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4:45 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Ohio Goes Back Years To Recover Welfare Overpayments

Thousands of Ohio welfare recipients who were overpaid more than 10 years ago are being informed that they will have to repay that money to the state.

The overpayments are not the result of fraud, and most resulted from administrative errors by government workers, The Columbus Dispatch (reported Wednesday. An example would be a welfare recipient who might have reported a change in income to his caseworker that would have reduced the benefit, but that information wasn't logged before the monthly check was mailed, the newspaper reported.

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Statewide News
9:22 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Senator: Ohio Abortion 'Heartbeat' Bill in Review

The Republican leader of the Ohio Senate says it is too soon to say whether his chamber would vote before
the end of the year on a bill that would ban abortions in the state after the first detectable heartbeat.

Senate President Tom Niehaus said Tuesday that a group of lawmakers he's convened continues to research the measure.

Statewide News
7:27 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Ohio's Election Law Foes Fall Short on Signatures

Ohio's top election official says opponents of the state's new election law do not have the signatures needed to get a ballot repeal question before voters next fall, though foes have another 10 days to submit more signatures.

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

Secretary of State Jon Husted's ruling on Monday comes after election officials reviewed the more than 333,000
signatures that opponents submitted in late September to put the law on hold.

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7:22 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Ohio High Court Refuses to Halt Tuesday Execution

The Ohio Supreme Court has denied a request to halt the Tuesday execution of a man who fatally shot his
three sons while they slept in 1982.

The high court on Monday rejected Reginald Brooks' request just hours after a state appeals court denied his appeal for a chance to seek a new trial.

An attorney for the 66-year-old Brooks, of East Cleveland, had indicated earlier that a new-trial request was pending in U.S. District Court if the state appeal failed. A separate appeal was pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Statewide News
7:18 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Gov. Kasich Responds to Ohio Redistricting Lawsuit

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is arguing that he should be dismissed from a lawsuit over the state's new map of U.S. House districts.

Clermont County Republican voter Belinda Ward sued Kasich, Ohio's elections chief and GOP legislative leaders, asking a county judge to draw new lines since lawmakers can't come to an agreement.

Changes are required due to Ohio population shifts over the past decade.

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