EVENING NEWS HEADLINES - JULY 19, 2012
NEW LOCAL NEWS
1. BG CHARGING STATIONS
Three charging stations for electric cars are up and running around the Bowling Green State University campus. These are in addition to the three stations already in downtown BG. The hope is the new charging stations attract more electric cars to Wood County.
2. CAMPUS TOBACCO BAN
Ohio higher education leaders plan a vote Monday urging the state's public campuses to ban tobacco use. That would include Ohio State, on of the nation's largest universities which currently bans only indoor smoking. Bans on the use advertising and sales of tobacco in all its forms are being enacted or considered at perhaps half of campuses nationwide, sometimes over the objections of student smokers, staff and faculty.
NEW STATE NEWS
3. BIDEN IN OHIO
Vice president Joe Biden was back on the campaign trail in Ohio today. He spoke at a union hall in Columbus. Biden told the audience that Mitt Romney outsourced jobs while running the private equity firm Bain Capital. The Romney campaign has rejected that claim. Romney stopped in Ohio yesterday, including a private luncheon at the Toledo Club and a town hall meeting in Bowling Green.
4. LOTTERY AND SCHOOLS
Ohio education groups have questions about how the state is doling out record-setting state lottery profits. The Ohio Lottery recently announced that it's sales topped $2.7 billion for the fiscal year that ended in June. That meant a $771 million dollar payout for schools: the highest ever. But the education groups insist that increased lottery profits don't always translate into more money for schools. The Buckeye Association of School Administrators says when lottery profits exceed estimates, the total amount available for Ohio schools doesn't change.
NEW NATIONAL NEWS
5. STOCK MARKET UP
The stock market closed higher today. It was the third straight day of gains. Analysts say investors were encouraged by strong earnings from IBM and other tech companies. The Dow gained 35 points and the Nasdaq was up 23 points.
6. WHOOPING COUGH
(AP) - The United States appears to be headed for its worst year for whooping cough in more than five decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of cases is rising at an epidemic rate -- with nearly 18,000 cases reported so far this year. That's more than twice the number seen at this point last year. Experts say the vaccine that's being used might not be effective enough.