Karen Kasler

There are 21 months till the 2008 presidential election, but a new poll has singled out a clear frontrunner in Ohio, which will again likely play a critical role in the selection of a new president.

The Ohio EPA is considering doing something that's only been done in one other state's cracking down on the amount of air pollutants in hair spray, deodorant, furniture polish and other consumer products.

Elderly Scam Victim Speaks Out

Jan 26, 2007

Crimes against the elderly are some of the most common scams, but also the most underreported. One Columbus woman is breaking her silence about the swindler who left her broke and heartbroken, in the hopes of helping other victims.

Development officials in northwest Ohio say plans for a new ethanol plant in Defiance County are on hold.

Jerry Hayes is executive director of Economic Development of Defiance County. He says the company proposing the plant is worried that rising corn prices and stabilizing gas costs could cut into profits.

He also says the high price of steel would add to the cost of building the ethanol plant.

Defiance County officials say they'll continue trying to attract an ethanol plant to the area.

Governor Ted Strickland's late-night swearing-in was the legal one. But Democrats will not settle for that as their only celebration. One reason centers on plans by many Ohioans to watch the Ohio State Buckeyes battle the Florida Gators for the BCS Championship. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

State agencies have been working on the most visible representation of the transition between Governor Bob Taft's administration and that of Governor Ted Strickland. They are changing road signs, websites, letterhead and other documents throughout state government. Ohio Public Radios Karen Kasler reports.

The newly sworn-in members of the Ohio House and Senate have a budget due in six months and other issues still unresolved from the last session.

In two reports, Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler examines what lies ahead for the new governor and General Assembly.

A sharply divided House has okayed the measure that would translate the new voter-approved minimum wage hike into law. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Controversy over Minimum Wage

Dec 11, 2006

Backers of a minimum-wage increase that passed in November accused lawmakers today of writing new rules on the issue that will deny the raise to thousands of workers.

Labor and grass roots organizations say House Bill 690 rewrites the constitutional amendment to deny the wage hike from $5.15 to $6.85 an hour to large classes of workers, including salespeople, home heath care workers, some firefighters and agricultural workers.

People who want to be foster parents should be prepared for more background checks, more training, and more visits from social workers.

Those are some of the conclusions of a state report on foster care. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

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