Ohioans can sign up online for Medicaid program
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Low-income Ohioans can start signing up for Medicaid coverage online, along with those who are newly eligible under an expansion of the health program.
The online enrollment option being launched Monday is part of a new state system. Residents also can learn about what type of health coverage could be available to them through the new website, www.benefits.ohio.gov .
Ohioans who are newly eligible for Medicaid under an expansion of the program can apply for coverage that begins on Jan. 1.
Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) administration got approval in October to extend Medicaid eligibility to those with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level - or $15,856 for an individual.
Roughly 366,000 Ohioans would be newly eligible under the extension beginning next year.
Group trying to save Cincinnati streetcar
CINCINNATI (AP) - Supporters of the beleaguered Cincinnati streetcar project want to put it to the voters.
Members of "We Believe in Cincinnati" are trying to keep the newly elected mayor and city council from killing for $133 million downtown project. The group wants to gather enough signatures to get a referendum on the ballot in the spring.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the group is calling a news conference this morning on the steps of city hall to announce details of the plan.
Last week, city council halted spending on the streetcar project while an analysis is done on whether it would be more expensive to finish construction or stop the project in its tracks.
New Mayor John Cranley opposes the project, which was begun under the previous administration.
Ohio gas prices shoot back up to start week
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - After dropping to around the $3 mark, prices at the pump in Ohio are back up to start the week.
The average Monday morning was $3.24 for a gallon of regular gas in the survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a dime higher than at this time last week.
Thanks to healthy production, lower demand and other factors, some stations around the state had dropped below $3 briefly during the middle of last week. But the low price didn't stick.
The national average Monday was $3.26, down a penny from last week.
The Ohio average is 13 cents higher than a month ago, but 13 cents lower than a year ago.
Officials probe shooting of woman on Ohio Turnpike
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Authorities are trying to figure out how a woman ended up taking a shotgun slug to her face while riding in a car on the Ohio Turnpike last month.
Forty-seven-year-old Julie Husband of Cedar Falls, Iowa, was shot with a 12-gauge shotgun Nov. 24 while riding with her family on the turnpike from Iowa to New York. She was hospitalized but is now recovering.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and the Lucas County Sheriff's Office are trying to figure out what happened. They have interviewed nearby landowners to find out who might have been out shooting.
The patrol tells The (Toledo) Blade that it might have been an errant shot from a hunter, since that was the second day of Ohio's two-day youth hunt.
November revenue report due for Ohio's 4 casinos
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio regulators are ready to release the latest revenue figures for the state's four voter-approved casinos.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission was scheduled to release the revenue figures from November on Monday.
Regulators said the casinos in Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo saw revenue increases for October. The Cincinnati casino's revenues declined by 8 percent to $18.2 million.
Statewide, casino revenues totaled $70 million in October, up from $68.9 million in September.
The casinos have drawn at least $688 million so far this year.
Ohio bingo profits dropping
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Profits generated by Ohio charities on bingo games have dropped steadily in recent years.
State numbers show charities playing bingo generated profits of more than $100 million last year, more than other state. But revenue has dropped annually since peaking in 2005.
The Dayton Daily News reports that the economic downturn, as well as the new casinos and racinos, have bitten into bingo profits.
Around 1,700 nonprofits use bingo to raise money. Most remain profitable, but some operations have closed in recent years or are scrambling to pay bills.
Ohio bingo games took in $855 million in 2012 and turned a profit of $106 million. But those numbers pale in comparison to 2005, when state bingo operations logged revenues of $1.4 billion and took $196 million in profits.
WORKER DIES-TILDEN MINE
Name released of mine worker who died after fall
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - The name of a worker who died after falling from a train car at Tilden Mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has been released.
The Mining Journal of Marquette reports 61-year-old Gary Hytinen of Ishpeming was working Friday afternoon in an unloading area when he apparently fell from a railroad tanker car to the ground. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Official cause of death is pending. Cleveland-based Cliffs Natural Resources, which operates the Marquette County mine, and the United Steelworkers Union are investigating the death. The Mine Safety and Health Administration also is investigating.
The mine is located west of Marquette and produces iron ore pellets.
W.Va. man arrested in Ohio, body found in his home
WEIRTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Weirton man is in custody after police investigating a robbery found a woman's body in his home.
Weirton police tell media outlets that 47-year-old Leslee Craig Arnold was arrested Sunday at a residence in Steubenville, Ohio. Arnold is being held at the Jefferson County Jail in Ohio awaiting extradition to West Virginia.
Police didn't identify the woman or say whether any charges have been filed against Arnold.
Weirton officers went to Arnold's home on Saturday in response to reports that a woman had been robbed at gunpoint and her vehicle had been stolen. Police say the officers found the woman's body hidden inside the residence.
No other details were provided.
Vapor intrusion is topic of meeting in Ohio suburb
RIVERSIDE, Ohio (AP) - Environmental and health officials plan to meet with residents of a suburban Dayton neighborhood about vapor intrusion that is causing dangerous indoor air pollution.
The Dayton Daily News reports that the public meeting is planned for Tuesday night at a high school regarding the environmental problems in a neighborhood in Riverside.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says vapor intrusion occurs when underground pollutants give off dangerous gases that can rise up through the soil and seep into buildings through foundation cracks and holes, causing unsafe indoor pollution that can make people sick.
The EPA's investigation started last summer after agency officials conducted some sampling in the area.
The meeting notification was sent to about 140 residences.
OSU trails Big Ten schools in research revenue
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University falls short of the other Big Ten schools in making money from research.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that the university in Columbus spent $934 million on research in fiscal 2012 - the fourth-largest amount among the dozen Big Ten universities.
But Ohio State again came in last place for licensing income with $2.2 million. That's according to an annual listing by the Association of Technology Managers.
For a fifth year, Northwestern University tops the Big Ten and all other colleges with more than $122 million from inventions. Among Ohio schools, Ohio University in Athens earned $9.4 million - more than four times as much as Ohio State.
Ohio State officials said they're working hard at turning research into commercial products, but it takes time.
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