Fracking firm cleaning up leak in southeast Ohio
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Thursday, 08 May 2014 13:03
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Colorado-based energy company was cleaning up hundreds of gallons of oily fluid that leaked into a nearby creek while it was drilling an oil and gas well in southeast Ohio.
An oil-based lubricant known as “mud” spewed from a well head Sunday during drilling for a hydraulic-fracturing well near Beverly, Ohio, just west of Marietta. About 1,600 gallons leaked from the drill site into a creek that is a tributary of the Muskingum River, said Heather Lauer, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 13:06
Ohio leads nation in metal thefts
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Thursday, 08 May 2014 09:37
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio continues to lead the nation in metal thefts, with 1,446 insurance claims made last year, according to a new report.
A National Insurance Crime Bureau report released Wednesday said the state reported more than 4,000 claims from 2011 through 2013 from homes and businesses, nearly all copper thefts.
Columbus schools cut staff
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Wednesday, 07 May 2014 07:34
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s largest school district plans to cut about 200 positions under nearly $23 million in planned budget cuts.
The Columbus city schools board of education approved the plan Tuesday night, which includes no initial plans for layoffs.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1kL5KpL ) reports that 93 percent of the cuts will come from salaries and benefits of some of the nearly 6,700 full-time equivalent positions in the district.
Casino revenues dip in April
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Wednesday, 07 May 2014 15:22
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Revenue figures show profits at Ohio’s four casinos took a dip in April.
The numbers released Wednesday show April revenues for each casino were down from March and compared with the same month last year.
Toledo’s casino had the smallest decrease in April revenues from the previous month, dipping to $16.1 million. That’s a 7.5 percent decrease.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 08:49
Ohio issues new school report cards after scandal
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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 21:50
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Six Ohio school districts that were found to have altered student data to improve their performance ratings were issued new state report cards on Tuesday.

The Ohio Department of Education released the report cards for all 143 schools in the six districts, which include Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo.

The state changed grades for 20 schools for the 2010-2011 school year. Grades at 10 Cleveland schools dropped, according to The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1ih3QPm ). The only two that rose were in Cincinnati.

According to a news release from the state, the most significant change was the lowering of the 2011 rating for the Northridge Local School District near Dayton in southwest Ohio. The district went from "Excellent" to "Continuous Improvement," a drop of two levels under the rating system in place at that time.

The inflated rating had allowed the district to receive nearly $28,000 in state bonus money for excellent academic performance. The department is demanding the district return the money.
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