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Health
4:42 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Ohio Plan Aims To Better Link Medicare, Medicaid

State officials want to change the way health care is delivered to the 190,000 Ohioans served by both Medicaid and Medicare, so the beneficiaries must only deal with a single entity to receive services.

The federal Medicare program serves the elderly and disabled, while Medicaid provides coverage for the poor though state and federal funding. The two operate fairly independently from each other.

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Statewide News
10:02 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Ohio Republicans Question Dems' Lawsuit Expenses

Ohio House Republicans have asked the state's attorney general and auditor to review legal fees billed to taxpayers by Democrats as part of a citizens' lawsuit over new state legislative districts.

Invoices obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request show Democrats have sought almost $73,000 in taxpayer funds to pay a law firm that's helping to represent the three dozen citizens. It's unclear how much of that amount was for the complaint.

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Statewide News
9:44 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Ohio Charity Accused of Hamas Ties Disbands

An Ohio charity that the government suspected of having ties to the militant Islamic group Hamas has
gone out of business.

The Treasury Department used terror-financing laws to freeze the assets of KindHearts for Charitable Humanitarian Development in 2006. The Blade reports the nonprofit organization based in Toledo issued a public notice last week saying it had been dissolved.

KindHearts leaders had denied any connection to terrorism. They said the group provided up to $6 million a year in humanitarian aid to the world's poor.

Environment
9:13 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Quakes Put Ohio Seismologist in Spotlight

Recent northeast Ohio earthquakes linked to drilling wastewater have put Ohio's state seismologist in the spotlight.

Michael Hansen is a part-time state employee whose Ohio Seismic Network has an annual budget of $20,000. It's his job to monitor 26 quake detectors.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Ohio Treasurer Among 6 In GOP Ohio US Senate Race

State Treasurer Josh Mandel and five other Republicans will face off in this year's Ohio GOP primary for U.S. Senate.

The state's top elections official on Thursday announced the list of Senate contenders who will appear on the March 6 primary ballots.

The winner of the 6-way Republican contest would likely face incumbent U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, in November in one of the nation's most closely watched Senate races.

Democrat Mark McGinnis is listed as a write-in candidate challenging Brown.

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