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4:17 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Election Law Foes Submit More Signatures

After a setback last week, opponents of Ohio's new elections law submitted additional signatures in hopes of putting the measure before voters in a 2012 repeal effort.

Democrats and their allies loaded a U-Haul truck full of more than 166,000 signatures to deliver to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's just more than a week after he said they were more than 9,500 short of the roughly 231,000 they needed.

Among other changes, the election overhaul shortens the swing state's early voting period.

Statewide News
4:44 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Ohio Ban On Exotic Animals Proposed

A study group is proposing that Ohio ban new ownership of venomous snakes, monkeys, tigers and other dangerous animals with only limited exceptions.

The group has been holding expedited meetings since last month, when police were forced to kill 48 wild animals — including endangered Bengal tigers — after their owner freed them from his Zanesville farm and then committed suicide.

A summary of the group's input and state agencies' recommendations for new regulations was obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, after the group's final meeting.

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Environment
10:13 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Groups, Towns Say Ohio Fracking Rules Fall Short

Environmentalists and local officials complain that proposed standards for extracting oil and gas from the shale beneath Ohio don't go far enough.

The Columbus Dispatch reports drilling firms won't have to reveal all the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.  That's a horizontal drilling technique that releases natural gas from shale by breaking up the rock with chemical-laced water.

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Environment
8:42 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Ohio Gov. Readies New Plan on Lake Erie Water Use

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Ohio's governor is preparing to offer a new version of a plan he vetoed that would have allowed factories in the state to draw more water from Lake Erie.

The sponsor of the original bill says Gov. John Kasich's proposal cuts in half the amount of water businesses
would be allowed to take from the lake without a permit.

Republican state Rep. Lynn Wachtmann of Napoleon tells The Columbus Dispatch Ohio's governor is preparing to offer a new version of a plan he vetoed that would have allowed factories in the state to draw more water from Lake Erie.

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Around the Miami Valley
8:18 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Ohio Mom Charged in Death of 28-Pound Teen Girl

A prosecutor says an Ohio mother and three nurses have been charged in the death of her 14-year-old daughter,
who had cerebral palsy and weighed 28 pounds when she died.

Montgomery County Prosecutor Mathias Heck Jr. says they ignored or failed to care for the Dayton girl who was totally dependent upon them.

The county coroner's office ruled that Makayla Norman died March 1 from nutritional and medical neglect complicated by her chronic condition. She died minutes after paramedics rushed her to a hospital.

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