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Report: Ohio’s unemployment stayed put in November

BY: - December 20, 2019

Ohio’s unemployment rate was unchanged in November from a month prior and remains higher than the national average. The unemployment in November stood at 4.2 percent, the same it was in October, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported on Friday. The rate is, however, better now in Ohio than November 2018 when […]

‘Voltage Valley’ senators want Ohio tax incentives for electric vehicle purchases

BY: - December 18, 2019

With investments being made into the electric vehicle industry in Northeast Ohio, two area legislators want the state to enact tax incentives for people wanting to buy those vehicles.  This is part of a plan to make Ohio a “world capital of electric vehicles,” according to a pair of Mahoning Valley state senators: Michael Rulli, […]

Voting rights, immigrants, medical cannabis, plastic bags and a farmer running against Jim Jordan

BY: - December 16, 2019

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching our eye: Interests. Today the Ohio Capital Journal’s Tyler Buchanan reports on the various interests behind the Ohio House […]

A ban on bans: Ohio House approves bill to stop local govts from enacting plastic bag bans

BY: - December 16, 2019

At the heart of it, Ohio House Bill 242 served as a political Rorschach test. The bill, which the House approved on Wednesday, bans Ohio communities from instituting a tax or prohibition on plastic bags and other single-use items such as straws and cups.  Supporters, primarily Republicans, see this as a simple matter of commercial […]

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Bill looks to give employers ‘affirmative defense’ in sex harassment cases

BY: - December 16, 2019

A bill that would provide an “affirmative defense” for employers in sexual harassment cases is continuing through the Ohio Legislature. House Bill 352, also called the “Employment Law Uniformity Act,” has been touted by its sponsors as a new way to allow “timely, fair, and efficient resolution of claims for both employers and employees,” according […]

History Thursday: The Afghanistan/Pentagon Papers

BY: - December 12, 2019

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching our eye: History Thursday. CNN’s Brian Stelter is reporting, “The Washington Post’s publication of US government papers about the 18-year-long […]

Democrats, Trump declare victory on massive trade deal

BY: - December 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats have worked out key differences with the Trump administration over a massive trade deal, allowing both sides to declare a legislative victory on the same day the House unveiled articles of impeachment against the president.   If ratified, the deal would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which took […]

Inside the fight to get GM to reinvest in Lordstown

BY: - December 9, 2019

So much can change in the course of one year.  The Lordstown General Motors assembly plant shut down in March after 53 years of production. Thousands lost their jobs and the closure sent the Mahoning Valley reeling. And now? In just the past month, GM sold that shuttered plant to an electric truck automaker and […]

Catching our eye 12.5.19

BY: - December 5, 2019

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching our eye: Love to see it. Toledo Blade’s Jon Chavez is reporting that, “with just a month […]

GM, LG Chem to build new Lordstown plant, create 1,100 jobs

BY: - December 5, 2019

A partnership with General Motors and South Korean company LG Chem will lead to a new factory for electric vehicle batteries and reportedly create 1,100 jobs in Lordstown, Ohio. The facility will be located “in the Lordstown area,” GM announced on Thursday, the site of a former assembly plant that GM closed earlier this year. […]