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10:42 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Report: Retirement Payouts Costing Ohio Entities

A report says local Ohio governments pay out millions of dollars each year to retiring employees for accrued sick leave and vacation time that was never taken.

Elected officials say the payouts are troubling but likely can't be eliminated, while public employees say they've earned the money and saved taxpayers by not taking time off work.

The Middletown Journal reports local governments paid out more than $5 million to departing employees, including $1.7 million in Butler County and more than $1 million in Warren County.

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Statewide News
10:16 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Low Bids for Ohio Juvenile Center Disappointing

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The state says it's disappointed by results of bidding for a closed juvenile detention center, as the high bid of $284,000 is millions less than the facility's reported value of $11.5 million.

County records show the 36 acres around the former Ohio River Valley Juvenile Correctional Facility in Franklin Furnace are worth more than $800,000 alone.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Thursday that the high bid came from MGNR Properties of North Ridgeville.

The state also received a second bid of just $118,000 from National Scrap Corp. of South Bloomfield.

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Books
7:30 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Book Nook: Satan is Real - the Ballad of the Louvin Brothers by Charlie Louvin with Benjamin Whitmer

An interview with Benjamin Whitmer about "Satan is Real - the Ballad of the Louvin Brothers" (Igniter Books) by Charlie Louvin with Benjamin Whitmer.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Gingrich To Speak At Ohio Dinner

An Ohio congressman says former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will speak at a Saturday evening dinner that also features fellow GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

Republican Rep. Bob Latta says some 750 people are expected at the sold-out March 3 Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner for his 5th House District. It's at Bowling Green State University's student union.

Latta's office said all GOP candidates have been invited, while Santorum had accepted earlier.

Anti-tax-hikes activist Grover Norquist is also scheduled to speak.

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Around the Miami Valley
4:38 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Ohio Highway Patrol Crime Lab Backlogged

A newspaper reports that a backlog at the Ohio State Highway Patrol crime lab has caused dozens of cases to be dismissed while investigators awaited evidence.

The patrol won't discuss individual cases but acknowledges the backlog and says it's trying to resolve it.

The Springfield News-Sun reports it found at least four cases in which drug charges were dismissed because of the time it took to process evidence -- after which the suspects allegedly committed other offenses.

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