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  • February 28, 2014

    — by Maria Lindsay
    DOWNTOWN AKRON — More than 100 years ago in Akron, a dozen doctors were having trouble getting their patients into the only hospital in town. The physicians decided that 135 hospital beds for a population of about 175,000 that was growing fast were not enough. To address the problem, the doctors, along with leading members of the community,... Read More
  • February 28, 2014

    — by Hannah Poturalski
    HAMILTON — The nonprofit Neighborhood Housing Services of Hamilton, Inc. was recently awarded a $159,000 grant from NeighborWorks America to promote and preserve affordable housing for residents of Butler County, and create or sustain jobs through local NeighborWorks-supported projects. Lorie DiStaola, executive director of Neighborhood... Read More
  • February 27, 2014

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A report issued by the Economic Policy Institute argues that cracking down on countries that artificially devalue their currency could lead to millions of new jobs in the United States within three years. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, used the new report as a basis for a conference call with reporters Wednesday as he urged... Read More
  • February 27, 2014

    — by Richard Payerchin
    LORAIN — A $500,000 grant will help protect Lake Erie from invasive plant species and will restore land in the lake’s watershed, said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. The money will pay to control invasive plants such as phragmites and will restore 30 acres in Lorain County, Brown said. His office announced the grant money Feb. 25. “This... Read More
  • February 26, 2014

    — by Angi Gonzalez
    WASHINGTON D.C. -- On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced the University of Toledo would receive $500,000 to help the protect Lake Erie.  The grant, provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will be used to develop technology that can confirm the presence of invasive species in the Great Lakes... Read More
  • February 26, 2014

    — by Silla Brush
    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission should move to ease bottlenecks at aluminum warehouses as it bolsters oversight of banks' trading and storage of commodities, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said Feb. 25. The CFTC “must take a more aggressive stance” to rein in banks' role in the markets, Brown said in a statement after meeting with... Read More
  • February 26, 2014

    — by Nick Bechtel
    MARION — Assistance from the federal government will allow the city’s fire department to grow in size. As many as 10 firefighters are expected to be added to the Marion City Fire Department after the city was awarded a $1.07 million grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland... Read More
  • February 26, 2014

    — by Sabrina Eaton
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced the launch of two new manufacturing innovation institutes that will be headquartered in Detroit and Chicago and have Ohio participants. "I don't want the next big job creating discovery to come from Germany, or China or Japan," said Obama. "I want it to be made here in America." The... Read More
  • February 25, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State University, along with Columbus-based EWI and the University of Michigan, are co-founders of a consortium of universities, companies and nonprofits that will establish a $148 million high-tech manufacturing research institute, the White House announced this weekend. The White House will officially announce the... Read More
  • February 24, 2014

    — by David Shepardson
    Washington — President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday a more than $140 million new Department of Defense-backed manufacturing institute in Wayne County to speed development of lightweight materials across a number of industries — one of two new federal efforts to boost the manufacturing sector. The White House said Saturday... Read More
  • February 24, 2014

    FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — Ohio members of Congress are again urging the Army Corps of Engineers to support federally-funded flood control along the Blanchard River in northwest Ohio. The Courier in Findlay (http://bit.ly/1hE0o2O ) reports that senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown and U.S. Rep. Bob Latta wrote Thursday to the Corps stressing the... Read More
  • February 21, 2014

    — by Heather Rutz
    OTTAWA — As Putnam County readies for more flooding, federal legislators are again urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to direct more funding to the Blanchard River Flood Risk Management Project. U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon, and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, sent a letter Wednesday to the... Read More
  • February 21, 2014

    — by Amy Knapp
    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown met with nurses at Affinity Medical Center Thursday morning to offer his support as the nurses union prepares for its first bargaining session with hospital administration. Registered nurse Amy Pulley said Brown understands the importance of safe, quality care for patients and supports the efforts of the union. Nurses... Read More
  • February 20, 2014

    — by Jiselle Mack
    Several Ohio lawmakers are pushing for funding of a Blanchard River flood project from unallocated funds given to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) sent a letter to the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Wednesday to... Read More
  • February 20, 2014

    — by Tom Jackson
    Low-income residents who have a job are being urged to get free tax help so they can collect their Earned Income Tax Credit, a federal subsidy delivered through income tax returns that’s designed to make work pay. United Way offices in Erie and Ottawa counties offer help to people who need it. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who crusades... Read More
  • February 20, 2014

    — by Lisa Bernard-Kuhn
    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he has a plan to end a Medicare policy that’s caused seniors across the country to be unexpectedly hit with large bills and costs after receiving needed care. Brown visited the Maple Knoll Village retirement community in Springdale on Wednesday to share details about the plans and meet with... Read More
  • February 19, 2014

    The National Association of Wheat Growers announced their choices for the 2013 Wheat Advocate Award this week, an award given annually to Members of Congress who have demonstrated support for the wheat industry above and beyond the norm. Two of the recipients of the 2013 award are U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and U.S. Representative Bob... Read More
  • February 19, 2014

    — by Randy Ludlow
    Raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by late 2016 would lift 900,000 Americans out of poverty. But increased financial security for the working poor would be accompanied by the loss of 500,000 low-wage jobs as employers trim workforces because of higher wage costs, the Congressional Budget Office says in a new report. The report by... Read More
  • February 19, 2014

    — by Cameron Fegers
    For the first time in years, restaurant workers are receiving long-overdue recognition by members of Congress. The year 2007 marked the most recent increase in the federal minimum wage from $6.55 to $7.25, but over the last 23 years, the federal tipped minimum wage has remained unchanged; it is worth substantially less today than it was in... Read More
  • February 18, 2014

    — by Ramsey Cox
    Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) called for an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), saying it would strengthen the middle class and grow the economy. “Enhancing the Earned Income Tax Credit should be a bipartisan goal,” Brown said Friday. “The president’s call for action is the first step toward ensuring that... Read More