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  • May 18, 2008

    Congress has passed a new five-year farm bill. President Bush has vowed to veto it, but it appears to be backed by veto-proof majorities in both houses.Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, the first Ohioan on the Senate Agriculture Committee in 40 years, has issued a press release explaining the bill's provisions. Passage of the bill also was hailed by U.S.... Read More
  • May 18, 2008

    — by SCOT ALLYN
    ELYRIA -- The stories of three students who are receiving degrees today from Lorain County Community College show how perseverance can make educational dreams come true. -- Angel Buckles, 22, of Elyria, will earn her certificate of proficiency in practical nursing. She plans to take her state board exam in licensed practical nursing later this... Read More
  • May 17, 2008

    — by Jason Hawk
    ELYRIA — As he looked out across the crowd of 400 or so graduates Saturday morning, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said he saw stories written on the faces of each one. Seated in front of Brown inside Ewing Field House at Lorain County Community College was Dylan Atherton of Lorain, an Iraq war veteran who returned to school to start a career as a... Read More
  • May 16, 2008

    — by BILL RYAN
    Despite the promised veto by President George W. Bush, both the Senate and the House of Representatives have overwhelmingly passed the new Farm Bill.Senator Sherrod Brown and Congressman Bob Latta both spoke via conference calls with reporters on Thursday. Interestingly, Brown interrupted the call briefly to cast his vote on the bill."We've written... Read More
  • May 16, 2008

    — by BREANNE PARCELS
    After months of wrangling, the U.S. Senate passed a five-year, $307 billion farm bill Thursday with a vote of 81-15, less than 24 hours after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill, 318-106.Local opinions on the bill were divided, but leaders of both the House and Senate expect to be able to override President George W. Bush's... Read More
  • May 16, 2008

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) - The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) applauds a bipartisan group of Ohio’s Capitol Hill legislators for their support in passing farm legislation benefiting all Americans while encouraging production to help stabilize food prices. Both the House and Senate this week approved the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of... Read More
  • May 16, 2008

    — by Tom Andel
    A fuel cell supply chain is well underway in Ohio. Its progress and implications for industry were discussed during The Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition’s annual symposium in Akron May 13-14. During the conference, U.S. Rep. Sherrod Brown made a virtual appearance (by DVD), noting that the government has already invested $2 billion into automotive... Read More
  • May 16, 2008

    The Eastlake Stadium Transit Intermodal Facility received $923,780 to improve and expand the transportation hub, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced Thursday. The money will be used to construct a concourse area with commuter access to concession and restroom facilities and create a 213-space park-and-rid lot for Laketran commuters. To read the rest... Read More
  • May 16, 2008

    WASHINGTON, May 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Teamsters Union on Thursday urged Congress to pass the "TRUCC Act," which would lower fuel costs for non-union truck drivers. The "Truthful Reliable Understanding of Consumer Costs Act" would guarantee that truckers who pay for fuel will be reimbursed the full amount of any surcharge levied by... Read More
  • May 16, 2008

    — by Stephen Koff
    Washington- Ignoring President Bush's veto threat, the Senate voted by a wide margin Thursday to boost food stamps and farm subsidies, while allowing some high-income farmers to still get government aid. The measure, passed by the House on Wednesday, will provide more money for people who need help paying for groceries, said Sen. Sherrod Brown,... Read More
  • May 16, 2008

    — by Jack Torry
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate overwhelmingly approved a $290 billion farm bill 81-15 yesterday, despite President Bush's promise to veto it because it provides billions of dollars in subsidies to farmers at a time of record food prices.The bill, which won passage in the Senate and House this week by veto-proof margins, would funnel more than $200... Read More
  • May 15, 2008

    WASHINGTON, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Seven leaders from the largest Colombian unions joined members of Congress and U.S. labor leaders for a news conference on Capitol Hill today to pledge their continued opposition to the pending U.S. -- Colombian Free Trade Agreement, despite continued lobbying by the Bush administration and the Colombian... Read More
  • May 15, 2008

    WASHINGTON, May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa on Wednesday urged Congress to resist White House pressure to pass a trade deal with Colombia. During a Capitol Hill news conference, seven Colombian union leaders said they oppose the deal because it rewards the government of Alvaro Uribe, which shows little... Read More
  • May 15, 2008

    — by John Funk
    If there were any doubts that fuel cells have become part of Ohio's economic rebirth, Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted answered them Wednesday in a speech at the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition's annual symposium. "I care a lot about growing Ohio's economy and using technology to do that," he told more than 300 attending the two-day conference at the... Read More
  • May 15, 2008

    Senator Jim Webb, along with a bipartisan group of seven Senators, called on the United States Postal Service Wednesday to issue the Purple Heart stamp on a permanent basis as a “forever” stamp. In a letter to Postmaster General John E. Potter, the Senators praised the reissuance of the Purple Heart stamp at the new 42-cent First Class... Read More
  • May 15, 2008

    — by Jonathan Riskind
    When Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, gathers with union leaders from Colombia and the United States later this morning on Capitol Hill to slam the proposed free trade deal between the two nations, it will be a protest without much suspense.That's because Democratic congressional leaders already have pretty much put the trade pact on legislative ice for... Read More
  • May 14, 2008

    — by SCOT ALLYN
    ELYRIA -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, will be the keynote speaker at the 45th commencement day exercises this Saturday at Lorain County Community College. Marcia Ballinger, vice president for strategic development at the college, said Brown was selected in part because he is the first Ohio senator from Lorain County."Sen. Brown has been a longtime... Read More
  • May 14, 2008

    When the Consumer Product Safety Commission recently recalled a lead-laden key chain sold at Wal-Mart for three years, Ashland University Professor Jeffrey Weidenhamer was pleased but puzzled. Pleased that the CPSC had acted to remove the key chain from the market but puzzled that it had taken them so long to do so. After all, Weidenhamer had found... Read More
  • May 13, 2008

    — by Ellen Jan Kleinerman
    Brunswick-- Eleven-year-old Katia Demchuk talks openly about how difficult it is for her to learn in school. "It's hard to remember. My eyes, they just don't focus sometimes," the Crestview Elementary fourth-grader said waving her hand toward her head.Katia knows why. Her birth mother abused alcohol, and Katia was born with fetal alcohol syndrome.... Read More
  • May 12, 2008

    Advances in medicine - new treatments, cures, vaccines and medicines – are driven by research involving humans. But when it comes to medical research that requires children to be involved, researchers often struggle to find participants. The reason? Many parents are often unwilling to allow their children to take part in medical research,... Read More