Report: Ohio payroll drops 2nd year in row

Report: Ohio payroll drops 2nd year in row


A newspaper’s analysis finds what Ohio pays its work force has dropped for the second year in a row.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Thursday its computer analysis shows the state’s nonuniversity payroll last year totaled about $3.19 billion, down 1.7 percent from 2009. The Dispatch says the salary total has fallen 3.2 percent since 2008.

The newspaper’s conclusions are based on Ohio Department of Administrative Services data released in response to a public-records request.

Harvard to let ROTC back on campus


Harvard University is welcoming the Reserve Officer Training Corps program back to campus this week, 41 years after banishing it amid dissent over the Vietnam War.

The Cambridge, Mass., school’s change in policy follows the decision by Congress in December to repeal the military ban on gays serving openly, an official familiar with the arrangement said Thursday.

Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus are scheduled today to sign an agreement that will recognize the Naval ROTC’s formal presence on campus, according to the official, who wasn’t allowed to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

US has proof retired FBI agent is still alive


Four years after a retired FBI agent mysteriously vanished inside Iran, U.S. officials have received irrefutable proof he is alive, a dramatic development that has sharply intensified diplomatic efforts to bring him home, The Associated Press has learned. The U.S. had lacked reliable information about whether Robert Levinson was alive or dead since he disappeared in March 2007 from the Iranian island of Kish. It remains unclear who exactly is holding Levinson or where he is, but the proof that he is alive is a hopeful sign in a case that seemingly had gone cold.

Navy admiral urges censures over videos


A Navy admiral on Thursday recommended that the captain who produced and starred in a series of raunchy videos shown to thousands of sailors aboard the USS Enterprise be censured along with three other high-ranking officers. Capt. Owen P. Honors Jr. was the aircraft carrier’s No. 2 officer when he helped produce and appeared in the series of videos that aired between 2005 and 2007 on the ship’s closed-circuit TV station during weekly movie nights. He was relieved of command this January after Navy leaders learned about the videos from media reports.

Wis. Dems threatened with layoff notices


Wisconsin’s governor threatened Thursday to issue thousands of layoff notices within 24 hours if Senate Democrats who fled to Illinois fail to return for a vote on a measure that would cripple public unions, and their Republican colleagues also stepped up the pressure by authorizing police to round up the missing lawmakers.

The efforts marked the most drastic steps in the standoff that has extended more than two weeks, halting action on Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to end most collective bargaining for state workers, which he says is critical to solving the state’s budget crisis.

On Thursday night, a judge ordered about 100 protesters who had been spending the night there for weeks to leave, although he said they could return during regular business hours.

Associated Press

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