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10:49 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Ohio House Votes to Toughen State Cyber Fraud Laws

The Ohio House has voted to give the state's top law enforcer beefed-up powers to go after online scammers who use sites such as eBay and Craigslist to rip people off.

The bill approved 83-10 yesterday allows the state's attorney general to seek records on phone and Internet activity by suspected cyber fraudsters. Online payment information also could be requested.

The measure passed the state Senate in November. It now returns to the Senate for a final vote.

Around the Miami Valley
10:38 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Kasich to Attend JobsOhio Session in Cincinnati

Gov. John Kasich will take part in a Cincinnati meeting of the board of the state's new private job-creation partnership.

The session this afternoon will be at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

The governor last week announced an agreement between the state budget and commerce departments to transfer Ohio's liquor business to JobsOhio for the next 25 years. The deal is worth $1.4 billion.

The state Commerce Department is to continue to distribute and sell liquor in Ohio.

Statewide News
10:30 am
Wed February 1, 2012

OH Senate OKs Bill to End 'Vicious' Pit Bull Label

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Pit bulls in Ohio would no longer be labeled as "vicious" dogs under a bill that has cleared the Ohio Senate.

State law currently defines a vicious dog as one that has seriously hurt or killed a person, killed another dog or is among those commonly known as pit bulls. The Senate voted 27-5 Tuesday to change that definition by removing the reference to pit bulls. The change would require evidence to prove pit bulls are actually vicious.

8:35 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Florida Primary Results

Results from the Florida Primaries on January 31, 2011, updated throughout the day.

4:46 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Democrats Release Legislative Priorities

Democrats in the Ohio House say they plan to push for more oversight of the state's new private job creation entity, JobsOhio. They also want to put any unanticipated new state money into a fund that cities and townships can use to return police officers or firefighters to the job. Local governments' funding took a hit in the latest state budget.

Minority Leader Armond Budish on Tuesday laid out the 2012 legislative priorities for his caucus. Other proposals included increased reporting requirements for private, for-profit charter schools regarding their use of public money.