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  • July 30, 2008

    — by Dan Gearino
    The trade deficit with China has cost Ohio more than 100,000 jobs since 2001, and the greatest losses have been in manufacturing, according to a study being issued today.The report by the Economic Policy Institute, an advocacy group in Washington, D.C., was timed for release days before China hosts the Summer Olympics in Beijing.The report's... Read More
  • July 30, 2008

    — by Laurie Kellman
    Washington- Under a Democratic dare, Senate Republicans on Monday blocked a bill that would aid victims of torture, disability and disease, insisting the legislation would add to the deficit and demanding that Congress first act to lower soaring gas prices. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rolled about three dozen bills into a hard-to-resist... Read More
  • July 29, 2008

    — by EILEEN RYAN
    City officials are promising their plan to make Columbus sewers more environment- and resident-friendly will make things better -- a whole lot better.When the $2.5 billion "wet weather management plan" is implemented, it is expected to reduce sewer overflows and basement backups that occur after heavy rains and snowmelt -- by 80 percent.The system... Read More
  • July 29, 2008

    — by Jonathan Riskind
    A report on the state of the Medicare prescription drug benefit is a mixture of good news and bad news, but Sen. Sherrod Brown and the other Democratic lawmakers who requested the Government Accountability Office study definitely seem to prefer stressing the negatives.The report by the GAO, Congress' investigative arm, found that "almost three... Read More
  • July 29, 2008

    — by Kevin Gallagher
    As negotiators have been working around the clock over the past week and a half in Geneva trying to hammer out a global trade deal at the World Trade Organisation, one thing looms in all their minds: How will the next president of the United States deal with trade policy?If they want business as usual, John McCain is their man. The Brookings... Read More
  • July 28, 2008

    — by Rose Cooper
    A second White House administrative official has been appointed to work with local, state and federal officials in the effort to save 8,200 DHL jobs at the Wilmington-based air park.Sandy K. Baruah, assistant secretary of commerce for the Economic Development Administration, has been appointed as a point person at the White House, said U.S. Sen.... Read More
  • July 27, 2008

    — by Richard Simon
    Washington - Congress completed work Saturday on the government's most sweeping response yet to the nation's housing crisis, sending President Bush a bill designed to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, spur home buying and prop up struggling mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Senate, in a rare weekend session, overwhelmingly approved... Read More
  • July 27, 2008

    — by TOM TROY and LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE
    The pudding cups are gone.So are the hot dogs, and bumper covers, and spark plugs.Even the toilets in Tiffin have been flushed away.Northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan have lost nearly 5,300 manufacturing jobs in less than two years, according to state and federal unemployment filings. And another 2,100 high-paying manufacturing jobs in the... Read More
  • July 27, 2008

    — by Kristi Branam
    Saturday, the Senate passed a 300-billion dollar rescue bill aimed at helping troubled homeowners avoid foreclosure.  According to Reality Trac, Toledo ranks #1 in foreclosures in the state of Ohio, with one in every 92 homes in foreclosure.  But now, there's help for all those homeowners who felt trapped and helpless before.The housing... Read More
  • July 27, 2008

    WASHINGTON: Republicans on Saturday blocked the Senate from considering a bill next week that would nearly double federal aid to help the poor pay for heating and air conditioning.Although a dozen Senate Republicans support the measure, most voted with GOP leaders who would rather spend the time trumpeting their call to expand offshore oil drilling... Read More
  • July 26, 2008

    — by Ken Frisof
    Three years ago, the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering called the health care sector "an underperforming conglomerate of independent entities." That conglomerate includes sparkling successes in medical technology and abysmal failures in primary and chronic care for far too many ordinary people. With regional and national... Read More
  • July 26, 2008

    — by Neil Relyea
    Ohio's two senators are trying to get the Bush administration to take a more active role in keeping DHL in Wilmington.Senators Sherrod Brown and George Voinovich met with a high-ranking commerce department official Friday.The air freight carrier could close its Wilmington hub if a deal with UPS goes through.To read the rest of this article, please... Read More
  • July 26, 2008

    WASHINGTON, July 24, 2008 – In the wake of news that Pfizer’s second quarter profits more than doubled due in part to cost-cutting measures, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today renewed his investigation of pharmaceutical outsourcing and its effect on drug safety. Brown, who has already called on Pfizer to explain the safety... Read More
  • July 25, 2008

    WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- A junior member of a Senate health committee on Thursday sent a letter to Merck & Co. (MRK) Chief Executive Richard T. Clark questioning the safety implications of the company's reliance on outsourcing.Sen. Sherrod Brown, D.-Ohio, said he wants the pharmaceutical giant to explain how it tracks the ingredients in the... Read More
  • July 25, 2008

    It's an example that's becoming more and more of a concern for government officials and motorists alike - a bridge that carries an estimated 9,900 vehicles through downtown Columbus on an average day was shut down Tuesday because of safety concerns.The Town Street bridge, a 90-year-old span, is breaking up. Inspectors found issues including steel... Read More
  • July 25, 2008

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — The interstates and local roads you drive on are paid for largely by the taxes you pay on gasoline and diesel fuel.Now, a tightening economy has put a strain on construction budgets.The problem has taken on greater urgency as lawmakers face a backlog of projects to maintain the nation's highway systems, ONN's Dan Weist... Read More
  • July 25, 2008

    — by Matt Koesters
    Even as Ohio legislators in the federal government continued to fight to keep DHL from abandoning operations at the Wilmington Airpark, local leaders gathered to prepare what many believe to be an inevitable economic catastrophe. Ohio leadership at the federal level is exploring its options, including antitrust action against DHL and Deutsche Post... Read More
  • July 25, 2008

    — by JORDAN CRAVENS
    Bridges and infrastructures in Ohio can be expected to have longer life expectancies if two bills announced Wednesday by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) are approved by Congress.The first bill, the Bridge Life Extension Act of 2008, introduced by Congressman Michael Conway (R-Texas), would require corrosion mitigation and prevention plans for... Read More
  • July 25, 2008

    — by MIKE BURKHOLDER
    A U.S. senator from Ohio says he plans today to introduce two bills to help preserve the state’s vast system of bridges and infrastructure.U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, said protecting Ohio’s bridges is necessary and the two bills he plans to introduce should help protect the structures. During a session of Congress today, Brown... Read More
  • July 25, 2008

    — by Michelle Jarboe
    Home sales in Ohio rose in June for the fifth consecutive month, even as national home sales took a dive. Sales of new and existing homes in the state rose 7.6 percent last month - but still lagged 16.4 percent compared with a year before. The same held true in many counties across Northeast Ohio, where the housing market perked up heading into... Read More