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  • June 17, 2009

    — by Jill Riepenhoff and Todd Jones
    Concerned that universities have gone too far to protect student privacy, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has called on federal education officials to make changes. The Ohio Democrat sent a letter Monday to the U.S. Department of Education asking it to clean up the 35-year-old Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Brown joins a chorus of government... Read More
  • June 16, 2009

    — by Jill Riepenhoff
    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling for reforms to the federal student privacy law.The Ohio Democrat yesterday sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education asking it to clean up the 35-year-old Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.The law was crafted to keep academic records such as grades and transcripts private. The former senator who... Read More
  • June 15, 2009

    — by Jack Torry
    WASHINGTON -- The goal is simple enough: Provide health insurance to the 44 million Americans without any coverage. The trick is how to pay for it. This week, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., is expected to unveil a controversial plan to tax at least some of the health benefits that millions of Americans receive from their... Read More
  • June 13, 2009

    — by Frank Bentayou
    CLEVELAND -- While Ohio has lost industrial jobs for years, employment at businesses focused on conservation and alternative energy grew here by the fourth-highest margin of any state in the nation through 2007, according to a study a nonprofit group released Friday.The report, prepared by Pew Charitable Trusts and its environmental group, also put... Read More
  • June 12, 2009

    — by Lou Whitmire
    ONTARIO -- Local leaders launched a campaign Thursday to keep General Motors Corp.'s Mansfield/Ontario Metal Center in operation. The "We Got It Right" Committee, which includes local mayors and Richland County commissioners, led a meeting at City Hall seeking help to reverse this month's announcement that 1,200 jobs will be eliminated by the end... Read More
  • June 12, 2009

    — by Barbara Barrett
    The Senate overwhelmingly approved historic legislation yesterday that would give government broad new authority to regulate tobacco products, slash nicotine content and restrict advertising. Health advocates cheered the 79-17 passage of the bill, saying it could prevent thousands of deaths. One in five Americans use tobacco, and smoking-related... Read More
  • June 12, 2009

    — by Kim Margolis
    Earlier this year, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown proposed a health care bill on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Currently, some insurance companies stop covering routine health care for cancer patients if they enter a clinical trial. If they do not enter a clinical trial, their benefits would continue. Under the Access to Cancer Clinical Trials Act,... Read More
  • June 12, 2009

    — by Janet Hook
    Capping a half-century battle with the tobacco industry, Congress overwhelmingly approved landmark legislation Thursday that would for the first time give the government far-reaching power to regulate the manufacturing and marketing of cigarettes and other tobacco products. The legislation, which was approved by the Senate 79-17 and is expected to... Read More
  • June 11, 2009

    — by David Patch
    The Toledo Area Transit Authority ordered 39 new buses this spring and now it has the money to pay for them. The Federal Transit Administration yesterday formally released slightly more than $8.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to the transit agency, most of it to be used for vehicle purchases, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown... Read More
  • June 09, 2009

    — by Staff Report
    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that $88.2 million in new federal fundswill help unemployed Ohioans. The funds, passed as part of the economic recovery package, will provide unemployment insurance benefits to unemployed workers. “Help for unemployed workers couldn’t come at a better time,” Brown said. “These funds... Read More
  • June 05, 2009

    — by Thomas Sheeran
    CLEVELAND - Ohio, where auto-industry layoffs have helped push unemployment to 10.2 percent, would get a boost in the electric-car business with government-backed lithium-ion battery materials production at a proposed plant in Elyria. About half the project's cost would be covered with money from the $787 billion federal stimulus package, backers... Read More
  • June 04, 2009

    — by Shaheen Samavati
    BASF Corp., the world's largest chemical company, says it wants to put a cutting-edge facility in Elyria that would make chemicals to be used in electric and hybrid car batteries. The deal depends on whether the company is able to get a grant through the U.S. Department of Energy, which would be funded through federal stimulus money. BASF, a German... Read More
  • June 04, 2009

    — by Ron Selak
    AUSTINTOWN - U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan in calling General Motor's bankruptcy filing ''devastating'' and ''monumental'' said there is a bright spot among the darkness: assurances from the automaker's top executives that Lordstown is key in turning around the auto giant. ''In the midst of this all garbage, there is a silver lining for this... Read More
  • June 04, 2009

    — by Staff Report
    The federal government expanded National Emergency Grant funds by $1,657,746 to assist approximately 700 employees at the Twinsburg plant. The government also made available to the state $19.1 million in Trade Adjustment Assistance funding for other communities affected by auto company and supplier factory closings. The money will be used at... Read More
  • June 04, 2009

    — by Andrew Schunk
    The U.S. Department of Labor will release an additional $1.66 million specifically to assist Twinsburg Chrysler stamping plant workers and their families, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office (D-Ohio) announced June 4. “These funds are critical for Twinsburg auto workers and their families,” Brown said in a prepared statement.... Read More
  • June 04, 2009

    — by Erik Shilling
    MANSFIELD -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Mansfield native, believes north central Ohio should look to the future for employment opportunities in the wake of Monday's announcement that General Motors Corp. is closing its Mansfield/ Ontario Metal Center. "It's going to be a long-term (ad- justment) and we're starting soon," Brown said. "Fuel cells,... Read More
  • June 04, 2009

    — by Kris Maher
    The United Steelworkers is trying to use a case involving tire imports as the centerpiece of its push for tougher enforcement of trade laws by the Obama administration, especially involving China, at a time when all types of U.S. manufacturing are reeling from the recession and a steep drop in car sales. The union alleges that China unfairly... Read More
  • June 03, 2009

    — by Staff Report
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor has released $19.1 million for job retraining and employment assistance for Ohio workers who lost jobs because of U.S. trade with other countries, said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. The funding through the government’s Trade Adjustment Assistance program pays for career training, employment... Read More
  • May 31, 2009

    — by Rachel Buccione
    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown made a stop near SWACO's landfill in Grove City to announce new national legislation Thursday, May 28. Brown spoke of the Rubbish to Renewables Act of 2009, which takes a cue from SWACO's efforts to transform methane gas into fuel. SWACO, using technology developed in Cleveland and manufactured in Dublin, converts the... Read More
  • May 30, 2009

    — by Linda Martz
    MANSFIELD -- Congress will approve a universal health care plan designed to cover all Americans by the end of the year, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown predicted. The Mansfield native made that proclamation Wednesday during a speech at the City Club of Cleveland. He also endorsed federal Medi-care reimbursement for low-cost preventive health care programs... Read More