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Bolivar dam
WIKIMEDIA

   The Bolivar Dam in Tuscarawas County has reopened after a partial shutdown last week due to three separate cases of illegal dumping of chemicals.

Photo of the Ohio Beer Counsel's Adam Armstrong
ADAM ARMSTRONG / LINKEDIN

Ohio Senate leaders are expected to vote in the coming weeks on a measure that would increase the amount of alcohol allowed in beer from 12 to 15 percent.

The measure is included in H.B. 444 which allows certain liquor permit holders to provide free samples of beer, wine and liquor to paying customers of their establishments.

photo of P.G. Sittenfeld
JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

 A former candidate for the U.S. Senate in Ohio is urging his followers to vote for the Democratic rival who beat him in the primary.  

Cincinnati City Council member P.G. Sittenfeld has released a video, saying he’s proud of the race he ran with former Gov. Ted Strickland.

“The Governor whooped my butt at the polls.”

Now Sittenfeld is urging his supporters to vote for Strickland, saying he’s well-known, well-liked and well-positioned to help Ohioans in the U.S. Senate.

Picture of Bryan Stubbs, Cleveland Water Alliance
KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

A large mass of toxic sediment at the bottom of Lake Erie off Cleveland’s shore could threaten the area’s drinking water supply. The 2-square-mile mass containing PCBs and other contaminants is creeping toward one of city’s water intake pipes. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, the mass is still miles away from the intake, but the city and the Ohio EPA have stepped up monitoring efforts.            

The untreated material was dredged from the Cuyahoga River’s shipping channel and dumped in the lake before the 1972 Clean Water Act, which banned the practice.

Richard Cordray
STATE OF OHIO

The head of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- who's been viewed as about as a possible Democratic candidate for governor -- was back home in Ohio recently, talking about the role he hopes the Bureau continues to play up until and after this fall’s election. 

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