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8:17 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Ohio State on Alert After 2 Attempted Abductions

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State University authorities say a man tried to abduct two women in separate incidents near OSU Medical Center on Wednesday.

Both women ran away and were unharmed. The Columbus Dispatch reports one was approached at a bus stop by a man who held a knife with a 3-inch blade to her side and told her she was coming with him. The other woman was grabbed near her car.

The university sent a text message alert and warned people to be aware of their surroundings when walking around campus.

Around the Miami Valley, Politics
8:12 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Most School Tax Issues Defeated This Week in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - This week's special election was one of the toughest in years for Ohio school districts.

The Ohio School Boards Association says voters approved just six of the 23 school tax requests on the ballot around the state on Tuesday. That works out to a passage rate of 26 percent, the lowest in an August election since the 14 percent approved in 2007.

Politics, Statewide News
7:11 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Medical Marijuana Petition Failure

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The state attorney general says a group that wants to legalize medical marijuana has failed to submit enough petition signatures in its initial effort to put the issue before voters. At least 1,000 valid signatures were required before the group could proceed. Attorney General Mike DeWine says only 534 signatures were valid.

Statewide News
7:07 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Board decides ballot language of SB5 referendum

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio voters opposed to a new collective bargaining law that limits public employee unions will get to vote "no" at the ballot box this fall, following a decision Wednesday by the state Ballot Board.

 The decision followed hours of negotiation by Secretary of State Jon Husted, the board's Republican chairman. It echoes years of Ohio ballot tradition, but also counts as a victory for the law's opponents. Voters against or confused by an issue tend to vote against it.

Politics
5:17 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Blackwell Praises Urbana US Lawmaker Jim Jordan

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A former secretary of state who stirred up controversy in the Republican Party when he ran in 2006 seems to be interested in shaking up the GOP again. Ken Blackwell spoke to about 30 people at the Columbus Metropolitan Club today, talking about the debt ceiling crisis. Blackwell wrote on Twitter last week that Tea Party Congressman Jim Jordan of Urbana should run for the US Senate next year if his district is erased in redistricting.

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