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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.

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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.

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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."

12:18 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Republican: Deal close on Ohio congressional map

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Republican negotiator says a deal is getting close on an alternative map for new congressional districts for the state.

Former state GOP chairman Bob Bennett tells The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer the Ohio House could vote on a different map as early as tomorrow.

Republican House Speaker William Batchelder asked Bennett to work with black House Democrats to find a compromise.

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10:54 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Ohio steps up abandoned mine cleanup program

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio program that cleans up after abandoned coal mines plans to undertake 53 projects next year, nearly three times as many as in 2007.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Monday that the work to restore land and streams is being expanded thanks to more federal money. A change in the formula for dividing coal company taxes among the states has increased Ohio's share, from $7.5 million in 2007 to $18.4 million for next year.