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November Jobs Report Brings Lowest Unemployment Rate Since 2001

The state says Ohio has 287,000 unemployed workers last month, down 18,000 compared with October.
December 19, 2014

Ohio’s official unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in 13 years after employers added naerly 18,000 jobs in November.

Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Use Of Traffic Cameras

The high court stood by its 2008 ruling in a challenge to Akron cameras that cities have "home-rule authority" to use the cameras.
18, 2014

The Ohio Supreme Court has again upheld use of traffic camera enforcement by the state’s municipalities.

An Infrastructure Project As A Job Training Program?

Jessica Kimble outlines the apprenticeship for the operating engineers union.
18, 2014

The largest infrastructure project in Akron’s history is turning into a job-training program that local officials hope will help close the skills gap.

Out Of Control Fracking Well Displaces Eastern Ohio Families

The well blowout occurred in Monroe County near the Ohio River. The state Department of Natural Resources says it's not sure when it will be fixed.
17, 2014

At least 25 families have been evacuated from their Monroe County homes because of an out-of-control natural gas fracking well.

Democrats Elect Pepper New Party Chairman

David Pepper is a Cincinnati-area Democrat who's lost two statewide races in the last four years.
December 17, 2014

Ohio Democrats have elected Cincinnati lawyer David Pepper as their next chairman as the party looks to rebuild after a year of political missteps and devastating losses.

Governor’s Mentoring Program Has Religious Requirement

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17, 2014

If you want to be part of Governor Kasich’s program to mentor for Ohio school children, you’ll have to have a religious affiliation.

Program Uses Text Messages To Link The Hungry With Pantries

Volunteer Janet Reuss helps distribute emergency food at a pantry supplied by the Mid-Ohio foodbank
December 15, 2014

The goal of the new Columbus program is to link people who need extra food with underused food pantries in their neighborhoods.

Ohio Senate Approves “Historic” Redistricting Overhaul

Backers say the new system would create more competitive districts.
December 12, 2014

The new proposal would create a seven-member panel to redraw lines. Two minority-party votes would be needed to adopt the boundaries for 10 years. Lacking those votes, the majority would draw them and they would be good for four years.

More Franklin County Residents Being Hospitalized From The Flu

Cancer Center, Jennifer Day
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10, 2014

Columbus Public Health officials say 23 Franklin County residents were hospitalized by the flu last week. That’s about four times higher than the average week this time of year.

Kasich Makes Push To Lower Infant Mortality Rate

Kasich says the state will also spend $900,000 to fund two rural and two urban "pregnancy projects" to provide services to expectant mothers and a place to meet to support one another.
December 5, 2014

Under the governor’s plan, Ohio’s Medicaid program will provide immediate high-risk care management and services to pregnant women and babies in nine communities with high infant-mortality rates.