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  • Prisons want to release brain-dead inmates, those with severe dementia

    Ohio prison officials want state lawmakers to tweak the law enabling judges to approve early release of severely incapacitated inmates, including two who are brain-dead and on life support. The state is paying $1 million a year for medical care for these inmates, many of whom don’t even know they are in prison, said Stuart Hudson, chief of medical services for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

  • U.S. Supreme Court to hear Ohio's same-sex marriage cases April 28

    The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled an unusual 150-minute argument April 28 on whether Ohio and three other states violated the Constitution when they banned same-sex marriages. The court’s decision, which is expected toward the end of June, could finally end a controversy that has divided the nation for much of the past two decades. In 2013, the justices by a 5-4 vote struck down as unconstitutional a 1996 federal law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

  • Boehner, others push for Obama to send weapons to help Ukraine

    House Speaker John Boehner today joined seven House Republicans and three Democrats to press President Barack Obama to provide Ukraine’s pro-Western government with advanced weapons to combat Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine.

  • Ohio killer gets money after dog bites off part of his nose

    A high-profile killer will receive $7,500 in damages after a dog for which he was caring as part of a state prison adopt-a-dog program bit off part of his nose. The settlement between Vincent Doan and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation Correction was approved yesterday in the Ohio Court of Claims.

  • Education panel will critique Ohio’s new PARCC exams

    The tests used to measure whether Ohio students are meeting Common Core standards are going under the microscope of a special advisory committee and could be dumped. State Sen. Peggy Lehner said anything is possible regarding the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests.

  • Ohio Politics Now: Gov. John Kasich's tax proposal slammed by left, right

    Liberals and conservatives don’t agree on much but there is this: They don’t like Gov. John Kasich’s tax reform plan that cuts income taxes and raises severance, tobacco and sales taxes for a total of a $500 million tax cut. During committee testimony yesterday, the proposals “took body blows yesterday from the left and right of the economic philosophical spectrum,” Dispatch reporter Jim Siegel writes.

  • Ohio House passes bill to ease overdose drug access, make 'Hang on Sloopy' state song

    A bill that would expand availability of a drug that successfully stops heroin and opioid overdoses in progress passed the Ohio House unanimously yesterday. Naloxone was administered 74,000 times in Ohio between 2003 and 2012, state statistics show.

  • New Cincinnati law on dog bites allows big fines for owners

    CINCINNATI -- A new Cincinnati law meant to hold pet owners accountable for dog bites allows for fines of up to $15,000. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the law adopted yesterday stops short of criminalizing dog bites. Councilman Kevin Flynn says the target is bad owners, not specific dogs or breeds.

  • Cleveland to host first GOP presidential primary debate

    CLEVELAND -- The head of the Republican National Committee says its first primary debate for the next presidential election will be in Cleveland. The RNC previously announced plans to have nine primary debates, starting in Ohio in August. Chairman Reince Priebus confirmed the location in an interview with Cleveland television station WKYC yesterday.

  • Protection order leads to woman’s arrest

    CANTON — A woman with concealed knives and martial-arts throwing stars was arrested outside a Canton hospital, and a man who works there had a protection order against her, police said.

  • Police chief charged with cover-up is off job

    PUT-IN-BAY — The police chief in the Lake Erie island resort town of Put-in-Bay is on paid administrative leave after being charged with four misdemeanor counts, including dereliction of duty and falsification.

  • Funeral set for 3 girls in carbon-monoxide case

    TROY — Funeral services are planned next week for three teenage girls who suffered carbon-monoxide poisoning because of a blocked chimney flue in a western Ohio home.

  • Ex-school-board chief guilty in child-porn case

    AKRON — A former school-board president in northeastern Ohio has pleaded guilty to having child pornography and obstructing official business. Officials say 53-year-old Steven Bittel’s computer IP address was involved in a peer-to-peer file-sharing network involving child pornography.

  • Boy to be tried as adult in mall slaying

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A 16-year-old boy accused of trying to steal sneakers from a Montgomery County mall shopper who then fatally shot another teen will face adult criminal charges.

  • Toledo fills 2 council spots

    TOLEDO (AP) — Officials in Toledo have chosen replacements to fill two city council openings left by the death of the mayor.

  • Antioch College spending $81M on ‘green’ upgrades

    YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio — A small liberal-arts college that temporarily closed seven years ago is making sustainability and energy efficiency part of its revival strategy with an estimated $81 million in campus improvements.

  • Kasich’s tax plan takes fire from both left, right

    Gov. John Kasich’s tax package took body blows yesterday from the left and right of the economic philosophical spectrum. The conservative Tax Foundation, based in Washington, D.C., sharply criticized parts of the governor’s tax package, particularly the elimination of the state income tax for most small businesses and sole proprietors and the increase in the commercial-activity tax. Meanwhile, the liberal group One Ohio Now said the income-tax cuts are a poor strategy for economic growth, pointing to the state’s job-growth performance since tax cuts started in 2005.

  • Ashtabula County pair denies guilt in abuse case

    JEFFERSON, Ohio — A husband and wife accused of making three of their adopted children virtual prisoners inside their northeastern Ohio home pleaded not guilty yesterday in a case that began after prosecutors say two girls crashed the family van while trying to make their escape.

  • Cabela’s plans third Ohio store near Dayton

    Cabela’s will open its third Ohio store in Centerville in a little more than a year.

  • Delaware OKs extension of Sawmill Parkway

    The $56 million project to extend Sawmill Parkway into the city of Delaware is now in Delaware County’s hands.

  • Ohio's charter school system open to abuse, Auditor Dave Yost says

    State Auditor Dave Yost described for state legislators a “broken system of governance” overseeing a charter-school system in Ohio that has faced increasing criticism both in the state and nationally. Yost, a Republican, testified on Wednesday in an Education Committee hearing on House Republicans’ House Bill 2, proposing charter-school oversight reforms. He praised school choice as valuable for some students, but he said several recommendations would improve accountability and transparency, while better ensuring that charters are getting only the tax dollars they are entitled to.

  • Brown, Portman and Beatty to attend 50th anniversary of Selma events

    Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman along with Rep. Joyce Beatty will attend this weekend’s 50th anniversary events commemorating the historic civil rights march in Alabama which helped lead the way to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Brown, D-Ohio, will make his fourth trip to Selma, Ala., where on March 7, 1965, Alabama state troopers savagely beat civil rights marchers, including John Lewis, now a Democratic congressman from Georgia.

  • School: Boy brings moonshine to class; teacher in trouble

    DE GRAFF, Ohio -- Officials say a 13-year-old Ohio boy was suspended for bringing moonshine to school, and a science teacher who knew he was making the illegal alcohol was reprimanded for not reporting that the boy brought it to class.

  • Ohio Politics Now: Kasich says 'I've worked in foreign policy for many, many years'

    After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of Congress yesterday, Gov. John Kasich reminded reporters, “I don’t need to bolster any foreign policy credentials. I’ve been working in foreign policy for many, many years. I served on the Armed Services Committee, which is one of the critical committees in terms of U.S. foreign policy and how we prepare ourselves. I don’t need to bolster anything.”

  • Kasich appearance at Netanyahu speech spurs talk of presidental campaign

    WASHINGTON — Ohio Gov. John Kasich spent 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, but when he finally returned to the House floor yesterday, it was his future, not his past, that sparked questions. Kasich, who is perpetually on lists of potential 2016 Republican presidential contenders, has said consistently that he has not decided whether to run. But his appearance on the House floor during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress nonetheless prompted questions about whether Kasich was trying to emphasize his foreign-policy credentials.

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