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University of Dayton police officers are working to make itself more visible around campus.

The department announced several measures to increase its visible presence around campus.

That includes officers working their beats with red and blue lights on top of their cruisers continually lit. They won't flash unless they're responding to a call.

Chief Rodney Chatman says the illuminated lights alert students and would-be criminals that officers are nearby. He says he wants students to be able to see the lights.

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City councilmen are taking public comment on how Columbus police might implement body cameras in their work.

Wednesday evening's public hearing on the issue was scheduled before last week's fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Tyre King, though that case is expected to come up during discussion.

Police say Tyre was repeatedly shot last Wednesday night after he ran from an officer investigating a reported armed robbery and pulled out a BB gun that looked like a real firearm. No one else was hurt.

Tyre was black. The veteran officer who shot him is white.

A new Ohio law offers immunity from prosecution to people trying to get help for someone overdosing on drugs or overdose victims themselves who seek assistance.

The law taking effect Tuesday covers people calling 911, contacting a police officer or taking an overdose victim to a medical facility for up to two times. They would again be subject to prosecution on the third call.

 

Ohio's largest anti-death penalty group wants more recommendations for changing the state's capital punishment law to be enacted.

Ohioans To Stop Executions says lawmakers have only approved four of 56 proposals made by an Ohio Supreme Court task force in 2014. The organization says in an annual report released Tuesday that six more are pending in the Legislature but have yet to receive support in both the House and Senate.

The report also says prosecutors sought the death penalty in 26 cases last year, five more than in 2014.

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A major national Democratic political group is canceling more ad spending in the Ohio Senate race as the state's former governor lags his well-funded Republican opponent.

Democratic ex-Gov. Ted Strickland was once considered among his party's best chances this year to unseat a sitting Republican, Sen. Rob Portman. But Strickland's campaign has failed to gain traction.

The Senate Majority PAC, Strickland's single largest source of outside support, is now canceling an additional three weeks of broadcast buys from Sept. 20 to Oct. 10. The ad buys totaled about $3 million.

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Some Ohio counties are trying to equip more people with a drug that can reverse an overdose amid a growing number of fatal heroin overdoses in recent years.

Butler County health officials have begun making Naloxone kits available to families and friends of opioid users in hopes that they'll save lives.

Health officials say people will receive training on identifying an overdose and how to respond to an overdose. They also learn how to administer the drug.

The kit includes two nasal doses and two face shields.

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Ohio's attorney general says a new advisory group will review the debt-collection practices for unpaid student loans at public colleges and universities in the state.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says the state has an obligation to collect such debt, and the goal is to ensure that Ohio's practices are fair, transparent and thorough.

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Voters in Ohio can soon request an absentee ballot for the fall presidential election.

The office of Secretary of State Jon Husted planned to mail absentee ballot applications to voters statewide this weekend.

Voters can fill out and return the applications to have their absentee ballots mailed to them ahead of Election Day.

Ohioans can vote absentee by mail or in person without having to give a reason.

Early voting for the Nov. 8 election is slated to begin on Oct. 12.

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A proposed rule would let Ohio attorneys counsel clients seeking to comply with the state's new medical marijuana law.

The Ohio Supreme Court released a proposed amendment to its professional conduct rules on Wednesday.

If adopted, it would let attorneys help clients navigate the law and how it's implemented. The proposal says lawyers also should advise clients regarding related federal law.

Craft brewers in Ohio now have the freedom to make boozier beers.

A new state law takes effect Wednesday, scrapping caps on alcohol content for beer.

Ohio is following the lead of other states in getting rid of its 12 percent cap that has been on the books since just after Prohibition.

Craft brewers have flinched at anything restricting their ability to be creative and make stronger ales.

Legislators say the law levels the playing field and makes Ohio even more attractive to smaller breweries looking to locate to the state.

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