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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday April 14, 2019 ( 42 items )  

2019 Best of Tech Award Winners
CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 12 -- The Greater Cleveland Partnership issued the following news release: * * * - 6 Northeast Ohio Organizations Take Home Honors at 13th Annual Best of Tech Awards * * * Six innovative organizations from across Northeast Ohio took home awards during the 13th annual Best of Tech Awards hosted by OHTec on April 11. A crowd that numbered in the hundreds inside Signature Flight's hangar at Burke Lakefront Airport watched as awards were handed out in the categories of: M  more

A Vaccine to Prevent Cancer
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 10 -- OhioHealth issued the following news release: In October 2018, the FDA approved the HPV vaccine for women and men between the ages of 27 and 45. Previously, the vaccine was only approved to be given between the ages of 9 through 26. "I think it's exciting because there were a whole group of people that weren't able to get the vaccine, they were older than the oldest recommended age when the vaccine was approved," said Dr. Kellie Rath, a gynecologic oncologist at Ohi  more

Abortion Ban Prompts 'Pro-Life? Go Vegan' Billboard
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 12 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - PETA Reminds Everyone That Saving All Lives Is a Great Choice * * * Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a bill into law that prohibits abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detectedand PETA plans to place a billboard in Columbus that proclaims, "Pro-Life? Go Vegan." "There's nothing 'pro-life' about eating baby animals who were killed in order to end up on a plate or in a carry-out box,  more

ACerS Joins Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM as Inaugural Member
WESTERVILLE, Ohio, April 9 -- The American Ceramic Society issued the following news: The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) has joined with over 80 leading academic and professional societies as an inaugural member of the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM. "The ACerS Board of Directors recently adopted a comprehensive anti-harassment policy as part of the Society's overall diversity and inclusion efforts. The timing of the founding of the Consortium aligned perfectly with our g  more

ACLU of Ohio to Challenge Total Abortion Ban
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 11 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio issued the following news release: * * * - Similar Versions of Blatantly Unconstitutional Legislation Stand 0-4 in Federal Court * * * The ACLU of Ohio announced today that it will file a lawsuit challenging Senate Bill 23, legislation that would ban all abortions in the State of Ohio. Governor Mike DeWine is expected to sign the bills in the coming days. The named plaintiff in the lawsuit will be Northeast Ohio based abo  more

API Ohio: Lawmakers Should Oppose Bailing Out Bankrupt Corporations on the Backs of Working Ohioans
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 12 -- The American Petroleum Institute issued the following news release: API Ohio Executive Director Chris Zeigler strongly criticized new legislation filed today in the Ohio House (House Bill 6) that would subsidize failing nuclear power companies at the expense of the state's economic prosperity and working families in Ohio. "House Bill 6 is nothing short of a taxpayer-funded bailout of failing nuclear power plants. Ohio lawmakers should be mindful of the long-term con  more

Case Western Reserve, Cleveland Clinic Launch New Era of Health Education With Samson Pavilion Dedication
CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 9 -- The Cleveland Clinic issued the following news release: * * * - Innovative architectural design and state-of-the-future technology to welcome students from dental, medical and nursing schools * * * Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic launched a new era of health education today in dedicating the centerpiece of their new campus, the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion. "The dedication of the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion demonstrates the extraordina  more

Ceres: Ohio's Clean Energy Standards Are Key to Thriving Economy
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 12 -- Ceres, a non-profit organization that is mobilizing many of the world's largest companies and investors to take stronger action on climate change, water scarcity and other global sustainability challenges, issued the following news release: Major investors and companies in Ohio oppose provisions in legislation introduced today in the Ohio Legislature that would weaken the state's renewable portfolio and energy efficiency resource standard. The provisions, in  more

Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine Issues 6 Research Articles in March 2019 Edition
LYNDHURST, Ohio, April 10 -- The Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, a peer-reviewed medical journal from the Cleveland Clinic that provides clinical information relevant to internal medicine and cardiology, published six research articles on the following topics in its March 2019 edition: * A paraneoplastic potassium and acid-base disturbance * Assessing liver fibrosis without biopsy in patients with HCV or NAFLD * Does early repolarization on ECG increase the risk of cardiac death in heal  more

