lake St. Marys, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The department removed a record 289,000 cubic yards from the lake last year. “Utilizing Brutus has greatly improved our efforts to remove... read more.
USA Today… Boehner-led cost-cutting saving millions in the House, by Susan Davis
April 25, 2013 - WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives will spend 15% less on its own operations this year than it did three years ago under a cost-cutting effort launched by Speaker John Boehner that is on pace to save taxpayers more than $400 million by the end of this year. When Republicans took control of the House in January 2011, Boehner, the new speaker, said cutting House spending would be a priority. Since then, House lawmakers have seen a nearly 20% decrease... read more.
Cincinnati Enquirer…Delays predicted in Common Core success
Apr. 22, 2013–There’s good news and bad news about the rise of the Common Core, that new system of math and English standards people hope will reshape and restore American education. The good news: the Common Core’s tougher tests and higher standards in most grades will likely push teachers and students to stretch further academically than they would have under current academic standards. Ultimately more kids may make it to college or a career well prepared, many experts say. But until then... read more.
The Weekly Standard…The Fractured Left
Good news on natural gas is bad news for a Democratic party full of environmental true-believers
Much has been said recently about the deep tensions within the Republican party. Far less has been said about a sharp division arising inside the Democratic party. That latter tension was front and center recently when former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Daily News drawing on his experience overseeing extensive natural gas... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine…Training Video sent to All Ohio School Districts
Video entitled "School Shootings: How to be Aware, Prepare, and be a First Responder in a Crisis"
(LONDON, Ohio) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today he is sending a training video to every school district in Ohio to arm administrators, teachers, and school employees with knowledge should they ever face a school shooting crisis. "Quite frankly, I hope it's knowledge no one in Ohio will ever have to use from this day... read more.
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Darke County Republican Women…Chief Justice French speaks to DCRW
French spoke about some of the experiences during the appointment process and said this is a great time for women in the legal/court system, particularly with this being the first time the Chief Justice of Ohio has been a woman. "The beauty of the building literally brought tears to my eyes, the first day I entered." explained French. She said that information is provided regarding the court, the judicial system, and the education center ... read more.
New York Times… Conservative Koch Brothers Turning Focus to Newspapers
Supporters of libertarian causes, held a seminar of like-minded, wealthy political donors at the St. Regis Resort in Aspen, Colo. They laid out a three-pronged, 10-year strategy to shift the country toward a smaller government with less regulation and taxes. The first two pieces of the strategy — educating grass-roots activists and influencing politics — were not surprising, given the money they have given to policy institutes and political action groups. But the third one was: media... read more.
Watchdog.org… Florida experts say as power of blogs grow, so may regulations, By Marianela Toledo
April 19, 2013 - MIAMI — Blogs may be one of the last vestiges of the independent press, but as their influence grows, so could regulations. The impact of blogs became evident when the Federal Trade Commission stepped in with guidelines on their use recently. “The Federal Trade Commission’s guidelines are just the beginning of the regulations that will establish the rules for the content of blogs,” said Alejandro Alvarado, a Florida International University journalism professor and director of... read more.
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Senate Provides Funds for Job Training, Workforce Development
COLUMBUS– The Ohio Senate today passed Senate Bill 1, sponsored by State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City), which aims at helping Ohio’s unemployed and underemployed find work through continued education and job training. The bill, which Senator Beagle jointly sponsored with State Senator Troy Balderson (R–Zanesville), authorizes a revolving fund, which will provide loans to Ohioans who need additional job training. The loans will be distributed through... read more.
Tax-News… Congress Studies US Financial Products Tax Reform, by Mike Godfrey
25 March 2013 - Led by its Chairman Pat Tiberi (R – Ohio), the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures has held a hearing on the draft proposals released by the United States House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee's Chairman Dave Camp (R – Michigan) on financial products tax reform. As part of its discussions on comprehensive tax reform, the Ways and Means Committee released a discussion draft on January 24, 2013, of one specific component of broader tax reform... read more.
