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Coal miners PAC backs Portman over Strickland for US Senate

In this file photo, Congressman Rob Portman (R-Ohio) speaks during a ceremony in which President George W. Bush nominated him to be the next U.S. Trade Representative during a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room Thursday, March 17, 2005. (Image courtesy of White House)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A coal miners’ union influential in Appalachian Ohio is backing Republican Rob Portman over rival Ted Strickland in the closely watched contest for U.S. Senate. The announcement Thursday by the United Mine Workers of America’s National Council of Coal Miners PAC comes as a political blow to Strickland. The Democrat is a former governor and congressman ...

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2 more Whirlpool plants in Ohio installing wind turbines

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OTTAWA, Ohio (AP) — Whirlpool Corp. says it’s installing wind turbines to help power two more of its factories in Ohio. The appliance maker based in Benton Harbor, Michigan, says it will spend $13.5 million to bring wind energy to its plants in Ottawa and Marion. Whirlpool says the 1.5-megawatt turbines are the same design as those built at its ...

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Gas prices remain higher around Ohio after holiday weekend

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gas prices remain higher around Ohio after the Memorial Day weekend and the increased travel that accompanies it. A gallon of regular gas was averaging $2.46 in Tuesday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s up about 3 cents from a week ago and 15 cents from a month ...

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Lake Erie wind farm gets $40M federal construction grant

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials say a planned wind-farm project in Lake Erie has received a $40 million federal grant for construction costs. Democratic U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo and other officials announced Friday that Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. will receive the U.S. Department of Energy money over the next three years. The company plans to build six wind ...

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Solar-powered plane’s latest leg: Ohio to Pennsylvania

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A solar-powered airplane has taken off from the Ohio hometown of America aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright on the latest leg of its journey around the world. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 took off from Dayton International Airport just after 4 a.m. Wednesday with a destination of Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The flight ...

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Ohio gas prices continue to increase heading toward holiday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gas prices around Ohio have continued to increase heading toward the Memorial Day weekend. The average price per gallon was $2.38 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. The average in Ohio this time last week was $2.22. It was $2.18 a month ago. Ohio’s price to start ...

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Koch group puts another $2.2 million into Ohio’s Senate race

View of the Ohio state capitol building. (Image: Jim Bowen via Flickr)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Political groups backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch are spending $7.7 million on television and online advertising in the Ohio Senate race — part of a broader plan to focus on the Republican-led Senate instead of the presidential race. The latest wave of ads in the matchup between incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic former Gov. ...

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Ohio gas prices up from a week ago

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gas prices around Ohio have increased from the same time last week. The state average was $2.25 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. The average price in Ohio this time last week was $2.16. Ohio’s price to start the week was slightly above the national average price ...

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Loud and low-carb: Cicadas are back in Ohio, West Virginia

FILE In this May 16, 2013 file photo, a 17-year old cicadas is shown.  The 17-year cicadas are coming again to big chunks of Ohio and West Virginia. Starting the week of May 15, 2016,  there will be millions of them with their scary red eyes and orange wings and mating song that can drown out the noise of passing jet planes.  (Dave Ellis/The Free Lance-Star via AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The 17-year cicadas are coming again, millions of them, with their unnerving red eyes, orange wings and cacophonous mating song that can drown out the noise of passing jet planes. For those who have an aversion to prawn-size, flying bugs, the next six weeks or so will be like a long horror-movie scene in large swaths ...

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Half of Ohio city’s power to come from hydroelectric plant

The Meldahl Hydroelectric Facility under construction. (Image: Union Ironworkers via Flickr)

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio city expects to produce nearly half its energy this year using hydroelectricity, now that a $685 million hydroelectric plant about 30 miles southeast of Cincinnati has become fully operational. The Meldahl Hydroelectric Facility at the Capt. Anthony Meldahl Locks and Dam on the Ohio river has been operating for more than two weeks, ...

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