CHICAGO - Just two months after downgrading Ohio to Aa2, Moody's Investors Service yesterday revised its outlook on the state's credit to negative from stable.

The negative outlook reflects growing fiscal stress and the state's increasing reliance on one-time revenue measures to plug budget shortfalls, Moody's said. While many states are suffering from weak economies, Ohio's problems could linger beyond the national recession due to its significant exposure to permanently downsized manufacturing and automobile industries.

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