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Environment
12:02 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Ohio Capitol Unveils Electric Car Charging Stations

The Ohio Statehouse is ready for electric vehicles to plug in and charge up.

Six new charging stations are being unveiled today in the garage beneath the Statehouse. Officials believe Ohio's is the first state Capitol building in the nation to offer an electric car charging facility to members of the public, who will pay 50 cents an hour to use it.

The nearly $36,000 project is funded through corporate contributions and a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and the nonprofit group Clean Fuels Ohio.

Politics
12:00 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

GOP Leader: Ohio Senate to Review 'Heartbeat Bill'

 The Ohio Senate's Republican leader says he's asking a group of state lawmakers to review legal questions related to a bill that would ban abortions at the first detectable fetal heartbeat.

President Tom Niehaus said Tuesday he wants the group to vet any legal issues and report back to him in November.

The measure called the "heartbeat bill" passed the Ohio House in June, but has stalled in the Senate.

Ohio Right to Life has taken issue with the bill, fearing a legal challenge could jeopardize other abortion limits in Ohio and expand access to legal abortions.

Statewide News
4:05 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

20 Ohio Counties Get Funds to Help Disabled Vote

Polling sites in 20 counties will get permanent upgrades to assist Ohio voters with disabilities under newly released federal grant money.

Secretary of State Jon Husted said Tuesday that about $100,000 in grants will go to county boards of elections to improve access for voters with disabilities.

The funds were made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Help America Vote Act.  Individual grant amounts range from $40 to $15,000 for improvements in 92 precincts.

Health
4:04 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Ohio Authorities Raid Offices in Pill Probe

Authorities have raided a doctor's two offices and home in southwest Ohio, seizing boxes of records in an investigation of possible prescription drug abuse.

The Dayton Daily News reports that 69-year-old Dr. Han M. Yang says authorities are "off-base" in their allegations. He says he has surrendered his license to practice medicine in Ohio and will give up his practice. He also says he will seek an attorney.

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Drugs
12:15 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Drug Dealers Tap Ohio Seniors for Pills

The state says drug dealers around Ohio are developing new sources for prescription painkillers by buying them from senior citizens, sometimes as the patients leave pharmacies.

The report by the Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network also blames the state's continuing rise of heroin use on addicts switching from prescription painkillers, which are more expensive and harder to obtain.

Orman Hall, director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, says once people become addicted to painkillers it's almost inevitable they'll switch to heroin.

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