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12:25 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Ohio boosting inmate post-release treatment

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is doubling the amount of medication it provides to mentally ill inmates as they leave prison in hopes of easing their transition and keeping them from committing new crimes. 

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12:23 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Ohio gets access to DHS database

The Department of Homeland Security is expanding access to an immigration database so that several states can use it to cleanse voter rolls. 

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9:42 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Asian Carp DNA found in Lake Erie

Officials say a three-day sweep turned up no Asian carp in Chicago's Lake Calumet, where DNA had been found repeatedly in recent months. 

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7:12 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Former teacher accused of having photos of naked kids

A former teacher in central Ohio has been arrested for possessing images of nude children after authorities said a flash drive containing photos was found at his desk this spring.

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7:07 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Company pleads guilty to Clean Water Act violations

A coal company has pleaded guilty to criminal violations of the federal Clean Water Act involving wastewater spills into a southeast Ohio stream. It could cost the company more than $7 million.

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12:38 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

State releases figures on internet cafes

Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohio has 667 Internet cafes - more than twice the state's earlier estimate. 

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12:34 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

More than a dozen Olympians are from Ohio

The U.S. Olympic Committee says 17 athletes with Ohio hometowns are among the 530 members of the American team that will compete in London starting on July 27th. 

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12:22 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Tenative settlement reached in unclaimed funds lawsuit

The Ohio Department of Commerce says a tentative settlement in a lawsuit over interest earned on unclaimed funds is worth up to 15 million dollars. The department collects money from dormant bank accounts, forgotten rent deposits and other sources and invests the money until the owners are found. A judge previously ruled the interest must be paid to residents who have collected their money. The department says people who have collected funds since August 3rd of 2000 are eligible for interest under the settlement. The deal must be approved by a court. 

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12:20 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Tanker cars removed from Columbus crash site

Norfolk Southern Railorad says it has cleared the site of Wednesday's train derailment and explosion near the state fairgrounds and has restored full rail service in the area. The company says the three tank cars carrying ethanol that exploded have been removed,  and the second of two affected
main-line tracks reopened early this morning. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash. A spokesperson has said the train was traveling below the recommended speed, and its operators noticed no problems with the track as they approached the site. 

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9:44 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Nationwide will not cover fracking damage

Columbus-based Nationwide has become the first major insurance company to say it will not cover damage related to the natural gas drilling technique called fracking.  Spokesperson Nancy Smeltzer says the company's personal and commercial policies "were not designed to cover" risk from fracking. Smeltzer says says the risk applies to policies of commercial contractors and landowners who lease property to gas companies. Meanwhile a new U.S.

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9:33 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Guilty plea entered in March death of Urbana woman

The Urbana man accused of stabbing, suffocating and dismembering his girlfriend has pleaded guilty to multiple charges. 26-year-old Matthew Puccio will be sentenced next month in the March death of 21-year-old Jessica Sacco. Her remains were found in the bathtub of their Urbana apartment a week after police believe she was killed. A Michigan couple and two other Urbana residents have pleaded not guilty in the case. Investigators say those suspects failed to intervene and helped Puccio dispose of the body parts in southern Ohio and Kentucky.
      

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9:26 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Pleasantville couple charged with abusing their child

Fairfield County sheriff's deputies say the parents of a 4-year-old girl who was confined at night in a bed wrapped with steel mesh fencing are each being held on 500-thousand dollars bond. 34-year-old Russell Terry and 32-year-old Jamie Curnell were were arrested after deputies discovered the bed while responding to a domestic violence call Tuesday at their Pleasantville home. The parents told deputies they confined the girl at night to keep her from getting up. The child and an 8-month-old baby are with protective services. 

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12:42 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Proposed farm bill cuts food stamp program by billions

The U.S House Agriculture Committee has approved a five-year farm bill that gives growers new ways to protect themselves from adversity. It also cuts funding for the food stamp program. 

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12:34 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Train fire doused

Norfolk Southern Railroad says the fire from a train derailment and explosion on Columbus' North side is now out. Crews are working to clear the train cars from the site of Wednesday morning's derailment and blast near the state fairgrounds. Authorities decided to allow the three tank cars carrying ethanol to burn before spraying a chemical foam to prevent the blaze from re-igniting. The National Transportation Safety Board says high speed and track conditions do not appear to be factors in the accident.

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12:31 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Youth prison guard placed on leave amid media scrutiny

The Ohio Department of Youth Services has placed a juvenile prison guard on paid leave because of media attention over the homicide of the 2-year-old son of his one-time girlfriend. The agency says the questions involve the October beating death of Bri'Sean Gamble in Stark County. The boy's
grandmother, Phyllis Wheat, tells The Associated Press guard Alan Aeschlimann was living with the boy's mother at the time. The department says the attention is affecting daily operations at Indian River Juvenile Correctional facility in Massillon. 

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12:27 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Workers sue state over prison privatization

The union representing prison employees is suing the state, seeking to overturn private prison contracts and get 270 laid-off employees back on the job. The Ohio Civil Service Employees Association claims  privatization violates state laws, including a prohibition against lending state credit to private companies A union spokesperson says the jobs were lost when the state leased the

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12:25 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Jobless claims decline

The Labor Department says claims for unemployment insurance benefits in Ohio fell last week by nearly 16-hundred. Nationally, claims fell by 26-thousand to a seasonally-adjusted 350-thousand. That is the lowest level in four years. The department credits seasonal factors for the decline. Automakers traditionally close their plants for the first two weeks in July to prepare to build new models, but this year they are limiting the shutdowns in order to increase production. That resulted in fewer temporary layoffs than normal.

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9:35 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Strickland not happy about appearing in Romney ad

Former Democratic Ohio Governor Ted Strickland says a tv ad by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney takes a moment from "a very heated" 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign. The 2012 Obama campaign co-chair is seen in the ad nodding in agreement behind 2008 candidate Hillary Clinton as she criticizes Obama for mailings she says distorted her record. The Romney ad claims Obama uses the same tactics against him.

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9:32 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Judge denies Inman's request for new trial

A Hocking County judge has denied a motion seeking a new trial for a man convicted of killing his estranged wife last year. William Inman II was convicted last month and sentenced to life in prison in the death of 25-year-old Summer Inman. The judge rejected defense claims that a witness'
criminal background was not disclosed before he testified at trial. The judge says there is no indication the verdict would have been different if jurors had disregarded the testimony. 

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10:01 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Train derailment prompts evacuations, delays bus service, yard and recycling collections

A freight train derailment and explosion in Columbus near the Ohio State Fairgrounds forced authorities to evacuate a mile-wide area of the city to contain the blaze and determine what's burning.

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