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 Attorney General Mike DeWine… Ohio Unsolved Homicides: The Bricca Family
(CINCINNATI, Ohio) -- As part of his Ohio Unsolved Homicides Initiative, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is asking for information regarding the murders of a Cincinnati family in 1966. "This gruesome triple homicide happened nearly five decades ago, but we still have hope that someone out there knows something," said Attorney General DeWine.  "It is possible that the killer could be deceased, but nonetheless, it is important that we do all we can to solve the mystery of who murdered this family... read more.
The Business Courier… Study: A little Facebook won’t hurt you, By James Ritchie
If you’re feeling guilty about sneaking onto Facebook at the office, you can relax: It’s actually helping you to do your job. So says a new study. Social media and digital devices are allowing people to be more flexible about when and where they work, researchers at the United Kingdom’s University of Warwick found. “We found that the ubiquitous digital connectivity altered workers’ sense of ‘presence,’” professor Joe Nandhakumar said in a press release, “and helped rather than hindered the effective... read more.
Lima News...Legislators: Energy drives economic growth, By Heather Rutz
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - ST. MARYS — Access to safe, clean, cheap energy will drive the U.S. economy, legislators told a crowd Tuesday at Midwest Electric’s annual member breakfast. U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana; U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green; Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina; Ohio Rep. Matt Huffman, R-Lima; and Ohio Rep. Jim Buchy, R-Greenville spoke at the co-op Owners for Political Action meeting. Midwest Electric has 700 members who belong to the PAC; more than... read more.
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AGs Call for Broader Exceptions to Obamacare Mandate Violating Religious Liberty
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today joined attorneys general from 12 other states in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to adopt broader religious exceptions to the HHS mandate that many businesses and non-profit organizations purchase specified insurance products even when it violates their sincerely-held religious beliefs. The attorneys general voiced their concerns in a letter sent today ... read more.
Darke County Sheriff’s Department… Deputies investigate Semi Accident
On March 27, 2013 at approximately 10:56 A.M. the Darke County Sheriffs Office received a call of a single vehicle semi accident on St. Rt. 47 east of the Village of Versailles.  Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Versailles Police Department and Versailles Fire Department arrived on scene to find a semi truck hauling corn on its side. The driver of the truck, James A. Kuether, age 65 of Yorkshire was transported from the scene by Versailles Life Squad to Wilson Memorial Hospital... read more.
$86 Million in new investments to spur local economies
COLUMBUS – Today Governor John R. Kasich announced the approval of assistance for 13 projects set to create 1,417 jobs and retain 2,995 jobs statewide. Together the projects are expected to result in more than $57 million in new payroll, and spur approximately $86 million in investment across Ohio. During their monthly meeting, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority (TCA) reviewed economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners... read more.
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Mercer County Sheriff’s Office… Grube Homicide suspects from Darke County
Darke County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville and Union City, OH & IN PD, the Ohio AG and others assisted
Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey this morning at a press statement announced the arrests of Bryant Rhoades and Trevin Sanders for the November 2011 homicides of Robert and Colleen Grube in their rural Fort Recovery home. Rhoades was arrested at his residence just outside of Greenville and... read more.
Darke County Sheriff’s Office… Semi Rollover Accident
On March 25, 2013 at 8:20 PM Darke County Deputies were dispatched to the area of New Weston Ft. Loramie Road and Hillgrove Ft. Recovery Road on the report of a semi on it's side.  Preliminary investigation revealed that the driver, Patrick W. Moore Jr., 49 of Arkansas, was eastbound on New Weston Ft. Loramie Road when he drove off the right side of the roadway and was pulled further by the deep snow. The 2006 Freightliner and trailer, which was loaded with eggs, rolled over onto its side.  Moore... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Government auditors to review sequestration cuts
U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has asked auditors to review five different areas of sequestration, Federal News Radio reported. The Government Accountability Office will examine the actual sequestration order, as well as the July 31 memo to agencies from the Office of Management and Budget. Ryan also wants GAO to look at any supporting reports, regulations and orders for compliance with the Budget Control Act, the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit... read more.
