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State officials say unclaimed funds totaling $2.3 billion are waiting to be claimed in Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Unclaimed Funds says unclaimed funds are money or the right to money that may have been dormant in bank checking or savings accounts or forgotten. Other examples include forgotten rent or utility deposits, uncashed checks and uncashed insurance policies.

The department says Ohioans have received $34.4 million in unclaimed funds so far this fiscal year. The average claim is $2,100.

Ohio officials have asked the federal government for more flexibility in the work requirements that some welfare recipients must meet.

Gov. John Kasich's administration says certain federal rules don't give people enough time to complete vocational training or job-readiness activities.

For instance, state officials want to increase a limit on vocational education training from 12 months to 36.

An Ohio man accused of trying to send money to an al-Qaida leader will be allowed to leave jail once his family posts bond.
A U.S. magistrate set bond at $500,000 for Sultane Roome Salim over the objections of federal prosecutors.
The Columbus man is one of four people with Ohio ties charged with working together to send money to a known al Qaida leader before he was killed in a drone strike.
His lawyer has disputed the charges.

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Officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base say a man ignored guards' instructions to stop at a security gate, prompting evacuations, but that Ohio's largest military base has been determined safe.

Daryl Mayer, spokesman for the base near Dayton, says the man drove through the gate area around 9:40 a.m. Tuesday. A base statement says security personnel pursued the driver and located the vehicle parked outside a building. They then cordoned off the area around the vehicle and evacuated some nearby buildings.


A new study shows Ohio as a national leader in diverting juveniles to lower-cost community programs instead of prison.

The national study by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention shows the number of young people in Ohio sent to prison dropped 80 percent from 1997 to 2013. Figures show the national average of juvenile incarceration rates for that time dropped 55 percent.

Officials say an online video-training program for people who interact with autistic individuals is now being used in Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the state-funded project is believed to be one of the first of its kind in the nation.

An official with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence says the program began Wednesday to help families, agency workers and others gain skills needed to support children and young adults with autism.

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Former Ohio Gov. and Senate candidate Ted Strickland says he supports a short-term pause in accepting Syrian refugees to the U.S. as national security experts review the program.
In a campaign statement provided in response to a request Tuesday, the Democrat said it's clear there are "deep concerns" about whether the current vetting process is sufficient to protect individual and national security. He said those are best handled by "Homeland and National Security leadership."

A bill that seeks to divert more than $1 million in government funding away from Planned Parenthood has cleared the Ohio House.

Backers say the proposal targets grants Planned Parenthood receives through Ohio's health department. The public dollars - mostly federal money - support initiatives including HIV testing, breast and cervical cancer screenings and prevention of violence against women.

The Republican-dominated Ohio House is urging President Barack Obama to halt the settlement of Syrian refugees in Ohio and the U.S., citing safety concerns.

The GOP leadership brought a resolution up for a vote Tuesday, the same day it was introduced. It passed 63-24.

No hearings were held on the largely symbolic measure, which comes in the aftermath of coordinated attacks in Paris. Some Democrats called the legislation short-sighted.

The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a prosecutor's request to set an execution date for a Mexican national convicted of killing four members of his girlfriend's family and sentenced to death in three of the 1991 slayings.
Mexico opposes setting a date for Jose Trinidad Loza, saying he was never allowed to consult with a Mexican consulate and was the subject of bias early on, including a crime scene detective who used an ethnic slur to describe him.