Tuesday, October 19

FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF

In accordance with the orders issued by the President and in honoring the life and service of General Colin Powell, Governor DeWine has ordered that the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio until sunset on Oct. 22.

SAFETY MONEY

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded over $2.3 million to local governments across Ohio to help law enforcement agencies secure critical tools and equipment to keep communities safe. Newark has received more than $13,000.

DRUG TAKE BACK DAY

Saturday is Drug Take Back Day and a number of communities across central Ohio including Licking County are hosting events.

Olivia Biggs, with the Licking County Health Department, said you can drop off the medications at the Kroger on North 21 Street or the Kroger in Pataskala. Saturday's event runs from 10:00am-2:00pm.

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to pay attention when driving around school buses. This is National School Bus Safety Week. You can expect to see extra patrols in school zones, and troopers will monitor local bus stops in an effort to promote the importance of school bus safety.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

A new report finds that a U.S. Senate bill would expand eligibility for unemployment benefits to nearly 600,000 Ohio workers. S.B. 2865 would lower the threshold for how much workers must be paid in order to qualify for benefits if they lose their job. Researcher Michael Shields with Policy Matters Ohio says currently a worker has to be paid at least $280 dollars a week and work at least 20 weeks of the year.

To qualify for unemployment under the bill, workers would need to be paid at least $1,500 dollars in a year and $1,000 at least one quarter. That’s compared with a minimum in Ohio of $5,600 in a year.

OSU BASKETBALL

Ohio State is No. 17 in the initial Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll. Gonzaga, UCLA and Kansas grabbed the top three spots. The Buckeyes open the regular season at home on Tuesday, Nov. 9 against Akron.