The National Review… A House GOP Win; They are prevailing in the budget battle, By Andrew Stiles
March 21, 2013 - When it comes to this year’s budget debate, Republicans are united, and they are winning. At least for now. On Thursday, House Republicans plan to pass a budget that reaches balance in ten years — decades sooner than previous efforts, and without additional tax increases — with near-unanimous GOP support. Shortly thereafter, they are likely to approve a continuing resolution that locks in federal spending at sequestration levels through September 30. President Obama will sign the... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… New Efforts to Help Sexual Assault Victims announced
Survey Shows 59% of Ohio Counties Do Not Have Comprehensive Services - (COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced details of a plan to address existing gaps in sexual assault services across Ohio. The formation of the new Sexual Assault Services Expansion Program comes after a survey conducted by the Attorney General's Office found that 59% of Ohio's counties do not have comprehensive, direct sexual... read more.
Darke County Sherriff's Office...LEVEL 1 SNOW ADVISORY ISSUED
Sheriff Toby L. Spencer announced that as of 8:30 PM on 03/24/2013, Darke County will be at a Level 1 snow advisory.  Level 1 is when all roadways are hazardous.  Extreme caution should be used if travel is necessary. Travel is not being limited at this time; however, blowing and drifting snow is causing some roadways to become slick and hazardous. Thank you for your patience during these severe weather conditions. Authority Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer
February 2013 Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in February, unchanged from January, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).  Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 16,100 over the month from the revised 5,181,100 in January to 5,197,200 in February. The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 401,000, up from 399,000 in January.  The number of unemployed has decreased by 30,000 in the past 12 months... read more.
Montgomery Advertiser… Ten Commandments: Proposal legalizes displays, by Brian Lyman
ACLU says Alabama lawmakers are setting themselves up for lawsuits - Mar. 21, 2013 - A House committee approved a constitutional amendment Wednesday that would authorize governments and schools to display the Ten Commandments, but an American Civil Liberties Union attorney said the law can’t “trump the Constitution.” The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, would allow public schools and public bodies to display “historically significant displays which reflect the... read more.
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Weather.com… Snowy Midwest Through Sunday
Spring has arrived, but Winter Storm Virgil will make it feel like we are in the heart of winter for millions from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic through this weekend and into Monday. Virgil has delivered around 8 inches of snow to Denver and 14 inches of snow to Goodland, Kan. as of early Saturday afternoon. Snow and gusty winds forced the closure of I-70 in eastern Colorado Saturday morning. We expect a swath of significant snowfall and... read more.
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Columbus Dispatch… Freeway speed limits may increase to 70 mph, By Jim Siegel
Monday March 11 - From the Dayton Business Journal - The speed limit on many of Ohio’s freeways would increase to 70 mph under changes to the state transportation budget made today by a Senate committee. As of last year, 35 states, including West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky, had posted speed limits at or exceeding 70 mph on some segments of their road systems. The Ohio Turnpike, which is run independently, raised its speed... read more.
Darke County Sheriff's Office... Drug Search Warrant Executed in Beamsville, OH
On March 20, 2013 at approximately 4:14 PM deputies from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office along with detectives from the Greenville Police Department, Agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations and a K-9 Unit from the Preble County Sheriff’s Office executed a drug search warrant at 6099 Beamsville-Union City Road in the small community of Beamsville, OH in Darke County. Items seized during the search of the property were several packages of a green leafy substance (believed to ... read more.
Cincinnati Enquirer... EXCLUSIVE: State tests require computers some schools can't afford
Mar 18, 2013 - Ohio public schools appear to be far short of having enough computers to have all their students take new state-mandated tests within a four-week period beginning in the 2014-15 school year. “With all the reductions in education funds over the last several years and the downturn in the economy, districts have struggled to be able to bring their (computer technology) up to the level that would be needed for this,” said Barbara Shaner, associate executive director of the Ohio Association ... read more.
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Mercer County Sheriff’s Office... Large drug sting… 12 arrests, property seized
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. The Celina Police Department and the Shelby County Ohio Sheriff’s Office assisted with these apprehensions. ARRESTED... read more.
