Ohio Awards Certification, Recertification to 10 Agencies for Adopting Collaborative Board’s Standards

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – The Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services announced today the certification and recertification of 10 Ohio law enforcement agencies for state standards established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board.

Five agencies have adopted and implemented the initial two standards regarding use of force and hiring and recruitment.Read full story

ODNR Awards $17 Million to Transform Abandoned Mine Lands

AMLER grants to be used in six communities.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will grant $17 million to encourage economic and community development across Appalachian Ohio.  Pending federal approval for the recommended Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization Program (AMLER) projects, the Division of Mineral Resources Management (MRM) will fund six projects that eliminate hazards left behind by historical mining activity and/or improve areas with abandoned mine lands in six counties.

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HHS Office for Civil Rights Issues Bulletin on Requirements under HIPAA for Online Tracking Technologies to Protect the Privacy and Security of Health Information


Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a bulletin to highlight the obligations of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) on covered entities and business associates (“regulated entities”) under the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules (“HIPAA Rules”) when using online tracking technologies. 

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USDA Announces December 2022 Lending Rates for Agricultural Producers


WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced loan interest rates for December 2022, which are effective Dec. 1, 2022. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans provide important access to capital to help agricultural producers start or expand their farming operation, purchase equipment and storage structures or meet cash flow needs.

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Middlebury Township Concert Venue Prohibited

The Knox Court of Common Pleas has entered a permanent injunction against Christopher Beckholt and Thunder Brothers Productions from holding musical events at a property off of Waterford Road.
This summer, after Beckholt held concerts at the property in violation of Middlebury Township zoning, Prosecutor McConville sued on behalf of the Zoning Inspector.
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National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 4: Choosing a Unique Identity Protection PIN Adds Extra Safety for Taxpayers

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IR-2022-210, December 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — As part of a broader effort to increase security, the Internal Revenue Service and the Security Summit partners today reminded taxpayers they could get extra protection starting in January by joining the agency’s Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) program.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine Celebrate Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio Milestones

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine announced today two major milestones with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio, the free book program available to Ohio families with children under the age of 5.

More than 50% of eligible children – birth to age 5 – are now enrolled in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio, which means 362,295 Ohio children will receive a free book in the mail this month.Read full story

Governor DeWine Announces Drug Law Enforcement Fund Grant Opportunity

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that the Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) is now accepting applications for funding to be awarded as part of the Ohio Drug Law Enforcement Fund. Grants will cover drug task force expenses related to enforcing the state’s drug laws and combating illegal drug activity.Read full story