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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday November 24, 2019 ( 41 items )  

AAU Sullivan Award Winner and Oldest Living U.S. Olympic Champion Passes at 96
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Nov. 18 -- The Amateur Athletic Union issued the following news: Harrison Dillard, the former Buffalo Soldier and only Olympic runner to win gold medals in both the sprints and high hurdles, has died. He was 96. Longtime friend Ted Theodore said Dillard died Friday at the Cleveland Clinic after a fight with stomach cancer. The 1955 AAU James E. Sullivan Award winner as the nation's outstanding amateur athlete, Dillard was the oldest living U.S. Olympic champion. "It is a loss  more

ACLU of Ohio Reform Recommendations to Criminal Rule 46 Must Be Adopted by Supreme Court for Meaningful Change
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Nov. 21 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio issued the following news release: The ACLU of Ohio and a number of sister organizations and individuals dedicated to criminal justice reform, submitted a joint comment to the Rules Commission's proposed amendments to Criminal Rule 46, which establishes the judicial procedure for setting bail. The proposed amendments include positive changes, but without the corresponding procedural safeguards put forth by the ACLU of Ohio  more

Air Conditioning Contractors Fall Meetings Help HVAC Professionals Grow Their Businesses
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Nov. 20 -- The Air Conditioning Contractors of America issued the following news release: The Air Conditioning Contractors of America held back-to-back fall meetings, bringing together hundreds of contracting professionals for industry-lead educational programs and networking events from November 5-8 at the Crown Plaza in Dayton, Ohio. The speakers at ACCA Next Level (November 5-6) addressed the challenges and opportunities that the next generation of HVAC owners and manag  more

American Ceramic Society Schedules Events
WESTERVILLE, Ohio, Nov. 22 -- The American Ceramic Society has announced the following events: * * * Electronic Materials and Applications 2020 (EMA 2020), January 22-24, 2020, DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at Sea World Conference Hotel, Orlando, FL 44th International Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC 2020), January 26-31, 2020, Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, FL 56th Annual St. Louis Section/Refractory Ceramics Division Symposium on Refractories, March 25  more

Aussie Joins PETA's Cruelty-Free Brand List
CINCINNATI, Ohio, Nov. 20 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - Popular Procter & Gamble Brand Bans Tests on Animals Worldwide * * * PETA's Beauty Without Bunnies program is pleased to welcome Procter & Gamble's Aussie hair care brand to its list of companies and brands that have permanently banned all tests on animals worldwide. The well-known personal-care brand has worked with PETA to make this compassionate choice and will soon feature   more

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen: GA-46000 Lifetime Maximum Adjusted for 2020
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, Nov. 22 -- The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a division of International Brotherhood of Teamsters, issued the following news: The lifetime maximum benefit for the Railroad Employees National Early Retirement Major Medical Benefit Plan (also known as ERMA or GA-46000) will increase from $166,400 to $171,100 on January 1, 2020. At the end of 2001, Labor and Management agreed on various procedures to administer the annual changes in the amount of the lifeti  more

Celebrate the Holidays at the Cleveland Museum of Art
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Nov. 17 -- The Cleveland Museum of Art issued the following news release: The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) will host special extended hours to celebrate the holiday season and offer visitors more opportunities to see two current exhibitions, Michelangelo: Mind of the Master and Tiffany in Bloom: Stained Glass Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany. A special Tiffany-inspired pop-up bar in the Ames Family Atrium will feature themed cocktails and a prix fixe menu inspired by Mind of the  more

Cleveland Clinic Names James Merlino, M.D., Chief Clinical Transformation Officer
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Nov. 21 -- The Cleveland Clinic issued the following news release: * * * - Dr. Merlino rejoins Cleveland Clinic after nearly five years at Press Ganey * * * Cleveland Clinic has named James Merlino, M.D., to the newly created post of Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, effective Dec. 1, 2019. In this position, Dr. Merlino will oversee the Office of Patient Experience, Enterprise Quality & Safety and the Office of Continuous Improvement. He will report directly to Clevela  more

