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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday August 25, 2019 ( 29 items )  

'Cooking Mama' Goes Vegetarian--and Nabs PETA Award
CINCINNATI, Ohio, Aug. 22 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - New Mode Lets Players Whip Up Meat-Free Meals * * * A Proggy Award ("Proggy" is for "progress") is on its way from PETA to Planet Digital Partners in honor of its upcoming Cooking Mama: Cookstar game, which will include a "vegetarian mode" featuring 90 different meat-free recipes. The vegetarian option is a first for the Cooking Mama series. Previous Cooking Mama games require  more

2019 Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television & Radio Artists Ohio-Pittsburgh Local Election Results
LOS ANGELES, California, Aug. 21 -- The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) issued the following news release: Today, the ballot tabulation of the SAG-AFTRA Ohio-Pittsburgh Local election was conducted. Please note that some candidates ran unopposed and were declared elected without the necessity of a membership vote. Following are the results of the election. Those positions that required a balloted election are listed with an asterisk*. For comp  more

ACLU of Ohio, Planned Parenthood, and Preterm File Motion for Permanent Injunction in Case Challenging Ohio's Near Total Abortion Ban
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Aug. 20 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio issued the following news release: Today, August 20, the ACLU of Ohio and others filed a motion in the Southern District of Ohio asking the Court to enter a permanent injunction against the near-total abortion ban signed by Governor DeWine in April of this year. A federal judge temporarily blocked the ban from taking effect on July 3, the state did not appeal the injunction and the deadline for doing so has passed. The plain  more

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen: GTW General Chairman John Karakian Elected by Acclamation to Eighth Straight Term
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, Aug. 16 -- The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a division of International Brotherhood of Teamsters, issued the following news: General Chairman John M. Karakian was reelected by acclamation to his eighth consecutive term of office at the BLET's CN-Grand Trunk Western (GTW) General Committee of Adjustment quadrennial meeting in Novi, Mich., on August 14, 2019. Brother Karakian, a member of Division 122 (Port Huron, Mich.), first joined the Brotherhood on J  more

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen: Two BLET Families Win 2019 Union Plus Scholarships
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, Aug. 21 -- The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a division of International Brotherhood of Teamsters, issued the following news: Union Plus recently awarded $170,000 in scholarships to 108 students representing 34 unions, including two winners from the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. The two BLET winners are: * Dominic Osciak, son of Paul F. Osciak BLET Division 71 (Philadelphia, Pa.); and * MacKenzie Smith, daughter of Nevada Smith of BL  more

Cleveland Clinic Akron General Designated a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center
AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 20 -- The Cleveland Clinic issued the following news release: * * * - Joint Commission certification is a validation of hospital's approach to removing clots * * * Cleveland Clinic Akron General has been certified as an Advanced Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, an important validation of the quality care it provides for stroke patients. "Our capabilities in advanced thrombectomy and the time-sensitive care we provide here in Akron undoubtedly hav  more

Columbus Zoo Welcomes Litter of Three Lion Cubs
POWELL, Ohio, Aug. 20 -- The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium issued the following news release: Three African lion cubs were born on August 16 through August 17 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Mother Naomi is doing well and is being very attentive to the cubs, who appear to be healthy. All are being monitored behind the scenes by the Zoo's veterinary and Heart of Africa animal care teams. This is the first litter for four-year-old Naomi. Her pregnancy was a surprise since the cub's sire, Tomo, und  more

Community Committee Announced to Oversee Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund
DAYTON, Ohio, Aug. 23 -- The Dayton Foundation issued the following news release: The Dayton Foundation has convened a diverse group of 16 volunteer community leaders who will serve as the Community Oversight Committee to oversee the disbursement of the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund. In addition, five nonvoting, ex officio members are providing pro bono legal, auditing and other assistance. Co-chairing the Committee are Brother Raymond L. Fitz, S.M., Ph.D., former president of the Univer  more

Environment Ohio Research & Policy Center: New Study - U.S. Clean Energy Use Has Accelerated During the Past Decade
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 22 -- The Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center issued the following news release: * * * - Report shows marked progress in solar, wind, electric vehicles, energy storage and efficiency * * * Since 2009, the United States has increased its solar power generation 40-fold and upped its electric production from wind by more than 270 percent, according to a new report released today by Environment Ohio Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group. The study also highligh  more

