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Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom

Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom

PITTSBURGH (AP) — After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.
That vocal support from blue-collar workers complic ... (full story)


Where Is the market going?

Dear Mr. Berko: I'm told there is a very private banking club of exactly 60 imperial Swiss financiers, none of whose members took any losses in the recent world economic downturn; they knew well ahead of time that the Dow Jones industrial average was going to crash. Two businessmen I've met have big deposits at one of their Swiss b ... (full story)


Ohio theme parks building on record revenue

MASON, Ohio (AP) — A new roller coaster at southwestern Ohio's Kings Island theme park is expected to contribute to another year of record revenue and attendance for its parent company.
Sandusky-based Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. owns the park in Mason, near Cincinnati, as well as Cedar Point in northern Ohio.
Net reven ... (full story)


National


Iowa Senate race suddenly more competitive

Iowa Senate race suddenly more competitive

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A catchy political ad and a gotcha video have raised Republican hopes of capturing a U.S. Senate seat in Iowa, enhancing the party's chances of regaining control of the chamber.
Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat, is retiring after three decades, and Republicans are adding that seat to their list of winnab ... (full story)


State


Ohio legislator wants stronger timber theft law

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker is pushing legislation to boost prosecution of timber theft in a move that has the state forestry association worried about overregulation.
The proposal by state Rep. Ross McGregor, a Springfield Republican, would require a written agreement between landowners and the timber harves ... (full story)


Gender gap under Ohio governor nearly $10 an hour

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A newspaper investigation has found the average pay gap between men and women in the offices of four of Ohio's five elected statewide officials has grown to as much as almost $10 an hour, as it's shrunk to under a dollar across the rest of state government.
Women working in Republican Gov. John Kasich's ... (full story)


Doctor seeks shorter sentence in child porn case

COLUMBUS (AP) — A pediatric doctor who pleaded guilty to accessing child pornography is citing a troubled childhood and his own sexual abuse as a boy as he seeks a lower prison sentence.
Prosecutors are calling for a four-year sentence for Christopher Pelloski, former director of Ohio State University's pediatric cancer ra ... (full story)


Artist sought for Ohio's new US Capitol statue

Artist sought for Ohio's new US Capitol statue

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio commission is seeking an artist to design a statue of inventor Thomas Edison to be added to the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall.
The nonprofit Ohio Statuary Hall Commission is now accepting proposals from interested and qualified artists, according to a release sent on behalf of the commissi ... (full story)


Gee's move to WVU could save Ohio State millions

Gee's move to WVU could save Ohio State millions

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State University expects to save millions of dollars because former president Gordon Gee is giving up part of his retirement package as he becomes president of West Virginia University for the second time.
Gee stepped down at Ohio State last year and agreed to a deal worth $5.8 million over five years, ... (full story)


Ohio Historical Society updating name

COLUMBUS (AP) — The 129-year-old Ohio Historical Society is being rebranded as the Ohio History Connection, after many state residents said they saw the organization as inaccessible and antiquated.
The switch will happen on May 24, following public opinion polls that showed "a disconnect between the quality of service ... (full story)


Communities rally to fight back against heroin

Communities rally to fight back against heroin

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Rachel Snelbaker fought the lonely battle against her daughter's heroin abuse for years, trying to get her into treatment and trying to track her down when she went missing to use drugs.
It ended suddenly and sadly when the 21-year-old died after a heroin overdose four months ago.
"Nobody want ... (full story)