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's New Edge Program Prepares High School Students for Future Careers
POWELL, Ohio, April 8 -- The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium issued the following news release: High school students looking to find a job have the opportunity to get an "edge" on the rest through a new program at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! The Zoo and two other properties managed by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium--the Zoombezi Bay waterpark and The Wilds, a conservation center in Cumberland, Ohio-- are pleased to announce the launch of the Edge Program that allows students to gain an edge in thei  more

Farrell Elected American Library Association Treasurer
CHICAGO, Illinois, April 10 -- The American Library Association issued the following news release: Maggie Farrell, dean of university libraries at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has been elected treasurer of the American Library Association (ALA) for 2019-2022. Farrell received 5,221 votes, while her opponent, Andrew K. Pace, executive director of technical research at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio, received 2,735 votes. Farrell will step into her role as treasurer at the close of the 2019 ALA Annua  more

FFRF Condemns Passage of Ohio's Anti-Woman 'Fetal Heartbeat' Law
MADISON, Wisconsin, April 11 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: Protesters yesterday unfurled banners at the Ohio Capitol that correctly proclaimed: "This is not a House of Worship" and "This is not doctor's office." It did not stop Ohio Governor Mike DeWine from signing one of the nation's strictest anti-choice bills into law today. The so-called "heartbeat" bill bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected (as early as five weeks). Most women do n  more

Graf Custom Hardwood Receives NWFA/NOFMA Certification
CHESTERFIELD, Missouri, April 10 -- The National Wood Flooring Association issued the following news release: Graf Custom Hardwood in Portsmouth, Ohio, is the latest company to earn NWFA/ NOFMA Mill Certification from the National Wood Flooring Association. NWFA/NOFMA certification provides assurance that a manufacturer's wood flooring meets or exceeds the industry standards for grade, configuration, moisture content, and average board length. To ensure consistency, certified mills meet rigor  more

High-Tech Tissue Study Reveals Which Cells Drive a Painful Food Allergy
CINCINNATI, Ohio, April 9 -- The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center issued the following news release: * * * - Findings from Cincinnati Children's Also Raise Questions About a Popular Food Supplement * * * An eight-year hunt for the cells that drive the extreme childhood food allergy eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) has identified a potential new way to treat the disease while also raising questions about a dietary supplement often taken to reduce bowel inflammation. The study, led  more

Hop Into Spring Events at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
POWELL, Ohio, April 12 -- The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium issued the following news release: Spring fun is in full bloom at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! From celebrating Earth Day to supporting the Zoo's many conservation initiatives, there is something for everyone at the Zoo. The list of upcoming events is as follows: APRIL Eggs, Paws and Claws, April 19 and 20, 9 a.m - 5 p.m. Hop, skip or jump over to the Columbus Zoo on April 19 and 20 for Eggs, Paws and Claws - an annual springtime trad  more

Initiative and Dedication Are the Stories Behind the NCEA 2019 President's Award Honorees
ARLINGTON, Virginia, April 10 -- The National Catholic Educational Association issued the following news release: The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Convention & Expo in Chicago, April 23 - 25, will be the backdrop for the NCEA 2019 President's Awards dinner on April 22. Named for the past presidents of NCEA, the President's Awards recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding contributions to Catholic education. Among the 2019 recipients are principal Lisa Cinadr fr  more

Investigation: Manure From Unregulated Factory Farms Fuels Lake Erie's Toxic Algae Blooms
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, April 9 -- The Environmental Working Group issued the following news release: * * * - Nutrient-Rich Pollution Runs Off Previously Undocumented Operations Into Maumee River Watershed * * * Unregulated animal factory farms are funneling nutrient-rich pollution into Lake Erie, feeding an enormous toxic algae bloom each summer, according to a new investigation by the Environmental Working Group and the Environmental Law & Policy Center. By analyzing aerial photos, satell  more

