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Drake wants Ohio State to cut costs, grow scholarships

At his formal inauguration today, Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake is expected to unveil a five-year plan to cut spending by $200 million, generate another $200 million in revenue and add student scholarships. Drake plans to make the announcement at his investiture, the official ceremony marking a president’s transition to power in the first year of office.

Political strings attached to Ohio college scholarships?

State lawmakers are helping dole out $1 million in college scholarships this year, but they can keep the winners secret under a program run by a group of private, for-profit colleges. The Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools, a lobbying group that represents for-profit schools statewide, requires students to get a lawmaker’s signature to be considered for its Legislative Scholarship program. Lawmakers said they’re happy to help students, but critics see the program as a veiled lobbying effort.

Wald named to lead tech developer Columbus Collaboratory

The Columbus Collaboratory has chosen Matt Wald as its new CEO. Wald most recently was the head of corporate development at IntelePeer, a Silicon Valley-area cloud-communications company.

NATIONAL NEWS

Fight over religious objection proposals shifts to Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The fight over "religious freedom" proposals facing increasing criticism from businesses and advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians has shifted toward Arkansas, which was poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure.

Questions remain in officer-involved shooting at NSA

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The warnings are strong and security is always tight, but most drivers are versed in the daily routine as thousands of employees and contractors stream through the closely guarded entrance to the National Security Agency.

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