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Governor questions state agencies meal money

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland is telling all state agencies to stop ordering lunch and other meals while his office reviews nearly $4 million dollars in food-related expenses in the past two years.

The directive order puts a freeze on breakfast trays and other food provided at meetings held for official state business.

The move was prompted by a Senate report yesterday showing that the Ohio Board of Regents spent more than $100,000 on catering services.

The Board of Regents is the agency that oversees higher education policy in the state.

A Regents spokesman says professors drive to Columbus throughout the year from all over Ohio to attend meetings on academic programs. He says most of the meals consist of soup, salad or boxed lunches costing an average of $10 apiece.