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  • Electronic poll books may make paper passe

    Ohioans used to signing their names in thick poll books could start seeing more electronic tablets when they vote. When a voter visits an election site using the technology, an election official can quickly pull up their registered information, confirm they’re in the correct polling location, and send them to the poll station faster than they could have with paper poll books, said Gloria Carson, director of the Licking County Board of Elections. Her office has three elections’ experience with Election Systems & Software’s “ExpressPoll.”

  • State poverty rate dips

    The number of people in Ohio living in poverty dipped by 27,000 last year, according to a report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The report, which showed only a slight improvement nationwide in poverty between 2012 and 2013, concluded that 1.796 million people in Ohio lived below the federal poverty line last year compared to 1.824 million in 2012.

  • Pickerington robocall mishap tells most parents their kids are absent

    Their child wasn’t in school, the automated phone call told a huge number of Pickerington Central High School parents yesterday. So parents began texting kids: “Where are you? Are you in school?” But those texts were going to students — in the classroom. It was all a big mistake.

  • Bill would help domestic violence victims with privacy

    A state law that requires voter addresses to be public records has unintended consequences for victims of domestic abuse, advocates say. The executive director of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, Nancy Neylon, said women who have successfully escaped their abusers will not register to vote for fear of being found.

  • Health experts say almost everyone 6 months and older should get flu vaccine

    Of the 107 children who died of complications from the flu last year in the United States, about half were previously healthy — free of medical problems that would have made them vulnerable to the virus. And about 90 percent did not receive flu vaccine. Those are details national public health experts shared this morning and hope parents will remember this season when they decide whether to go with recommendations that almost everyone 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine.

  • Morrow County congregation ready to rebuild after fire

    A Morrow County congregation that lost its church to a fire in December plans to break ground on a new building on Saturday.

  • Brown sponsors bill to boost U.S. manufacturing innovation, teamwork

    WASHINGTON — Supporters say a bill aimed at creating institutes across the country that push innovation in U.S. manufacturing could create a manufacturing renaissance.

  • Escaped Bowling Green inmate back in custody

    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — An inmate who escaped from a low-level corrections facility near Toledo was back in custody yesterday after officers found him in the attic of a nearby apartment, authorities said. Bowling Green police confirmed that Jhon Rosado, 24, was captured after he escaped from the NorthWest Community Corrections Center about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday by climbing over a fence.

  • Lawsuit: Youths kept cold, restrained in Lancaster juvenile detention center

    A federal lawsuit was filed today against the Multi-County Juvenile Detention Center in Lancaster alleging that five youths incarcerated there were abused.

  • Ohio farmers eligible for disaster aid from last winter’s harsh weather

    Farmers in 22 northeastern and southern Ohio counties who suffered losses as a result of freezing weather between Jan. 1 and April 17 are eligible for help from the federal government.

  • Head of prison watchdog agency pressured to resign or be fired

    The head of a state watchdog agency that has been active in investigating security problems and food complaints at state prisons is being pressured to resign or be fired by the chairwoman of the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee. Joanna Saul reportedly has been asked to sign a letter of resignation by today or face being fired by the committee made up of eight legislators, four Democrats and four Republicans, a source told The Dispatch.

  • Kroger to expand Hill Road store in Pickerington

    The Kroger Co. plans to add nearly 21,000 square feet and a pharmacy drive-through to its store in the Windmiller Square shopping center.

  • Two killed in Delaware County wreck

    A husband and wife from Marion died this afternoon when their motorcycle was hit by a car that crossed the median on Rt. 23 in Delaware County.

  • Cleveland port adds second transatlantic freighter

    The Port of Cleveland will soon have a second freighter traversing the Atlantic Ocean. Despite financial losses on its freighter to Europe, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority has reached an agreement with its Dutch partner to add a second ship to the transatlantic service.

  • Ex-deputy arrested in 1981 slaying

    MARIETTA, Ohio — A former deputy sheriff is accused of fatally shooting an ex-colleague more than three decades ago because the victim had fired him for inappropriate conduct.

  • Going to jail before Election Day? You may be able to vote

    If you end up in jail the weekend before the Nov. 4 election, take heart: You probably can still vote. U.S. District Court Judge S. Arthur Spiegel ruled on Tuesday that registered Ohio voters who are jailed the weekend before an election will be allowed to cast an absentee ballot. Spiegel decided in a lawsuit filed by the Ohio Justice & Policy Center that he saw “no value in taking away this fundamental right, even for a short period of time.”

  • Emails link Kasich administration to Suarez, Democrats say

    Ohio Democrats unveiled emails yesterday indicating that two members of Gov. John Kasich’s administration knew his chief legal counsel wrote letters to help a major GOP donor. State Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern said the emails undercut earlier claims that Kasich lawyer Michael Grodhaus acted alone when he sent missives to California officials in 2011 on behalf of North Canton businessman Benjamin Suarez, who donated more than $22,000 to Kasich’s election the year before.

  • Strip mining OK in state wildlife area, Ohio Supreme Court rules

    An Ohio Supreme Court ruling may clear the way for strip mining for coal in many state parks, forests and wildlife areas. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources had argued that strip mining would “utterly destroy” state lands and was not permitted unless it was specifically authorized in the mineral-rights deeds held by former landowners.

  • Algae, phosphorus control hot topics at Farm Science Review

    When Toledo told 500,000 people not to drink tap water for two days in early August because of a bloom of toxic algae in Lake Erie, Bruce McPheron knew it was a game changer for agriculture. At a luncheon this week during the Ohio State University Farm Science Review, an annual agriculture trade show held near London, McPheron outlined work that’s already begun to address the root causes of the pollution.

  • Kasich, FitzGerald won’t hold debates

    For the first time in 36 years, Ohioans won’t get a formal debate between their candidates for governor. In fact, the matchup on Monday in Cleveland among the three state auditor candidates likely will be the only true debate of the 2014 campaign for any statewide office.

  • Former Ohio deputy arrested in colleague’s slaying

    MARIETTA, Ohio -- A former sheriff's deputy fatally shot an ex-colleague more than three decades ago because the victim had fired him for inappropriate conduct, authorities said.

  • Pickerington North girls basketball coach pleads guilty to drunken driving

    The Pickerington North High School girls basketball team coach pleaded guilty to drunken driving this morning in Fairfield County Municipal Court. Judge David A. Trimmer accepted David A. Butcher’s guilty plea to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and said he will schedule sentencing later.

  • Fewer Ohioans lacking health insurance after Obamacare

    WASHINGTON — The number of people without health insurance fell by 47,000 during the past year in Ohio, one of 15 states that saw a decline in its pool of uninsured from 2012 through 2013, the federal government reported yesterday. In a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau, the government concluded that 1.258 million in Ohio, or 11 percent, were without insurance last year — either through their employer or a federal health-care program such as Medicare and Medicaid. By contrast, slightly more than 1.3 million in Ohio, or 11.5 percent, were without coverage in 2012.

  • Pickerington North girls basketball coach charged with drunken driving

    The coach of the Pickerington North High School girls basketball team was charged with drunken driving and failure to control after a minor crash in Violet Township on Friday night. David A. Butcher, 59, is scheduled to appear today in Fairfield County Municipal Court.

  • Furor over Powell apartment project under review by Ohio Supreme Court

    The Ohio Supreme Court is deciding whether Powell residents have the right to vote on the Center at Powell Crossing, a city block of apartments and shops planned for the center of town. Powell city officials say the 64 apartments and accompanying shops would bring more business and housing options. But critics of the project want to preserve the quaintness, and see traffic, noise and the loss of small-town charm in the high-density development.

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