May 24, 2016

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Ohio unemployment rate ticked up in April, now at 5.2 percent

COLUMBUS — Officials say Ohio’s unemployment rate rose again in April as 13,600 jobs were lost over the month. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that the state unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in April, up from 5.1 percent in March. February’s rate was 5 percent. The number of workers unemployed Read More…

Throwback Thursday: Fire at the Ohio Penitentiary

On April 21, 1930, a fire broke out on scaffolding at the Ohio Penitentiary in downtown Columbus. It turned into the deadliest prison fire in American history, with 322 inmates — many locked in their cells — dead, and more than 150 injured. The penitentiary served its purpose until 1984, and was torn down to make Read More…

Kasich says Ohio ‘stronger every day’ in address

MARIETTA — Republican Gov. John Kasich sounded a unifying message during his annual State of the State address Wednesday, saying his state “is getting stronger every day” and is setting an example for the nation by solving tough problems with ingenuity and cooperation. Kasich might be off the presidential campaign trail temporarily, but some of Read More…

Kasich, Rubio desperate to win today; Hillary hopes to hold off Bernie throughout Midwest

YOUNGSTOWN — Republicans Marco Rubio and John Kasich are fighting for their political futures Tuesday, desperate for wins in their home states of Florida and Ohio to keep their White House hopes alive and complicate Donald Trump’s path to the nomination. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is hoping to keep rival Bernie Sanders from building new Read More…

Rhode Island mulling powdered caffeine ban for minors

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rhode Island Senate is set to decide whether to ban the sale of powdered caffeine to minors. Lawmakers are scheduled to vote on the bill Tuesday. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Crowley, of Central Falls, says pure caffeine products are as dangerous as alcohol and shouldn’t be sold to people under 18. Crowley Read More…

Ohio officials meeting to discuss Zika preparedness, scenarios

COLUMBUS — Ohio officials are gathering to discuss the state’s readiness for handling Zika virus scenarios ahead of the mosquito season that begins in May. Representatives from several state agencies, local health departments and health care provider associations are meeting for a preparedness exercise Tuesday in Columbus. Zika virus is primarily transmitted through the bite Read More…

Purdue: U.S. farm entrapments fall to lowest level in decade

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A new Purdue University study says grain bin entrapments and other confined space accidents on the nation’s farms fell to their lowest level in a decade last year. Purdue’s study shows the U.S. had 47 entrapments in grain bins and other confined spaces in 2015. That’s 34 percent less than 2014’s Read More…

Ohio Senate passes 3-day sales tax holiday proposal

COLUMBUS — Shoppers in Ohio could get a three-day break from the state’s sales tax this summer under a bill passed by the state Senate. The bill had initially sought to make the sales tax holiday a yearly occurrence. Sponsoring Sen. Kevin Bacon said the bill was changed Tuesday to make it a one-year pilot Read More…

Congress on verge of permanently banning tax on local Internet access

WASHINGTON — State and local governments would be permanently barred from taxing access to the Internet under a bipartisan compromise that Congress is a step away from sending to President Barack Obama. The Senate was expected to vote Thursday to approve the language, part of a wide-ranging measure that would also revamp trade laws. The Read More…

Elyria water treatment plant clears water, addresses concerns

Most people don’t think much about the water they drink. Most just grab a glass, turn on the faucet and watch water flow out. No one thinks about lead poisoning, water contaminants or state warnings urging the use of bottled water. Or, most likely, they didn’t think much about it until reports of unsafe drinking Read More…