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April 22, 2003 - 3:51pm
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Ohio Senate President Doug White says the proposed language for a ballot issue that would bring video slot machines to racetracks should be more straightforward. White, a Manchester republican, said he supports secretary of state Kenneth Blackwell’s idea to change the ballot language in the budget bill. Blackwell, Ohio’s chief elections officer, is concerned because a “no” vote would be a vote to allow the slots. He thinks voters will be confused by what he calls a double negative. The...
April 22, 2003 - 3:14pm
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Families of deployed soldiers took their shopping lists to Ohio-National-Guard headquarters in Columbus today for a free run at canned goods, bottled water and other items donated to the military. Through Saturday, the guard is allowing family members to stop by the headquarters and fill one shopping cart per family full of items, free of charge. Guard officials say they have been overwhelmed with donations, but that some of the items are expensive to ship overseas or impractical for...
April 22, 2003 - 1:58pm
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The White House is confirming President Bush’s plans to visit Canton and Lima on Thursday to talk about his economic plan. He’s to visit the Lima Army Tank plant in northeast Ohio, and Congressman Ralph Regula says the Canton stop will be at the Timken Company, whose chief is a major republican fundraiser. Senator Geroge Voinovich is one of a handful of republican senators blocking any tax cut over 350 billion dollars. Bush’s original proposal was double that amount. White House spokesman...
April 22, 2003 - 1:53pm
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The Big Bear Grocery chain has announced some job cutbacks. Penn Traffic, which owns Big Bear, has eliminated 59 jobs at stores in Zanesville, Athens and in West Virginia. Business First magazine is reporting that the cuts were made to stores to allow the stores to operate in an economically sound fashion. Penn Traffic cut 40 jobs in Newark in March when it closed a Big Bear Plus store on North 21st Street.
April 22, 2003 - 10:47am
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Governor Taft’s Budget Director says the state must stop using one-time sources of money to balance its budget. Tom Johnson, Director of the Office of Budget and Management, says the use of temporary revenues could lead to future budget problems. Johnson says a house proposal to impose a temporary one-penny sales tax increase in July does not give the state the ongoing money it needs. Johnson told the senate finance committee today that the use of such one-time money could jeopardize Ohio’s...
April 22, 2003 - 9:25am
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Some bad economic news from Muskingum County’s largest employer. The Longaberger Company today announced that it’s laying off 461 employees at its manufacturing operations in Frazeysburg and Hartville. The Company says 430 jobs will be lost at the Frazeysburg plant and 31 jobs will be lost at the Hartville plant. The company also announced that it’s reassigning 80 to 90 employees within its quality performance specialist program. That includes workers who support the basket making process...
April 21, 2003 - 10:48pm
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Last night's storm caused severe damage to farms and houses throughout Muskingum, Guernsey and Tuscarawas counties. The rain and high winds hit Southeastern Ohio pretty hard. Officials from the Emergency Management Agency are continuing to access more information about the damage caused by the storm. They say up to twelve structures have severe damage and around thirty others received minor damage. The last time a major storm hit our area was in 1997. At that time, there was flooding and some...
April 21, 2003 - 10:42pm
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The fight against drugs in schools looks like it’s going to be a losing battle. The fight to balance the state budget is forcing cutbacks everywhere, including the D.A.R.E. program taught in schools. The house budget has a plan that would eliminate a 3.5 million annual subsidy for the program, but other studies say it's effective. Zanesville’s police chief Eric Lambes agrees with the program. The program was implemented in Zanesville fifteen years ago. Currently, the city has one officer who...
April 21, 2003 - 4:20pm
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It was a day of clean up in parts of Muskingum County after a big storm targeted some homes on Easter night.
Homes in the Richvale and Dresden Road areas suffered damage. The Yester family’s home on Richvale Road was one of the homes that took a severe beating by the high winds. Dan Yester Jr. says parts of their roof and chimney were destroyed. The family says they were startled by the storm. Although their home was not completely destroyed, the fire department says the roof could...
April 21, 2003 - 2:28pm
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The Ohio Senate starts work on the state’s 48 billion dollar budget. The G-O-P controlled Senate Finance Committee begins debate on the budget tomorrow and hopes to pass its' version by the end of May. Top issues that Senate lawmakers must debate are a proposal to raise Ohio’s sales tax by one penny and a plan to place electronic slot machines on Ohio’s senate horse tracks. They must also consider a house proposal to change the way schools are funded by reporting attendance monthly instead...
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