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Mercer County Sheriff's Office… Mercer County Deputy arrested, terminated
Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today the termination of Court House Deputy Mark Germann.  Germann has been employed by the Sheriff’s Office since April 18, 1988.  On March 29, 2013 he retired, but wished to remain employed and was allowed to do so.  Deputy Germann started as a new probationary employee on April 1, 2013. The termination is the result of Deputy Germann’s arrest by the Van Wert Post of... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff’s Department…Darke County Most Wanted Captured after standoff with Deputies
On April 20, 2013 at 7:42 P. M. Darke County Deputy’s were dispatched to 205 N. Bridge St. in Gettysburg, Ohio on a tip that a suspect in the Tuesday home invasion in Greenville was located there. Mackenzie Gorrell, 20, of Greenville was located at the address but refused to exit the apartment. Gorrell was believed to be armed and
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Court News Ohio…Ohio Supreme Court Law Library Hosts Talk about Dog Fighting, By Jenna Gant
April 18, 2013–Known as “Ace Ventura” among his colleagues, retired Sergeant David Hunt of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, one of the country’s foremost experts on dog fighting, was a featured guest speaker today at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center. The Ohio Supreme Court Law Library hosted Hunt for American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal’s “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.”  Hunt said dog fighting became notorious when pro football player Michael Vick was... read more.
The Hill… EPA release of farmers' personal information appalling, By Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio)
04/18/13 - Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that they mistakenly released personal information of thousands of farmers to environmental groups in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. This breach of confidentiality resulted from the agency’s desire to appease environmentalists, and I am appalled that the EPA would be so careless with the personal information of these hardworking farmers. In 2011, the EPA proposed a rule that... read more.
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Mercer County Sheriff’s Office… Officer involved shooting ruled justified
Grey says shooting a homicide, not murder as reported - Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today that the Sheriff’s Office investigation into the officer involved shooting in Celina has been completed.  A Press Conference was held at 9:00 AM this morning to announce the facts of the investigation. First, in order to clarify a mistake by the Celina Daily Standard, Sheriff Grey announced that the investigation was never... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal… Top 10 states for parent involvement in education, By Tristan Navera
Ohio scored a high ranking from the Center for Education Reform for the amount of involvement parents can have in their children’s education. The state took fourth place in the Center’s “Parent Power Index” which ranks states based on the number of school choices, teacher quality, transparency of schools for information, and online learning options available to parents. Among the qualities of the state, the Center praised the... read more.
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Court News Ohio...Lawyers Texting for Clients Deemed OK by Disciplinary Board, By Bret Crow
April 11, 2013–Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline advisory opinion addresses texting between lawyers and prospective clients.Ohio lawyers can text prospective clients if they comply with applicable rules and abide by restrictions, according to an Ohio Supreme Court Board of Commissioners on Grievances... read more.
Columbus Dispatch...JobsOhio writes checks to state for $8.4 million
Turns out you kept JobsOhio afloat with about $8 million for the agency’s first 19 months. Yesterday, a Kasich administration official confirmed that JobsOhio, Gov. John Kasich’s privatized development agency, recently repaid the state$8.4 million — fulfilling a March 19 promise to return all public funds JobsOhio received since opening its doors on July 5, 2011. Lyn Tolan, the Development Services Agency’s new deputy director, itemized the state’s public funding of JobsOhio to The Dispatch yesterday. The ... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff’s Department...Two Darke County accidents; one resulting in a fatality
On April 19, 2013 at approximately 0903 am Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Fire, Ansonia Rescue, and Union City Rescue was dispatched to the 2700 block of Beamsville Union City Road in reference to a single vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a green 2000 Ford Taurus driven by Teresa Corn, 55, Union City Indiana was eastbound on Beamsville Union City Road.  Ms. Corn’s vehicle traveled off the left side of... read more.
WTOP… Lawmakers increase travel as rest of country deals with budget cuts
By Sara Carter, John Solomon and Phillip Swarts - Thursday - 4/11/2013 While the rest of Congress was struggling to avoid the dreaded fiscal cliff late last year, then-Sen. John Kerry whisked off to London with a top aide. It was a classic farewell trip for a veteran Democrat about to become America’s next secretary of state. What wasn’t classic was the cost to taxpayers: $17,500 for two airline tickets to London that normally cost just $3,000. Across the Capitol, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor... read more.
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DC Crime Stoppers… Two new fugitives: Mackenzie Gorrell and an Unknown Accomplice
CrimeStoppers Alert: Two new fugitives have been added to the Darke County Most Wanted list. These suspects are wanted in connection with a recent armed robbery out of Greenville. We need to get these guys off the streets and behind bars where they belong. Please share their profiles below with everyone you know. Rewards are available on both. Mackenzie Lee Gorrell. Wanted for: April 2013 – Warrant for 1 count of Aggravated Robbery ... read more.
