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Columbus growing, Cleveland shrinking

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio automobile dealers have struck a deal that will allow Tesla Motors to sell its electric cars in the state.
   The agreement with the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association was negotiated on Tuesday and approved by a Senate panel.
   The bill allows Tesla to keep its existing stores in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas, and allows a third to open in Cleveland, but prohibits the company from opening any other stores.
   The bill allows no other automaker to operate manufacturer-owned stores in the state.
   Ohio was among states proposing to block Tesla from setting up additional direct-sales galleries on grounds they undercut traditional auto dealerships.  Dealers saw Tesla as a threat to a system in which nearly all dealerships are independently owned franchises that are separate from manufacturers.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:13

Space Simulator Studying Climate

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A research laboratory in Ohio is simulating extreme day and night temperatures in Mars to test the power generators used in NASA'S Mars rover.
   Researchers at the University of Dayton were chosen to test to the performance of the generators on the Curiosity Mars rover as part of an ongoing five-year, $3.75 million contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.
   The Dayton Daily News reports  the two Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators being tested at UD's Research Institute lab are the only ones on Earth. A third is powering the Curiosity rover on Mars.
   The generator is the power system used to recharge the batteries on the Curiosity rover.
   University officials dedicated the new testing laboratory on Tuesday.


Touted to create over 30,000 jobs
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 10:13

Oil Leak Under Investigation

   CINCINNATI (AP) - Federal environmental officials estimate more than 20,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from a pipeline into a nature preserve in southwest Ohio.
   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency doubled initial estimates in its latest update. Meanwhile, Sunoco Logistics reports that its pipeline has been repaired and oil flow has resumed.
   Sunoco shut off a stretch of the Mid-Valley Pipeline from northern Kentucky to Lima, Ohio, early March 18 after a leak was confirmed. A company spokesman says the cause of a 5-inch pipeline crack is still being investigated.
   The oil leaked into an intermittent stream and acre-sized marshy area in the Oak Glen Nature Preserve just west of Cincinnati.  Officials say no problems have been found with air quality or local water wells, but some small wildlife has been affected.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The only woman on Ohio's death row is set to be sentenced a third time for plotting the killing of her ex-husband.
   Sixty-nine-year-old Donna Marie Roberts was sentenced to death in 2003 for plotting with her boyfriend to kill her husband in 2001 in Howland, near Youngstown.
   The Ohio Supreme Court for the second time overturned Roberts' death sentence - but not her guilty verdict - last October and sent the case back for resentencing.
   The Columbus Dispatch  reports that the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied an appeal arguing that she should be allowed to offer mitigating evidence at sentencing about why she should not receive the death penalty.
   She's scheduled to stay on death row until she's sentenced again.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:31

Lawmakers Mulling Over Oil and Gas Tax


Kasich, budget experts far apart on figures
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 08:17

Winter Spending Surges Even More

State to pony up a couple million more for winter weather
Monday, 24 March 2014 09:35

Dead Fish Filling Lakes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State officials say Ohioans may see some dead fish along Ohio's ponds and small lakes as ice and snow from this past winter melt.
   The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says winterkills occur when persistent ice forms a surface barrier between the water and air that prevents circulation of oxygen and blocks sunlight. Depleted oxygen can result in fish suffocating, and plants cut off from sunlight stop making more oxygen.
   Winterkills are most common in shallow ponds, with the dead fish typically found along the shore. Ohio's northern counties are usually affected the most because of colder temperatures and more frequent snows, but the kills are possible throughout the state this year.
   Some fish die-offs also are expected in some of Ohio's larger lakes this year.

Monday, 24 March 2014 09:33

Insured Owners to Pay More

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Many home and business owners across Ohio with federally subsidized flood insurance are likely to be hit with rate increases this year.
   Around 20,000 property owners in Ohio are among the 1.1 million policyholders nationwide facing higher rates to rescue the debt-ridden National Flood Insurance Program
   Records analyzed by The Associated Press show some of those who will see their rates live in places where flooding is a constant worry.
   But many others will pay more despite living in cities where there have been very few damaging floods since the program began in the late 1970s.
   Homeowners could pay up to 18 percent more while business owners and those with vacation homes will see their rates rise 25 percent annually.

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