Friday, February 13, 2004

From the state capitals

Consultant suggests pension changes

COLUMBUS - All five state retirement funds for public employees should increase contributions or cut benefits to avoid falling short of obligations in the next 30 years, a consultant recommended.

The Public Employees Retirement System, the state's largest, and the Highway Patrol Retirement System don't meet the requirement under state law to have enough assets and future contributions to meet required payments over the next 30 years, Milliman USA said in the study.

If nothing changes, PERS has just a 50-50 chance of meeting the requirement, said the study by the Ohio Retirement Study Council.

Plan would require smoke-policy signs

FRANKFORT - Local governments could not adopt full-blown smoking bans but could require businesses that allow smoking to post signs indicating their policy, under a measure a Senate panel approved Thursday.

Businesses could be required to post signs at the front of their establishments that tell patrons whether they allow smoking everywhere or in designated areas, said Sen. Dan Seum, R-Louisville, the bill's sponsor.

The measure would also void any other local smoking bans.

Tax repeal effort snags
2 students accused of selling video porn
Lexington Manor soil to go, homes will stay

Rights vs. preference issues argued
Campus notebook
Attempt to kill lawyer alleged
Bus team makes a difference
Woman leaps into arms of rescuer
Prosecutor candidate rapped
Student misses Fairfield High
Pettus-Brown in court today
News Briefs
Milford's planners reject zone change for Wal-Mart
Neighbors briefs
Probe of UC med student's case lags
Preeclampsia predictor imminent
GOP foes debate issues
Public safety briefs
From the state capitals
Around the Tristate
Warren hopefuls discuss growth
Think before dialing 911

Downs: Will U B mine? Truth to tell, just love is fine
Bonfield: Medicine's cutting edge at home in small places
Good Things Happening

Edward Allen, 61, teacher and coach at Harrison High
Paul Ilyinsky descended from Russia's Romanovs

Man charged with exposing himself in Florence
Dozens of dogs under care
Woman, 61, indicted again in check case
Hospital speakers go to school
School times debated