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7:26 am
Tue August 2, 2011

OH election law foes fail hurdle in repeal effort

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's attorney general has rejected language that opponents of the state's new election law had wanted to use in their effort to have parts of the measure overturned.

The decision is a setback for opponents. They need Attorney General Mike DeWine's approval before they can begin gathering the roughly 231,000 valid signatures needed by Sept. 29 to suspend the parts of the law until voters can decide in 2012 whether to keep or repeal them.

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Statewide News
7:22 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Ohio Lottery posts $2.6B in record sales last year

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Ohio Lottery had record sales last year, even as the state faced a sluggish recovery from the worst recession since the Great Depression.

State officials said Monday the lottery pulled in its largest haul ever with $2.6 billion in sales during the budget year that ended June 30. The commission beat the previous year's sales by $108 million.

The boon marks the 10th year in a row that the lottery has seen sales increase.

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Health
7:17 am
Tue August 2, 2011

CDC: 1 death, 76 illnesses linked to ground turkey

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials say that one person has died from salmonella poisoning that appears to be linked to eating ground turkey.

     Seventy-six people in 26 states have been made sick from the same strain of the disease. Ohio and Michigan have had the most illnesses, with 10 cases each.

     The salmonella strain is resistant to many commonly prescribed antibiotics. The illnesses date back to March, but there has not yet been a recall of turkey.

Around the Miami Valley
12:52 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Energy Deal Could Save Miami School District Taxpayers

Last week, Southwestern Ohio Educational Purchasing Council and DPL Energy negotiated a deal they say improves and extends an existing contract and locks in a lower energy rate through June of 2014.

The agreement affects some 80 educational institutions, including 73 local school districts.  The deal is also expected to save tax payers some money.

A report in the Dayton Daily News says the agreement could save local school districts around $11.5 million in energy costs over four years.

Environment
12:44 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Cincinnati Approaching Heat Wave Record

CINCINNATI - Cincinnati has a shot of breaking a temperature record that has stood for 110 years. Yesterday was the city's 15th straight day of temperatures climbing to at least 90 degrees. The record is 17 consecutive days. The record will fall Wednesday if the hot spell continues.

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