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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday February 03, 2019 ( 21 items )  

'Wear Something Vegan' Anti-Wool Ad Now Up
TOLEDO, Ohio, Jan. 31 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * PETA Billboard Near Forever 21 Store Urges People to Steer Clear of Cruelly Obtained Wool Items and Shop Vegan * * * As part of its nationwide campaign to inspire consumers to shop vegan, PETA has placed a billboard near the Forever 21 store at Franklin Park Mall that shows a sheep's sweet face alongside the words "We're Individuals. We're Not Sweaters. Wear Something Vegan." The ad  more

ACLU of Ohio Argues Abortion Rights Case Before Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Jan. 30 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio issued the following news release: * * * - Law Would Interfere in a Woman's Personal Health Decisions * * * Today, the ACLU of Ohio asked the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a March 2018 preliminary injunction against an unconstitutional abortion ban. The law criminalizes abortion when one of the woman's reasons for the abortion is a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome. The ban, first signed into law by Governor Jo  more

Americans Concerned About Their Weight, But Don't Understand Link to Heart Conditions and Overall Health
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Jan. 31 -- The Cleveland Clinic issued the following news release: * * * - Cleveland Clinic survey finds most Americans don't know their BMI, or that excess weight tips the scales for common heart conditions like coronary artery disease * * * A Cleveland Clinic survey finds that while most Americans (88 percent) understand that there is a connection between a healthy heart and a healthy weight, most aren't doing enough - or anything - to combat their own weight issues. The s  more

Battelle Continues Endocrine Disruption Research
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 31 -- Battelle, a nonprofit research and development organization, issued the following news release: A recent contract win will continue Battelle's work to determine if some chemical compounds negatively impact the endocrine system. Every day, we encounter numerous chemicals that are contained in such products as cosmetics, cleaning products, building materials, insecticides and food containers. These chemicals may get into the environment and have unknown consequences. T  more

ChangeUp Acquires Interbrand's Retail Design Practice
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, Jan. 28 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: ChangeUp Inc., the Dayton, Ohio-based retail design consultancy, has acquired the Cincinnati-based retail design and architectural practice known as Interbrand Retail from Interbrand, the world's largest branding agency and part of Omnicom Group (OMC). As of Jan. 1, talent and assets of both companies combined and operate under the name ChangeUp. ChangeUp, founded by Lee Carpenter, former North American CE  more

Columbus Zoo Announces First Births of New Year
POWELL, Ohio, Feb. 1 -- The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium issued the following news release: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is proud to announce the first two births of the 2019 calendar year-- a dama gazelle and a silvered leaf langur. Both are considered at-risk species in their native ranges, and these births are important to helping to sustain their populations. The female dama gazelle calf was born on January 7, 2019 to mom, Layla, and dad, Zultan, making the calf the first birth of the new ye  more

Construction Employment Increases in 273 Out of 358 Metros in 2018 Amid Strong Demand, But Labor Shortages Likely Prevented Additional Gains
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Jan. 29 -- Associated General Contractors of America issued the following news release: * * * - Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land and Weirton-Steubenville, W.Va.-Ohio Have Largest Annual Gains; Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, Calif. and Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, Mass.-N.H. Have Biggest Losses * * * Construction employment grew in 273 out of 358 metro areas between December 2017 and December 2018, declined in 37 and was unchanged in 48, according to a new analysis of federal   more

DeWine's Swearing In Od'd Ohio On The Bible, FFRF Asserts
MADISON, Wisconsin, Feb. 1 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: An overdose of bibles at the new Ohio governor's swearing in is causing the Freedom From Religion Foundation to be concerned about the constitutional health of the Buckeye State. Gov. Mike DeWine chose to be officially sworn on Jan. 14 in at a religious ceremony held in his home, with Christian hymns, prayers, and an overemphasis on religion that included swearing in on not one, not two, but n  more

Dignan Named Chair of Ohio Metro Chambers Coalition
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, Jan. 31 -- The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber issued the following news release: Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber President & CEO James Dignan has been named chairman of the Ohio Metro Chambers Coalition, effective Jan. 1, 2019. The Coalition, comprising the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the state's eight largest metropolitan chambers of commerce (Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown-Warren), has a combined membership of more than   more

Exhibit at Main Library Time Warps Viewer Into Cincinnati's Architectural Past
CINCINNATI, Ohio, Jan. 28 -- The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County issued the following news release: If you've ever walked the streets of Cincinnati and wondered what they would have looked like 100, or even 200, years ago then the Main Library's new exhibit is for you. Cincinnati's Historic Architecture: An Overview of 150 years of Architectural Styles is on display Jan. 31- April 28 in the Joseph S. Stern Jr., Cincinnati Room. Since Cincinnati's founding in 1788, buildings ha  more

