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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday October 20, 2019 ( 24 items )  

Actress Brown is Auditorium Speaker at 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 17 -- The American Library Association issued the following news release: Echo Brown is a visionary storyteller from Cleveland, Ohio, who strives to inspire and provoke. Her first solo show, nominated as one of the top ten best shows of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle, "Black Virgins Are Not for Hipsters" was nominated as one of the top ten best shows of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle and ran for two years to sold-out crowds both nationally and internationally.   more

Battelle to Continue Support of CDC Vaccine Research
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 16 -- Battelle, a nonprofit research and development organization, issued the following news release: It's flu season, and Battelle has won a two-year contract to continue supporting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) research on vaccines for influenza strains. The contract, known as Innovation and Expansion of Influenza Candidate Vaccine Virus Development, will help CDC add to its vaccine seed stockpile for any novel flu virus that has potential to beco  more

Brady Campaign Applauds Candidates' Call for Comprehensive Solutions to Gun Violence During Fourth Presidential Debate
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence issued the following news release: As the fourth Democratic presidential debate came to a close, Brady, formerly Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, applauded the candidates' discussion on solutions to prevent gun violence in America. The debate took place in Ohio, only weeks after a shooting in Dayton killed nine people and wounded 27 others and following a weekend of gun violence in communities across the country, including  more

Buckeye Institute-Championed Policy Would Increase Job Opportunities for Military Families
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 16 -- The Buckeye Institute issued the following news release: Greg R. Lawson, research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, testified Wednesday (see full text below or download a PDF) before the Ohio House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 7 and the importance of removing barriers to employment for Ohio's military families. The policies in Senate Bill 7 were developed from recommendations made by The Buckeye Institute in its 2016 poli  more

Cleveland Clinic-Led Research Team Develops New Genetic-Based Epilepsy Risk Scores
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Oct. 14 -- The Cleveland Clinic issued the following news release: * * * - Results lay the groundwork for new methods of identifying high risk epilepsy patients * * * An international team of researchers led by Cleveland Clinic has developed new genetic-based epilepsy risk scores which may lay the foundation for a more personalized method of epilepsy diagnosis and treatment. This analysis is the largest study of epilepsy genetics to date, as well as the largest study of epil  more

Environmental Defense Fund: Ohio Supreme Court Paves the Way for Future Expansion of Energy Efficiency
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 15 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following news release: * * * - EDF statement from John Finnigan, Lead Counsel, Energy Transition Strategy * * * In a landmark decision that could help expand the application of energy efficiency statewide, the Ohio Supreme Court today overturned a 2017 ruling by the state Public Utilities Commission establishing a first-of-its-kind cost cap on energy efficiency program spending for utility giant, FirstEnergy. "Today's Ohi  more

Historic Contributions to Say Yes Cleveland Scholarships Show Commitment to Cleveland's Children & Future
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Oct. 14 -- Cleveland Foundation issued the following news release: Say Yes Cleveland is thrilled to announce its scholarship fundraising committee has secured nearly $92 million in contributions and pledges to date, representing 74 percent of the funds needed to provide tuition scholarships to eligible students for the next quarter-century. Fundraising efforts have continued to build on the significant contributions and pledges secured before the launch of Say Yes Cleveland in   more

Humane Society: Ohio Animal Shelter and Rescue Personnel Receive Animal Behavior Training
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- The Humane Society of the United States issued the following news release: More than 300 local animal rescue and shelter personnel are registered to attend upcoming trainings on animal behavior being held in Ohio. The training hosted by the Humane Society of the United States in partnership with the ASPCA aims to inform attendees on how to interpret and respond to canine body language, incorporating stress-reduction strategies for animals within the shelter, and assessin  more

JoAnn and Bob Glick Target Gift to Impact Cleveland's Underserved Communities
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Oct. 14 -- The MetroHealth System issued the following news release: MetroHealth will significantly expand two programs that serve some of Cleveland's most vulnerable children, thanks to a $500,000 gift from JoAnn and Bob Glick. The Glicks, who focus their philanthropic efforts on improving the lives, health and well-being of Cleveland's women and children, have committed $250,000 each to the MetroHealth Autism Assessment Clinic (MAAC) and the system's Students Are Free to Exp  more

MetroHealth Received $4.3 Million for High-Quality, Cost-Effective Care of Seniors
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Oct. 14 -- The MetroHealth System issued the following news release: MetroHealth's Accountable Care Organization (ACO) saved the federal government $6.7 million in 2018. Through the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), MetroHealth received more than $4.3 million as its share of the savings. MetroHealth's ACO savings rate of 6.9 percent ranks in the top 10 percent nationally and best in the nation among Essential Hospitals, those with similar risk profiles. Medicare ACOs ar  more

National Ground Water Association Reports Over 126,000 Household Wells in Texas Counties Potentially Affected by Tropical Storm Imelda
WESTERVILLE, Ohio, Oct. 18 -- The National Ground Water Association issued the following news release: According to the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), wells supplying water to 126,000 households may potentially have been flooded in 13 counties of Texas during Tropical Storm Imelda, per Census Bureau data./* Wells having wellheads that are cracked or faulty or that have been damaged by flood debris may allow contaminated floodwater into the well. The flooding of water well systems c  more

National League of Cities: 2019 Nominating Committee Announced
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- The National League of Cities issued the following news release: NLC President and Gary, Indiana, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson has appointed a 14-member nominating committee that will be responsible for recommending a slate of officers and board members to lead NLC in 2020. These leaders will be elected during the Annual Business Meeting at City Summit in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday, November 23, 2019. NLC Past President and Cleveland, Ohio, Councilmember Matt Zone wil  more