Journal of Sedimentary Research Issues 3 Research Articles in March 2019 Edition
BOULDER, Colorado, April 10 -- The Journal of Sedimentary Research, an earth science journal dedicated to the field of sedimentology from the Society for Sedimentary Geology, published three research articles on the following topics in its March 2019 edition: * Evolution of the Zonal Gradients Across the Equatorial Pacific During the Miocene-Pleistocene * Influences of Modern Pedogenesis On Paleoclimate Estimates from Pennsylvanian and Permian Paleosols, Southeast Ohio, U.S.A. * Stromatolite   more

Journal of Urban Health Issues 4 Research Articles in March 2019 Supplementary Edition
CHAM, Switzerland, April 11 -- The Journal of Urban Health, a journal that says it provides a platform for exploration of the evidence base for the broader determinants of health and health inequities needed to strengthen policies, programs and governance for urban health, published four research articles on the following topics in its March 2019 supplementary edition: * Allostatic Load: Importance, Markers, and Score Determination in Minority and Disparity Populations * Application of the Pub  more

Laid-off NewsGuild Members to Speak at Field Hearing in Ohio
WASHINGTON, April 8 -- The NewsGuild-CWA issued the following news release: Members of The NewsGuild-CWA are among those who will provide testimony at a public hearing in Ohio about the devastating effects of job outsourcing on both those who lose their jobs and the community. The field hearing, co-sponsored by Cleveland Jobs With Justice and the Ohio Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, will run from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13, at Firestone Park Christian Church   more

Long-Term Ohio Goodwill President and CEO Receives Distinguished Career Award
ROCKVILLE, Maryland, April 8 -- Goodwill Industries International, a 501(c)3 non-profit and a network of 164 community-based, autonomous organizations in the U.S., Canada and 13 other countries, issued the following news release: After more than 40 years of leading and growing Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries (Cincinnati), Goodwill Industries International is pleased to award Joseph Byrum the 2019 J.D. Robins Jr. Distinguished Career Award. The award recognizes a Goodwill CEO for outstanding car  more

Major Technology and Mobility Players Join ITS America
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- The Intelligent Transportation Society of America issued the following news release: Some of the leading names in technology, innovation, mobility and infrastructure have joined the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) in the first quarter of 2019. Amazon Web Services, the American Center for Mobility, Auto Action, Dock, Inc., Gannett Fleming, HERE Technologies, the Idaho Transportation Department, Jacobs, Middlesex (NJ) County, the Ohio Turnpike   more

Manure From Unregulated Factory Farms Fuels Lake Erie's Toxic Algae Blooms
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, April 9 -- The Environmental Law and Policy Center issued the following news release: * * * - Nutrient-Rich Pollution Runs Off Previously Undocumented Operations Into Maumee River Watershed * * * Unregulated animal factory farms are funneling nutrient-rich pollution into Lake Erie, feeding an enormous toxic algae bloom each summer, according to a new investigation by the Environmental Working Group and the Environmental Law & Policy Center. By analyzing aerial photos  more

Medical Educator, Robert A. Cain, DO, FACOI, FAODME, Named Next AACOM President and CEO
CHEVY CHASE, Maryland, April 10 -- The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine issued the following news release: Robert A. Cain, DO, FACOI, FAODME, has been chosen as the next President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM). Dr. Cain will start in early summer. Currently serving as the Associate Dean for Clinical Education at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), Dr. Cain was selected after an extensi  more

Nature Conservancy Issues Statement on Energy Legislation
DUBLIN, Ohio, April 12 -- The Nature Conservancy issued the following statement by Ohio State Director Bill Stanley on energy legislation (H.B. 6): "Today a bill was introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives to provide a bailout for two nuclear powerplants in Ohio. The introduction of House Bill 6 is a missed opportunity for the legislature to begin working on a comprehensive energy policy for our state. "We are disappointed that this bill includes provisions that change the energy effic  more

