COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Politicians, pundits and voters say the election this November in Ohio is about jobs, but the numbers politicians cite can be confusing. Job growth is a key economic indicator and an easy issue for campaigning politicians to discuss, but the numbers can be confusing to voters. For example, Ohio has gained about 244,000 jobs since Republican Governor John Kasich took office in January 2011, led by private-sector growth. But Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald is right that nearly 25,000 local government jobs have been lost over that period.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State officials say a search of three Ohio rivers found no invasive silver or bighead Asian carp. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service deployed electrofishing crews to search for live Asian carp after water samples from the Muskingum River showed traces of the invasive species. Officials say crews sampled 125 sites in June along the Muskingum River and portions of the Tuscarawas and Walhonding rivers.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state is warning swimmers at a northwest Ohio park about potential hazards from toxic algae again appearing in Lake Erie's western basin. The Columbus Dispatch reports noteworthy levels of a liver toxin produced by blue-green algae were found in recent water tests at Maumee Bay State Park, just east of Toledo. The warning recommends that older people, children and anyone with a compromised immune system avoiding swimming or wading in the area.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a 25-year-old Ohio woman has been charged with assaulting a police officer who was pricked by a used drug needle during a search. The Montgomery County prosecutor's office says Ashley Lynn Warner of West Milton faces one count of felonious assault on an officer, and one count each for possession of heroin, cocaine and drug abuse instruments. Prosecutors say the officer was pricked during a pat-down, despite asking Warner repeatedly if she had any weapons or needles on her.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
730 North Summit Street