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Associated Press

Video cameras will be used in some U.S. district courts in Ohio in a national test to determine whether changes should be made to the long-standing ban on cameras in federal courts.

Three judges in the Southern District and four in the Northern District are participating. They're among more than 100 judges from 14 courts nationwide volunteering for the three-year digital video experiment.

The Ohio attorney general's office says its units that deal with Medicaid and workers' compensation fraud recovered a record-setting amount in the last fiscal year.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says more than $101 million was recovered by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which secured 135 indictments and 121 convictions.

DeWine's office says the workers' compensation unit recovered nearly $1.9 million and had 99 indictments and 100 convictions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Despite passing a budget without tax increases and cutting a lucrative deal with casino operators, Gov. John Kasich's approval ratings haven't moved much.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found 50 percent of registered voters disapprove of the governor, virtually unchanged from May. Perhaps having less to do with the Governor - Almost a third said they are "very dissatisfied" with the way things are going in the state.

The struggling U.S. Postal Service says it may combine some of its larger mail sorting centers in Ohio.

The Vindicator newspaper reports the post office will study a possible transfer of its Youngstown mail processing and distribution to facilities in Akron or Cleveland.

The postal service says the consolidation would be a response to a drop in mail volume, due to the economy, and the use of email.

This week's stifling heat across Ohio is about to get hotter.

Highs in the low to mid-90s are in Wednesday's forecast throughout the state, with even more sizzling temperatures to come.

The National Weather Service looks for Cincinnati and Columbus to reach 99 degrees on Thursday, while Toledo could soar to 105.

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