Darke County Sheriff’s Office... Injury accident near Hollansburg
New Madison -  On March 21, 2013 at 11:55 a.m. Darke County deputies, along with Hollansburg Fire and Tri-Village Rescue, were dispatched to the 900 blk. of Rush Rd. in reference to a single vehicle accident into a pole. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Shannon Riley (38) of Arcanum, was eastbound on Rush Rd. when her vehicle went off the left side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.  Riley's vehicle then overturned and came to final rest in a field. Riley... read more.
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Midmark Announces New Offices in Dayton; “Midmark Center” will be located at the University of Dayton – River Campus”
VERSAILLES, Ohio – (March 20, 2013) – Midmark Corporation, a leading provider of medical, dental and veterinary healthcare equipment solutions, today announced it has finalized lease negotiations and will move its headquarters to the 1700 South Patterson Building on the University of Dayton's River Campus. The headquarters... read more.
SCAM ALERT: Telephone Scams Request Personal Information
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is warning Ohioans about two identity theft scams targeting unemployment compensation claimants. In one scam, a telephone caller indicates that a job is available but says the individual must provide a credit card number and other personal information in order to be hired. In another scam, a telephone caller provides general information about unemployment compensation and then asks for the individual’s Social Security... read more.
Columbus Dispatch... Bill to ban assault weapons is dropped
WASHINGTON — An assault-weapons ban will not be included in a package of gun-safety legislation that will come to the Senate floor, the measure’s champion, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, said yesterday. The California Democrat said her party’s leaders told her that her legislation, approved last week in the Senate Judiciary Committee in a party-line vote, could be offered as an amendment to the larger bill. Feinstein expressed disappointment that her attempt to revive the 1994 ban was dropped to clear the way... read more.
The Hill… Supporters rally to defense of 'Obama phone' program, By Brendan Sasso
03/16/13 - Republicans have targeted a federal phone subsidy, widely referred to as the "Obama phone" program, as a prime example of wasteful government spending. But supporters of the program are coming to its defense, arguing that it is crucial for ensuring that needy people are able to communicate with their loved-ones and call for help in an emergency. "Allow me to set the record straight," said Mignon Clyburn, a Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission, in a... read more.
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Business Privacy Rights threatened; Auditor Dave Yost demanding access to JobsOhio nonpublic dollars
From Rob Nichols, Press Secretary, Gov. John Kasich: "JobsOhio is working. After losing 400,000 jobs Ohio is now up more than 116,000 jobs and the $9 billion in new investment that JobsOhio has helped attract is part of that success. JobsOhio is indeed moving at the speed of business. “The Auditor’s attempt to re-write the law to make JobsOhio a slow, bureaucratic public body again will kill JobsOhio and its job creation efforts.  And if companies that... read more.
The Hill… States to feds: Hands off our guns, By Benjamin Goad
03/17/13 - A growing number of states are moving forward with legislation to exempt them from new federal gun controls and, in some cases, brand as criminals anyone who tries to enforce them. While many of the bills are considered symbolic or appear doomed to fail, the legislative explosion reflects a backlash against legislative and regulatory efforts in Washington to tamp down on gun violence. As of this week, at least 28 states had taken up consideration of gun bills this year... read more.
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Upstart Business Journal… 1776: Where Traditional DC meets Startup DC, by Laura Baverman
March 18, 2013 - If sequester means thousands of unemployed smart people end up in Washington D.C., Evan Burfield wants to give them an office, train them for startups and put them to work building businesses that transform the way industries like healthcare, education, energy and government operate. The serial entrepreneur who last built and sold Synteractive, a firm that built social apps for startups and government... read more.
Federal News Radio… Agencies suffering reductions in services even before furloughs occur, By Jason Miller
Thursday - 3/14/2013 - Sequestration-related furloughs may still be at least a month away, but agencies already are feeling the effects of budget cuts. Border Patrol agents, Transportation Security officers and many other federal employees are beginning to experience major changes in how they do their jobs. Both Border Patrol agents and TSOs have been told by their respective agencies — Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration — that one way they will... read more.
