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  • 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 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 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 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 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 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
  • May 29, 2009

    — by Lisa Nicely
    The Auglaize sewer project has received a $5.2 million boost. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will be releasing $5.2 million in loans and grants for the project, a joint effort for Defiance and Paulding Counties. The USDA funds will go toward the Defiance section of the project. Other... Read More
  • May 28, 2009

    — by Tom Feran
    CLEVELAND -- Congress by the end of the year will pass a health-care plan covering all Americans, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown predicted on Wednesday during a speech at Cleveland's City Club. Sen. Sherrod Brown: "Fifty million Americans are standing by with the greatest care in the world just beyond their reach." "Americans know the challenges to our... Read More
  • May 27, 2009

    — by Staff Editorial
    Cigarette maker R.J. Reynolds' mint-flavored, ground tobacco in a candy form that melts in the mouth is another reason why Big Tobacco products ought to be just as tightly regulated as any food or drug on the U.S. market. The candy is clearly a drug: It can deliver a quantity of nicotine equal to or greater than the average smoker inhales via... Read More
  • May 27, 2009

    — by Jessica Wehrman
    For smokers long confined to standing outside in nasty weather to get their nicotine fix, Camel Orbs - a dissolvable tobacco product slightly bigger than an Altoid mint - is an alternative that keeps users out of the elements. For Sen. Sherrod Brown and public health advocates, it's yet another diabolical strategy to get youngsters hooked on... Read More
  • May 25, 2009

    — by Peter Slevin
    Tracy Posey is No. 11. Until she was laid off a year ago, she worked on an assembly line, packing fiberglass insulation the consistency of cotton candy. She found work, but longs for her old job at the Owens Corning factory where "glass wool" was invented more than 75 years ago. While she clings to the 11th spot on her union's seniority list, Owens... Read More
  • May 21, 2009

    — by Scot Allyn
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legislation cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown could help students at Lorain County Community College working toward a new associate degree in wind turbine technology next fall. Brown mentioned the legislation during a press conference yesterday conducted with Ed Montgomery, the White House director of recovery for auto... Read More
  • May 21, 2009

    — by Staff Report
    MANSFIELD -- Ed Montgomery, President Barack Obama's director of recovery for auto communities, plans to visit Ohio to discuss auto industry job losses here. Montgomery joined U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on a conference call from Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to discuss federal assistance for Ohio auto communities. "The auto industry is critical to... Read More