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Mansfield to keep status as metro area, protecting federal dollars

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MANSFIELD -- It doesn't appear Mansfield and Richland County will lose its status as a Metropolitan Statistical Area, which should mean the continued flow of millions of federal dollars in the future. In January, the White House Office of Management and Budget announced it was considering changing requirements for the MSA designation. The change would have doubled the current population requiremen...

Thornwood Crossing bridge project awaits funds from infrastructure bill

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NEWARK -- The dream of a semi truck-friendly economic development corridor from Ohio 16 to Interstate 70 could become reality in a few years. The last remaining piece of the puzzle is a $15 million connection from Thornwood Crossing to Thornwood Drive in Newark, bypassing the crumbling Showman Arch Bridge on Cherry Valley Road with a new bridge over Raccoon Creek on a new roadway. Congressman Troy...

Mansfield Main Street improvement project in line for $2 million in federal funding

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MANSFIELD — A planned Main Street Corridor Improvement Plan in Mansfield could receive $2 million in federal infrastructure improvement funds, according to U.S. Rep. Troy Balderson. The Republican from Zanesville updated local officials about the legislative effort on Thursday during a visit to Downtown Mansfield, Inc., a stop that included a quick walking tour of a section of Main Street schedule...

Rep. Balderson seeks answers on pandemic's origin

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Almost two years since the first recorded case of COVID-19, the origin of this deadly virus remains a mystery. In the early days of viral spread, the Chinese Communist Party blocked international efforts to enter the region for research. The CCP also conducted faulty investigations, claiming to the World Health Organization (WHO) that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. At the st...

Balderson visits Stratford Cemetery

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Last week, Congressman Troy Balderson (OH-12) paid his respects to veterans buried at Stratford Cemetery in Delaware County. In the early 1900s, vandalism and neglect at the cemetery resulted in the destruction of various headstones belonging to local veterans. Thanks to the work of volunteers at the Stratford Ecological Center, with support from Balderson and Delaware County officials, much of th...

'I am Vanessa Guillén Act' Praised as Calls for Removing COs from Sexual Assault Prosecutions Mount

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Less than a month after the anniversary of 20-year-old Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén's disappearance, Reps. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., and Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., reintroduced the "I Am Vanessa Guillén Act" on May 13, reigniting calls to take prosecution authority away from military commanders. The legislation proposes sweeping changes to the military's policies surrounding missing service members an...

Ignoring border crisis worsens drug problem

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Earlier this month, I visited McAllen, Texas, a border town situated in the Rio Grande Valley. This was my second trip to witness the humanitarian crisis on the border. The first was in 2019 to El Paso, Texas. I can attest that the situation at our southern border has deteriorated into something much worse. Let me be clear: the crisis at our southern border is not just an issue for “border states”...

Republicans want Pentagon to allow permit for annual veterans motorcycle ride

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House and Senate lawmakers called on the Defense Department Wednesday to reconsider its decision against allowing military veterans to engage in their annual Memorial Day weekend motorcycle ride in the nation’s capital. The event has long aimed to raise awareness for American prisoners of war as well as veteran suicide. “As a biker and a veteran, I’m saddened by this decision. I hope the Pentagon ...

Legislation aims to level playing field

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WASHINGTON — Congressman Troy Balderson (OH-12) introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at modernizing federal regulatory framework for foreign manufacturers of gas cylinders. These foreign manufacturers need to be held to higher safety and inspection standards, establishing an equal playing field for American producers. “This is about ensuring everyday products used by millions of American families ...

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