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Housing facility for veterans in Ohio expands
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 07:39

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A permanent supportive housing community for disabled and formerly homeless veterans in central Ohio has expanded, with a similar facility expected to open next year in northwest Ohio.

Federal, state and local officials are helping celebrate the grand opening of the expanded Commons at Livingston community in Columbus on Wednesday. The community created and operated by the nonprofit National Church Residences opened in 2011 with 50 one-bedroom apartments. The $7.2 million expansion project includes 50 additional units.

The community provides veterans with on-site social, educational, vocational and health care support services that allow more opportunity for stability and self-sufficiency.

The facility is financed through federal, state and local funding and donations. All veterans in the housing community are disabled. They pay some rent and must meet certain income requirements.


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27 people apply to replace Ohio utility regulator
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 07:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A nominating panel is reviewing 27 applicants for a soon-to-be-vacated seat on the Ohio board that regulates public utilities.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1aIzCRE ) reports the applicants for the seat on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio include the commission's utility-rate administrator, Patrick Donlon, and Columbus Republican Tom Johnson, a former state lawmaker who was budget director under Gov. Bob Taft.

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 nominating commission will interview some candidates and recommend four finalists to Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik). He'll make the choice and decide whether the next chairman should be the new commission member or one of four other members of the panel.

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


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Ohio, dealers work to address propane shortages
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:03

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A tight supply of propane is causing concerns for rural Ohio residents who use the fuel to heat their homes, and the governor has relaxed some delivery restrictions to help expedite propane gas shipments.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1ePysTD ) reports propane availability is more limited and prices are higher this year for several reasons, including stretches of extreme cold that drained an already depleted supply. In response, some dealers are postponing deliveries and focusing on consumers most in need.

Census data indicates about 6 percent of Ohio households are heated primarily using propane, most of them rural homes. Morrow County has the highest percentage, with about one-third relying on propane.

Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-sik) emergency declaration temporarily allows propane shippers to drive more hours and consecutive days than usual.

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


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Tiny bird awakes man inside burning NE Indiana home
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:10

AVILLA, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana man is crediting his tiny pet bird for waking him up in time to escape from his burning mobile home.

Thirty-six-year-old Andy Hardiek says he was sleeping Monday afternoon after working the third shift at a factory when his cockatiel named Dylan started squawking.

He tells The News Sun (http://bit.ly/1aGl84w ) that he first tried to use a fire extinguisher to put out the flames before fleeing with Dylan and his cage.

Avilla Fire Chief John Brazzell says he was still a block away when he saw smoke coming from the trailer in the town about 20 miles north of Fort Wayne. Brazzell blamed the fire on old heating tape around pipes and says the trailer is likely a total loss.

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Information from: The News-Sun, http://www.kpcnews.com


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Ohio dog-rescue groups not registering as required
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Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:03

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Agriculture says dog-rescue operations that aren't registered with the state under new regulations could face fines if they refuse to comply.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1dQmWcF ) reports Ohio is believed to have hundreds of dog-rescue operations, but only a fraction have registered. The registration requirement was among regulations in effect starting this year to help crack down on puppy mills.

Martha Leary of Star-Mar Rescue in Wooster helped write the language of the law. She says the state has sent known rescue organizations hundreds of letters about compliance. Leary says some groups don't think the law applies to them, and others fear possible inspections.

Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Erica Hawkins says the lag in compliance isn't uncommon when such regulation is starting from scratch.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com


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