Fox News… New science standards have educational publishers turning the page
Apr 12, 2013 - The release of proposed new national science standards, including the emphasis of manmade climate change, will alter the classroom landscape for millions of students in the United States, as well as for at least one education publisher readying for the "major" undertaking. The Next Generation Science Standards, which were released Tuesday after development by 26 states and several national scientific organizations, recommend that educators for the first time identify climate change as... read more.
Pewstates… New State Gun Laws Show Power of One-Party Control, By Maggie Clark
Gun rights activist Siri Davidson carries her AR-15 as she walks toward the Utah State Capitol at a gun rights rally on March 2. So far this year, 15 states have adopted laws to loosen gun restrictions and four states have passed laws to tighten gun regulations. (AP) New this year: South Dakotans can now carry concealed pistols while riding their snowmobiles. And Arkansas and North Dakota residents are now free to bring their guns to church, as long as their pastors say it’s alright... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal… OSU grads make best-paid list
Graduates of The Ohio State University engineering school made NerdWallet Inc.’s new list of 25 schools with the best-paid graduates. The Ohio State students earn an average of $59,468 upon graduation and ranked No. 22. Ohio State was the only Ohio college on the list. The financial planning site based its findings on senior exit surveys at 100 schools. Carnegie Mellon University programs account for five of the Top 25. Carnegie Mellon School... read more.
Attorney General DeWine Announces Guilty Verdict in Patient Abuse Case
(TOLEDO, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that a Lucas County Common Pleas Court jury has returned a guilty verdict in the case of a former nurse's aide accused of abusing a patient. Tacarra Bryson was convicted of one felony count of patient abuse. The 31-year-old was working at Liberty West Nursing Center in Toledo when she engaged in an altercation with a patient in February 2012.  The aide was convicted of throwing the patient to the ground and... read more.
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Mercer County Sheriff's Office… Osgood resident missing, found dead
Celina, Ohio:  Mercer County Sheriff Grey reports his Office received a call on Saturday April 13, 2013 at 2:09 AM from a third party caller.  The caller reported a male had reportedly ingested some sort of powder, became paranoid and crawled out a window wearing only boxer shorts and a T-shirt and ran away.  The third party caller also indicated over two hours had passed before she received a call from the person who last saw the male.  The... read more.
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Christian Science Monitor… Boston Marathon tragedy: 2 dead, at least 28 injured in blasts
By Mark Trumbull, Staff writer, Eoin O'Carroll, Staff writer - April 15, 2013 - The Boston Marathon finish line was the scene of two large explosions Monday that killed at least two people and injured many more. A third explosion occurred at JFK Presidential Library, several miles away. BOSTON - Two explosions near the finish line brought a tragic halt to the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon while the race was still in progress. A third... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine…  "Buy-Here-Pay-Here" Car Dealer charged with Law Violations
What to look for when buying a used car - (COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced a lawsuit against Dads Car Lot Inc. and its owners William D. Taylor Sr. and Gary Jones. The lawsuit charges the Pickerington used car dealer with multiple violations of Ohio's consumer laws. "Buying a car is a major purchase for most consumers and they rightly expect to be treated fairly according to the law," DeWine said... read more.
Columbus Dispatch...DeWine going after Internet cafes, By Alan Johnson
Thursday April 11, 2013 – Armed with an appellate court ruling that Internet sweepstakes cafes are illegal gambling, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said he’s going after them statewide. DeWine said yesterday that he’s tired of waiting for state lawmakers to act on legislation regulating or eliminating the 820 Internet cafe operations in the state. “We now have a decision out of the 8th District Court of Appeals which says these places are illegal,” DeWine told The Dispatch. “We’re going to take that... read more.
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U.S. Congressman John Boehner...President’s Budget: “It Is Time for Washington to Deal with Its Spending Problem”...Video of Press Conference
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) made the following remarks at a press conference with Republican leaders today discussing President Obama’s budget: “House Republicans passed a balanced budget that will help foster a healthier economy and to help create jobs.  Unfortunately, the... read more.
The Washington Times… Insurers can’t charge more for smokers in health exchanges, By Matthew Cella
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - The board charged with implementing federal health care reforms in the District has voted to prohibit insurance companies from charging higher premiums to cigarette smokers, adding the city to a handful of states rejecting such surcharges because of the effect they have on poor families who are more likely to smoke. The D.C. Health Benefit Exchange executive board voted Monday to join Rhode Island, Vermont and Massachusetts in eliminating smoking premiums... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff’s Office… Woman Robbed with a Knife
Union City-- On Saturday April 13, 2013 at approximately 12:39 am, Darke County Deputies responded to an armed robbery at the trailer court located at 503 Beamsville-Union City Road. Preliminary investigation revealed 67 year old Judith Tacy was inside her residence sitting in a chair when an unknown male entered her residence through the unlocked side door with a large knife and held it to her throat demanding her money and her medication... read more.
