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  • January 01, 2011

    CANTON — At the Mayfield Manor complex for seniors, a group of retired women griped Wednesday about increases in their cost of living. Ardith Grimes complained about the rising cost of eggs, gas and auto insurance. Ila Walters said her co-pays to see the doctor went up by $10 per visit.“I used to go out to eat. I can’t afford it... Read More
  • December 23, 2010

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of a former prosecutor to the U.S. District Court in Youngstown. The office of Sen. Sherrod Brown said 47-year-old Benita Pearson will be the first black woman to hold a U.S. District judgeship in Ohio. She will replace Judge Peter Economus, who is assuming senior status. To read the... Read More
  • December 23, 2010

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $39,916.24 was awarded to the Neighborhood Housing Partnership of Greater Springfield, Incorporated. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Counseling grant will be used for support services for Ohio residents facing foreclosure. “Amid news of... Read More
  • December 23, 2010

    Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) -- The Obama administration’s trade complaint against China over support for its wind-energy manufacturers won backing from U.S. business groups. The case, filed at the World Trade Organization in Geneva yesterday, is the first by the U.S. over green technology after months of complaints about Chinese efforts to force... Read More
  • December 23, 2010

    The U.S. Senate's 65-31 vote to end the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the armed forces is a victory for all Americans, because it is a victory for tolerance and for freedom. When "don't ask, don't tell" was first enacted in 1993, it was an unwieldy compromise. Gay and lesbian service personnel would not face discipline -- or prying --... Read More
  • December 23, 2010

    Senator Sherrod Brown announced this week that the Central Ohio Transit Authority will receive funds to help them revitalize the Cleveland Avenue corridor .   The funds will come from the US Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Authority Alternative Analysis program, which was created to address transportation needs in... Read More
  • December 22, 2010

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration filed a case against China with the World Trade Organization on Wednesday, accusing Beijing of illegally subsidizing the manufacture of wind power equipment and siding with an American labor union, the United Steelworkers. The decision is the second time in less than four months that the United States has... Read More
  • December 22, 2010

    TIFFIN — A $5 million low-interest loan that was expected to pay much of the local share of renovating the 1884 Seneca County Courthouse has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) announced Wednesday that USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack had reconsidered Seneca County’s request for federal... Read More
  • December 22, 2010

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown today announced a $5 million federal loan for renovations of the Seneca County Courthouse in Tiffin. Two weeks ago, Brown sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to reconsider the funding of high-priority community projects — including the Seneca County Courthouse —in... Read More
  • December 22, 2010

    — by Tony Capaccio
    General Electric Co.’s alternative engine for the F-35 jet is included in the legislation that funds the federal government through March 4, two senators said. Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew informed lawmakers of the decision to include the second engine, Senators Joseph Lieberman, a Connecticut independent,... Read More
  • December 22, 2010

    — by Dave Skolnick
    It was somewhat of a struggle, but the U.S. Senate confirmed Benita Y. Pearson as a federal district-court judge based in Youngstown. “The confirmation of Judge Pearson to the U.S. District Court means that we can continue working toward a more just society,” said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who recommended Pearson to the president in July... Read More
  • December 22, 2010

    — by Donna Cassata
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama locked up enough Republican votes yesterday to ratify a new arms-control treaty with Russia that would cap nuclear warheads for both former Cold War foes and restart on-site weapons inspections. Eleven Senate Republicans, including George V. Voinovich of Ohio, joined Democrats in a 67-28 proxy vote to wind up... Read More
  • December 22, 2010

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed the appointment of a former prosecutor to the U.S. District Court in Youngstown. The office of Sen. Sherrod Brown says 47-year-old Benita Pearson will be the first black woman to hold a U.S. District judgeship in Ohio. She will replace Judge Peter Economus, who is assuming senior status. To... Read More
  • December 21, 2010

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed the historic judicial appointment of Benita Pearson of Cleveland to the federal court in Youngstown. Pearson, 47, is the first black woman to hold a federal judgeship in Ohio. The Senate vote sealing the appointment came more than a year after President Barack Obama nominated Pearson. She was one of three... Read More
  • December 21, 2010

    — by Nathan Hodge
    Congress is expected to pass legislation today to continue funding the federal government through March 4, which is a relief to those who feared a government shutdown but a source of some hand-wringing within the Pentagon and the defense industry. The measure would fund the government at fiscal year 2010 levels, but does not allow the... Read More
  • December 21, 2010

    — by Mike Boyer
    GE Aviation's alternative engine for the Joint Strike Fighter is included in the continuing resolution needed to keep the federal government functioning until March 4, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's office said Tuesday. The engine supports about 1,000 jobs at the company's Evendale complex. Brown, D-Ohio, got assurances from the Obama administration... Read More
  • December 21, 2010

    The Central Ohio Transit Authority has landed $300,000 from the federal government to study ways to improve service along Cleveland Avenue in Columbus.  The bus system got the grant from the Federal Transit Administration, which awarded $25.7 million to transit agencies in 15 states as part of its Alternative Analysis program. The... Read More
  • December 18, 2010

    — by Jack Torry
    WASHINGTON - R.J. Reynolds will end test-marketing in Columbus of a controversial tobacco-infused mint, but company officials said they plan to introduce the mint in other test markets next month. David Howard, an RJR spokesman, said the company decided to "make them available to adult tobacco consumers'' in new test markets. He declined to say... Read More
  • December 17, 2010

    U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced Dec. 16 that Timothy Nosco, a senior at Twinsburg High School, is one of 50 Ohio students nominated to the U.S. military service academies. Nosco will seek enrollment at the Military Academy at West Point. “Ohio schools are training leaders for the next generation of military personnel,”... Read More
  • December 16, 2010

    An Ohio senator is asking the federal government to expedite its review of a proposed sale of the former General Motors plant in Moraine. Sen. Sherrod Brown wrote Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner and Attorney General Eric Holder, asking that the review be concluded as “swiftly as possible.” “As you know, Ohio auto... Read More