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  • July 24, 2008

    — by Ron Seman
    This story is for parents and grandparents who have youngsters looking for an exciting and positive future serving America. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is encouraging applications from Ohioans seeking nomination from his office to the U.S. military academies for the 2009-2010 academic season.Each year, Sen. Brown nominates up to 10 students for each... Read More
  • July 24, 2008

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio says there are more than 400 bridges in Lucas County alone that are in need of repair. He has a plan to make those and other Ohio bridges safer and last longer.To read the rest of this article, please click the source link above. Read More
  • July 23, 2008

    — by MATT GALLAGHER
    GLOUSTER - A proposed community center could be getting a financial boost from the federal government.The Senate Appropriations Comm-ittee approved $250,000 for renovation of a former prison site in Glouster, where the center would be established. Legislation including the appropriation must be approved by Congress and signed by the president,... Read More
  • July 23, 2008

    — by BRIAN GADD
    ZANESVILLE - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown announced Tuesday that he was able to get a $500,000 earmark included in a 2009 federal spending bill for the repairs to the State Street Bridge.The project was completed this summer, but the funds could help wipe out a portion of the debt service the city of Zanesville took on to complete the... Read More
  • July 22, 2008

    — by Denise Yost
    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With gas prices still hovering near $4 a gallon, Ohioans continue to feel the pain at the pump like never before. As many search for alternative forms of transportation, they are discovered Ohio has few options. But could a regional rail system connecting residents in big cities be a viable option? A three-c corridor has been... Read More
  • July 22, 2008

    — by VICTORIA MCGRANE
    A concerted lobbying effort by state and local officials, members of Congress, and housing advocates helped convince House Democratic leaders to shove billions of dollars in community assistance funding back into housing legislation when the right leverage came along.The Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac crisis ultimately provided that leverage to shift... Read More
  • July 22, 2008

    Working people might be pleased to know that at least two members of Congress are trying to do something for their benefit.Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, are spearheading the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment Act, which would require a review of existing trade pacts, including North American Free... Read More
  • July 21, 2008

    It's too late - we're onto them now. Americans already know there are too many food recalls, judging by the frequency of our meat, produce and other items being pulled from the market. Just last week, the Food and Drug Administration lifted its ban on tomatoes and other vegetables suspected of containing salmonella.This government agency must... Read More
  • July 21, 2008

    — by Rose Cooper
    A large crowd gathered Sunday afternoon on the lawn of the Clinton County Courthouse for a prayer rally in response to the proposal between DHL and UPS which would cause the loss of 8,200 to 8,500.Clinton County Commissioner Randy Riley said in the last six weeks, local, county, state and federal officials have done everything they can think to do... Read More
  • July 20, 2008

    It doesn't guarantee there will be passenger rail service linking Columbus to Cleveland and other Ohio and Midwest cities anytime soon, but there is $500,000 worth of federal money in the pipeline to study the environmental impact of the so-called Ohio Hub plan.Sen. Sherrod Brown said last week that the money was included in a Senate transportation... Read More
  • July 20, 2008

    If there's one thing more maddening than the seemingly endless number of food recalls, it's the lack of available information on how to keep from putting tainted groceries on the supper table.Right now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture publicizes the name of the company initiating the recall, a description of the product and identifying brand... Read More
  • July 20, 2008

    — by Alan Johnson, Catherine Candisky and Jonathan Riskind
    What Gerald E. Cartee really needs is a new heart.His is wearing out, but it won't be replaced. Instead, he's seeking $700 a month in Social Security disability benefits to help him get by during whatever time he has left.What Cartee is going to get, however, is a "tickle" on Dec. 30. That's when Social Security Administration bureaucrats will... Read More
  • July 20, 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... Read More
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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