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Six Cheetah Cubs Born at The Wilds
CUMBERLAND, Ohio, Nov. 22 -- The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium issued the following news release: The Wilds welcomed a litter of six cheetah cubs born at the conservation facility on October 30 to mother, Pumzika, and father, Finnick. This litter is Pumzika's, first, and The Wilds' animal management team notes that she is providing great care to her cubs. Because Pumzika is a first-time mom, The Wilds' animal management team continues to ensure that any potential disturbance of the cubs and their   more

Columbus, Ohio Selected as Site of PLA 2024 Conference
CHICAGO, Illinois, Nov. 20 -- Public Library Association, division of the American Library Association, issued the following news release: The Public Library Association (PLA) is proud to announce Columbus, Ohio, as the host city for the PLA 2024 Conference. The PLA Conference typically draws between 8,000 and 10,000 attendees, and the Columbus event will be held Apr. 3-6, 2024, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The City of Columbus conforms to all PLA Conference site-selection policie  more

Faith in Public Life Leaders Unveiled Billboard to Demand Mayor Ginther to Hire a Fair, Ethical, Community-Focused Police Chief
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 22 -- Faith in Public Life issued the following news release: On Friday, November 22nd, faith leaders and community members called for accountability in the Columbus police department. Mayor Ginther has committed to increasing Crisis Intervention Team and implicit bias training, a Community Safety Advisory Commission and a new Assistant Safety Director for Equal Employment Opportunity. On the heels of the Columbus Police Chief Finalist Public Forum, faith leaders will call   more

First-Time Pregnancy Complications Linked to Increased Risk of Hypertension as Soon as Three Years Post-Partum
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Nov. 19 -- The MetroHealth System issued the following news release: * * * - Pregnancy history, prevention strategies may hold a key to improving longer-term health outcomes * * * Women who experience complications such as preterm births and preeclampsia during their first pregnancy are nearly twice more likely than women without complications to develop high blood pressure later in life -- some as quickly as three years later, according to a recent study. The researchers f  more

Freedom From Religion Foundation Objects to Ohio City's Chaplaincy Program
MADISON, Wisconsin, Nov. 20 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The Elyria Police Department's recently established police chaplaincy is discriminatory and unconstitutional, warns the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF has written a letter to Chief Duane Whitely after an Elyria, Ohio, resident reported that Pastor Jonathan Casbohm has been hired to serve as a police chaplain for the department. Police chaplaincies are unconstitutional, FFRF Legal Fell  more

Humane Society Issues Joint Statement on Introduction of Bipartisan Humane Cosmetics Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- The Humane Society of the United States issued the following joint statement with Humane Society Legislative Fund, and Personal Care Products Council on the introduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act in the Senate: "Today marks a historic moment with the introduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act in the Senate by Sens. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rob Portman, R-Ohio and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. In the true spirit of collaboration, the Humane Society of the  more

Humane Society Legislative Fund Issues Joint Statement on Introduction of Humane Cosmetics Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- The Humane Society Legislative Fund issued the following joint statement with Humane Society of the U.S., and Personal Care Products Council issue the following joint statement on the introduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act in the Senate: "Today marks a historic moment with the introduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act in the Senate by Sens. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rob Portman, R-Ohio and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. In the true spirit of collaboration  more

IEEE-USA Schedules Events
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- IEEE-USA, a unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, has announced the following event: * * * 4-6 Jan, Las Vegas, Nev., IEEE Rising Stars Conference 7-9 Jan, Las Vegas, Nev., 9th Annual IEEE Computing and Communication Workshop and Conference 3-6 Apr, Lafayette, La., IEEE Green Technologies Conference 11-14 Apr, Huntsville, Ala., IEEE SoutheastCon 15-18 Jul, Houston, Texas, Carbon Management Technology Conference 15-19 Jul, Dayton, Ohio, IEEE N  more

