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U of Michigan names Mark Schlissel new president
Written by MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press   
Friday, 24 January 2014 11:28

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has named Brown University Provost Mark Schlissel as its new president.

The Board of Regents approved Schlissel's appointment on Friday, meaning he'll become the 14th person to lead the Ann Arbor school.

Schlissel is Brown's chief academic officer. Before that, he served as dean of biological sciences at the University of California-Berkeley.

Schlissel will succeed President Mary Sue Coleman, who announced last year that she would step down when her contract expires this summer. She will leave as Michigan's fourth longest-serving leader.

The 70-year-old Coleman also is the university's first female president.

Coleman was hired in 2002 after seven years as president at the University of Iowa. Her time in Ann Arbor has been marked by significant physical changes to the campus.


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10,000 Ohioans lose food stamps over work rules
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 24 January 2014 10:41

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thousands of poor Ohio residents have lost food stamp benefits for not fulfilling work requirements, and the number is expected to rise in the coming months.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1aRlD8N ) reports over 10,000 people lost the benefits this month as Ohio began enforcing work requirements that were waived in recent years. The state says about 140,000 adults who don't have dependent children now can get the assistance only if they spend at least 20 hours working, attending class or job training, or volunteering each week.

Thousands more food-stamp recipients are expected to lose the benefits soon because they haven't gone through an assessment of whether the work rules apply to them. For some, caseworkers with large caseloads haven't finished the assessments. Other recipients haven't showed up for assessments as requested.

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


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Ohio reaches $898 million in liquor sales for 2013
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 24 January 2014 07:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says total liquor sales in Ohio climbed to a record $898 million in 2013, up almost 6 percent from the previous year.

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control says retail dollar sales were strong in 2013 totaling $635 million, an increase of more than 7 percent. Wholesale sales of spirits to restaurants, bars and clubs increased by 2.5 percent to $264 million.

The state noted that sales grew at a higher rate than consumption. The amount of gallons of liquor sold increased 3 percent compared with 2012. The division sold 12 million gallons at its hundreds of contract agencies around Ohio.

The state says buyers are trading up to purchase premium brands. The top-selling brand was Jack Daniels whiskey, followed by Kamchatka vodka and Crown Royal whiskey.


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Ohio unemployment rate drops to 7.2 percent, was 6.7 in Dec. 2012
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 24 January 2014 10:40

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials say the state's unemployment rate dropped again in December.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the state jobless rate was 7.2 percent last month. That's down from 7.4 percent in November but higher than the 6.7 percent reported for December 2012.

The latest state rate also is higher than the national figure, which dropped from 7 percent in November to 6.7 percent in December.

The number of unemployed Ohio workers was 416,000 last month, or 11,000 fewer than in the previous month.

Ohio gained 5,600 jobs in goods-producing industries, 4,000 in construction, 3,400 in professional and business services and 2,400 in leisure and hospitality. But it lost positions in other sectors, including 3,700 in educational and health services.

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Online:

http://www.jfs.ohio.gov


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Track work finishes on Ohio park's thrill ride
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 24 January 2014 07:29

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Workers have installed the final piece of track on a roller coaster set to open this spring at Kings Island theme park in southwest Ohio.

Park officials said the remaining piece was put in place Thursday morning.

The $24 million "Banshee" coaster is described by the park as the world's longest inverted steel roller coaster. It will cover 4,124 feet of track and include seven inversions. The coaster will reach speeds of up to 68 mph over the two-minute, 40-second ride.

The latest attraction, slated to open April 18, occupies the area where the ill-fated Son of Beast roller coaster once stood.

The Son of Beast was billed as the world's tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster. Plagued by shutdowns and injuries, it was closed and taken apart in 2012.


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