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4:15 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Bill In Ohio House Proposes One Primary For May

State lawmakers wanting to re-establish a single 2012 primary for Ohio are trying to reach a deal on a date.

Action on a bill calling for one primary next year was temporarily delayed by an Ohio House panel on Wednesday so lawmakers could meet behind closed doors to continue discussing the timing.

Under the bill, separate primaries set for March and June would be reunited on May 22. Candidates including presidential contenders would have until March 8 to file. Those who met a deadline last week would not have to re-file.

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Statewide News
4:10 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Senator Brown Backs Bill To Help Postal Service's Solvency

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio says Tuesday’s announcement of a 5-month moratorium on closing postal facilities gives Congress more time to enact reform legislation. Brown told reporters during a conference call, he’s supporting the Postal Service Protection Act to help the USPS return to fiscal solvency. He says it would fix a pension system that currently costs the Postal Service $5 billion a year:

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Books
1:21 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Book Nook: The End of Wasp Season, by Denise Mina

Denise Mina is on the leading edge (along with Ian Rankin) of the wave of Scottish crime novelists known as "Tartan Noir." Rankin hails from Edinburgh. Mina is from Glasgow. This is not a unified movement. They are
quite different writers.

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Politics
5:10 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Foes Of Ohio's Proposed 'Heartbeat Bill' Have Their Say

Opponents of an Ohiobill banning abortions at the first detectable heartbeat tell state senators the measure is radical and cruel.

They spoke on what's referred to as the "heartbeat bill" during its second hearing, with testimony Wednesday coming from  opponents and interested parties including clergy members and doctors.

Dozens filled hallways and the hearing room to protest the bill that would impose the most stringent abortion limit in the nation. Many wore pink to contrast themselves with proponents, who wear the color red to represent hearts.

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Nature
9:35 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: December 13 - 19, 2011

Bulldog Puppy
Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user w1ld0n3

Poor Will's Almanack for the Second Week of Early Winter.

Several years ago, I took our two bulldogs out for a walk in the woods. It had snowed a few more inches over night, for a total of several feet in some places, and we were the first to navigate the path.

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