IEEFA: Additional $320 Million in Subsidies Used to Finance Trans Mountain Pipeline in First Half of 2019
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Nov. 19 -- The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis issued the following news release: * * * - Economic case for TMX weaker than ever, according to financial analysis * * * The most recent analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) shows an additional $320 million in new subsidies was given in the first six months of this year to finance the already highly-subsidized multi-billion dollar Trans Mountain Pipeline (TMX), calli  more

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis: Fracking Sector Spills More Red Ink in Q3
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Nov. 19 -- The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis issued the following news release: * * * - Cash flow from E&P companies disappoints debt, equity investors again * * * North American energy companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) once again failed to produce positive cash flows to match gushing production of oil and gas. That was the finding of a briefing note released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (  more

International Business Brokers Association Schedules Events
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, Nov. 21 -- The International Business Brokers Association has announced the following event: * * * EDUCATIONAL SUMMITS 4 DEC-6 DEC, IBBA CANADA - RECASTING & PRICING EDUCATIONAL SUMMIT, VANCOUVER, BC 4 DEC-6 DEC, CABB - RECASTING & PRICING EDUCATIONAL SUMMIT, GLENDALE, CA 11 MAR-13 MAR, CABI - RECASTING & PRICING EDUCATIONAL SUMMIT, GOLDEN, CO 22 MAR-24 MAR, IBBA RECASTING & PRICING EDUCATIONAL SUMMIT, INDEPENDENCE, OH * * * CONFERENCE 24 APR-25 APR, 2020 IBBA ANNUAL  more

Journal of Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Issues 17 Research Articles in September-October 2019 Edition
UNIONTOWN, Ohio, Nov. 20 -- The Journal of Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, a peer-reviewed journal that says it covers the global HIV epidemic, focusing on prevention, evidence-based care management, interprofessional clinical care, research, advocacy, policy, education, social determinants of health, epidemiology and program development from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, published 17 research articles on the following topics in its September-October 2019 edition: * Are Sexually T  more

Largest Solar Projects in Ohio Expected to Continue Despite Order From PUCO
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 21 -- The Natural Resources Defense Council issued the following news release: The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio denied today AEP Ohio's request to facilitate the development of 400MW of solar energy in Appalachian Ohio through customer rates. AEP Ohio's application to build the biggest solar project in the state is a result of a settlement between environmental organizations and the utility. The project is still approved to be built, but the utility must now secure  more

National Association of Healthcare Access Management Schedules Event
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- The National Association of Healthcare Access Management has announced the following event: * * * NAHAM 46th Annual Conference, 5/19-22/2020, Cleveland, Ohio * * * For more information about these events, click here: https://www.naham.org/events/event_list.asp# [Category: Health CareEvent]  more

National Council of State Housing Agencies: Opportunity Zone Investments Create Affordable Homes, Support Community Revitalization
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- The National Council of State Housing Agencies issued the following news: Today, the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) and the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) published three case studies of developments that incorporate Opportunity Zone investment to create new affordable homes and support community revitalization efforts in Ohio, Maryland, and Florida. These are the first in a new series of Opportunity Zone Development Profiles that detail project finan  more

National Press Photographers Association: Fifty 50 Years Ago My Lai Massacre Photos From Vietnam Were Published
ATHENS, Georgia, Nov. 21 -- The National Press Photographers Association issued the following news: Fifty years ago on November 20, 1969, the Cleveland Plain Dealer published the only photographs in existence of the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam. Ron Haeberle made the photographs while working as a U.S. Army photographer on March 16, 1968, one week before he was scheduled to return stateside. His pictures made the Vietnam War more of a reality at a time when anti-war protests were escalating in th  more

Nationwide Children's Hospital Recognized as Blackdoctor.org 2019 Top Hospital for Diversity
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 19 -- Nationwide Children's Hospital issued the following news release: * * * - Nationwide Children's Hospital earned a spot as a BlackDoctor.org (BDO) 2019 Top Hospital For Diversity. * * * "This recognition serves as an external validation of our efforts to achieve the highest standards of inclusiveness and create a culture that respects individual differences in diverse teams where every person is vital to improving children's lives everywhere," said Olivia W. Thomas,  more

