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  • January 09, 2009

    — by CHANDA NEELY
    LORAIN — The Lorain and Sheffield Village fire departments will each receive more than $70,000 from a national firefighters grants program.The Lorain Fire Department has been awarded $72,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program. The money will be used to pay for emergency equipment,... Read More
  • January 09, 2009

    The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution expressing support for Israel in its conflict with Hamas, while the House of Representatives prepared to act today. Ohio legislators offered these opinions: Sen. Sherrod Brown, Democrat: "For its first seven years, the Bush administration ignored the problems in the Middle East and allowed the... Read More
  • January 07, 2009

    — by ALAN INGRAM
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur and Sen. Sherrod Brown will get a raise this year, but they don't plan to keep the extra money, according to staff in their offices.Members of Congress will receive an automatic annual $4,700 cost-of-living pay increase this month, according to Kaptur's office. It will take effect unless Congress takes... Read More
  • January 06, 2009

    — by Kim Wendel
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On the first day of the 111th Congress, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced legislation that would create green jobs in Ohio and expand access to health insurance for small businesses and self-employed individuals.  "Creating good-paying jobs and expanding health coverage must be top priorities in the new Congress,"... Read More
  • January 05, 2009

    — by Lynn Hulsey
    Help could be on the way.Many local, state and federal officials are optimistic the new year will bring relief to communities and states suffering under the yearlong recession."The senator is very hopeful that there will be help coming to Ohio," said Meghan Dubyak, press secretary for Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who wants an economic stimulus bill... Read More
  • January 04, 2009

    During their years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican David L. Hobson and Democrat Sherrod Brown of Ohio would never have been regarded by anyone as good buddies.But as Hobson, a congressman from Springfield since 1991, left the House on Wednesday, Brown, now a U.S. senator, praised Hobson as "one of the most effective members of the... Read More
  • December 31, 2008

    — by Edd Pritchard
    While touring the Cleveland Clinic a few years ago, Ralph Regula noticed pins worn by some of the staff.“Patients first,” they read.Regula latched onto the phrase. He asked who made them for the hospital because he wanted buttons to read “constituents first” for his workers.“That’s what it’s all... Read More
  • December 30, 2008

    A hurricane, tornado or tsunami of sorts has hit Clinton County. Although not a natural disaster, the economic crisis that the community faces has a similar devastating impact. Like Wilmington, too many communities across the United States are in the path of a perfect economic storm brought on by sudden and extreme changes in the local economy at a... Read More
  • December 28, 2008

    — by Steve Bennish
    If Ohio were to stop burning coal tomorrow, the state would shut down. Eighty-six percent of Ohio's electric energy comes from coal combustion — a key factor in menacing climate change. That's about to shift. Dayton Power and Light Co. executives are feeling their way though a complex assortment of alternative energy proposals — more... Read More
  • December 25, 2008

    — by Sarena McRae
    Celebrating her 105th birthday next month would have been reason enough for Ella Mae Johnson to get excited. Finding out that she was chosen to be a special guest at President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration was more than she could have imagined. "I just want to go," she said. "My great-grandchildren will say of their grandma, 'She was there.' "... Read More
  • December 23, 2008

    — by John Nolan
    Members of Congress from Ohio are questioning whether express shipper DHL is providing all the money it promised to help offset the economic devastation anticipated from the planned shutdown of its U.S. freight hub in Wilmington and loss of at least 8,000 jobs."We understand that DHL has yet to begin providing substantial amounts of the resources... Read More
  • December 22, 2008

    — by STEVE EDER
    As the realities of the economic downturn set in, droves of companies are shedding employees: Sometimes offering them notice required under federal law, sometimes not. The Sugar Law Center, a nonprofit organization based in Detroit that assists workers in WARN Act lawsuits, said its call volume has more than doubled since September, when the recent... Read More
  • December 20, 2008

    — by Terry Morris
    WILMINGTON — How has the demise of the DHL Express hub affected workers and the community?U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Wilmington Mayor David Raizk led a roundtable discussion Friday, Dec. 19, at Wilmington College's Kelly Hall to find out.Current and former employees, business owners and others shared testimonials and observations."But this... Read More
  • December 20, 2008

    "This decision averted an economic catastrophe for the industry, and potentially for the economy. I am pleased that conditions for funding include an end to CEO bonuses and perks such as corporate jets. It is unfortunate, however, that so much of the burden remains on the shoulders of hard-working men and women." Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ohio Democrat... Read More
  • December 19, 2008

    WILMINGTON -- The city of Wilmington is bracing for an economic disaster when its airpark closes in January, and the community came together Friday for a preemptive strike.“There have been a lot of tears shed over the past few months,” said Clinton County Commissioner Randy Riley.Sen. Sherrod Brown took part as leaders discussed plans... Read More
  • December 19, 2008

    WILMINGTON, Ohio -- CBS News’ 60 Minutes will be in Wilmington on Friday morning at a town hall meeting about what to do with the area once DHL leaves town.The Wilmington Economic Task Force One organized the event. They are asking for the community for input and ideas as they try to figure out how to redevelop the Clinton County area.Ohio... Read More
  • December 19, 2008

    Clinton County and Wilmington residents Friday urged federal leaders to continue providing assistance to the community as DHL winds down domestic air and ground operations at the Air Park.The request came during a town hall meeting held at Wilmington College by the Wilmington Area Economic Task Force.  Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown said... Read More
  • December 19, 2008

    WILMINGTON, Ohio -- People in Wilmington are looking for answers to the problems that are directly connected to thousands of job losses at DHL’s hub.Former employees got together on Friday with a top Ohio lawmaker and talked about what is happening to their city.This was a town hall meeting that gave people a chance to speak and to listen to... Read More
  • December 18, 2008

    — by Kevin Krolicki and John Crawley
    Chrysler LLC said on Wednesday that it would halt factory operations for at least a month, putting new pressure on the Bush administration to quickly help cash-strapped automakers.The shutdown beginning on Friday will idle plants in the United States, Canada and Mexico that produce vehicles for its Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands.More than 30,000... Read More
  • December 18, 2008

    — by Tasha Thomas
    Senator Sherrod Brown advocates for Ohio in a stimulus letter to President-Elect Barack Obama.CLEVELAND, OH – As Congress and the Obama administration craft a stimulus package, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today sent a letter to President-elect Barack Obama advocating for specific priorities to be included in the final bill. The letter... Read More