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6:04 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Ohio Attorney General Monitors Propane Complaints

The Ohio Attorney General says his office is monitoring complaints about propane prices and shortages and will work with other states to look for possible anti-competitive actions related to propane sales.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohio consumers have been told that propane availability is limited and that increased demand and depleted inventories have led to price increases.

He says his office will monitor reports of potential price gouging or other unfair business practices related to the cold.

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8:04 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Attorneys: Ohio Inmate Wasn't Coached To Fake Pain

Federal public defenders who represented an Ohio killer put to death with a new lethal injection method are denying the condemned inmate was coached to fake suffocation.

The lawyers say it appears death row inmate Dennis McGuire may have misunderstood a lawyer's request to communicate truthfully what was happening to him during the execution.

Federal public defender Allen Bohnert's statement released Tuesday also renewed a call to Gov. John Kasich to impose a moratorium on executions.

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Statewide News
7:04 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Ohio Issuing Fewer Replacement Food Stamp Cards

The number of replacement food stamp cards issued by the state of Ohio is down - meaning fewer were lost, stolen and used fraudulently.

State data show Ohio issued nearly 328 thousand replacement electronic benefit cards in 2013, down 8 percent from 2012. During that period, participation in the program increased.

Food stamp benefits are uploaded monthly on benefit transfer cards, which are similar to debit cards and require a personal identification number.

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Statewide News
12:08 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Governor Kasich: Ohio Should Allow More School Calamity Days

Republican state Reps. Tony Burkley and Brian Hill have introduced a plan to add four calamity days this year following a call from Gov. Kasich  who said many schools have exhausted their five allowable days off for snow or bad weather, or soon will. 

John Charlton at the Ohio Department of Education explains the Governor thinks many schools are going to exhaust the five calamity days now currently allowed by law. And Charlton says the hope is the extra calamity days will make it safer for school children.

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7:35 am
Tue January 21, 2014

ACLU: Ohio Governor Should Halt Executions

A civil-rights organization is asking Ohio Gov. John Kasich to immediately halt executions after a condemned inmate gasped and snorted last week as an untested drug combination was used to put him to death.

The ACLU of Ohio made its request to Kasich on Sunday, noting Ohio has five upcoming executions scheduled.

Death row inmate Dennis McGuire was executed Thursday. And it was the longest execution since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999. McGuire's adult children said it amounted to torture and his family says they're suing.

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