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  • December 19, 2011

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lawmakers in Ohio's congressional delegation plan legislation to allow the Obama administration to spend an estimated $150 million to help a uranium enrichment project in southern Ohio move forward.U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman announced Saturday that their bill would take $106 million in existing Department of Energy... Read More
  • December 17, 2011

    — by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
    Middle class families cannot afford a $1,000 tax hike right now. And small businesses looking to expand shouldn’t have a higher tax burden next year.   But that’s exactly what would happen if Congress fails to extend the Payroll Tax Cuts – first passed in 2009 – which are set to expire on December 31st of this... Read More
  • December 16, 2011

    — by Jessica Wehrman and Cathy Candisky
    WASHINGTON — Ohio is one of nine states that will split $500 million to help prepare youngsters for kindergarten in the latest federal Race to the Top competition, the White House said Friday. The state, which requested $70 million, was notified early Friday that it had been tapped for an Early Learning Challenge Grant. The state will receive... Read More
  • December 15, 2011

    LANCASTER, Ohio - The Fairfield County Department of Health was asked Thursday by the Ohio Department of Health to respond to reports of poor building conditions. According to a letter sent to the Fairfield department by ODH, an anonymous complaint was sent to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio about building conditions at the Fairfield County Health... Read More
  • December 15, 2011

    — by Robert Wang
    Shannon Culberston has been out of work since May. She believes that is hurting her job search. Culberston, 30, said after a year of working as a server at a Jackson Township restaurant, she lost her job after she repeatedly was unable to get to work because she had to care for her seriously ill daughter. She said she applied for a job at a pizza... Read More
  • December 15, 2011

    — by Evan Bevins
    As the United States Postal Service weighs whether to take measures that could increase delivery time, close facilities and even cut the number of days mail is delivered, Sen. Sherrod Brown is backing a bill he said could expand the offerings at post offices. Brown, D-Ohio, is one of six sponsors of the Postal Service Protection Act, which he said... Read More
  • December 14, 2011

    — by Robert Wang
    CANTON — The U.S. Postal Service said Tuesday that it will not close or consolidate any post office facilities, including its processing centers in Canton and Akron, until at least May 15. The announced moratorium is the result of an agreement with a group of about 17 U.S. senators, which includes U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon.... Read More
  • December 14, 2011

    — by Deirdre Shesgreen
    WASHINGTON -- Congress and the U.S. Postal Service have agreed to a moratorium on any post office or postal facility closing until May 15, 2012, in order to allow Congress time to enact comprehensive legislation overhauling the nation's financially insolvent mail delivery system. The agreement was reached Tuesday between a group of Democratic... Read More
  • December 13, 2011

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to delay the closing of 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 local posts until mid-May. The cash-strapped agency, which is forecast to lose a record $14.1 billion next year, announced last week it was moving forward on cutbacks. It had planned to begin closing processing centers, including the... Read More
  • December 13, 2011

    Efforts to close U.S. Postal Service facilities across the country, including in Cincinnati, look like they are on hold for now. A spokeswoman for U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown said Postal Service officials and members of the U.S. Senate will this afternoon announce a moratorium on closings until May 15. That would give members of Congress more time to... Read More
  • December 13, 2011

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown will join fellow Democrats Tuesday afternoon in making an announcement about the proposed closures of mail processing centers in Ohio. Brown's office said that at 3 p.m. he will announce an agreement with the U.S. Postal Service that puts a moratorium on closures of post offices and processing centers until May 15. The move... Read More
  • December 13, 2011

    — by Joe Pagonakis
    CLEVELAND - NewsChannel5 is embarking on a year long station wide project titled, "Building Better Neighborhoods."   The project will target and seek out solutions to the growing number of vacant homes that are plaguing dozens of northeast Ohio neighborhoods.   Over the past year, residents and viewers have contacted 5 On Your Side to... Read More
  • December 13, 2011

    — by Sen. Sherrod Brown
    Credit card agreements should be written in easy-to-understand language - not in small-print legal jargon. Consumers can make smarter choices about credit card usage when they understand what they are reading, but, right now, credit card companies hide costly fees by issuing incomprehensible contracts. And, throughout the country, we're seeing... Read More
  • December 11, 2011

    — by Meagan Engle
    OXFORD — World War II prisoner of war Marvin Sizemore stood stoic as medals long overdue to him were pinned to his Navy uniform during a ceremony in his honor Monday. Sizemore, now 89, was awarded 14 medals and ribbons - including a Combat Action Ribbon for taking enemy fire and a Prisoner of War Medal - for the three and a half years he... Read More
  • December 10, 2011

    — by GRETCHEN MORGENSON
    ELIMINATING the benefits reaped by institutions that are too politically powerful and interconnected to fail has been an elusive goal in the aftermath of the credit crisis. Institutions most likely to receive assistance from the federal government if they become troubled — behemoths like Citigroup, Bank of America or Wells Fargo — have... Read More
  • December 07, 2011

    — by Bradley Keoun and Bob Ivry
    Too-big-to-fail banks are back on the U.S. Senate’s agenda. Senator Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat who co-wrote a proposal last year to limit the size of banks, plans to hold a hearing today on “new oversight authority to shield Main Street from Wall Streetmegabank risk,” according to a statement from his office. Former... Read More
  • December 07, 2011

    AVON LAKE, OH (WOIO) - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown applauded the news that the Ford Motor Company will retain at least 1,400 jobs at its Avon Lake plant. The plant, which once manufactured vans, will now make trucks. "Investing in the auto industry means investing in Ohio's economy-in jobs at Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler plants, and at the... Read More
  • December 06, 2011

    Over the past five years, the Cleveland Foodbank has seen an increase of more than 75 percent in food delivered to hungry families in northeast Ohio.  Faced with rising demand this holiday season, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown visited the Cleveland Foodbank Monday to join President and CEO Anne Goodman to release a snapshot report on the increased... Read More
  • December 05, 2011

    COLUMBUS (AP) -- Going into the holiday season, tens of thousands of Ohioans are unsure of whether emergency jobless benefits meant to help them weather the recession will be around come New Years. Nearly 77,000 jobless Ohioans draw federal unemployment benefits, and more than a quarter of those rely on the benefits to pay their mortgages, utility... Read More
  • December 02, 2011

    — by Eric Hamilton
    On Friday, Nov. 18, at a special event in Kelvin Smith Library, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and the Burton D. Morgan Foundation announced a $3.2 million pledge to four higher-learning institutions in Northeast Ohio to initiate an entrepreneurial training program designed to give students the support needed to launch new businesses. The... Read More