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  • June 23, 2008

    — by KATE GIAMMARISE
    Ahhh, summer.A time for vacations, relaxing, swimming, ice cream.But for some children from low-income families, summer can be a time of empty stomachs and hunger.Enter the Summer Food Service Program, the federal program created to provide free meals to low-income children.At the East Toledo Family Center on Friday, children were enjoying a lunch... Read More
  • June 22, 2008

    Both of Ohio's U.S. senators are prominently featured in a Senate Finance Committee bid to delay a law imposing a new Medicare competitive-bidding program for medical equipment such as oxygen systems and wheelchairs.The medical-equipment lobby has been furiously fighting the new program. One member of the lobby is Elyria-based Invacare, whose... Read More
  • June 22, 2008

    — by Laurie Omness
    A Columbus group is stepping in to prevent neighborhoods being hit hard by foreclosures to keep the vacated houses in good shape and put them in good hands. Columbus Housing Partners is displaying its efforts Monday to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D) Ohio, who points to CHP's work as an example of what can be done with federal... Read More
  • June 22, 2008

    As the economy makes the cost of living more and more unaffordable for the nation, it's particularly hard on a lot of Ohioans.And it may be getting even tougher for some, as jobs continue to be cut back, leaving some no recourse but to rely on the state's unemployment benefits.  But soon, even the unemployment funds, themselves, may be running... Read More
  • June 21, 2008

    Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones along with Sens. Sherrod Brown and George Voinovich and Reps. Steven Latourette, Dennis Kucinich and Betty Sutton sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates inquiring about plans regarding the realignment of DFAS jobs to Cleveland, Ohio. To read the rest of this article, please click here. Read More
  • June 20, 2008

    4 singles and a dime which what it now costs in Lima to put fuel in your vehicle after regular unleaded shoots up about a quarter this afternoon to $4.09.Throughout the morning, prices remained at or around the $3.85 mark at many stations, but after the lunch hour, that seemed a distant memory.To read the rest of this article, please click here. Read More
  • June 20, 2008

    — by GARY HUFFENBERGER
    Ohio legislators have called on DHL’s German-owned parent company to hold talks and discuss terms with ABX Air and ASTAR Air Cargo on the airlines’ proposals to remain DHL’s air carriers in the United States.The June 16 letter, signed by both of Ohio’s U.S. senators plus eight Ohio members of Congress, presses Deutsche Post... Read More
  • June 20, 2008

    — by Jaclyn Cosgrove
    WASHINGTON -- None of the members of Congress surrounding Jacob Brown could immediately tell last week that this 15-year-old from Crooksville, Ohio, doesn't have kidneys.Nor do they know the teenager goes through nine hours of dialysis a night.Jacob's hardships aren't something he dwells on. He would rather tell a joke or talk about Ohio State... Read More
  • June 20, 2008

    — by Debra Gaskill
    Hard economic times are raising the number of Ohio children who go hungry each day and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) wants to make certain folks who need help get it."Ohio families are struggling to pay their housing costs, fill their gas tanks and put food on their tables," said Sen. Brown. "It's alarming that the number of Ohio families in need of... Read More
  • June 20, 2008

    — by WILLIAM LANEY
    The number of Ohioans qualifying for a federally funded summer nutrition program has increased greatly in the past year, a U.S. legislator says, but only slightly more than 10 percent from the Buckeye State are taking advantage of the food assistance initiative.“I have just issued a report and all the current trends are going the wrong way... Read More
  • June 19, 2008

    — by Catherine Candisky
    Demand for help putting food on the table has grown faster in the Columbus area during the past year than any other metropolitan region of the state.The number of people receiving food stamps and public assistance is up 9.4 percent in the central Ohio area from a year ago.Statewide, enrollment in the two tax-funded programs increased 7.3 percent... Read More
  • June 19, 2008

    WASHINGTON, DC—With reports predicting that oil could rise to as much at $200 per barrel, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown this week announced his support for legislation to strengthen federal regulation of energy markets.Brown is an original cosponsor of the “Increasing Transparency and Accountability Act of 2008,” legislation that would... Read More
  • June 19, 2008

    — by MARTIN CRUTSINGER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China, concluding high-level economic talks, agreed to launch negotiations on an investment treaty that holds out the promise of greatly expanded opportunities for U.S. companies in China's vast market.The two countries also pledged greater cooperation to deal with energy shortages and global... Read More
  • June 19, 2008

    — by Jonathan Riskind
    Both of Ohio's U.S. senators are prominently featured in a Senate Finance Committee bid to delay a law imposing new Medicare competitive bidding program when it comes to medical equipment such as oxygen systems and wheelchairs.The medical equipment lobby has been furiously fighting the new program, including Elyria-based Invacare - whose... Read More
  • June 18, 2008

    — by Jonathan Riskind
    WASHINGTON -- Federal legislation to grant University Hospitals a Medicare-reimbursement exemption for cancer care would result in higher payments to the Cleveland medical center than those now received by the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University.But James officials and the office of Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, are discussing... Read More
  • June 18, 2008

    — by Jessica Wehrman
    WASHINGTON — A letter sent to Wright-Patterson Medical Center patients apparently kicking them off the rolls was "poorly worded," and patients will now be asked to consider other TRICARE primary care providers on a voluntary basis, the deputy surgeon general of the United States Air Force said Tuesday, June 17.Maj. Gen. Charles "Bruce" Green... Read More
  • June 17, 2008

    — by Jessica Wehrman and John Nolan
    Ohio made a direct appeal on Monday, June 16, to Deutsche Post World Net, the German owner of cargo delivery company DHL, to reconsider the proposed hiring of United Parcel Service for U.S. cargo flying that could wipe out more than 6,000 jobs at DHL's cargo hub at Wilmington, Ohio.Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher said he also encouraged Frank Appel, the... Read More
  • June 17, 2008

    With reports predicting that oil could rise to as much at $200 per barrel, United States Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) Monday announced his support for legislation to strengthen federal regulation of energy markets. Brown is an original cosponsor of the “Increasing Transparency and Accountability Act of 2008,” legislation that would... Read More
  • June 17, 2008

    — by Jessica Wehrman
    WASHINGTON — A shortage of primary care physicians has spurred Wright-Patterson Medical Center to tell an estimated 3,400 patients to take their business elsewhere. And a U.S. senator is upset with how the message is being delivered.Col. Kimberly Slawinski, commander of the 88th Medical Group at the base, delivered the news in a June 5 letter... Read More
  • June 17, 2008

    — by Lee Howard
    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has called on the Food and Drug Administration to investigate U.S. companies' outsourcing of pharmaceutical production, specifically citing a Pfizer Inc. strategy that has led to several plant closings in the past two years, including the shutdown of the firm's facility in Groton.Brown said his call for a probe... Read More