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9:30 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

AP Reports Issue 3 Decided, Ohio Opts Out Of Health Care Mandate

Voters in Ohio have approved a ballot measure intended to keep government from requiring Ohioans to participate in any health care system.

The constitutional amendment passed is largely symbolic, coming in response to the 2009 federal health care overhaul, a provision of which mandates that most Americans purchase health care.

Supporters hope it will prompt a challenge of the overhaul before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The tea party and Republican groups backing the amendment say the Affordable Care Act was an overreach by the Obama administration and Congress.

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Election 2011
9:30 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Ohio Voters Reject Union Limits

Early returns show that Ohio's new law limiting the collective bargaining abilities of 350,000 unionized public workers has been defeated after an expensive union-backed campaign that pitted firefighters, police officers and teachers against the state's Republican establishment.

The law hadn't taken effect yet. It was thrown out Tuesday amid high turnout in a year without a presidential election. Current union rules will stand until the GOP-controlled Legislature plans its next move.

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Politics
9:21 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Early Returns Show Ohio Voters Oppose Age Limit Raise For Judges

Early returns showed Ohio voters opposing a constitutional amendment raising the age limit for judges from 70 to 75.

With 8 percent of the vote counted, nearly 61 percent of voters had rejected raising an age cap of 70 that has been in place for nearly 40 years. The 1973 law stemmed from a philosophy that age can affect judgment.

Ten percent of sitting judges, including two Supreme Court justices, would face the current age limit within the next six years.

Around the Miami Valley
12:22 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Police: Ohio steroid probe uncovers Tennessee lab

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) - Police in southwest Ohio say they plan to announce details today of an investigation into steroid abuse at a local YMCA that led to a secret lab in Tennessee and 32 indictments.

The Warren County Drug Task Force and county prosecutor's office say investigators confiscated $600,000 in illegal drugs and a cache of weapons.

Around the Miami Valley
12:20 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Abortion foes to air ad on Ohio's 'Heartbeat Bill'

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Supporters of an Ohio bill that would ban abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat will begin airing an ad in Dayton tonight, urging voters to ask their state Senators to pass the bill.

Ohio ProLife Action says their ad will air on the FOX News cable channel during The O'Reilly Factor and Hannity.

If passed, the proposal would be one of the strictest anti-abortion measures in the U.S. A transcript of the voiceover says that the bill would "save the equivalent of a school bus full of children every single day."

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