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12:01 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Ohio Parole Board Votes No Clemency for Condemned Inmate

The Ohio Parole Board says no mercy should be shown toward a condemned inmate set to die next month for killing a woman who was stabbed more than 100 times, then had her hands cut off.

The eight-member board voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend that Governor John Kasich deny clemency to 37-year-old Brett Hartman, whose execution is scheduled for August 16th.

Business & Technology
12:01 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Fifth Third Bank's Profit Doubled in 2nd Quarter

Regional banking company Fifth Third Bancorp says its second-quarter earnings more than doubled as credit trends continued to improve.

The Cincinnati-based company reports net income of $328 million for April, May and June. That compares with earnings of $130 million in the same period a year ago. Some analysts expect earnings-per-share of 28 cents.

Fifth Third says it saw growth in mortgage banking, credit card and corporate banking revenue. They operate more than 1,300 banking centers in 12 states.

Statehouse News
12:00 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Lawmaker Disapproves of Proposed Ohio Statehouse Pub

At least one state lawmaker isn't ready to toast plans for a new bar serving alcohol in the Ohio Statehouse.

Republican Rep. Rex Damschroder says the decision by the board overseeing the state Capitol building "sends a very negative message." The lawmaker from Fremont in northwest Ohio tells the board in a letter that he's not aware of any other U.S. statehouse with a fully operational bar.

Ohio Statehouse managers said recently that the full-service bar would open next month within an existing cafe.

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Business & Technology
8:06 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Ohio Home Sales See June Jump

Ohio home sales jumped about 10 percent in June compared to May, even as the nation's housing market continued its worst showing since the housing bust.

The Ohio Association of Realtors said Wednesday that just over 10,000 new and existing single-family homes and condos were sold in the state last month.

President Meg Hudson says the association is optimistic that the Ohio market is poised to stabilize following a tumultuous past few years.

June's average home sale price in Ohio was over 142 thousand dollars which is a 7.5 percent increase over the May average.

Education
8:41 am
Wed July 20, 2011

Ruling says Judge Wrong to Toss OU Defamation Suit

A state appeals court has revived a defamation lawsuit against Ohio University brought by a former professor blamed in a plagiarism investigation.

A university report said Bhavin Mehta and other mechanical engineering professors failed to be alert to student copying or ignored plagiarism.

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