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Ohio loses 35,000 trees to invasive beetle
Thursday, June 26, 2014 8:12 PM
This is an Asian Longhorned beetle that was first discovered in 2012 in Bethel, Ohio. To date, 10,741 infested trees and 24,104 high-risk host trees have been removed from the 61-square-mile regulated area in Clermont County. (Photo courtesy of asianlonghornedbeetle.org)

BY STEPHANIE GROVES

DHI MEDIA Staff Writer

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), together with the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), recently announced its 2014 plans for the Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation in Bethel, Ohio. The infestation was first discovered in 2012 and currently, there are 61 square miles under regulation in Clermont County.

Affected trees in the county will continue to be removed throughout the year as the infestations are detected. To date, 10,741 infested trees and 24,104 high-risk host trees have been removed from the county’s regulated areas. Ohio State University Extension Educator Dr. Curtis Young said the Asian Longhorn beetle is a borer and is as even greater concern then the Emerald Ash Borer.

 
Supreme Court ruling limits recess appointments
Thursday, June 26, 2014 8:11 PM

By SAM HANANEL

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the president’s power to fill high-level administration posts with temporary appointments, ruling in favor of Senate Republicans in their partisan clash with President Barack Obama.

But the justices stopped short of a more sweeping decision that would have effectively ended a president’s power to make recess appointments when the Senate takes a break.

 
Sen. Portman wants corp. tax overhaul
Thursday, June 26, 2014 8:10 PM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Rob Portman this week petitioned for the reworking of the corporate tax code, arguing that American businesses are fleeing the country to escape the U.S. tax code.

Writing in an op-ed piece published Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal, Portman explained, “The basic U.S. corporate tax rate is 39 percent, the highest on the planet. The average rate among other major industrialized countries is 25%. Worse, the U.S. tax rate applies not only to income earned within U.S. borders, but also to profits American companies make overseas.”

 
Howell downsizing pastorship, growing ministry
Thursday, June 26, 2014 8:07 PM
The Rev. David Howell

BY NANCY SPENCER

DHI Media Editor

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DELPHOS — For some, retirement means taking it easy, puttering around the yard and being free to come and go as they please. In the Rev. David Howell’s case, it just means swapping out the responsibilities of three churches for two. After giving his final sermon at Trinity last Sunday, Howell transitioned to pastor at Zion and Kossuth United Methodist churches.

“It’s exciting,” Howell said. “The pace will be entirely different. I’ll be going from 800 members to about 60 and I’ll be able to branch out to new community activities. I want to start a children’s book series to raise money for the Canal and Postal Museum and I have a travel book outlined.”

 
Insurance Department provides flood insurance and recovery tips
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:22 PM

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COLUMBUS – Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor is offering information and tips for Ohioans impacted by the heavy rain that caused flooding across the state.

“Knowing what steps to take following a severe weather event can be difficult and stressful,” Taylor said. “It’s important that Ohioans stay safe while assessing damage and contact their insurance agent right away. I also encourage them to contact the Ohio Department of Insurance for any guidance.”

 
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