NIRH Decries Passage of Unconstitutional 6-Week Abortion Ban in Ohio
OHIO CITY, Ohio, April 11 -- The National Institute for Reproductive Health issued the following news release: * * * - The bill follows similar legislation passed in Georgia, Kentucky, and Mississippi and under consideration in several other states * * * Andrea Miller, President of the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH), released the following statement denouncing the passage of legislation in Ohio today that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected by an ultrasound.  more

Notorious Operator of the Farm at Walnut Creek to Pay $20,000 Federal Penalty
SUGARCREEK, Ohio, April 10 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - The Farm at Walnut Creek Exhibitor Settles Over 70 Alleged Animal-Welfare Violations * * * PETA has learned that notorious animal exhibitor Henry Hampton has agreed to pay $20,000 to settle the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) administrative lawsuit alleging more than 70 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) between October 2013 and December 2017 at Hampton  more

Nuclear Energy Bailout Bill Introduced
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 12 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release: Earlier today, state legislators introduced a bill that effectively provides a financial bailout to two FirstEnergy nuclear power plants. The details of the bill were leaked last week by longtime energy reporter John Funk. FirstEnergy has, for years, tried to find ways to bail out its energy generation to no avail. The bailout tactic has been unpopular, as it has aimed to raise FirstEnergy customer rates. The bill i  more

OHA Earns 2019 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 9 -- The Ohio Hospital Association issued the following news release: The Ohio Hospital Association is proud to announce that it received the 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding efforts in energy efficiency program delivery. OHA's accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 11, 2019. "This award recognizes the commitment of Ohio hospit  more

Ohio to Become Sixth State to Ban Abortion Before Many People Know They're Pregnant
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 10 -- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following news release: * * * - Number of States to Pass Six-Week Abortion Bans Tripled This Year * * * Today, amidst large protests at the statehouse, the Ohio General Assembly passed Senate Bill 23, the dangerous six-week abortion ban. Once it is signed by Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio will be the sixth state to ban abortion before many people know that they're pregnant. This law has no exceptions for cases of  more

One Year Ago: Robin Vos Traveling Companion Cliff Rosenberger Resigned Amid FBI Corruption Investigation
MADISON, Wisconsin, April 12 -- One Wisconsin Now, a liberal issue advocacy organization that focuses on advancing progressive leadership and values, issued the following news release: * * * - Pair Shared Interests in Travel and Transactional Politics * * * Today marks an ignominious one year anniversary for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos - it was on this date in 2018 that his frequent traveling companion, Ohio House of Representatives Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, abruptly resigned from office. Ro  more

Policy Matters Ohio Issues Statement on Tax Day
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 11 -- Policy Matters Ohio, a 501(c)3 non-profit and nonpartisan state policy research institute, issued the following statement by Communications Director Caitlin Johnson: Monday April 15 is the deadline to file state and federal taxes. "April 15 should be hailed as a day Ohioans come together to invest in each other. By paying our taxes we're helping prepare Ohio's kids for the future in our public schools. We're supporting public transportation so people can get to work  more

Professional Truck Driver Aids Two Men Ejected During Vehicle Rollover
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, April 12 -- The Truckload Carriers Association issued the following news: Christopher Lemaire of Erath, Louisiana, a professional truck driver for Revere Transportation of Akron, Ohio, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). He is being recognized for his willingness to stop and help after witnessing a vehicle lose control on icy roads and flip multiple times, ejecting the driver and a passenger. As a former highway patrol officer, Lema  more

Public Citizen: Let's Close the Bank Casinos
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- Public Citizen issued the following statement by Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate at Congress Watch: Today, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), reintroduced the Return to Prudent Banking Act. The bill restores the separation between commercial banking, such as mortgages and business loans, from higher risk investment banking, such as securities trading. This separation is known as the Glass-Steagall Act. Meanwhile, the U.S. House Financial Services Committee will h  more

