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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.

A new tool makes it possible for drivers and troopers to calculate where the trouble spots will be on this holiday travel weekend. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports

The heads of Ohio's major political parties have had a few days to reflect on what happened on election night. And they're determining what they need to do to get ready for the next campaign season.

For many strategists and would-be candidates, the next campaign season is already underway. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Republican Senator Mike DeWine thanked his supporters after his loss to Democratic Congressman Sherrod Brown last night. DeWine says he's lucky because the people of Ohio have allowed him to represent them in public office for 30 years. DeWine says he'll always be grateful.

The two-term senator has also served as a county prosecutor, state senator, U-S House member and lieutenant governor. DeWine scored impressive wins in 1994 and 2000, and last week, fellow Republican Senator George Voinovich begged voters to back his colleague.

Tuesday's vote brought Democrats to power in the executive branch, and it gave them some clout in the state legislature.

This change in the balance of power will likely mean a change in how and if new laws get through. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Parties Work to Get Out the Vote

Nov 6, 2006

Strategists with both parties know that regardless of what the polls suggest, the results don't matter if supporters don't vote.

And that's what they telling their forces on this election eve. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Strickland Faces Ballot Challenge

Oct 19, 2006

A complaint filed with the Columbiana County Board of Elections could have a major impact on the fall vote - namely, the leading candidate in the race for governor could be disqualified by, of all people, his opponent.

Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

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A complaint filed with the Columbiana County Board of Elections could have a major impact on the fall vote. As a result of the complaint, he leading candidate in the race for governor could be disqualified by his opponent. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Republican Ken Blackwell and Democrat Ted Strickland wrangled over the economy in the third debate in the governor's race. They argued last night over whether deep tax cuts would boost the state's economy or help the wealthy.

Blackwell says he offers innovative changes as opposed to Strickland's "therapeutic tinkering." Strickland responded by saying he was more concerned with addressing the state's problems than with name calling. He says Ohio needs a change after 16 years of Republican control.