Pewstates...Obama Budget Calls for More Competitive Grants, By Jake Grovum, Staff Writer
President Barack Obama’s budget, released Wednesday, envisions a revamped relationship between the federal government and the states, calling for principles from the competitive Race to the Top education program to be applied to more federal grant programs.
Throughout the White House budget, there are hopeful references to trimming wasteful and inefficient spending, and one path touted toward those ends is a proposal to expand the ideas inherent in Race to the Top to other programs. The original Race... read more.
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Ohio Chamber of Commerce...Darke County Chamber wins 2012 Best Advocacy Campaign Award
 Columbus, OH – The Ohio Chamber of Commerce awarded the Darke County Chamber of Commerce with the 2013 Best Advocacy Campaign Award. The winner of the Best Advocacy Campaign Award is the chamber of commerce that has organized an effective grassroots campaign to advance an important business issue... read more.
Legislation to increase Transparency of Government Bond Issues announced
COLUMBUS - At a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse today, State Rep. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) and Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced legislation that will increase transparency for taxpayers as local and state issues are placed on the ballot. Rep. Roegner will introduce the bill tomorrow and it is co-sponsored by Reps. J. Adams, Blair, Duffey, Hood, Lynch, Terhar, Thompson and Wachtmann. The bill, a collaboration between Treasurer Mandel and Rep. Roegner, would require that political... read more.
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Mercer County Sheriff's Department… Twelve indicted and arrested on Drug Charges
Celina, Ohio – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced the indictment and Arrests of 12 persons. All charges are resulting from an investigation by the Grand Lake Task Force. The Task Force is a combined effort of law enforcement agencies in Mercer and Auglaize Counties. Deputies were assisted by the Celina Police Department. ARRESTED: James C. Prater, Age 23, 813 Sycamore Street Celina, Ohio, 3 Counts of trafficking in ... read more.
Mercer County Sheriff’s Office… Officer Involved Shooting in Celina
Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reported that Celina Assistant Police Chief Calvin Freeman requested the Sheriff’s Office investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred in Celina.  Mercer County 9-1-1 received a call at 12:38 PM today of a male walking westbound on Market Street. The male was described as wearing a cowboy hat, shirtless, shorts and sandals with a gun tucked in his pants.  The caller stated the suspect took the gun out, waved it around, but did not point it at... read more.
Darke County Sheriff’s Office… Female struck by vehicle near Rossburg
Rossburg - On April 9, 2013 at approximately 1145 a.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Rossburg Fire and Union City Rescue, were dispatched to Rossburg Lightsville Road and Lightsville Northern Road in reference to a female struck by a moving vehicle. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2000 Ford E250, driven by John Kopilec (35) of Rossburg was north bound on Lightsville Northern Road when the front passenger, Quintina Kopilec, 30, Rossburg tried to jump from the vehicle during a... read more.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine… Former Mayor of Stockport Convicted on 21 Counts
(McCONNELSVILLE, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that a Morgan County Common Pleas jury has convicted former Stockport Mayor Michael Shane Shuster on 21 felony counts including eight counts of gross sexual imposition, seven counts of sexual battery and six counts of rape. A special prosecutor from the Ohio Attorney General's Crimes Against Children Unit was assigned to the case to assist Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Howdyshell... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Researchers may have found a drug to kill all cancers
Researchers at Stanford University may have found a drug that kills all different types of cancers, according to a report in Science Magazine. The report says researchers first discovered the basis of this treatment 10 years ago, and have been working on testing and developing it ever since. A protein called CD47 is the key to the drug and treatment, and in the latest testing it was successful at killing human breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver, and prostate tumors that were transplanted into mice... read more.
Rasmussen… What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, April 06, 2013 - Americans like a level playing field, but that’s not what they see these days. As April 15 approaches, half of Americans think they are paying more than their fair share in taxes to Uncle Sam. Forty-eight percent (48%) think the federal government puts more focus on making Wall Street profitable than on making sure the U.S. financial system works well for all Americans. Scott Rasmussen’s weekly newspaper column says that to fight inequality, it's time... read more.