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and Major Partners in Cleveland Release Study And Recommendations for Enhancing Citywide Bike Connectivity Options
CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 13 -- Rails-to-Trails Conservancy issued the following news release, dated April 11: * * * - 55% of Cleveland residents have access to bike transportation methods; analysis shows how to increase that number to 82% with strategic investment * * * At a press conference on April 11, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) and Bike Cleveland released "Advancing Cleveland's Active Transportation Agenda," showing how the city could increase the number of people who have access to   more

Sally Gries Elected Chairperson of the Cleveland Foundation Board of Directors
CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 8 -- Cleveland Foundation issued the following news release: The Cleveland Foundation today announced the election of a new chairperson and the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. A board member since 2012, Sally Gries has been elected chairperson of the board, following in the footsteps of retiring board member and current board chair Rev. Dr. Stephen Rowan. "For more than a century, the Cleveland Foundation has been fortunate to partner with visio  more

Shutting Down Deadly Pediatric Brain Cancer at Its Earliest Moments
CINCINNATI, Ohio, April 11 -- The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center issued the following news release: * * * - Study Uses Cell-by-Cell Analyses to Look for New Therapies That Might Work * * * Cell-by-cell genetic analyses of developing brain tissues in neonatal mice and laboratory models of brain cancer allowed scientists to discover a molecular driver of the highly aggressive, deadly, and treatment-resistant brain cancer, glioblastoma. Published findings in Cell Stem Cell descr  more

State Legislators Receive Small Business Advocate of the Year Awards
CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 10 -- The Greater Cleveland Partnership issued the following news release: Members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and its small business division, the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), officially named several state legislators recipients of the 2018 Small Business Advocate of the Year Award today. State Senator Matt Huffman and State Senator Vernon Sykes played instrumental roles in an initiative that creates a more bi-partisan, public process for drawi  more

The Buckeye Institute Releases Famous Piglet Book, Finds $2.5 Billion in Savings for Ohio Taxpayers
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 10 -- The Buckeye Institute issued the following news release: The Buckeye Institute released its 2019 Piglet Book, which identified $2.5 billion in savings for Ohio taxpayers. The famous Piglet Book is an analysis of Ohio's proposed biennial budget and offers savings for policymakers to consider as they debate the state's two-year budget. "In this year's Piglet Book, The Buckeye Institute identified at least $2.5 billion that policymakers can save Ohioans. And with the i  more

The Buckeye-Institute Inspired OhioCheckbook.com Has Made Government More Accountable and Should Be Made Permanent
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 10 -- The Buckeye Institute issued the following news release: Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, testified today (https://www.buckeyeinstitute.org/library/docLib/2019-04-10-The-Buckeye-Institute-Inspired-OhioCheckbook-com-Has-Made-Government-More-Accountable-and-Should-be-Made-Permanent-testimony.pdf) before the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee on the policies in House Bill 46, which secure Ohio's progress on transparency and govern  more

Twist Bioscience Adopts Battelle's ThreatSEQ DNA Screening Web Service for Advanced Biosecurity
SAN FRANCISCO, California, April 9 -- Battelle, a nonprofit research and development organization, issued the following news release: SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and COLUMBUS, Ohio - Twist Bioscience Corporation (NASDAQ: TWST), a company enabling customers to succeed through its offering of high-quality synthetic DNA using its silicon platform, today announced that it is the first to implement Battelle's ThreatSEQTM web service DNA screening platform for the detection and characterization of sequence  more

With State Bureau Hobbled by Cuts, Cities Should Protect Workers From Wage Theft
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 10 -- Policy Matters Ohio, a 501(c)3 non-profit and nonpartisan state policy research institute, issued the following news release: The bureau tasked with protecting working Ohioans' wages oversees the state's 5.5 million jobs with only six people to do it. This woefully inadequate oversight has given rise to a serious wage theft problem that goes unaddressed in Governor Mike DeWine's budget proposal. With the state largely absent, it will be up to Ohio's cities to protect  more