Alabama Wire...AEA vows legal fight not over on Alabama Accountability Act, By Kim Chandler
March 14, 2013 - MONTGOMERY, Alabama --- Gov. Robert Bentley has signed into law a controversial school choice bill that gives families zoned for "failing" schools  tax credits to pay tuition at a private school or better public school. “It’s a great day for the parents and children of the state of Alabama who are living in failed systems,” said Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, who helped push the measure through the Alabama Legislature. Bentley signed the bill, known as the ... read more.
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Washington Times…CPAC 2013: Ted Cruz urges conservatives to stand up for the U.S. Constitution, By Seth McLaughlin
Saturday, March 16, 2013 - Additional CPAC links posted below…Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas closed out the annual Conservative Political Action Conference by calling on the thousands of people in attendance to join him in standing up for the U.S. Constitution. Mr. Cruz also poked fun at Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who labeled him... read more.
Beagle Pushes Program Sharing Option for Colleges and Universities
COLUMBUS–State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) today introduced Senate Bill 69, which aims to streamline and maximize the Course and Program Sharing Network (Program Share). Program Share allows colleges, universities and adult career centers to share existing programs with one another in order to save on the costs of establishing a program from scratch. “The skills needed in today’s workforce are constantly changing and becoming more and more technical,” said Beagle, who also Chairs the... read more.
Bloomberg...Refusal to Expand Medicaid May Cost Employers $1 Billion, by Alex Wayne
Mar 13, 2013 - Governors who refuse to expand their Medicaid programs for the poor may cost employers in their states as much as $1.3 billion in federal fines, a study found. A clause in the 2010 health-care overhaul penalizes some employers when their workers aren’t able to obtain affordable medical coverage through the company. Employers can avoid those fees if their workers qualify for Medicaid as part of an expansion that as many as 22 states have rejected, according to a report today by... read more.
DeWine, Stewart announce Fifth Damal Home Care Conviction
More than $400,000 to be Repaid to State of Ohio - (COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Carter Stewart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, today announced the fifth and final health care fraud conviction in connection with Damal Home Health Care Services of Columbus. This morning a U.S. District Court judge sentenced Damal's co-owner, Yasin Warsame, of Westerville, to 90 days incarceration followed by three years of probation. The 45-year-old previously ... read more.
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State Senator Bill Beagle … Paid Statehouse Fellowship Opportunities Available
COLUMBUS– State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) today announced that the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program. The Commission will hire 20-plus fellows to work with members of the Ohio General Assembly during the 2014 calendar year. “The Legislative Service Commission fellowship is an excellent way for individuals to learn more about state government ... read more.
Beagle Moves to Clarify, Strengthen Child Enticement Laws
COLUMBUS– State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) today introduced Senate Bill 64 to strengthen Ohio’s child enticement laws by clarifying that a potential offender must have unlawful intent for their actions to be considered illegal. The legislation, jointly introduced with State Senator Gayle Manning (R–North Ridgeville), is in response to a recent ruling by the 9th District Court of Appeals where Ohio’s current child enticement law was found unconstitutional... read more.
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NFRW… Rand Paul, other Republican elected officials brief NFRW members
Local Resident Among More than 100 ‘Red Coats’ at U.S. Capitol - WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), fresh from a 13-hour Senate filibuster that captivated the nation the night before, privately briefed more than 100 Republican women leaders from across the country during the National Federation of Republican Women’s (NFRW) biennial Legislative Day at the U.S. Capitol on March 7... read more.
Ohio Jobs & Family Services… Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in January, up from 6.7 percent in December, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).  Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 3,800 over the month from the revised 5,175,000 in December to 5,178,800 in January. The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in January was 399,000, up from 385,000 in December.  The number of unemployed has decreased by 42,000 in the past 12 months.... read more.
Rasmussen… What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, March 09, 2013 - Despite record stock market gains and a slightly improved jobs picture this week, Americans still express a lot of uncertainty about the economy and the future in general. Like long-term economic confidence a month ago, short-term confidence in the U.S. economy is now at a new low. Just 25% of Americans think the economy will be stronger a year from today. At week’s end, just 14% of consumers rated the U.S. economy as good or excellent, while 46% deemed... read more.
