Ohio News Briefs

Stink bugs in Ohio look for a way inside before winter hits

BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) — Experts say Ohio homeowners could be out of luck if stick bugs make their way inside before the cold weather hits.

The Mansfield News Journal reports people don’t generally see too many of the brownish-gray bugs until late autumn, and there won’t be many outside by the time the first freeze of the year hits.

Pest control experts say homeowners can’t truly get rid of the bugs, only minimize them. They say the best way to rid a home of the bugs is to keep them from entering in the first place. They urge people to make sure all doors, windows and roof lines are sealed tightly.

There aren’t any known repellents for the insects, and experts say spraying a home will not eliminate all of the bugs.

Ohio seeks to protect, grow jobs at state’s military bases

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Leaders from around Ohio have been meeting about how to make sure the state hangs on to jobs at its military bases.

They also say there are opportunities to bring more jobs to the military outposts.

Ohio is home to 63,000 military-related jobs that put $11 billion into the economy.

Political, military, and community leaders took part in a forum at Ohio State University this past week to talk about bringing more defense jobs and research money to the state.

The other big topic that came up is how to protect the bases if the federal government decides to do another round of base closings.

Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur who represents northern Ohio says military base communities need to do more promote the things that make them stand out.

University of Cincinnati gifted $11M for new business school

CINCINNATI (AP) — The University of Cincinnati has been gifted $11 million for the construction of a new business school facility from the family of the college’s namesake, Carl Linder Jr.

Officials say the donation is the largest ever received by the business college in its 110-year history.

The funding will go toward the new four-story Linder College of Business building, which is expected to open on the university’s main campus in fall 2019.

Officials say the business school’s current building is nearly three decades old and can no longer accommodate the university’s rapidly growing student body.

More than $20 million has been raised so far for the project, which carries an estimated $120 million price tag. The 225,000-square-foot facility will replace the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center and Faculty Club building.

Ohio voters to consider 150 school levy requests this fall

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voters in Ohio will be asked to consider 150 tax issues for schools when they cast their ballots this fall.

That number is up from 110 levies in last year’s election, but it’s still the second lowest number of requests on a November ballot since at least 2000.

The state’s elections chief and the Ohio School Boards Association say 74 of the requests this fall are for new money for schools, and the rest seek to renew or continue existing taxes.

Last year, 30 levies sought new money for schools and voters approved just over half of them. Requests for additional revenues generally have a much lower passage rate than those that seek to continue existing taxes.

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