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10:16 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Low Bids for Ohio Juvenile Center Disappointing


The state says it's disappointed by results of bidding for a closed juvenile detention center, as the high bid of $284,000 is millions less than the facility's reported value of $11.5 million.

County records show the 36 acres around the former Ohio River Valley Juvenile Correctional Facility in Franklin Furnace are worth more than $800,000 alone.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Thursday that the high bid came from MGNR Properties of North Ridgeville.

The state also received a second bid of just $118,000 from National Scrap Corp. of South Bloomfield.

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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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Around the Miami Valley
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.

6:45 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Arizona Primary Results


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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