Briefly, July 29

Lane closure possible

Due to continuing work on Old Trinity Episcopal Church, traffic may be shifted down to one lane on Market and Jefferson streets.

Expansion to add 214 jobs

HAMILTON (AP) – Expansion of an auto-parts manufacturing operation is expected to add 214 jobs in the southwest Ohio city of Hamilton.

ThyssenKrupp Bilstein of America Inc. already employs 381 people in Butler County. The unit of a German company makes high-end shock absorbers in Hamilton.

The latest $27 million capital investment is to add 60,000 square feet to the operations.

The private job-creation agency

JobsOhio, the Regional Economic Development Initiative of Cincinnati, and the city of Hamilton worked together on economic incentives for the company.

REDI Cincinnati also announced approval of an expansion project by Sugar Creek Packing Co. It is expected to total $2 million in capital investment and 58 new jobs in the northern Cincinnati suburb of West Chester.

Republican legislators target Ohio’s Common Core standards

COLUMBUS (AP) – Republican lawmakers in the state House are beginning a push to repeal Common Core learning standards by year’s end, citing widespread discontent they’re hearing from parents, teachers and communities.

Reps. Matt Huffman of Lima and Andy Thompson of Marietta said Monday Ohio made a mistake four years ago in pursuing the standards, and their legislation would seize back state control over the process.

“I don’t think there’s an issue that I’ve heard more about in the last two or three months than this,” Huffman said.

The legislators characterized the standards as federal mandates, though they were developed with the help of educators from participating states, including Ohio.

Thompson said states were enticed to take part with promises of federal dollars they desperately needed.

“The fact is, we were not in control of this, and certainly the mandated assessments were something we were not in control of,” he said.