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Ohio governor OKs 4 extra 'snow days' for schools
Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 15:11

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio schools will receive four extra calamity days this year under a bill signed Wednesday by Gov. John Kasich under the watchful eye of a group of fifth-grade students.

Kasich invited the students to the Statehouse for the signing after he received letters in support of the measure from some of the students at Stingel Elementary School in north-central Ohio. The Ontario school has used 10 calamity days this year.

Snow, ice and harsh temperatures caused many districts across Ohio to exhaust the school year's five allowable calamity days — most commonly called "snow days," in which schools can close without making up the lost instructional time.

Many schools canceled classes for nine or more days this year. Some Guernsey County schools in the eastern part of the state have topped 17 such days.

The new law lets districts use the additional calamity days only after holding class on four other scheduled days off, such as holidays or school breaks.

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Ohio man pleads guilty in $1.8M investment fraud
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 06:35

CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio man accused of defrauding people out of $1.8 million in an investment scheme has pleaded guilty on 14 counts in federal court.

Prosecutors say 34-year-old Anthony Davian of Copley pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of securities fraud, two counts of mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud and seven counts of money laundering.

Defense attorney Paul Adamson says Davian intends to do his best to pay full restitution. Adamson says Davian had good intentions but made some mistakes.

Prosecutors say Davian promoted and sold securities to at least 20 investors in several states between 2008 and 2013 through his hedge fund, Davian Capital Advisers LLC. Prosecutors say Davian misrepresented information about his business and used investors' money to pay personal expenses.

He'll be sentenced July 2.


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Ohio lab tests generators for Mars rovers
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 06:30

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A research laboratory in Ohio is simulating extreme day and night temperatures in Mars to test the power generators used in NASA'S Mars rover.

Researchers at the University of Dayton were chosen to test to the performance of the generators on the Curiosity Mars rover as part of an ongoing five-year, $3.75 million contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1jHnG4m ) reports that the two Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators being tested at UD's Research Institute lab are the only ones on Earth. A third is powering the Curiosity rover on Mars.

The generator is the power system used to recharge the batteries on the Curiosity rover.

University officials dedicated the new testing laboratory on Tuesday.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com


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Ohio House to vote on $2.4B construction budget
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 06:31

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House is set to vote on a nearly $2.4 billion state construction budget that funds a host of community, school, park and prison projects.

The proposal up for a vote Wednesday directs $675 million toward primary and secondary schools and $450 million toward public colleges and universities for repairs, renovations and new buildings.

Another $574 million goes for maintenance, renovation and cost-saving projects at state-owned facilities, including parks and prisons.

Local road, bridge, sewer and other infrastructure projects would get $369 million. An additional $100 million goes to the Clean Ohio green space preservation program.

Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) administration estimates that projects funded under the bill would create 31,000 jobs over several years.

A Senate committee plans to start hearings on the measure Wednesday.

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Ohio Capital Budget: http://obm.ohio.gov/sectionpages/budget/capital.aspx


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Deal allows Tesla to sell cars in Ohio
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 06:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio automobile dealers have struck a deal that will allow Tesla Motors to sell its electric cars in the state.

The agreement with the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association was negotiated on Tuesday and approved by a Senate panel.

The bill allows Tesla to keep its existing stores in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas, and allows a third to open in Cleveland, but prohibits the company from opening any other stores.

The bill allows no other automaker to operate manufacturer-owned stores in the state.

Ohio was among states proposing to block Tesla from setting up additional direct-sales galleries on grounds they undercut traditional auto dealerships. Dealers saw Tesla as a threat to a system in which nearly all dealerships are independently owned franchises that are separate from manufacturers.


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