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7:26 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Elections Chief says ProgressOhio has No Grounds to Challenge of Federal Health Ballot

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's elections chief says a liberal policy group has no legal grounds for challenging his certification of a fall ballot measure that seeks to exempt the state from provisions in the federal health care overhaul.

In a response filed Tuesday to ProgressOhio's lawsuit, Secretary of State Jon Husted says it's improper for the group to challenge the signatures submitted to get the measure on the ballot. He questioned the group's contention that extra information was included on petitions.

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Politics
7:27 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Senator: Ohio paying twice for same building

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio may be paying $6.3 million to purchase a building that it helped pay to construct.

That's the amount Cuyahoga Community College requested Monday from a state legislative panel to buy a Cleveland building from the Visiting Nurses Association of Ohio.

Except Senate Finance Chairman Chris Widener, who sits on the board, pointed out the state gave the nonprofit association $1.6 million to help build the building in the first place. He says the state is essentially paying for the building twice.  Widener was the only no vote.

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Environment
7:17 am
Tue August 9, 2011

EPA gives out $4.5M for Lake Erie cleanup

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The federal government is giving out $4.5 million to clean up Lake Erie.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials say the grants handed out Monday are part of nearly $30 million that will be announced for the Great Lakes over the next few weeks.

Just over $1.3 million will go to the University of Toledo so that it can build a wetland.  Money will also go to state and local agencies to combat invasive plants and fish and cut down on pollutants.

Around the Miami Valley
7:15 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Man gets 1 year, 1 day in Ohio marijuana case

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A man who was among 11 charged in the cultivation of thousands of marijuana plants in Ohio has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison.

Court records show that U.S. District Judge Thomas Rose in Dayton sentenced Saul Vargas-Garcia on Monday.  He is among nine defendants who have pleaded guilty and received sentences ranging from a year to 18 months in prison. Two other men await sentencing on Aug. 17 th.

Defense attorneys say the men were poor day laborers trying to earn money for their families and didn't know what they were being hired to do.

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Military
8:41 am
Mon August 8, 2011

VA docs rusty on women's care learn new skills

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Not every clinic run by the Veterans Affairs Department has a practitioner designated to provide care in women's health. The VA is trying to change that.

The VA has been bringing hundreds of doctors and nurse practitioners to mini-residency workshops where they learn about women's health and practice doing pelvic exams. The topics include how to talk to female veterans who may have been sexually assaulted.

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