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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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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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.

4:26 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Appeals Court Weighing Arguments Over Bible Study

A federal appeals court is weighing whether a Knoxville student should have been allowed to read and discuss Bible passages during recess.

A three-judge panel from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Wednesday took up the case brought by Samuel and Tina Whitson, who sued Knox County Schools in 2008. The Whitsons claim that Karns Elementary School Principal Cathy Summa infringed on the rights of Luke Whitson by telling him he could no longer hold Bible study on the playground.

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8:16 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Ohio City Panel Rejects Sexual Orientation Clause

The city of Springfield has rejected a proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city's non-discrimination codes for fair housing and job protection.

The 3-2 vote by the Springfield Mayor's Commission on Human Rights ended months of debate.

The Springfield News Sun reports the two yes votes came from Mayor Warren Copeland and Commissioner Karen Duncan.   Commissioners tabled the proposal in September while the city's volunteer Human Relations Board researched the issue.