Nationwide Children's Hospital: Study Identifies Barriers High Schools Face When Implementing and Enforcing State Concussion Laws
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 19 -- Nationwide Children's Hospital issued the following news release: * * * - Findings could help school administrators pinpoint the barriers their school faces, leading to more effective implementation and enforcement strategies * * * All 50 U.S. states enacted concussion laws between 2009-2014 to mitigate the consequences of concussion. While details of the laws vary from state to state, all state laws address three main factors: concussion education; removal from pl  more

NIH Awards Cleveland Clinic $12 Million to Study Link Between Gut Microbes, Heart Disease
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Nov. 19 -- The Cleveland Clinic issued the following news release: * * * - Stanley Hazen, M.D., Ph.D., Mark Brown, Ph.D., and their teams will continue to study the role of microbial pathways and cardiometabolic diseases * * * The National Institutes of Health has awarded more than $12 million to Cleveland Clinic researchers to study the critical link between gut microbial pathways and the development of cardiometabolic diseases. The team is led by Stanley Hazen, M.D., Ph.D  more

Ohio Environmental Council Issues Statement on Launch of H2Ohio Wetlands Projects
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 21 -- The Ohio Environmental Council issued the following statement by Water Resources Director Pete Bucher: Today, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced the development of several wetland projects throughout the Maumee River watershed as part of the H2Ohio program. The wetlands are designed to manage water flow and excess nutrients that feed harmful algal blooms, while also providing wildlife habitat. The following quote can be attributed in full or in  more

Ohio Environmental Council Issues Statement on PUCO Decision on AEP Ohio Case
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 21 -- The Ohio Environmental Council issued the following statement: Today the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) denied Ohio Power Company's (AEP Ohio) case for need for the development of 900 megawatts (MW) of renewables in Ohio, which includes a proposed 400MW of solar in Highland County. Ohio has a steadily growing renewables market, which has mainly been through distributed generation and other small-scale solar installations since the legislature's decision t  more

Ohio Environmental Council: Public Comments on Proposed U.S. EPA Methane Regulation Rollback Due Nov. 25
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 22 -- The Ohio Environmental Council issued the following news release: In August, President Trump and his Environmental Protection Agency proposed to eliminate EPA's methane rules. This dangerous move will roll back critical federal oversight of the nation's 900,000+ oil and gas wells, more than 58,000 of which can be found in Ohio, and will dramatically increase methane pollution, a harmful driver of climate change. The U.S. EPA is collecting comments on the proposed ch  more

Ohio Farm Bureau Adds Schwyn to Staff
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 22 -- The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation issued the following news release: Kelsie Schwyn has been named director of strategic partnerships and Nationwide services for Ohio Farm Bureau's Strategic Partnerships department, which was recently created to develop and manage key relationships and partnerships within the farm and food sector and with businesses, educators, public officials and others. Schwyn joins Ohio Farm Bureau after working as an associate account executive at   more

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation: Young Ag Professionals Committee Members Named
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 19 -- The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation issued the following news release: The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named the newest members of its Young Agricultural Professionals Committee: Megan and Tyrone Brannon of Stone Creek, Jess and Adam Campbell of Waynesville, Hannah Jarvis of Homeworth and Kameron Rinehart of Jeffersonville. The committee develops and directs programming, activities and contests for Ohio Farm Bureau's program for young adults who are interested in imp  more

Ohio Senate Holding Hearing on Dangerous 'Stand Your Ground' Bill While Popular Background Check, Red Flag Legislation Stalls
MANHATTAN, New York, Nov. 21 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: Today, the Ohio State Senate Committee on Government Oversight and Reform held a hearing on so-called Stand Your Ground legislation that would upend traditional self-defense law in Ohio and allow a person to shoot to kill in public, even when there is a clear and safe alternative. The hearing is a reflection of how far the conversation in the State Hous  more

