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Toledo Blade… Kasich set to unveil school funding plan, By Jim Provance & Nolan Rosenkrans
Area districts brace for unknown - COLUMBUS — It’s been a decade since the Ohio Supreme Court issued its fourth and final ruling declaring the state’s funding of schools unconstitutional because it placed students in poorer districts at a competitive disadvantage with their wealthier counterparts. With that, the high court ended its participation in what had been an 11-year fight. Each modern-era governor has attempted to put his brand on an ever-changing funding formula. This week, Gov. John Kasich... read more.
The Hill… Republicans shift gears on immigration ahead of reform debate with Obama, By Mike Lillis
01/25/13 - House Republicans have reshuffled their troops ahead of a high-stakes clash with President Obama over immigration reform, leaving reform advocates with a new glimmer of hope that an elusive resolution to the thorny issue is within grasp this year. For years, conservative opponents of comprehensive immigration reform have fought successfully against efforts to overhaul the system, particularly as it pertains to the fate of the nation's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Take steps against Tax-Related Identity Theft
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – In observance of Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is encouraging consumers to protect their personal information to avoid tax-related fraud and identity theft. Recent reports suggest that criminals are stealing personal information from legitimate taxpayers to obtain fraudulent tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). "Helping Ohio consumers with information to help protect their... read more.
Toledo Blade… House OKs suspension of U.S. debt limit, By Tracie Mauriello, Block News Alliance
Kaptur votes against legislation; local GOP lawmakers favor passage - WASHINGTON — Over objections from minority members but with the tacit blessing of the President and support of Senate Democrats, the House on Wednesday voted to suspend the limit on government borrowing. The bill, which heads to the Senate, also includes a provision to hold lawmakers’ pay in escrow starting April 15 if they haven’t passed a budget by then. The legislation allows an unspecified amount... read more.
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State Rep. Richard Adams… Adams Appointed as Chair of FIHUD
COLUMBUS—Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) this week appointed State Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy) to serve as chair of the Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development Committee.  State Representative Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) will serve as the vice chair.  State Representative Kevin Boyce (D-Columbus), a former State Treasurer, will serve as ranking member... read more.
Cleveland Plain Dealer… Appeals court strikes down Obama's recess appointments
By Stephen Koff - January 25, 2013 - Washington -- A federal appeals court this morning ruled that President Barack Obama exceeded the Constitution's bounds by making recess appointments to a federal labor panel last January, side-stepping the Senate when it was not formally in recess. The case concerned Obama's appointments on Jan. 4, 2012, to the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB. But the same circumstances were at play that day when Obama also made a recess... read more.
WHIO-TV… No arrests in Union City, Ind. stabbing
UNION CITY, Ind. — A man was treated and released at Reid Hospital Thursday night after he reported being stabbed by one of three males who were trying to rob him, according to the Union City Police Department. The 36-year-old man told police he was approached by three males on North Plum Street after buying items at the Family Dollar. The victim reported he fought with the group after they demanded what was in the Family Dollar bag and then his wallet... read more.
USA Today… Obama nominates White to SEC, renominates Cordray, By David Jackson
President Obama will nominate a former U.S. attorney to lead the SEC. Mary Jo White served for nearly a decade as U.S. attorney in New York. Obama also re-nominated Richard Cordray to be consumer watchdog. President Obama nominated former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White on Thursday to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission, pledging tough enforcement of new Wall Street regulations. "We need to keep going after irresponsible behavior in the financial industry so that... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Unsolved Homicide Training Begins
(WEST CHESTER, Ohio) – Today Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's Bureau of Criminal Investigation hosted the first of several training courses that will teach authorities investigative strategies for unsolved homicide cases. The Unsolved Homicide Investigative Strategies and Resources training is happening today and tomorrow at the West Chester Police Department.  Additional courses are planned across the state this year... read more.
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WHIO-TV… Local teachers train to handle active shooters, By Jackie Borchardt
Teachers are in class today, but not to educate others — they are the students. Today is the first of five regional courses being taught around the state of Ohio to instruct school workers, including teachers, how to handle an active shooter situation. Attorney General Mike DeWine said his office began preparing the courses after a school shooting in Chardon in northeast Ohio last year. DeWine said interest in the courses has been... read more.
