Stories tagged with: ohio

March 10, 2011 - 10:20pm
3 years 24 weeks ago

Teachers, police officers, firefighters, and dozens of other public employees from all over the area joined together outside the Perry County Courthouse on Thursday to protest Senate Bill 5.

"It's kind of frightening some of the changes that they want to make," said High School Teacher Jacqueline Bolyard.

The bill, which is currently under review by the Ohio House of Representatives would eliminate collective bargaining rights for man than 350,000 union members...

March 9, 2011 - 8:50pm
3 years 24 weeks ago

"I haven't been in office for seven years, only seven weeks," said Governor Kasich who is already making changes to Ohio's budget that are leaving some residents unhappy.

"People will not stay in a community or a state where they can't maintain or improve their standard of living, people that earn a good living be that union or non-union, can support their families without public assistance," said Township Trustee Theresa Allen.

Kasich said his plans are...

March 9, 2011 - 5:57pm
3 years 24 weeks ago

With the recent controversy surrounding Senate Bill 5, Governor John Kasich is continuing to chip away at the state's nearly $8 billion deficit. The governor said by eliminating collective bargaining rights for unions, it will give power back to the taxpayers.

"Overall this is a part of a major reform plan designed to get our budget balanced, designed to preserve the tax cut, designed to create a platform for economic growth," said Kasich.

He said a lot of people are...

March 4, 2011 - 5:39pm
3 years 25 weeks ago

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is increasing its efforts to enforce safety on the roadways and prevent drunk driving.

Reports show that last year there were 13,919 OVI related crashes on Ohio roadways, killing 397 people and injuring an additional 8,517. Sergeant Clark Felix said these numbers are unacceptable and need to be reduced.

"It's not just our problem, it's everyone's problem, everybody needs to talk to their friends if they're having parties at home or just family...

March 4, 2011 - 12:23pm
3 years 25 weeks ago

Columbia Gas of Ohio announced today its first award from its Jobs Growth Fund....a 50,000 dollar grant to Coll Materials Exchange.

Columbia Gas started the Jobs Growth Fund in July 2010 to help provide financial assistance to new and existing companies that create new jobs in its 61-county Ohio Service Territory.  Columbia Gas of Ohio President Jack Partridge says Coll Materials, a plastics recycling business, is the ideal first recipient.

 "Obviously, our...

March 1, 2011 - 8:06pm
3 years 26 weeks ago

Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor was in Zanesville Tuesday afternoon speaking to the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce.

Taylor discussed the controversy surrounding the protests in Columbus and believes that the passing of Senate Bill 5 would ultimately help the tax payers.

"It's about creating jobs, it's about transforming the way the government operates, it's about giving local communities and schools more tools to manage their costs," said Taylor.

She said...

February 28, 2011 - 6:21pm
3 years 26 weeks ago

Ohio gas prices have shot up nearly 30 cents in the last week.

A survey from Auto Club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service, and Wright Express puts the state's average price for regular-grade gasoline at about $3.38 from $3.09 last Monday.

WHIZ spoke to some area residents who expressed their concerns.

"The prices are rising too much, too fast and I fear as long as the way things remain in the middle east, they're just going to get worse," said Alice Maxwell....

February 22, 2011 - 6:46pm
3 years 27 weeks ago

It's only February and already 25 lives have been taken by fatal fires here in Ohio.

Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention Rich Palmer of the State Fire Marshals Office spoke at the Zanesville Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss their campaign for the use of smoke alarms in homes.

"Right now we're looking at campaigns around the state to reduce fatalities because we are seeing so many homes that have fires that don't have working smoke alarms,"...

February 16, 2011 - 7:19pm
3 years 27 weeks ago

Driving and texting is becoming a serious problem in the U.S. and now state lawmakers here in Ohio are working to ban it completely.

You're driving along and get a text message, you look down for just a few seconds and suddenly you find yourself in a near-accident. This scenario is becoming all too familiar to motorists across the country.

Auto Club AAA conducted a study last summer and you'd be surprised at the statistics they discovered.

"We found out in that study...

January 20, 2011 - 6:15pm
3 years 31 weeks ago

Ohio officials say liquor sales hit a record 753.7 million dollars in 2010...19 million dollars higher than the previous year.

Winerak Beverage Manager Chad Lynn says liquor sales in Ohio right now are up 3 percent and in Muskingum County, they are up even higher coming in at 5.5 percent.

"I think a big credit to it is the new flavors of vodkas coming out, the new flavors of liqueur coming out, such as American Honey. You got the whipped cream flavored vodkas, the fruit...

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