Darke County Red Cross… New Tornado App from American Red Cross
Audio alert feature can help save lives when users can’t monitor the weather - Darke County, March 4, 2013 — The American Red Cross has launched its official Tornado App, putting lifesaving information right in the hands of people who live in, visit or have loved ones in tornado-prone areas. This free app—available in English or Spanish—gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone and tablet users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during.... read more.
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Beagle Receives Ohio Library Council’s “Andrew Carnegie Award”
COLUMBUS– State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) this morning was presented with the “Andrew Carnegie Award” from the Ohio Library Council (OLC). According to the OLC, the award is presented annually by the Board of Directors to a government official in recognition of their support for the ideals and challenges to public libraries. “I am incredibly honored to be recognized by the Ohio Library Council through the Andrew Carnegie Award,” said Beagle. “The... read more.
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State Senator Bill Beagle...Beagle Initiative Aims to Help Schools Save on Electricity Bills
COLUMBUS–State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) today introduced legislation to allow a consortium of school districts to utilize tax-exempt bonds for the pre-purchase of electricity in bulk. “This legislation will allow our school districts to take advantage of a shared service opportunity that promises real savings on overhead costs,” Beagle said. “Every dollar we save on the electric bill is another dollar that can be spent educating...read more
The Columbus Dispatch… Jobs Ohio employees well-paid in 1st year, By Joe Vardon
March 2, 2013 - Four people working at Gov. John Kasich’s Jobs Ohio are paid more than Kasich gets to run the state. President and Chief Investment Officer John Minor is one of three making $225,000 a year at JobsOhio, according to a report released yesterday containing never-before-seen financials for Kasich’s privatized economic-development agency. Overall, JobsOhio spent about $2.8 million on salaries in fiscal year 2012 — its first year of operation — and half of its 26 employees receive at... read more.
Anne Vehre Board of Directors, League of Women Voters of Darke County... To Frack or not to Frack
By To Frack or not to Frack is the question the League of Women Voters of Darke County will be asking at their first educational forum of the year. The forum, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenville on Monday, March 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. Joe Logan, Director of Agricultural Programs for the Ohio Environmental Council and co-chair of the board of directors for the Coalition for a Prosperous America, will be one of the featured speakers. He has... read more.
Rasmussen... What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, March 02, 2013 - The sequester’s here and happening, but outside of Washington the nation pretty much took it in stride. At the beginning of the week, only 40% of Likely U.S. Voters thought President Obama and Congress should stop the so-called sequester spending cuts from going into effect on March 1. Despite the apocalyptic warnings coming out of Washington, D.C., that was up only slightly from the start of the month. Still, 46% felt it will be bad for the economy if the automatic... read more.
Columbus Dispatch… Revising Kasich’s budget will require rebalancing revenue, By Jim Siegel
Wednesday February 27, 2013 - Conservative groups don’t want Republicans to expand Medicaid. Oil and gas drillers don’t like the proposed severance tax on them. Some businesses don’t like parts of the sales-tax expansion. And schools and local governments want more money. Any of these changes would punch varying-size holes in Gov. John Kasich’s proposed two-year, $63.3 billion budget. But unlike some of the more recent budgets, lawmakers would have choices in how to fill those holes... read more.
Versailles teen injured in two-car accident
On March 5, 2013 at approximately 6:40 A.M., Darke County Deputies along with Versailles Fire, Versailles Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the area of Conover Road and Burns Road on a report of a two vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Ford Mustang, driven by a 16 year old female of Versailles, Ohio was traveling north on Conover Road and failed to stop at Burns Road. The Ford Mustang was struck by an east bound 2002 Pontiac Grand... read more.
Attorney General Mike Dewine… Record Number of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in 2012
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today issued a report indicating that more than 78,000 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio in 2012, the largest number since licenses were first issued in 2004. According to statistics reported to the Attorney General's office, county sheriffs in Ohio issued 64,650 new licenses and 12,160 renewal licenses in 2012, or 78,810 total licenses. The number of new licenses is also the largest in a single year since licenses were first issued in 2004... read more.
