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New Police Task Force Meets On OSU Campus

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11:23AM
March
16, 2015

Gov. John Kasich formed the 24-person committee of city council members, religious leaders and law enforcement officials after several police-involved shootings in Ohio and across the country raised concerns.

Newark Group Urges Change In Public Employment Job Applications

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Billie Bibow of Newark tells a Denison University audience of her efforts to find work after being released from prison. The Newark Think Tank on Poverty advocates changes in state law to help non-violent, ex-felons
10:06AM
March
16, 2015

As Ohio considers early release for some inmates convicted of non-violent felonies, a pair of state lawmakers has introduced a bill to improve odds of them getting work. In Newark, a non-profit is actively backing the proposed legislation as a means to combat poverty and help ex-felons from returning to prison.

Hospital Move Could Spur More Franklinton Development

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The head of the Franklinton Development Association says Mt. Carmel's decision to move it main hospital out of the neighborhood should have a positive effect on Franklinton revitalization in the long run.
3:47PM
March
13, 2015

The head of a local development group says a decision by Mt. Carmel hospital officials to move their in-patient care facility out of Franklinton won’t hurt the neighborhood’s revitilization efforts.

Ohio AG Certifies Petition For Marijuana Legalization Issue

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Ballot proposal language from ResponsibleOhio has been approved by the Ohio Attorney General. The proposal now goes to the Ohio Ballot Board.
1:45PM
March
13, 2015

A marijuana legalization effort in Ohio has cleared a key governmental hurdle.

Mount Carmel Health Systems Will Expand In Grove City

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6:35AM
March
13, 2015

Mount Carmel announced it will move its main hospital operations out of Franklinton to a new facility in Grove City.

Surge In Ohio Ginseng Harvesting

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Rural Action's Tanner Filyaw holds a decades-old ginseng root
6:56AM
March
10, 2015

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is studying ways to protect Ginseng, a plant highly prized in Asia for claimed medicinal qualities. Recent media attention has caused a surge in ginseng harvesting.

Ohio Legislature Weighs New ‘Run-off’ Regs For Farmers

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The blue-green algae inundating Lake Erie and some other Ohio lakes is fueled by fertilizer runoff from farm fields and lawns.
1:50PM
March
9, 2015

The Ohio House is expected to vote on legislation this week to regulate fertilizer and manure run-off from fields. The run-off is partially blamed for a toxic algae bloom on Lake Erie that disrupted water supply for 400,000 Toledo residents last summer.

Ohio’s Largest Online Charter Spent $2M On Ads To Attract Students

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Ads for the online charter schools portray it as a haven for young parents and students who've been bullied.
8:55AM
March 9, 2015

Ohio’s largest online charter school reported at least $2.27 million spent last school year on advertising to attract students.

Home Remodeling: What You Get Back In Columbus

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Columbus homeowners, on average, will recoup about 60 percent of a bathroom remodel investment.
5:00AM
March 9, 2015

As styles and living circumstances change, homeowners have a key question: should we move or remodel? With the Columbus housing market still tight, many in Central Ohio may opt for remodeling. Then the question becomes: how much should we spend?

Ohio’s Public Universities Owe $6.5 Billion In Debt

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5:04PM
March
7, 2015

Ohio’s 14 public universities owe $6.5 billion for debt mostly created by what some education experts call unnecessary campus building booms.