Environmental Defense Fund: Ohio Supreme Court Closes the Door on FirstEnergy's Illegal Subsidies in a Win for Customers and the Environment
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 20 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following news release: * * * - EDF statement from John Finnigan, Lead Counsel, Energy Transition Strategy * * * The Ohio Supreme Court today rejected FirstEnergy's motion for reconsideration of "credit support" charges approved by state regulators in 2016. The Supreme Court ordered the charge be removed, saying state regulators had failed to place the necessary conditions on how FirstEnergy spent the subsidies. "Today's O  more

Federal Law Court Affirms Award of Attorney's Fees to Couples Refused Marriage Licenses by Kim Davis
CINCINNATI, Ohio, Aug. 23 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following news release: A federal appeals court today upheld a lower court ruling awarding $224,000 in attorney's fees and costs in the case of couples who were refused marriage licenses by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis. The federal panel agreed with a lower court that the Common  more

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis: Proposed Navajo Acquisition of Bankrupt U.S. Coal Company Is an Ill-Timed Gamble
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Aug. 22 -- The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis issued the following news release: * * * - Plan to buy Cloud Peak's mines in Montana and Wyoming comes as Powder River Basin producers face more hard times - NTEC could modernize with leadership change * * * A plan by the Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) to acquire Cloud Peak Energy's coal mines in Montana and Wyoming is a high-risk gamble and poorly timed, concludes a report published today by the  more

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis: U.S. Fracking Sector Disappoints Again
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Aug. 19 -- The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis issued the following news release: * * * - Fracking-focused enterprises continue to produce glut in gas, not profits * * * A review of 29 major fracking-focused oil and gas companies revealed meager cash returns in the second quarter of 2019, according to a briefing note released today by Sightline Institute and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, U.S. Fracking Se  more

Institute for Energy Economics Report: Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Debt Deal Weak and Plagued by Scandal
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Aug. 21 -- The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis issued the following news release: * * * - Island residents face decades of unaffordable rate hikes and fees * * * The Puerto Rican legislature will soon consider a debt restructuring deal for Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority (PREPA) that is unaffordable and risks jeopardizing the island's economic recovery, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analy  more

NAACP Hosted Emergency National Call on White Nationalism
WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 -- NAACP issued the following news release: On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, the NAACP hosted a Tele-Town Hall to demand legislative action to combat the rise of gun violence, domestic terrorism, and white supremacy. The event brought leaders and activists together in a conversation on how organizers can fight back against the surge of white supremacy and domestic terrorism that is attacking our communities. NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson along with Congressman Bobby  more

National Association for Gifted Children: South Carolina's Thomas Hebert and Ohio State's James L. Moore III Named 2019 Distinguished Scholars in Gifted Education
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 -- The National Association for Gifted Children issued the following news release: The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) today announced Thomas Hebert, a Professor of Gifted and Talented Education in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina, and James L. Moore III, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and the EHE Distinguished Professor, Department of Educational Studies at The Ohio State University, will receive the 2019 NAGC Distinguis  more

National Governors Association Selects 6 States to Upskill Adult Learners Through the Educate for Opportunity Project
WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 -- The National Governors Association issued the following news release: The National Governors Association (NGA) in partnership with Strada Education Network began its newest effort to help states design education and training programs to increase upward mobility of residents by selecting six states for its Educate for Opportunity project. Minnesota, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Wyoming will receive financial as well as policy and technical assistance f  more

North American Menopause Society: Family History of Diabetes Linked to Increased Bone Mineral Density
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Aug. 21 -- The North American Menopause Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit that promotes the health and quality of life of all women during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause and healthy aging, issued the following news release: * * * - New study demonstrates the effect of first-degree family history of diabetes on bone loss, insulin resistance, and hyperinsulinemia, despite normal blood glucose levels * * * The association between type 2 diabetes and incre  more

Ohio Environmental Council Issues Statement on Voluntary Recognition of OEC Workers United
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 20 -- The Ohio Environmental Council issued the following statement by Executive Director Heather Taylor: Last week, the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) received notice of a National Labor Relations Board Petition for Certification as Representative of a bargaining unit of the employees of OEC. Today, OEC leadership voluntarily recognized the union and began work with OEC Workers United on next steps in the process: "As the state's most comprehensive, effective and respec  more