Columbus Dispatch… More teen drivers dying in crashes; Distractions caused by wireless devices may be factor
For the second year in a row, the number of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes is on the rise. That worries safety officials, who note that the numbers had been declining for nearly a decade. According to a report released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association, there was a nearly 19 percent increase in the number of deaths among 16- and 17-year-old drivers in the first six months of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011. In all, the number increased from 202 to 240... read more.
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Research and development leads to cheaper food; A Report on the Boehner Farm Forum
Darke County Commissioner Diane Delaplane - Congressman John Boehner's 22nd Annual Farm Forum was well attended by many from Darke and surrounding Counties. I had the pleasure sitting with Gwen Wolford, PhD who is Director, Government Relations of Ohio State University Extension and OARDC for the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) along with Don and John Lecklider and several others. I was very... read more.
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Ohio Senate President Keith Faber… Faber Announces Paid Statehouse Fellowship Opportunity
COLUMBUS– State Senator Keith Faber (R-Celina) today announced that the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for its13-month Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program. The Commission will hire 20-plus fellows to work with members of the Ohio General Assembly during the 2014 calendar year. "The fellowship program is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain a better understanding of public policy and... read more.
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Court News Ohio… Reporting Requirements for Mentally Ill Offenders Focus of New Bill
By Bret Crow - February 21, 2013 - Ohio Senate President Pro Tempore Chris Widener. A bill introduced in the Ohio Senate last week would require judges to report to law enforcement when they sentence a violent offender to mental-health treatment instead of incarceration,or if they approve a conditional release for an individual found incompetent to stand trial or not guilty by reason of insanity.Sponsored by President Pro Tempore Chris... read more.
Federal News Radio… Low morale?You're not alone, new federal survey shows, By Michael O'Connell
Thursday - 2/28/2013 - As Congress and the  White House duke it out over sequestration and the possibility of agency furloughs, morale in the federal workforce is understandably low. In January, Federal News Radio conducted an anonymous online survey on federal morale and leadership. The survey asked managers and employees what morale levels were like in their offices and what factors had the greatest impact on office morale. The response was loud and clear — the majority of the... read more.
Darke County Sheriff’s Office… Intoxicated driver crashes into house
Resident injured; listed in good condition - On March 2, 2013 at approximately 10:15 PM Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire, and Tri-Village Rescue, responded to the 3800 block of SR 121 in Ft. Jefferson on a report of a vehicle that struck a house. Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2003 Chevy Tahoe, driven by 31 year old Bruce A. Burns, Greenville, Ohio was traveling East on Weavers Ft. Jefferson Road and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of SR... read more.
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22nd Annual Farm Forum held,By Lyn Bliss, Associate Editor
Tough fracturing regs; improvements through bioengineering - “One thing I learned in my time at the USDA, about regulations, is if it walks,crawls, slides or slithers; if it moos, clucks, bleats or neighs; or if you can sniff it, eat it, smell it, or smoke it, the USDA probably regulates it. “The agriculture arena has improved around this country,we’ve gotten better with food and fiber, fabric and fuel production. We’re becoming... read more.
John Boehner says White House 'trying to play games', By Kevin Cirilli
2/27/13 - Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) is calling it“outrageous” for the government to release illegal immigrants from detention before the sequester deadline and says the White House is“trying to play games” “This is very hard for me to believe that they can’t find cuts elsewhere in their agency. I frankly think this is outrageous and I’m looking for more facts but I can’t believe that they can’t find the kind of savings they need out of the department short of letting criminals go... read more.
Cleveland Plain Dealer… Jordan says sequester will help conservatives make budget cutting progress
By Sabrina Eaton - February 27, 2013 - Champaign County GOP Rep. Jim Jordan speaks at a press forum for Conservative House of Representatives members at the U.S. Capitol. Rep. Jordan says upcoming budget cuts under the  "sequester" process "won't be the end of the world" and will be an initial step towards savings that represents a victory for conservatives. On Wednesday, Jordan told a Capitol Hill press conference that he'd prefer that the cuts have less of an impact on defense, but... read more.
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