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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.

Politics
6:45 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Arizona Primary Results

Esparta

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has won the Arizona primary.

Romney and Rick Santorum, meanwhile, are vying for supremacy in Romney's native Michigan, with early returns showing them in a close race.

With 13 percent of Michigan precincts voting, Romney with 41 percent leading Santorum with 38 percent, Ron Paul at 11 percent and Newt Gingrich with 7 percent.

Update From AP:

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Politics
6:43 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Michigan Primary Results

farlane

Mitt Romney added to his lead in the race for convention delegates Tuesday with a win in the Arizona Republican presidential primary. Romney also won the Michigan primary, but it was unclear who would win the most delegates in that state.

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Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Conrad's Corner: February 28, 2012

David Garrison reads his poem, "Bach in the DC Metro."

Statewide News
6:35 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Ohio Nuclear Plant Owner: Weather Caused Cracks

The owner of an Ohio nuclear plant along Lake Erie says a lack of exterior weatherproofing coating caused concrete to crack in the outer shell protecting the plant.

FirstEnergy Corporation told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the exterior cracking at the Davis-Besse plant near Toledo traces back to a 1978 blizzard when wind, rain and a drastic temperature drop caused moisture to penetrate the concrete. The Blade newspaper  reports the utility says the moisture caused the concrete to freeze and expand, prompting the cracks found in October.

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