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  • April 08, 2011

    f you're planning on visiting Washington, D.C., this weekend for the Cherry Blossom festival, you might want to think again. Unless both sides of the political aisle come to an agreement, our government will be shutting down after Friday at midnight. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, reacted strongly to the possible shutdown on Thursday night. Brown... Read More
  • April 07, 2011

    — by William Laney
    A Democratic U.S. senator finds himself in strange territory — aligned with a conservative Republican special interest group. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown introduced legislation — the Shared Retirement Sacrifice Act of 2011 — to tie access of retirement benefits for members of Congress directly to the Social Security retirement... Read More
  • April 07, 2011

    — by Carl E. Feather
    Sherrod Brown’s shoes are made for walking —all over congressional retirement benefits. In a news conference Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Brown called out his fellow members of Congress and introduced new legislation that would require members of congress to work until the Social Security retirement age. Brown’s bill, the “Shared... Read More
  • April 07, 2011

    — by Steve Fogarty
    ELYRIA — Saying it’s time that members of Congress accustomed to privilege and comfortable salaries should get a taste of the real world, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced Wednesday he will introduce legislation requiring them to wait until age 66 to collect their pensions. “The message is very simple, it’s time for members... Read More
  • April 06, 2011

    — by Dick Russ
    Federal legislation has been introduced to restore funding to Fugitive Safe Surrender, a life-changing program that began in Cleveland in 2004. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) proposed transferring funding of Fugitive Safe Surrender from the U.S. Marshals Service to the U.S. Attorney General's office, which would have flexibility in... Read More
  • April 05, 2011

    — by Joe Cogliano
    U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, both from Ohio, along with more than a dozen of their Senate colleagues, are calling for relief for the U.S. steel industry. The Senators sent a letter to the chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission in advance of an April 6 hearing to determine whether hot-rolled steel imports from Brazil,... Read More
  • April 05, 2011

    ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio -- Lawmakers in Washington are trying to give law enforcement agencies an extra tool to keep drunken drivers off the roads. A proposed new bill co-sponsored by Ohio's U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown would promote the installation of interlock devices in cars that measure the alcohol levels of drivers.If a driver is over the legal... Read More
  • April 04, 2011

    — by Kasha Legeza
    Lt. Jeff Cochran, a Stow Fire Department firefighter/paramedic, can confidently add grant writing to his list of job skills. Thanks to his efforts, the department has been awarded nearly $34,000 to purchase new life-saving equipment. That award comes on the heels of $743,741 in federal funding the department received in January to fill five... Read More
  • April 04, 2011

    — by Sarah Weber
    Wendy and Warren Brown had a single promise in their hearts as they made another pilgrimage into the halls of Washington, D.C., last month. "Mine is a promise I made to Alexa on her death bed," Warren said, back at home last week. "That her death would not be in vain." The grieved Clyde parents lost their 11-year-old daughter to brain cancer in... Read More
  • April 04, 2011

    — by Mary Dannemiller
    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown applauded the recent groundbreaking of a new HealthSource community health center in Southwest Ohio. HealthSource of Ohio, a not-for-profit primary care organization, broke ground on a high-tech facility that provides medical, dental and mental health services in New Richmond. This new construction project, along with a... Read More
  • April 03, 2011

    Sen. Sherrod Brown told university presidents from Ohio that House Republican efforts to reduce federal spending on Pell Grants "makes no sense to me and no sense to our future.'' In a speech last week in Washington, Brown, D-Ohio, vowed that the Senate would "restore'' the GOP cuts in the program, which provides money for low-income people to... Read More
  • April 03, 2011

    — by Kayla Strayer
    Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee is working with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown to develop strategies to improve student success and keep financial aid access for Ohio students. Jim Lynch, university spokesman, said that aside from advocating for financial aid, Brown and Gee are working together on Brown's ‘Brain Gain' initiative. "(Brown) has... Read More
  • April 02, 2011

    — by Ashley Hill
    Although they've been assured by their Internet service provider that their connection is safe, Lisa and Donald Godshall have recently been discussing whether or not they want to set up access to their bank accounts online. "I just got online and I haven't set up any of those accounts yet," said Lisa Godshall, 51, of Marietta. Internet privacy and... Read More
  • April 01, 2011

    WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, hosted his fourth annual College and University Presidents' Conference in Washington, D.C., Wednesday with more than 50 presidents from colleges and universities across Ohio. Six presidents from higher education institutions in northwest Ohio attended, including Paul Marion of Tiffin... Read More
  • April 01, 2011

    — by Linda Martz
    MIFFLIN TOWNSHIP -- A Homeland Security grant will allow the Mifflin Township Fire Department to buy state-of-the-art heart monitors and pry tools designed to free victims from wrecked vehicles. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced this week that $105,070 will be awarded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters... Read More
  • April 01, 2011

    ATLANTA — The maker of an expensive drug to prevent premature births slashed the price by more than half on Friday, following an outcry over the high cost and moves by federal regulators to keep a cheap version available. The drug is still pricey at $690 per weekly injection but it is a drastic reduction from the $1,500 price charged by KV... Read More
  • March 31, 2011

    — by Andrew Zajac
    WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration took the unusual step Wednesday of inviting pharmacies to make a legal end run around a St. Louis company that obtained agency approval for a pregnancy drug and promptly raised the price from $20 per dose to $1,500. The drug, a synthetic form of progesterone trade named Makena, is recommended for women... Read More
  • March 31, 2011

    — by Lou Wilin
    Four years after their son, David, was one of five Bluffton University baseball players killed in a bus crash, John and Joy Betts are still fighting for a law to prevent other bus tragedies. John Betts testified Wednesday before a U.S. Senate committee about a bus safety bill that would require seat belts and stronger windows and... Read More
  • March 31, 2011

    — by Henry Conte
    BUCYRUS -- A fatal bus crash in Crawford County is the latest incident that could provide enough juice for Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, to pass the Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act. The bill, which calls for restraints on motorcoach buses, reflects common sense to John Betts, father of David, one of five who... Read More
  • March 31, 2011

    — by Mark Zinni
    CLYDE, Ohio— Children are getting sick in Sandusky County and a United States senator wants the federal government to take action. "Is it a local company?" asked Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). "Is it something about the soil, something about the air? Is a company polluting the water, the soil or the air? All of those questions we need to... Read More