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Thatcher Dead at 87… Thoughts on the passing of Margaret Thatcher
Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passed away on April 8 at the age of 87. Speaker Boehner: WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on the passing of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher: “The greatest peacetime prime minister in British history is dead.  Margaret Thatcher, a grocer’s daughter, stared down elites, union bosses, and communists to win three consecutive elections... read more.
Darke County Sheriff’s Office… Motorcyclist transported by CareFlight, serious condition
On April 7, 2013 at approximately 7:16 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Tri Village Rescue, Hollansburg Fire and CareFlight were dispatched to the 1300 Block of Hollansburg-Richmond Road in reference to an injury accident involving a motorcycle. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Suzuki motorcycle driven by Paul V. Burns, 26, Richmond Indiana was south bound on Hollansburg-Richmond Road.  Burns passed another south bound motorcycle at a high rate of speed, Burns lost... read more.
Celina Fire Department… Fire breaks out at C-Town Wings
The Celina Fire Department received a call from Mercer County Central Dispatch at 2356 hours on April 7, 2013 reporting a fire at 107 S Main St in the 2nd floor apartments above the C-Town Wings Restaurant. Three adults escaped the two heavily damaged 2nd floor apartments.  Two of the adults were transported by Mercer County EMS to Coldwater Hospital for smoke inhalation.  C-Town Wings Restaurant also sustained smoke and water damage. The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s office has been contacted... read more.
Wall Street Journal...Job Growth Slows to a Trickle Unemployment Rate Falls One-Tenth of a Percentage Point to 7.6%, By Brenda Cronin
The unemployment rate ticked down to 7.6% in March while only 88,000 non-farm payrolls were added to the economy. Sudeep Reddy and Phil Izzo analyze the numbers. Photo: Getty Images. Employers added fewer jobs in March than in any month in almost a year, a dark cloud after several months of slowly improving conditions in labor markets. Just 88,000 jobs were... read more.
National Journal… House Republicans Map Out Strategy for Debt-Ceiling Battle, By Nancy Cook
January 31, 2013 - When House Republicans return from recess next week, one of their top priorities will be charting out the next fiscal battle -- the debt ceiling. Tea party members view this as a key time to extract serious cuts to entitlement programs from President Obama and the Democrats. “This is going to be where the rubber meets the road,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., said before Congress left Washington roughly two weeks ago... read more.
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WHIO-TV… State goes after food stamp violators, By Cornelius Frolik
The state of Ohio on Tuesday announced it has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to use technology to crack down on fraud in the federal food stamp program, which costs U.S. taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Under a new agreement, Ohio will try to identify fraud among recipients of food stamp benefits by sharing information about their transactions with USDA. USDA said it will... read more.
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Secretary of State Jon Husted...Absentee Voting for Ohio’s May Election begins today
Columbus – Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that Ohioans participating in the May 7, 2013 Primary/Special Election may vote absentee starting today. Election Ballot Issues - On May 7th voters in 74 counties will decide several local races and 355 local issues, including 116 school issues and a number of local tax levies, bond issues and charter amendments. A complete list of local issues appearing on the ballot is available here and at ... read more.
Crain’s Cleveland Business...Heck with the naysayers: Kasich stumps in Cleveland for his 'transformative' budget, By Jay Miller
April 3, 2013 - Gov. John Kasich came to Cleveland today for a speech at the City Club of Cleveland. His goal: Push the “bold” and “transformative” two-year budget he has proposed that is struggling before the state Legislature, even though the Ohio House and Senate both are controlled by fellow Republicans. The governor and a panel of his staffers spoke for 50 minutes to sel ... read more.
Morrow County Sentinel… Human predators seek prey in rural Ohio, By Ed Taylor, Mt. Gilead
In the twenty-first Century slavery is still a global abomination. Human trafficking victims, modern-day slaves, are taken from their homes to new locations and are forced to work without pay; some in agriculture, fishing, mining, construction, hotel housekeeping and some in the sex trade. Recently, four hundred Thai workers were promised good jobs in Hawaii. When they arrived, ready to begin work, their passports were confiscated by the traffickers who had “hired” them and they served as slave ... read more.
Darke County Sheriff’s Office… Injury accident at SR121 and US36
Greenville - On April 4, 2013 at approximately 11:50 a.m. Darke County deputies along with, Tri-Village rescue and New Madison Fire Dept. were dispatched to SR121 and US36 in reference to a two vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2007 Honda Civic, driven by Michelle Heath (57) of Greenville, was driving eastbound on US36. Heath stopped at the stop sign at the intersection. Heath then started pulling across the intersection and was struck by a 2003 Buick LaSabre, driven ... read more.