San Cincinnati Enquirer… Graduation, dropout rates are improving, Newport Independent turns surging problem around
Jan 22, 2013 - Written by Jessica Brown - A national report released today has good news about the nation’s high schools. Fewer students dropped out of high school in 2009-10 than the previous year, and more students overall graduated. That’s according to a preliminary report from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Meanwhile, state data shows the Newport Independent School District is making progress in curbing its dropout rate. The Enquirer reported in May ... read more.
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State Senator Bill Beagle…Over $1.6 Million for College Scholarships Available
COLUMBUS– State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City), the recently appointed Chairman of the Senate Committee on Workforce & Economic Development, today announced that the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools is now taking applications for the 2013 Legislative Scholarship Program. The program offers over 400 scholarship opportunities valued at more than $1.6 million to graduating high school seniors in Ohio. The scholarships are designed... read more.
Darke County Sheriff’s Office… Rollover accident near Union City
On January 24, 2013 at approximately 8:40 A.M., Darke County Deputies along with Union City Fire and Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the area of Beamsville-Union City Road and Hillgrove-Ft. Recovery Road on a report of a one vehicle injury crash with ejection. Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 1994 Ford Ranger, driven by 30 year old, John V. Neargarder of Union City, Ohio was traveling east on Beamsville-Union City Road and passed another vehicle in the same direction at a high rate... read more.
San Jose Mercury News… Transcript: Obama's inaugural address 2013
The White House's official transcript of President Obama's inaugural address, Jan. 21, 2013, timed at 15 minutes: Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: Each time we gather to inaugurate a President we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins... read more.
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Brrr… Cold spell hits county
Darke County and the Miami Valley have been experiencing extreme cold temperatures since Sunday night, with lows reaching 5 degrees Fahrenheit and wind chills as much as 10 degrees below zero. On Monday it warmed up to 18 degrees with light snow. The dry blowing snow caused multiple traffic incidents, including a 52-car pile-up on I-75. Several Darke County residents reported their car doors were... read more.
WND.com… Homeschooler's Neighbor Sparks Social Services Case, By Alyssa Farah
Investigator did 'drive-by,' said family was planning to flee - Published: Jan. 19 - A Colorado homeschooling mother has won a social-services case sparked by a neighbor’s complaint about the family that escalated when a social worker did a “drive-by” and concluded they were planning to flee. A neighbor of the single mother, whose identity has been withheld to protect her family’s privacy, tipped off social services that the mother had been homeschooling several children, according to the Home... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Active Shooter Training for Educators Begins
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today joined educators and law enforcement officers at the first regional "Active Shooter Training for Educators" class taught today in Columbus. Two training sessions are being held at the Education Service Center of Central Ohio, where Attorney General DeWine addressed participants. "In terms of student and teacher safety, our educators are the first responders," said Attorney General DeWine. "I'm... read more.
Bob Bennett Re-Elected Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party
COLUMBUS - Bob Bennett released the following statement after he was unanimously re-elected to serve another term as Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party. Marilyn Ashcraft (Marietta), Tracey Winbush (Youngstown), Bob Bennett (Cleveland), Ranae Lentz (Bellefontaine) "I'm proud to serve a twelfth term as chairman of the Ohio Republican Party and I'm honored to chair the Party of leaders who aren't afraid to tackle the big and challenging issues facing hard working Ohio... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff's Office… Single occupant transported following collision
On January 21, 2013 at approximately 0946 am Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Fire and Arcanum Rescue were dispatched to 4110 State Route 49 south in reference to a single vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a tan 2003 Buick Century driven by Jack A. Davis, 67, Pitsburg Ohio was northbound on state route 49 in the 4100 block.  Davis’ vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, striking a fence.  Davis’ vehicle... read more.
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WHIO-TV Video… ‘White-out’ conditions lead to 50-vehicle pileup on I-75
By Mandy Gambrell, Andy Sedlak - MIDDLETOWN — Luke Stevens said “it was complete ice” when the car he was in with three others was hit during a massive pileup on Interstate 75. An estimated 40 to 50 vehicles crashed into each other near the Ohio 122 exit in Middletown just before noon Monday. No one involved sustained life-threatening injuries, though multiple people went to hospitals, officials said. Stevens, 18, of... read more.
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The Hill… Obama sworn in for second term during White House ceremony, By Kevin Bogardus
01/20/13 - President Obama was sworn in for his second term on Sunday, accompanied by his family in a short ceremony in the White House. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office to Obama in the Blue Room, as the swearing-in was watched by a press pool and broadcast by cable networks. Obama followed presidential precedent in choosing Roberts as chief justice to administer the oath of office to him. The... read more.
