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Qualls asks for quick chief search, Ohio highway rank drops, Dems OKed abortion "gag"

Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls is calling for a quick police chief search following a bout of local violence during the past few weeks. In a memo to City Manager Milton Dohoney, Qualls argues a police chief replacement is necessary to clamp down on crime, particularly gun and gang-related violence. She asks the city manager to report to City Council on the hiring search in early August and have a full replacement ready by the end of the summer. Former Police Chief James Craig recently left Cincinnati to take the police chief job in Detroit, his hometown. Ohio dropped from No. 13 to No. 25 in a state-by-state ranking of highways. The report from the Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank, looked at highway conditions and cost effectiveness. Among the findings: About 22.73 percent of Ohio’s bridges were deemed deficient in 2009, down from 24.51 percent in 2007. Twenty states reported more than one in four bridges as deficient — a threshold Ohio barely missed. Despite Ohio being relatively worse off, the nation as a whole improved in major categories, according to the report: “Six of the seven key indicators of system condition showed improvement, including large gains in rural interstate and urban interstate condition, and a reduction in the fatality rate.” Ohio Democrats now criticizing the state budget’s rape counselor restriction voted for the measure in a separate House bill on June 16. The “gag,” as Democrats now call it, prevents publicly funded rape counselors from discussing abortion as a viable medical option for rape victims. “Democrats supported the bill to fund rape crisis centers and we were led to believe that this offensive language gagging rape counselors would be fixed in the budget,” Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern told the Associated Press through a spokesperson. “It was not.” Democrats voted against the state budget that actually encoded the measure into law. On July 11 at Fountain Square, anti-abortion group Created Equal plans to use a jumbo screen to show a graphic video containing footage of aborted fetuses and their separated limbs. Three more statewide online schools — known as “e-schools” — are coming to Ohio following approval from the Department of Education. Proponents of e-schools call them a “valuable alternative” to traditional schooling. But some education experts and studies have found e-schools often perform poorly. Mason is having some success using private-public partnerships to attract high-tech companies. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says “pilot error” caused the stunt airplane crash that killed two at last month’s Dayton Air Show. BBC explains why phones sometimes feel like they’re vibrating when they’re not. New contact lenses give telescopic vision. Fireworks would likely look boring in space.
 
 

Ohio Highway System Drops in National Rankings

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An annual report comparing state-by-state road conditions and cost effectiveness found Ohio dropping from No. 13 to No. 25 over three years, despite improvement throughout the nation as a whole.   
by German Lopez 07.02.2013
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Ohio Drops in Ranking of Highway Conditions

State ranks No. 25 for road conditions and cost efficiency

An annual report on the nation’s highways found Ohio’s rank among states has dropped from No. 13 to No. 25 over three years, despite improvement throughout the nation as a whole. The 20th “Annual Highway Report” released by the Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank, looked at state-by-state road conditions and cost effectiveness, putting North Dakota in the No. 1 spot and Alaska in last place. Ohio ranked No. 11 in fatality rate, No. 19 in urban interstate pavement condition and No. 24 in deficient bridges, but it ranked No. 29 in interstate pavement condition, No. 32 in total costs per mile and No. 46 in urban interstate congestion. Among the findings: About 22.73 percent of Ohio’s bridges were deemed deficient in 2009, down from 24.51 percent in 2007. Twenty states reported more than one in four bridges as deficient — a threshold Ohio barely missed. The study is based on 2009 spending and performance data submitted by state highway agencies to the federal government. With 20,394 paved miles, Ohio had the ninth largest highway system in the nation. In comparison, North Dakota, which ranked No. 1 in the report, had 7,408 paved miles, and Texas, which ranked No. 11, had 80,212 paved miles — the second most in the nation. Although the report’s findings were generally worse than previous years for Ohio, the report found overall national improvement. “The system’s overall condition improved dramatically from 2008 to 2009. Six of the seven key indicators of system condition showed improvement, including large gains in rural interstate and urban interstate condition, and a reduction in the fatality rate,” the report read. The report notes some of the changes may be attributable to the effects of the Great Recession, which were still lingering when states submitted 2009 data: “The U.S. economic downturn, which began in 2007 and continued in earnest in 2008 and 2009, is an important background factor influencing these trends. In 2008 total U.S. annual vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) fell about 3.5 percent from 2007 levels, lowering congestion slightly from prior years. Also, beginning in late 2008 and continuing into 2009 and 2010, federal stimulus funding contributed an additional 22 percent to funding resources.”
 
 

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