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Panel names four finalists for Ohio utility regulator
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 31 January 2014 07:12

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The four finalists recommended for a soon-to-be-vacated seat on the Ohio commission that regulates public utilities include a former state budget director and a utility-rate administrator for the commission.

A nominating panel considered 27 applicants for the seat on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and submitted the finalists Thursday to Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik). He can make his choice from that list or ask for a new one.

The commission will have an open seat because Chairman Todd Snitchler (SNIHCH'-lur) decided not to seek reappointment when his term expires April 10.

The finalists include two from Columbus: utility-rate administrator Patrick Donlon and Tom Johnson, who was budget director under Gov. Bob Taft. Toledo city Councilman Tom Waniewski and Cleveland lawyer Stacey Polk also made the short list.


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Thousands attend memorial for two Toledo firefighters
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 31 January 2014 07:11

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Caskets covered by American flags sat before a crowd of several thousand as two Toledo firefighters who died while battling an apartment blaze were praised Thursday for embracing a profession in which they ran toward danger instead of away from it.

Firefighters from Ohio and around the nation gathered inside Toledo's downtown convention center to celebrate the lives and service of Stephen Machcinski and James Dickman, who died fighting a blaze inside a six-unit apartment building on Sunday.

"They deserve, and rightfully so, the title of heroes," said Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins, a former police officer.

Radio calls from the scene of the fire indicated that the pair faced rapidly deteriorating conditions once inside the burning apartment building near downtown. Firefighters found them inside, carried them out and tried unsuccessfully to save them.

Investigators have not released a cause for the fire or details about what led to the deaths. Autopsies released this week showed that Machcinski and Dickman died from burns and carbon monoxide.

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Report: lackluster results for Ohio's job program
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:04

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A report shows that Ohio's new effort to find jobs for welfare recipients has fallen short.

The $66 million effort launched six months ago has so far come up with work for 257 Ohioans, and three-quarters are earning $10 or less. Of that number, just five were still employed after 90 days.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1b9PXvB ) reports that half of the state's 20 regional workforce boards trying to make placements have found no one a job.

The newspaper reported Thursday on the Jan. 24 report by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The Ohio Works Incentive Program was intended to help people get from welfare to work, but state officials acknowledge that initial results are underwhelming.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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Ohio elections chief urges online registration
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:35

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state's top elections official says online voter registration can be implemented in Ohio as soon as state lawmakers pass it.

Secretary of State Jon Husted said Thursday that a lack of online registration is one of the presidential battleground state's voting deficiencies.

Republican leaders who control the state House and Senate say their GOP caucuses have not taken positions on the issue. Senate President Keith Faber (FAY'-bur) says his fellow Republicans have mixed feelings on letting residents register to vote online.

Husted and the leaders discussed their policy plans for the year at a legislative preview session for journalists, organized by The Associated Press.

Others scheduled to appear at the forum include Democratic legislative leaders, Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik), Auditor Dave Yost and Attorney General Mike DeWine.


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Bill expected to streamline Ohio adoptions
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:54

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has passed a bill that is expected to make adoptions cheaper and quicker.

The bill passed Wednesday with bipartisan support would increase the tax credit for an adoption from $1,500 to $10,000 and allows parents to spread the credit over five years.

The bill, now headed to the Senate, also allows the birth mother to notify the father before the baby is born that she plans to give it up for adoption, giving the father 30 days to consent.

If there is no such pre-birth notification, the period for the birth father to register would be reduced from 30 days after the baby is born to seven days. It also would reduce the period in which an adoption could be challenged from one year to 60 days.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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