Kasich asks legislature to deliver State of the State Address in Lima
COLUMBUS – Today Gov. John R. Kasich formally asked the General Assembly to convene a special joint session in Lima on Feb. 19 for his annual State of the State address. Continuing a tradition he began last year at Steubenville’s Wells Academy, the top-ranked public school in the state, Kasich’s decision to deliver the State of the State outside the capital again is rooted in his desire to make state government more accessible to Ohioans and shine a light on communities across Ohio... read more.
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Kasich & Taylor Speak at MLK Celebration
Ohioans Recognized for Carrying on King’s Legacy - Columbus — Governor John R. Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor spoke today at the 28th annual Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration held at the Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus.  The event was sponsored by the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, which is housed within the Equal... read more.
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Darke County Commissioners Meeting Minutes now current
Darke County Commissioners meeting minutes have been brought up to date, and will stay updated on a weekly basis. County News Online expresses its sincere apologies for its laxity in following through with one of the core reasons it was established… to keep community residents informed of the public activities of its public servants. CNO, since its inception, has been... read more.
Cincinnati Enquirer… Localities scramble to solve fund woes
Ohio budget cuts reaching deeper into local governments' pockets - Written by Sharon Coolidge, Carrie Blackmore Smith and John Johnston - Jan 16, 2013 - No more trash collection. Less police and fire protection. New taxes and fees. Borrowing from savings. That’s how cities, villages and townships in Southwest Ohio are dealing with continued efforts to wean them off state funding. The biggest cut yet is the elimination of the estate tax, which hit local municipalities this year... read more.
Secretary of State Jon Husted … Bright “I.D.E.A.” and Election Official of the Year Awards Presented
Columbus – Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Friday the Bright I.D.E.A. (Innovative Developments in Election Administration) Award recipients at the Ohio Association of Election Officials Conference. Local boards of elections were asked to submit their Bright I.D.E.A.’s to the Secretary of State prior to the conference to be considered according to the following criteria: • The development of an innovation that was successfully put into practice. • The I.D.E.A. caused a... read more.
Plain Dealer...Can members of Congress retire with full pay after just one term? PolitiFact Ohio
By Tom Feran, The Plain Dealer - January 11, 2013 - Political trends come and go, but the classics endure. Such is the case with a chain email PolitiFact Ohio received to start the new year. When we received a nearly identical version a couple of years ago, we said it could be "a new classic of the genre." The email claims that Congress gets special perks nobody else does; complains that a complacent media ignores the news, and requests that recipients of the email forward it on to 20 more people... read more.
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Beagle Named to Chair Workforce Development
Tipp City Senator named to top position of Senate Workforce & Economic Development Committee - COLUMBUS– Senate President Keith Faber (R–Celina) today named State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Workforce & Economic Development. A newly created panel, Beagle’s committee will be responsible for designing new, creative initiatives to expand... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff’s Office… Phone Scam Alert
Citizens report that they receive multiple phone calls from a person, who in most cases is what sounds to be an adult male with a foreign accent.  The caller was demanding payment for the digging of gravesites that the citizen had not requested.  In what is believed to be an act of intimidation, the caller then advised that he had their personal information; such as date of birth, address, social security number, etc... read more.
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Darke GOP Men Host Coal Representative, By Lyn Bliss, Associate Editor
Missy Mae Walters was the featured speaker at the recent Darke County Republican Men's Club Meeting. Walters is the Southwest Ohio Regional Coordinator for Count on Coal. Eighty-two per-cent of Ohio's energy is generated through the use of coal - providing 118.1 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, or enough power for the equivalent of 4.8 million homes and 212,000 businesses. Ohio ranks number ten in... read more.
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Funding for Ohio Co-op & Internship Programs Announced
Sinclair Community College and University of Dayton get piece of $11 million - COLUMBUS– State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) announced today that the State Controlling Board has approved nearly $11 million in funding for the Choose Ohio First Co-op/Internship Program. “Most employers today are seeking workers who have more than just a degree,” Beagle said. “Internships and co-ops allow students to develop the real world skills and experiences they... read more.
Columbus Dispatch… State gives $5 million for mental-health services to head off violence
Gov. John Kasich says families in crisis need help. - By Alan Johnson - Thursday January 10, 2013 - In the days following the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the phone lines lit up at the National Alliance on Mental Illness Ohio. There were calls from parents worried about their children struggling with mental illness and from others concerned about the worsening crisis of untreated mental illness. Since then, the list of families in crisis that the Ohio group is working with has topped 1,000... read more.
