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Ohio State hires UC Irvine chancellor as next president
Other headlines: State spends $66 million to land 257 low-wage jobs; GOP has mixed feelings about online voter registration

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  • State spends $66 million to land 257 low-wage jobs
  • GOP has mixed feelings about online voter registration
  • Great Lakes ice could combat low water levels
  • Ohio State hires UC Irvine chancellor as next president
    Ohio State University has hired the chancellor of the University of California Irvine as its next president, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

    Michael Drake will replace former president Gordon Gee as the 15th president of Ohio State.  Drake has an MD and is a professor of Medicine. 

    He joins OSU midway in its completion of a new $1 billion cancer hospital.

    Drake is expected to begin his job in Columbus in June.  He will be Ohio State’s first black president.

    State spends $66 million to land 257 low-wage jobs
    A report shows that Ohio's new effort to find jobs for welfare recipients has fallen short.

    The $66 million effort launched six months ago has so far come up with work for 257 Ohioans, and three-quarters are earning $10 or less. Of that number, just five were still employed after 90 days.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports that half of the state's 20 regional workforce boards trying to make placements have found no one a job.

    The Ohio Works Incentive Program was intended to help people get from welfare to work, but state officials acknowledge that initial results are underwhelming.


    GOP has mixed feelings about online voter registration
    The state's top elections official says online voter registration can be implemented in Ohio as soon as state lawmakers pass it.

    Secretary of State Jon Husted said Thursday that a lack of online registration is one of the presidential battleground state's voting deficiencies.

    Senate President Keith Faber says his fellow Republicans have mixed feelings on letting residents register to vote online.

    Great Lakes ice could combat low water levels
    The frigid weather this month has produced the thickest ice cover on Lake Erie in 25 years.  This year’s ice cover is stark contrast to last winter when only about one-third of the five Great Lakes was iced over.  Researchers say roughly 60 percent of the lakes are now under ice. 

    The ice sheets could combat shrinking lake levels.

    Lake Erie and Lake Michigan hit their lowest recorded levels last February, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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