Nationwide Children's Hospital: Study Finds Black Youth Are Attempting Suicide More Often Than All Other Racial and Ethnic Groups
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 14 -- Nationwide Children's Hospital issued the following news release: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death in youth 12-18 years old in the United States, and in 2017 alone, suicide accounted for more than 2,200 deaths among this age group. Previously, racial and ethnic disparities have been discovered in suicide deaths, however, racial and ethnic differences in youth suicidal ideation, plans and suicide  more

New Textbook Provides Effective Ways to Recognize, Address and Eliminate Health Disparities to Enable Equitable, Effective Health Care
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Oct. 16 -- The MetroHealth System issued the following news release: Adam Perzynski, PhD; Ifeolorunbode (Bode) Adebambo, MD; and Sarah Schick, MA, have compiled a textbook, "Health Disparities, Weaving a New Understanding Through Case Narratives," to provide an understanding of health disparities from the perspective of health care professionals and patients. Readers of the book engage in effective and emotional learning as well as practical and cognitive learning modes. The b  more

North American Menopause Society: Hormone Therapy Associated With Improved Cognition
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Oct. 16 -- 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 benefits of extended estrogen exposure and longer-term hormone therapy in battling cognitive decline * * * Estrogen has a significant role in overall brain health and cognitive function. That's why so   more

Ohio Environmental Council Issues Statement on Murray Energy's Failure to Pay Debts
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 17 -- The Ohio Environmental Council issued the following statement by Energy Policy Vice President Miranda Leppla: Murray Energy has extended forbearance agreements with its lenders, originally entered into earlier this month, because the coal company has been unable to pay its debts. As the coal industry collapses under pressure from cheaper, cleaner renewable energy options, Murray Energy has continued to fight to keep dirty, carbon-emitting coal plants in operation by   more

Ohio Supreme Court Overturns Cap on Utility Energy Efficiency Investments
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 16 -- The Natural Resources Defense Council issued the following news release: The Ohio Supreme Court yesterday overturned a cap on utility investments in energy efficiency programs that was previously approved by the Public Utility Commission of Ohio. The court's decision could allow a significant expansion of utility energy efficiency programs if HB6, the state's energy law that aims to rapidly wind down energy efficiency programs, is overturned. Advocates of stronger cle  more

Policy Matters Ohio: Facebook and Google Weaken Local News, Help Spread Disinformation
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 17 -- Policy Matters Ohio, a 501(c)3 non-profit and nonpartisan state policy research institute, issued the following news release: Facebook and Google take in the majority of digital ad revenues, at the expense of newspapers. At the same time, studies show they are filling the void they helped create with disinformation. Appearing before a Senate Judiciary Committee field hearing (https://www.policymattersohio.org/research-policy/fair-economy/democracy-government/testimon  more

Reporters' Memo: Data Show Trade Had Greater Impact Than Automation on Manufacturing Job Loss
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Public Citizen issued the following news release: The Ohio Democratic debate launched the latest wave of stories wrongly telling people that automation - not trade - caused the loss of millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs in recent years. Jobs are lost for many reasons. But the "automation rather than trade story" is not supported by the data. Indeed, researchers increasingly are concluding that trade was the predominant cause of manufacturing job loss in the past two dec  more

Roger Read to Receive the H. Peter Burg Award at the Greater Akron Chamber's 113th Annual Meeting
AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 18 -- The Greater Akron Chamber issued the following news release, dated Oct. 14: Greater Akron--The Greater Akron Chamber has announced that Roger Read, will be the sixteenth recipient of the H. Peter Burg Economic Development Leadership Award. Read will be honored on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the Greater Akron Chamber's 113th Annual Meeting to be held at the John S. Knight Center. This award recognizes Read as someone who has displayed paramount leadership for the advanc  more

Ronnie Rhodes Reelected to Third Term as UP-Central General Chairman
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, Oct. 15 -- The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a division of International Brotherhood of Teamsters, issued the following news: Ronnie E. Rhodes was reelected by acclamation to his third full term as General Chairman at the Union Pacific-Central Regional General Committee of Adjustment's quadrennial meeting in New Orleans, La., October 8-9, 2019. All other officers of the GCA were also elected by acclamation. Brother Rhodes is a Union Pacific locomotive en  more

The Buckeye Institute: Conflicting Signals Continue to Tell the Same Story--Ohio's Job Growth is Slowing
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 18 -- The Buckeye Institute issued the following news release: Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D., an economist with The Buckeye Institute's Economic Research Center, commented on newly released employment data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. "Ohio's job market continues to show conflicting signs. While Ohio's unemployment rate rose to 4.2 percent in September, up from 4.1 percent in August, August's private sector job growth was revised upwards by 3,200 jobs, with  more

The Dayton Foundation Awards $500,000 Discretionary Grant to Funds for Disaster Relief and Oregon District Tragedy
DAYTON, Ohio, Oct. 15 -- The Dayton Foundation issued the following news release: The Dayton Foundation Governing Board has approved a special $500,000 discretionary grant to support both the long-term recovery efforts following the Memorial Day tornados and the victims of the August 4 Oregon District mass shooting. This grant represents one of the largest discretionary grants awarded from the Foundation since its founding in 1921. Of this grant, $400,000 will assist the Greater Dayton Disaste  more

The National Ground Water Association Presents Lee Orton With Ross L. Oliver Award
WESTERVILLE, Ohio, Oct. 18 -- The National Ground Water Association issued the following news release: Lee Orton, President of Orton Management Association in Lincoln, Nebraska, will receive the Ross L. Oliver Award from the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). The Ross L. Oliver Award is NGWA's most prestigious award and is presented to those who have made outstanding contributions to the groundwater industry. The award will be presented to Mr. Orton at NGWA's Groundwater Week in Las Veg  more