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Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, January 12, 2013 - When it comes to politics, America is clearly two different nations without much middle ground. Half of all likely voters now give President Obama positive marks for leadership, his highest ratings since the early months of his presidency. But take a closer look: Eighty-nine percent (89%) of Democrats and 53% of voters not affiliated with either of the major political parties give Obama good or excellent marks... read more.
Columbus Dispatch… Ohio’s public schools rate 12th in U.S. with B- grade, By Catherine Candisky
Friday January 11, 2013 - Ohio’s public school system earned a better grade on the nation’s report card this year, but the state’s rank — fifth in the nation three years ago — fell to 12th. Education Week’s Quality Counts 2013 gave Ohio schools a B-. For the fifth year, Maryland ranked first in the nation with a B+, followed by Massachusetts, New York and Virginia, all earning Bs. South Dakota ranked last with a D+. The national average was C+. “We’re pleased to be rated 12th and to be... read more.
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Attorney General DeWine Releases 2012 Human Trafficking Annual Report
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today released the Human Trafficking Annual Report, which outlines efforts made by the Ohio Attorney General's Office in 2012 to better protect Ohioans against the threat of human trafficking. "Human trafficking is a horrendous crime that preys upon the most vulnerable among us, often targeting our children," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.  "I am proud of the... read more.
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Adams Sworn In as State Representative of the 80th House District
COLUMBUS—State Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy) yesterday was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 130th General Assembly. He represents the 80th Ohio House District, which includes Miami County and portions of Darke County. “I look forward to continue my work representing the citizens of the 80th District in the Ohio House of Representatives during the 130th... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal… Employers to feel pains from nasty Ohio flu season, by Olivia Barrow
This year’s flu season has taken a mean turn in Ohio, with 1,922 influenza-related hospitalizations reported in the state so far. That compares to 86 last winter and 175 the year before. “Flu season got an early start in Ohio but it’s not too late to get your flu vaccination,” said Dr. Ted Wymyslo, director of the Ohio Department of Health. “We also want to help Ohioans understand more about the protection offered by... read more.
Ohio Attorney General, BWC… Celina Man pleads guilty to Worker’s Compensation Fraud
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer announced today the conviction of a Celina man caught on camera defrauding Ohio's workers' compensation system. Jason Dross, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of Workers' Compensation Fraud in November.  He was sentenced this morning to pay the state $31,736.98 in restitution. Authorities with the BWC began investigating the Mercer County man after... read more.
WHIO-TV… Arctic front expected in region next week, By Mandy Gambrell
SOUTHWEST OHIO — Though some areas of Southwest Ohio reached record high temperatures Friday, an arctic front is on the way next week. Temperatures will stay warmer this weekend as rain falls Saturday night and Sunday, with highs in the 60s Saturday. A few inches of rain are possible, said Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson. Rain is expected to taper off Sunday night, but may end with a little light snow, he said. Temps fall into the 30s by the end of Sunday and down to 25 degrees on... read more.
Court News Ohio… Appeals Court Upholds Health Department Finding of Smoking Ban Violations, $2,500 Fine, By Dennis Whalen - January 9, 2013 - The Tenth District Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling against a Dayton bar for violating Ohio's state-wide smoking ban. The Tenth District Court of Appeals has upheld smoking ban violations against a Dayton bar in a ruling that clarifies the application of the law. The decision affirmed a trial court ruling that the observations of two Montgomery County health department investigators that multiple patrons of a Dayton bar were smoking in a... read more.
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Upstart Business Journal… Larry Page believes driverless cars can make the world a better place, by Michael del Castillo - January 3, 2013 Google’s cofounder and chief executive Larry Page is certain in his belief that driverless cars are safer than human chauffeurs. In a report published today by Fortune, the founder dutifully laid out his company’s reasons for getting into the upstart industry. Fortune described Page’s enumeration of the benefits of driverless cars as "methodical," as he cited energy savings... read more.
The Hill… Biden, NRA to meet on guns, By Justin Sink and Jennifer Martinez
01/08/13 - Vice President Biden will meet with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a range of other groups this week as President Obama’s gun violence task force shifts into high gear. A flurry of meetings with Biden and other Cabinet members were announced on Tuesday that will include gun-safety and sportsmen’s groups as well as Hollywood and video-game interests. The pace and scope of Biden’s work — the task force he is leading is said to be considering significant changes... read more.