Ohio Environmental Council: Climate Change Is Hazardous to Ohio Children's Health
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 22 -- The Ohio Environmental Council issued the following news release: A new report issued by Policy Matters Ohio and the Ohio Environmental Council documents how climate change harms the health of Ohio children. Policymakers at all levels of government can act now to stem climate change and protect the health of Ohio's children. "Climate change is already affecting the health of Ohio's children, through extreme heat and precipitation, impacts on air quality, and changing  more

Ohio Moms Demand Action, Everytown Applaud Governor DeWine for Holistic Approach to School Safety, Creation of School Safety Center
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 22 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: The Ohio chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released the following statement praising Gov. Dewine for creating the Ohio School Safety Center within the Ohio Homeland Security office. The Center will be a new state office dedicated to school safety, and is part of Gov. DeWine's plan to address gun v  more

Ohio Moms Demand Action, Everytown Applaud Introduction of Bipartisan Red Flag Legislation
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 19 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: The Ohio chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today applauded the introduction of SB 184, bipartisan Red Flag legislation that would permit immediate family members and law enforcement officers to petition a court for an order temporarily removing guns from people who are at risk of harming themselves or  more

OhioHealth Mothers' Milk Bank to Open Milk Drop at OhioHealth Westerville Medical Campus
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 22 -- OhioHealth issued the following news release: The OhioHealth Mothers' Milk Bank is celebrating the opening of a new milk drop at the OhioHealth Westerville Medical Campus with a grand opening event on Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. Located in the laboratory on the second floor of 260 Polaris Parkway, a freezer stores the donated human milk, which is then transferred to the milk bank via courier. The OhioHealth Mothers' Milk Bank, under the guidelines of the Human Milk Banking As  more

Policy Matters Ohio: Climate Change Is Hazardous to Ohio Children's Health
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 22 -- Policy Matters Ohio, a 501(c)3 non-profit and nonpartisan state policy research institute, issued the following news release: * * * - New report details policy solutions to protect the littlest Ohioans * * * A new report issued today by Policy Matters Ohio and the Ohio Environmental Council documents how climate change harms the health of Ohio children. Policymakers at all levels of government can act now to stem climate change and protect the health of Ohio's chil  more

Policy Matters Ohio: Maximize Food Aid to Feed More Ohioans
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 19 -- Policy Matters Ohio, a 501(c)3 non-profit and nonpartisan state policy research institute, issued the following news release: Governor DeWine has an opportunity to expand the economic security of children, adults, and families by maximizing federal food and nutrition assistance for communities across the state. Ohioans in 41 counties and eight cities with high unemployment would get needed help affording food if the DeWine administration requests a waiver on time limi  more

Policy Matters Ohio: Strengthen Ohio by Including Undocumented Immigrants
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 21 -- Policy Matters Ohio, a 501(c)3 non-profit and nonpartisan state policy research institute, issued the following news release: * * * - A path to citizenship would increase tax revenue by $25 million * * * If all undocumented immigrants in Ohio had a pathway to citizenship, the amount they collectively pay in taxes would increase by 31%, from $83.2 million to $108.7 million, according to the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). A new report (https://www  more

Preview: 2019 AAU National Indoor Pickleball Championships
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 21 -- The Amateur Athletic Union issued the following news: AAU Pickleball will hold their National Championship tournament here in Orlando, Florida on Friday, August 23 through Sunday, August 25 at the Orlando Sports Center. The event is scheduled to have 225 competitors, traveling from 16 different states - Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Arizona, Texas, Kentucky, Minnesota, South Carolina, Indiana, Colorado, Massachusetts, Utah, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, as well as On  more

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County: Personal Job Coaching Now Offered at Main Library Via Cincinnati Works Partnership
CINCINNATI, Ohio, Aug. 19 -- The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County issued the following news release: The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is committed to supporting residents looking for work or aspiring to a better, more financially and emotionally fulfilling career. That's the basis for new weekly career coaching offered by Cincinnati Works in partnership with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Cincinnati Works coaches are on-site for free o  more

SPJ Announces Outstanding Campus Chapter and Program Regional Honorees
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, Aug. 21 -- The Society of Professional Journalists issued the following news: The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to honor a select group of campus chapters for their outstanding work in supporting the Society's missions, members and journalism. Each year, SPJ's 12 regional coordinators and directors select a campus chapter and a campus program in their region that has shown overall excellence. Outstanding Campus Chapter finalists are: Region 1 - William  more