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        Two agricultural organizations are claiming that fees from a checkoff program are being misspent by the Ohio Beef Council.

        The Organization for Competitive Markets and Ohio Farmers Union last week released a study that says the funds are being funneled through the council to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and its political action committee, which uses the money to influence elections and legislation.

        An enterprise zone agreement for a medical marijuana facility to be constructed in the Village of Gibsonburg provides a 75 percent abatement on property taxes for 10 years on the planned 55,000-square-foot facility.

        The Sandusky County commissioners last week approved the agreement with the village and Standard Wellness Co., a Hudson-Ohio company that is planning to invest about $7.2 million in a building to house its manufacturing operations and administration office.

        Elmore mayor Matt Damschroder last week said he is satisfied with the service the administration is receiving from the Regional Income Tax Agency, the firm retained by the village in October to collect the village’s 1.5 percent municipal income tax.

        “So far, yes I’m satisfied,” Damschroder said Wednesday – one day after RITA representatives attended a village council meeting to update officials on the firm’s work. “We don’t get the tax money the same way we used to. There is a lag time but we’re still getting the revenues.”

        The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) has awarded $3.5 million in funding for 21 additional projects in its ongoing Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative.

        HABRI is a statewide response to the threat of harmful algal blooms that arose out of the 2014 Toledo drinking water crisis, where elevated levels of the algal toxin microcystin in Lake Erie threatened water supplies for more than 500,000 people in Northwest Ohio.

In 19 Northwest Ohio and two Southeast Michigan counties, there were 80 opiate deaths in 2013, 145 in 2014, 215 in 2015 and 288 in 2016.

In those same 21 counties, there were only eight opiate deaths in 2010, one in 2011 and three in 2012.




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