Upstart Business Journal… Guy Kawasaki sees self-publishing, self-reliant future for authors
by Teresa Novellino - January 7, 2013 - Guy Kawasaki is a venture capitalist, an entrepreneur and a former “chief evangelist” at Apple (Nasddaq: AAPL), so sometimes you forget that he’s also a prolific author, someone whose must-reads for company founders include The Art of the Start and Rules for Revolutionaries. Writing and publishing books was what he focused on in an interview with VentureBeat in conjunction with the release of his newest book, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur... read more.
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WHIO-TV Video… Darke County warns residents after fake worker incident
Man invades home, claimed to be from health department - GREENVILLE — The Darke County health commissioner and the sheriff’s office are warning residents to always ask for proper identification whenever anyone visits their home claiming to be on official business. “Do you ever let anybody in your house if they don’t have ID? Nope. It’s just the wise thing to do,” Tom Riley, a county resident... read more.
The Hill… Dems look for up to $1T in new revenues, By Alexander Bolton
01/07/13 - Democrats say they want to raise as much as $1 trillion in new revenues through tax reform later this year to balance Republican demands to slash mandatory spending. Democratic leaders have had little time to craft a new position for their party since passing a tax deal Tuesday that will raise $620 billion in revenue over the next 10 years. The emerging consensus, however, is that the next installment of deficit reduction should reach $2 trillion and about half of it should come... read more.
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State Senator Keith Faber… Faber Sworn in as President of the Ohio Senate
COLUMBUS – State Senator Keith Faber (R-Celina) today was sworn in as President of the Ohio Senate during opening day ceremonies at the Statehouse, which marked the start of the 130th General Assembly. Serving the residents of the 12th Ohio Senate District, President Faber is the first Senate President to serve from Mercer County.  As President, Senator Faber will oversee the 33-seat chamber... read more.
New York Times… Health Insurers Raise Some Rates by Double Digits, By Reed Abelson
January 5, 2013 - Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration’s health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers. Dave Jones, the California insurance commissioner, said some insurance companies could raise rates as much as they did before the law was enacted. Particularly vulnerable to the high rates are small businesses... read more.
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Speaker John Boehner… Boehner Addresses the Opening Session of the 113th Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following is the full text of House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) address to the opening session of the 113th Congress, as prepared for delivery: “Leader Pelosi, members of the House and Senate, dear family and friends, fellow countrymen: “We meet again at democracy’s great port of call.  Every two years, at this hour, the Constitution brings a new order to this House.  It is an interlude for reflection, a glimpse of old truths... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff’s Office… New Madison House Fire Ruled Arson
On December 29, 2012 at approximately 8:31 pm, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a house fire at 2116 State Route 121, just north of New Madison, Ohio. New Madison Fire Department along with several other mutual aid fire departments responded to the scene to extinguish the blaze. The Darke County Sheriff’s Office and State Fire Marshal’s Office were requested to investigate the fire... read more.
News from 'The Hill'… Nation’s job-market recovery rests in lawmakers’ hands, By Vicki Needham
01/06/13 - A robust labor market recovery this year is dependent on Congress and the White House successfully resolving major budget issues within the next couple months. Economists and business groups say the job market, which continued improving during months of tense talks over the so-called "fiscal cliff," faces a jolt if policymakers can't clear a looming trio of budgetary hurdles. Concern is heightening around the risk to the economy of failing to reach an agreement on a debt-limit... read more.
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News from ‘The Hill’… House approves 'fiscal cliff' deal; bill headed to Obama's desk
By Russell Berman and Pete Kasperowicz - 01/01/13 - The House late Tuesday night voted to approve a sweeping tax deal to prevent the most significant effects of the "fiscal cliff," overcoming Republican resistance to raising income tax rates on the wealthiest earners. The 257-167 vote culminated a day of high drama in the Capitol, as Republican leaders considered and then quickly abandoned a plan to attach steep... read more.
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News from ‘The Hill’… Senate passes 'cliff' bill; House balks
Jan 1, 2013 - Senate-passed 'fiscal cliff' agreement in trouble in House - The Senate’s New Year’s Eve compromise on the "fiscal cliff" hit major turbulence in the House on Tuesday, and the Republican majority is likely to try to amend the bill and send it back to the Senate, House Republicans said. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told his conference he is flatly opposed to the Senate... read more.
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