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Friday, 21 March 2014 10:34

Transparency Takes Center Stage

   CINCINNATI (AP) - While Ohio law calls for government that is open to the public, shadowy decision-making has led to recent court battles and a legislative effort to shed more light.
   So-called "Sunshine Laws" being highlighted across the nation this week go back decades in promoting access to governments and their records. Ohio's Open Meetings Act declares that public bodies should take actions in meetings open to the public. Some exceptions are allowed, but disputes continue.
   A Warren County judge ruled this month against township trustees meeting informally to discuss upcoming agenda items. Newspapers have challenged school boards, city councils and universities for secretive decision-making around the state.
   Legislation by state Sen. Shannon Jones is meant to close loopholes. The Springboro Republican says the public has more trust in government that is open.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Famously reclusive "Calvin and Hobbes" cartoonist Bill Watterson is speaking out on the occasion of an exhibit of his work opening at the cartoon library and museum at Ohio State University.
   Watterson, an Ohio native, has granted few interviews since retiring his hugely popular "Calvin and Hobbes" strip in 1995. Recently he agreed to answer some questions from Jenny Robb, the curator at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. 
The museum released a transcript Thursday, and parts were published by The Columbus Dispatch.
   Watterson says declining newspaper readership could keep people from building a relationship with new comics as readers did with "Calvin and Hobbes" which, at its peak, ran in 2,400 papers worldwide.
   The exhibit opens Saturday.

Friday, 21 March 2014 10:25

Ohio Unemployment Lowest in Six Years


 State rate dips below national average

60-59 loss to UD the final game for Buckeye Guard Aaron Craft

Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:22

More Mumps Cases Reported


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The number of mumps cases in the Ohio State University outbreak has climbed to 32 as officials try to trace how the people involved acquired the viral infection.
   Columbus Public Health reports the four cases added to the count Wednesday involve three students and one staff member.
   Of the 32 people infected, 26 are students, two are staff members and one is a student's relative. Health officials say the other three cases involve people who don't study or work at Ohio State but have links to the university community.
   The confirmed cases involve 13 women and 19 men. They range in age from 18 to 48. Three of them were hospitalized for at least one day.
   Mumps is a contagious infection that often starts with fever, fatigue and body aches.


Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:21

Dems Perusing Governor's Budget

 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Democratic state lawmakers are seeking to put their own touch on Republican Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) midterm budget.
   House Democrats on Wednesday proposed requiring the Legislature to broadcast its committee hearings. Currently, recording is left up to the committee chair.
   Among other changes, the Democrats want to require public records to be turned over in 20 days. Their plan also would create an independent, public-records ombudsman to mediate disputes over state records.
   The governor's proposal makes sweeping tax and education changes and streamlines government services for jobseekers and the poor.
   A spokesman for House Republicans accuses Democrats of "posturing" and says they did not seek the changes when they were in the majority. Spokesman Mike Dittoe says under GOP House leadership, state budget hearings have been filmed and broadcast live.

Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:14

Former Guardsman Expected to Plead Guilty

Accused of transporting deadly weapons
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:37

Bus Brings Healthcare Help

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A colorful bus is rolling through Ohio encouraging college students to sign up for health plans through the new insurance marketplace by a March 31 deadline.
   Get Covered America's bus tour includes stops in Dayton, Columbus and Cleveland. Free in-person enrollment assistance and one-on-one educational help is being provided.
   U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown used a stop Tuesday at Columbus State Community College to urge young adults to sign up. Most Ohioans signing up are older.
   Recent federal data show close to 79,000 Ohioans have picked health plans through the marketplace created by President Barack Obama's health care law.
   That number falls far short of the 152,000 Ohioans the government projected would be enrolled by the end of February and the more than 193,000 Ohioans deemed eligible.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:36

Offender Registry Remains Unused

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A registry created in a legislative compromise eight years ago that allows for online listings of child-sex offenders found liable in civil lawsuits has never been used.
   The registry replaced a proposal providing a one-year window for victims to file lawsuits alleging child sex abuse had occurred as long as 35 years earlier.
   The Columbus Dispatch reports pressure from the Roman Catholic church and other church groups scuttled that provision and replaced it with the registry over abuse victims' objections.
   The newspaper says the registry is still maintained by the Ohio Attorney General's Office but has never had a name placed on it.
   Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, says the registry was never set up to be effective.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:32

Kasich Budget Divvied

 Contains upwards of 2,000 pages
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