GCP Members Recommend 2019 - 2020 Advocacy Priorities
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Jan. 31 -- The Greater Cleveland Partnership issued the following news release: * * * - Non-partisan Public Policy Agenda Released in Sequence with U.S. Congressional, Ohio General Assembly Cycles * * * The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) released its non-partisan 2019 - 2020 Public Policy Agenda today, a guide that outlines the top policy priorities of its members for the next two years. The latest installment of the GCP Public Policy Agenda reflects shared issues that  more

NIAID-Sponsored Clinical Trial of Ebola Vaccines Begins at Cincinnati Children's
CINCINNATI, Ohio, Jan. 28 -- The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center issued the following news release: * * * - Study in Healthy Adults Tests Body's Immune Response * * * A Phase 1 clinical trial of investigational vaccines intended to protect against Zaire ebolavirus (Ebola) is underway at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in the United States. The study is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes o  more

Ohio Farm Bureau Centennial Marked on Ohio State Campus
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 29 -- The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation issued the following news release: A historical marker commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is now on display on the campus of The Ohio State University. The plaque is located outside Jennings Hall, the former Botany and Zoology building, where in 1919 representatives of 76 county Farm Bureaus, with the assistance of university and county Extension leaders, established the organization.   more

OhioHealth Medical Minute: Short Stay Units
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 31 -- OhioHealth issued the following news release: OhioHealth is on a journey to create value for our patients by making care more accessible and affordable. One way to do that is finding innovative ways to deliver care in new and different ways. Recently, an opportunity was identified to provide better care to patients with lower risk acute illness - developing short stay units (SSUs). On January 30, OhioHealth opened SSU's at two locations: OhioHealth Westerville Medica  more

OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital Becomes Certified Member of MD Anderson Cancer Network
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 30 -- OhioHealth issued the following news release: * * * - Certification Brings World-Renowned Expertise to the Community * * * OhioHealth announced today that OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital has become a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network(R), a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center, a world-renowned leader in cancer care. "Certification at O'Bleness will help advance cancer care in the community while still keeping that care local for patients and their famil  more

Tax Giveaways Put Squeeze on State Budget
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 30 -- Policy Matters Ohio, a 501(c)3 non-profit and nonpartisan state policy research institute, issued the following news release: Years of income tax cuts, expanding tax breaks and the elimination of corporate taxes have put Ohio's budget in a bind, preventing the state from meeting basic needs and investing in the future, according to new analysis from Policy Matters Ohio. In almost every year since the tax overhaul of 2005, Ohio lawmakers cut taxes, reducing revenues b  more

The Buckeye Institute: DeWine Appointed Task Force Looks at Funding Ohio's Critical Infrastructure Needs
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 28 -- The Buckeye Institute issued the following statement after Gov. Mike DeWine announced the creation of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Transportation Infrastructure: "We applaud Governor DeWine for appointing this task force to review how Ohio pays for critical infrastructure needs. "As this debate moves forward, The Buckeye Institute urges policymakers to maintain appropriate user fees to fund infrastructure projects rather than redirecting general revenues to c  more

The Lordstown Ripple Effect
DETROIT, Michigan, Jan. 30 -- The United Automobile Workers issued the following news: We know that GM's choice to halt vehicle production and lay off thousands of workers at plants in Michigan, Ohio, and Baltimore will be devastating for UAW members at those plants -- but they aren't the only ones bracing for the negative impact of this decision. Hundreds of companies along the automotive supply chain across the Midwest face uncertainty in the wake of GM's decision. In Ohio, where GM announce  more

U.S. Chemical Production Ends 2018 on a High Note
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 -- The American Chemistry Council issued the following news: According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) rose by 0.6 percent in December, following a 0.3 percent gain in November and a 0.4 percent decline in October. During December, chemical output rose across all regions, with the largest gains in the Ohio Valley and Southeast regions. Chemical production was mixed over the three-month period. There were gains  more

US Retail-to-Warehouse Conversions on the Rise
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, Feb. 1 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: Retail real estate left behind by the retail industry's evolution can find new life as warehouses and e-commerce distribution centers, as shown by a new report from CBRE detailing 24 such conversion projects across the US CBRE found various types of retail-to-warehouse conversions, including demolition of obsolete malls to be rebuilt as warehouses in Baltimore, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, and several markets  more

WD Partners Announces 3 Leadership Hires
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, Feb. 1 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: WD Partners continues to bring in industry experts by hiring three retail leaders. Brian Seitz takes on the role of SVP, environments design; Paula Katz fills the role of senior creative director, brand communications and visual merchandising; and Andy House joins the team as creative director, retail environments. All three will be based out of the Columbus, Ohio, U.S. office. Taking charge of a growing te  more