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  • July 19, 2008

    — by Dan Gearino
    You need to look back to 1981 to find two months in which Ohio's jobless rate rose as much as it did in May and June.The June rate, released yesterday, was 6.6 percent, up 0.3 percentage points from May and up a full percentage point from April.In 1981, Ronald Reagan was president, Jim Rhodes was governor, Jessie's G irl by Rick Springfield was on... Read More
  • July 18, 2008

    — by ASHLEY PHILLIPS
    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown this week announced plans to introduce legislation that would give the federal government new authority to recall tainted meats, vegetables and other food products.The move has the full support of Ross County Health Commission Dr. Timothy Angel."Its a good start in the right direction," Angel said. "The government needs to... Read More
  • July 18, 2008

    — by Gerry Ricciutti
    Facing growing public anger over gas prices hovering around $4-dollars-a-gallon, lawmakers in Washington may be feeling the heat..Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, and other Democrats now want to target oil market speculators -- whom they accuse of driving up prices as well as their own profits.  Those oil prices fell for the third day in a row... Read More
  • July 18, 2008

    — by David DeWitt
    America's energy problems have become a highlighted campaign issue over the past several weeks. When both presidential campaigns came to Ohio last week, Republican and Democrats alike held press conference calls to tussle over the energy issue.One aspect that has been brought up to help solve the energy problem is cracking down on speculators, who... Read More
  • July 18, 2008

    — by Bill Hormann
    Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) has the toughest job in Washington: manager of the lowly Democratic congressional baseball team. Losers of seven straight to the dreaded Republicans since their come-from-behind win in 2000, the Democrats will march out onto the field tonight at Nationals Park in search of their first win of the Bush presidency. Some... Read More
  • July 17, 2008

    — by Misti Crane
    The federal agencies responsible for keeping the food on your table safe from contaminants including E. coli and salmonella have no authority to force product recalls.Instead, the Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture rely on the good will of slaughterhouse operators, grocery-store executives and others.However, proposals in... Read More
  • July 17, 2008

    United States Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today received the President’s Award from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) for his work on the 2008 Farm Bill. The award, which was presented at the NCGA’s biannual Corn Congress in Washington, is given each year to a single member of Congress who has actively worked and raised... Read More
  • July 17, 2008

    — by JOHN W. URSCH
    WASHINGTON D.C./GREENE COUNTY — United States Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced his introduction of the Safe and Fair Enforcement and Recall for (SAFER) Meat, Poultry, and Food Act that would give federal authorities new power to issue mandatory recalls of tainted food items. The announcement comes on the heels of recent E. coli... Read More
  • July 16, 2008

    — by Staff
    WILMINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on Monday gave DHL officials petitions with more than 9,000 signatures urging the package delivery service to keep jobs at its Ohio hub. Brown rallied with workers from DHL, ABX Air and ASTAR Air Cargo, then stepped inside an office building to hand over the petitions and meet with Mike Schmitt, director... Read More
  • July 15, 2008

    — by Catherine Turner
    Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown will take another step in trying to save thousands of Tri-State jobs.The jobs in question are at the DHL hub in Wilmington. DHL recently announced it might shut down operations there, which would put at least 6,000 people out of work.To read the rest of this article, please click here. Read More
  • July 15, 2008

    WILMINGTON, Ohio — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on Monday gave DHL officials petitions with more than 9,000 signatures urging the package delivery service to keep jobs at its Ohio hub.Brown rallied with workers from DHL, ABX Air and ASTAR Air Cargo, then stepped inside an office building to hand over the petitions and meet with Mike Schmitt,... Read More
  • July 15, 2008

    Local workers got some help today in their bid to keep their employer from moving out of the Tri-State. An Ohio Senator stepped in to deliver a petition to try to stop DHL from dropping ABX. The group tried to deliver 9000 signatures a couple weeks ago to DHL's Director of Operations in Wilmington, but they say they were stopped by security. Today,... Read More
  • July 15, 2008

    — by Tim Tresslar
    WILMINGTON — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, on Monday, July 14, delivered petitions opposing plans by the air cargo company DHL to ally itself with United Parcel Service.After emerging from DHL's offices on July 14, Brown said he met briefly with Mike Schmitt, director of operations for DHL's hub in Wilmington, and delivered the petitions... Read More
  • July 14, 2008

    — by Kathy M. Kristof
    Going to college became more affordable this month for millions of lower-income students, thanks to changes to two major financial aid programs.The revisions, spurred by a federal law called the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, include higher maximum amounts for federal grants as well as lower interest rates on some newly written... Read More
  • July 14, 2008

    — by PAMELA YIP
    Each time I write a column about guarding your Social Security number, I get calls from seniors complaining that the government is one of the biggest contributors to identity theft because it exposes seniors' Social Security numbers on their Medicare cards. Here's a recent e-mail I received from a reader after we ran a wire service story on the... Read More
  • July 14, 2008

    — by Nicole Gaouette
    WASHINGTON — In a shift on federal food safety policy, the Bush administration soon will begin telling consumers during food recalls whether their local grocery store has been stocking contaminated meat or poultry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which announced the change, currently publicizes food recalls and their source but does not... Read More
  • July 13, 2008

    — by Nicole Gaouette
    WASHINGTON - In a shift on federal food safety policy, the Bush administration will soon begin telling consumers during food recalls whether their local grocery store has been stocking contaminated meat or poultry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which announced the change yesterday, currently publicizes food recalls and their sources but does... Read More
  • July 13, 2008

    — by Misti Crane
    Reports of central Ohio residents sickened by E. coli began to accumulate in mid-June, worrying public-health workers who began in earnest to look for a cause.At the same time, Nebraska Beef executives were finding that samples of meat were positive for the sometimes-deadly bacteria.But no meat was pulled from the food supply, and no warnings were... Read More
  • July 13, 2008

    — by BILL RODGERS
    President Bush intends to veto a bill that would allow doctors to keep a higher level of Medicare pay, even though Congress has enough votes to override his veto, a White House spokesman said last week.Though it appears the 10.6 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors has been staved off for the time being, it raises a specter that frightens... Read More
  • July 13, 2008

    — by Jonathan Riskind
    Here's a sign that Congress should take action: an industry and its federal regulators employ a common talking point.That was the case last week when the National Transportation Safety Board approved a report on the March 2, 2007 crash of a bus carrying 33 Bluffton University baseball players, killing five of them.The bus had gone full speed off a... Read More