Personal Care Products Council Issues Joint Statement on Introduction of Humane Cosmetics Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- The Personal Care Products Council issued the following joint statement with Humane Society of the U.S., and Humane Society Legislative Fund on the introduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act in the Congress: "Today marks a historic moment with the introduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act in the Senate by Sens. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rob Portman, R-Ohio and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. A companion bill was introduced in the House by Reps. Don Beyer, D-Va  more

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County: Award-Winning Journalist Dani McClain Named 2020 Library Writer-in-Residence
CINCINNATI, Ohio, Nov. 18 -- The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County issued the following news release: A reporter and author whose work has been featured in Time, Slate and Ebony.com will serve as the Library Foundation's Writer-in-Residence for 2020. Dani McClain is a contributing writerfor The Nation magazine and a fellow at the Type Media Center in New York. Her work centers on reproductive health, race and activism. McClain has been tapped to serve during 2020 as the Library  more

Rice Family Announces Creation of the Tamir Rice Legacy Fund at the Cleveland Foundation
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Nov. 18 -- Cleveland Foundation issued the following news release: The Rice family today announced the establishment of the Tamir Rice Legacy Fund at the Cleveland Foundation to honor the legacy of Tamir Rice. "The arts helped Tamir with self-expression and he would want to live in a world that is equitable for all people," said Samaria Rice, Tamir's mother. "Our hope is to keep Tamir's memory alive through the creation of the Tamir Rice Legacy Fund. I am humbled by the outpou  more

Summit County Repeals Unconstitutional Panhandling Ordinance Following ACLU of Ohio Lawsuit
AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 19 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio issued the following news release: On Monday November 18th, Summit County Council repealed an anti-panhandling law that unconstitutionally burdened free speech by criminalizing the act of giving or receiving donations near roadways; the council members also passed a new law declaring no one in a township right-of-way is allowed to impede or obstruct vehicular traffic. The revised ordinance further states that no one is allowed t  more

The Buckeye Institute Calls on Ohio Policymakers to Adopt Full Occupational Licensing Reciprocity
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 19 -- The Buckeye Institute issued the following news release: On Tuesday, The Buckeye Institute joined Representative Jena Powell, Representative George Lang, Senator Kristina Roegner, Senator Rob McColley, as well as Arizona's Goldwater Institute in calling for Ohio to adopt full occupational licensing reciprocity, which will remove needless occupational licensing barriers for Ohioans. "Ohio should not make it unnecessarily difficult for people to move to Ohio and to ear  more

The Buckeye Institute: Policymakers Should Embrace Efforts to Stretch Local Tax Dollars
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 20 -- The Buckeye Institute issued the following news release: Greg R. Lawson, research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, testified on Wednesday (see full text below or download a PDF) before the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee on the policies in House Bill 264, which would focus taxpayer dollars on Ohio's critical infrastructure needs. In his testimony, Lawson noted that in its report Principled Spending: Using Ohio's Capital Budget to Benefit Ohioans, The   more

United Soccer Coaches Releases Latest High School Rankings
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Nov. 19 -- United Soccer Coaches issued the following news: United Soccer Coaches and USA Today High School Sports released the latest boys' and girls' regular season soccer polls in the USA TODAY/United Soccer Coaches Super 25 Fall Rankings on Tuesday. Both polls see ties atop the rankings. St. Benedict's Prep Newark, N.J. continues to sit atop the boy's poll with a 19-0-1 record. St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio) joined St. Benedict's on the top line in a tie for first, S  more

Williams Institute: 461,000 LGBT People in Ohio Are Vulnerable to Discrimination
LOS ANGELES, California, Nov. 21 -- The Williams Institute issued the following news release: * * * - The state lacks important legal protections for LGBT youth and adults. * * * Ohio's legal landscape and social climate put the state's 389,000 LGBT adults and 72,000 LGBT youth at risk of discrimination and harassment. The social, economic, and health effects of stigma and discrimination against LGBT people negatively impact Ohio's economy by tens of millions of dollars each year, according   more