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Great Darke County Fair… Lester Ward named Fair Parade Marshall,
Great Darke County Fair dates Aug. 16-24 - Born September 17, 1922, Lester E. Ward Jr. was raised on a farm in Indiana. He began working in a factory near Richmond IN after graduating from high school and then enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps when WWII broke out. He was onboard a United States Air fighter; a B-17, when it was shot down across enemy lines. He became a WWII Prisoner of War and went through the ... read more.
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Ohioans’ personal income on rise, Buckeyes’ per capita gains tied for 2nd highest in U.S. in 2012
By Cornelius Frolik - Ohio’s per capita personal income rose at one of the fastest rates in the nation last year, another sign that the state’s economy is recovering more quickly than most of the country, according to data analyzed by the Dayton Daily News. Per capita personal income — which includes all earnings such as wages, dividends, interest income and rents — increased by 1.7 percent to $39,289 between 2011 and 2012. It was a larger increase than
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Akron Beacon Journal… Ohio counties see sales tax collections rise, By Rick Armon
April 1, 2013 - Ohioans had no problem pulling money out of their wallets last year, and county governments were a big winner. County sales tax collections rose 7 percent statewide, to $1.5 billion — the biggest one-year jump since well before the Great Recession, according to statistics from the Ohio Department of Taxation. The increase put a collective smile on the faces of county leaders, who have been complaining for years about declining revenue... read more.
Columbus Dispatch… Opinion poll: ‘Heartbeat’ bill divides Ohio evenly
We should be able to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, refuse union membership regardless of our workplace and cast our ballot on a weekend before an election. But we don’t think pot should be legalized outright, are OK with having guns in locked vehicles parked under the Statehouse or Riffe Center and are deadlocked on whether abortions should be banned once a fetal heartbeat is detected. All of these issues that were part of a Saperstein Associates poll of more than 1,000 Ohioans for The... read more.
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Court News Ohio… New Felony Sentencing Guidelines Take Effect, By Jenna Gant
April 1, 2013 - Senate Bill 160 clears up ambiguity in sentencing those who commit fourth and fifth degree felonies. Ohio judges can now sentence those who commit fourth and fifth degree felonies, the lowest felony levels, to prison for a first time offense in more cases. The new Ohio bill went into effect on March 22. In September 2010, Senate Bill 86 limited the ability of judges to send many first-time felons to prison for committing... read more.
Rasmussen… What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - President Obama is focusing on immigration reform once again, a move signaled by his appearance on two Spanish language television networks this past week. Voter skepticism about the federal government’s willingness to enforce immigration laws plays a major part in the debate. Historically, the United States is a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws. Voters continue to respect both traditions. Sixty-eight percent (68%) think immigration, when done within the law... read more.
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Upstart Business Journal… Want a job? Get in touch with your risk-loving personality
by Romy Ribitzky - It was the combination of the photo and headline that caught my eye. A man inside a cave, peering up, unsure of how he’s going to tackle the next step, but certain enough that a next step is coming. Coupled with the call-to-action, Wanted at Work: Take More Risks in College, I had to click. In his LinkedIn post, author Jeff Selingo said, “We don’t create enough settings in college for students to fail, certainly... read more.
April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
March 29, 2013 - The Ohio Supreme Court Law Library is featuring a display in conjunction with the ASPCA's "Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month." Laws on the prevention of cruelty to animals will be on display at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center this month. In conjunction with ASPCA’s “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month,” the Ohio Supreme Court Law Library is featuring a display that will be open for viewing by the public from April 1 to May 24. In addition to highlighting recent Ohio legal... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal...Dayton lawyer discusses potential impact of Supreme Court same sex marriage ruling, By Olivia Barrow
Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably seen some of the buzz about the current discussions of same sex marriage by the Supreme Court. The debate, evaluating the constitutionality of California’s ban on same sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, has polarized many social media outlets, with businesses and... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine...AG Warns of Increase in Tax-Related Identity Theft
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned Ohioans of an increased number of tax-related identity theft complaints recently received by the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Section Identity Theft Unit. "Of all the tax-related identity theft complaints my office has on file, more than half of the complaints were made in March, and we still have a few days to go," said Attorney General DeWine.  "With the tax filing deadline just a few... read more.
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