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OSU Versus Michigan Blood Battle Underway

 

The community is invited to roll up a sleeve and give blood with the American Red Cross during the 36th annual Blood Battle between The Ohio State University and the University of Michigan now through Nov. 22.

 

During the Blood Battle, the archrivals will partner with the Red Cross to see which university’s supporters can bring in the most blood donations. Blood Battle has highlighted the first weeks of November leading up to the day the schools face off on the football field every year since 1981.

 

Ohio State lost the Blood Battle last year by just eight donations. So far Ohio State has won 14 Blood Battles, and Michigan has won 20, with one year resulting in a tie.

 

 

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Unemployment Falls from Last Month

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in September 2017, down from 5.4
percent in August 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment
increased 10,500 over the month, from a revised 5,546,500 in August to 5,557,000
in September 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 305,000, down 6,000
from 311,000 in August. The number of unemployed has increased by 21,000 in the
past 12 months from 284,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio increased
from 5.0 percent in September 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for September was 4.2 percent, down from 4.4 percent
in August, and down from 4.9 percent in September 2016.


County, city and metropolitan area unemployment rates for September 2017 will be
posted online at OhioLMI.com on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

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State Has New Tool In Drug Abuse Battle

The State of Ohio is deploying a new tool in its fight against prescription drug abuse.

 

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced an upgrade to Ohio’s prescription drug monitoring program that will provide Ohio prescribers and pharmacists with advanced tools to promote patient safety and assist in clinical decision-making.

 

The new platform, which offers several key features, including scores that calculate a patient’s possible risk of overdose and addiction,  will be made available at no cost to all Ohio healthcare providers.

 

Implementation of the upgrade is supported by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act.

 

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Insurance Rates in Ohio Among Lowest in the Nation

 

The Ohio Department of Insurance announced Wednesday the average rate changes in 2016 for the top 10 homeowners and private passenger auto insurance groups in Ohio.

 

Rates increased 1.9 percent for homeowners and 3.1 percent for auto insurance. Even with the increase, Ohioans pay among the lowest average insurance premiums for homeowners and auto insurance.

 

Ohioans pay an average of $797 for homeowners insurance and $683 for auto insurance compared to the national average. Ohio’s combined average premiums are $518 below the national averages.  

 

Changes in auto insurance rates can be associated with medical costs, weather-related claims, the number of cars on Ohio roads and repairs costs. Homeowners insurance rates can be impacted by weather-related claims, and building and material costs.

 

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Ohio National Guard Sends Medical Equipment to Puerto Rico

 

The Ohio National Guard has sent much-needed medical equipment to Puerto Rico to help with hurricane recovery efforts.

 

The equipment, including generators, emergency medical equipment, ventilators, and X-ray machines, left this week from Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base on board two C-130 Hercules aircraft.

 

The equipment is part of the Ohio National Guard’s support to Puerto Rico that includes more than 40 Soldiers from the 285th Medical Company based out of Columbus.

 

The unit will provide trauma health care, preventative medicine consultation, optometry support, mental health consultation and evacuation of patients in Puerto Rico.

 

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Hite Introduces Legislation to Create New License Plate

 
COLUMBUS - On Thursday, State Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) introduced legislation that will create the “Keep Ohio Beautiful” license plate, which will support the non-profit organization’s mission of empowering Ohio communities to take greater responsibility for improving the local environment through litter prevention, beautification, community greening, waste reduction and recycling.
 
“All Ohioans have a responsibility to care for our beautiful state,” said Senator Hite. “I am happy to help this inspiring organization carry out their mission to make Ohio a cleaner and safer place for our families.”
 
Keep Ohio Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is the leading non-profit organization that connects volunteers with environmental projects that produce measurable economic benefits within the state.
 
Working with a diverse coalition of businesses, government, neighborhoods, individuals and other nonprofit teams, “Keep Ohio Beautiful” serves as Ohio’s umbrella organization for over 35 entities throughout Ohio. Their current programs impact over 1,000 Ohio communities with the help of their large volunteer base.
 
The guiding principles of education, individual responsibility, public-private partnerships, and volunteer actions are critical to the success of the organization. Additional funding for the group will be a substantial way to promote a cleaner and more attractive Ohio. 

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New Light Bulbs at the Statehouse Save Tax-Payers' Dollars

 
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) has recently completed a lighting upgrade project that will save tax-payer dollars.
 
As lighting technology has improved and added dimming capabilities that allow for historically appropriate lighting levels inside the Ohio Statehouse, over 900 new LED bulbs have been installed in the House Chamber, Senate Chamber and several Hearing Rooms resulting in significant cost savings.  The Capitol Square Complex (CSC) will see a 90% reduction in energy consumption.
 
“As stewards of this magnificent building, CSRAB will continue to incorporate efficient technology at the Ohio Statehouse to save tax-payer dollars and to enhance the visitor experience on Capitol Square,” said CSRAB Chair, Senator Bob Peterson.

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Hite Announces Money Available For Small Businesses in Ohio

 

State Senator Cliff Hite announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded $700,000 aimed at supporting efforts to expand Ohio’s small business markets overseas.

 

Under the SBA's State Trade Expansion Program, 306 Ohio businesses have received funding to offset costs and promote their product lines and services in international markets. With this new grant, more small businesses will be eligible to apply for the assistance through the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Export Assistance Office.

 

Businesses are eligible for assistance with marketing expenses of up to $12,500, under the program.

 

The announced program will run through September 29, 2018.

 

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Deadline For Ohio Voter Registration Approaching

 

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted reminded voters that the deadline to register to vote in the November 7th General Election is on October 10th.

 

Across Ohio’s 88 counties, there are 1,517 respective local issues that will appear before voters.

 

Voters will also be deciding a number of local races and can obtain additional information on these contests by contacting the Hardin County Board of Elections.

 

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