WOSU News Archives For July 2012

Campaign For Ohio Draws President To Mansfield, Akron

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President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney are competing aggressively for Ohio votes.
2:29PM
July
31, 2012

Wednesday marks the President’s sixth visit to Ohio in less than two months. But a political scientist says it’s a little surprising that he’s visiting an area that voted solidly republican four years ago.

Long-Time Ohio Congressman Retiring Because Of Political Climate

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Rep. Steven LaTourette was first elected to Congress in the GOP wave of 1994.
11:55AM
July
31, 2012

Republican U.S. Rep. Steven LaTourette says the atmosphere in the House “no longer encourages the finding of common ground.”

Unlikely Allies Push Ahead On Legal Challenge Of JobsOhio

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Maurice Thompson from the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law (left) and Brian Rothenberg from Progress Ohio take questions at a Monday news conference announcing their organizations are working together to get the Ohio Supreme Court to hear a lawsuit over the constitutionality of JobsOhio.
8:59AM
July
31, 2012

Democrats are joining an tea Party-backed group in a legal challenge to the state’s semi-private job creation agency.

Historic Circle D Likely A Total Loss After Overnight Fire

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The business' Facebook page says it's been family owned since 1954.
7:56AM
July
31, 2012

Witnesses report flames shooting skyward and downtown Circleville full of smoke this morning after a massive fire at the bowling alley and skating rink.

Voters’ Rights Group Claims To Have Enough Signatures…Again

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Members of "Voters First" gathered Monday, the same day they say they turned in another 400,000 petition signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State's Office.
7:26AM
July
31, 2012

Earlier this month, members of Voters First fell more than 130,000 signatures short of getting their redistricting proposal on the fall ballot. Now they’re once again claiming to have the necessary signatures.

2012 Drought Ends ‘Win Streak’ For Corn And Soybean Farmers

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County map of Ohio shows 2012 drought extends across state with areas of severe drought in western counties.
6:53AM
July
31, 2012

While recent rains and slightly lower temperatures brought some short-term drought relief, the long hot dry spell during much of June and July is expected to take a huge toll on corn and soybean yields in Ohio and other big farming states. While this year looks bad for farmers, it follows several very good years some with record yields.

Student In Twitter Threat Ordered To Avoid Kent State

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A man law enforcement officials believe threatened to "shoot up" Kent State is warned to stay away from the University.
3:25PM
July
30, 2012

A Kent State University student accused of posting a message on Twitter saying he planned to “shoot up” the northeastern Ohio campus has been instructed to stay away from the school and its president.

Ohio House Panel Plans August Hearings On Pensions

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The Ohio House plans to vote in September on the fate of Ohio's five public retirement funds.
3:12PM
July
30, 2012

State Rep. Kirk Schuring says the goal is to have the House vote on pension legislation sometime in September.

Upper Arlington Diver Wins Silver In London

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Abby Johnston called winning a silver metal, "the coolest thing."
8:21AM
July 30, 2012

22-year-old Abby Johnston won a silver medal Sunday in the women’s 3-meter springboard synchronized diving event.

One Killed, Three Injured In South Linden Shooting

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6:27AM
July
30, 2012

Police say the incident may have been a drug-related robbery.