New Performance Audit Calls for Improved Planning and Prioritization for ODNR’s Inland Lakes Dredging Program


COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) should establish a formal process for prioritizing and planning the systematic removal of sediment from the state’s inland lakes, Auditor of State Keith Faber announced Tuesday.

The recommendation was included in a review of ODNR’s dredging program, which works to maintain the water quality of Ohio’s inland lakes and water depths to allow boating and other recreational activities.Read full story

USDA Encourages Rice Farmers to Prepare for New Rice Production Program

New program makes one-time payment to rice farmers based on 2022 plantings and prevented plantings 

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2023 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today previewed plans to provide up to $250 million in assistance to rice farmers and what steps they can take to be prepared to sign up when the program is released later this spring.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook – February 28, 2023

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Cleveland OH
453 AM EST Tue Feb 28 2023...

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Holmes-Knox-Ashtabula Lakeshore-Northern Erie-Southern Erie-
453 AM EST Tue Feb 28 2023

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for north central Ohio, northeast
Ohio, northwest Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania.
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Rare Disease Day USA

Each year on the last day in February, Rare Disease Day brings awareness and education about rare diseases and the suffering they cause. 


A rare disease is defined differently in different parts of the world. In Europe, a rare disease is one that affects fewer than one in 2,000 people, and in the United States, the standard is 1 in 200,000.Read full story

Forgoing One Food Treats Eosinophilic Esophagitis as well as Excluding Six

NIH grantees report results of first multi-site randomized trial comparing the two diets.

Eliminating animal milk alone from the diet of adults with eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE, is as effective at treating the disease as eliminating animal milk plus five other common foods, a clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health has found.Read full story

Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services Announce New Efforts to Combat Exploitative Child Labor

Announcements Include New Inter-Agency Child Labor Task Force

Since 2018, the Department of Labor has seen a 69 percent increase in children being employed illegally by companies. In the last fiscal year, the department found 835 companies it investigated had employed more than 3,800 children in violation of labor laws.   

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