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Politics
11:50 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Ohio election chief upholds Nov. 4 end to early voting

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's elections chief says early voting won't be allowed at county elections boards on the weekend before the Nov. 8 election.

Secretary of State Jon Husted has issued an advisory stating that voters who want to cast an absentee ballot in person before Election Day will have to do it at their local elections office by 6 p.m. on Nov. 4.

Politics
5:47 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Lawyer For Occupy Cincinnati Protests To Combine Cases Over Police Citations

An attorney for Occupy Cincinnati protesters facing trial over police citations says a delay will be requested so the cases can be combined. Geoffrey Miller tells The Cincinnati Enquirer that a mass trial, drawing potentially hundreds of people to court, would have more punch. The newspaper reports the first trials are scheduled for Thursday.

For more than a week, police have been ticketing demonstrators who've refused to leave a downtown Cincinnati park at its nighttime closing. About 200 citations have been written, each carrying a $105 fine.

Crime
5:26 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Not-Guilty Plea Entered In Central State Athlete's Slaying

Not-guilty pleas have been entered for a man charged with murdering a Central State University football player outside a nightclub in Dayton.

Thirty-year-old Jason Shern is charged with fatally shooting 21-year-old Kordero Hunter on Sept. 23. A judge entered a not-guilty plea Thursday for Shern on the murder charge and on felonious assault and weapons charges. Shern stood mute as the pleas were entered.

Statewide News
9:36 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Permits picking up for Ohio natural gas 'fracking'

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Permits are being issued more quickly in Ohio for the natural gas drilling associated with the practice called fracking.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Thursday that 27 permits for horizontal drilling into the Utica Shale formation beneath Ohio were granted from July to September alone.  Ohio Department of Natural Resources figures show that's more than half the total number of permits issued since 2009. 

In fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, chemicals are injected into the shale through horizontal wells to release natural gas from the rock.

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Statewide News
9:03 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Ohio lawmakers want death penalty moratorium

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Lawmakers pushing to ban capital punishment in Ohio have asked the governor for a moratorium on executions while a committee studies the death penalty.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor recently announced that a court committee will study Ohio's death penalty law to make sure it is working as well as it should.

O'Connor has emphasized that the committee will not examine whether to ban capital punishment.

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