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8:35 am
Wed August 3, 2011

New Ohio Law Requires Felons to Submit DNA

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new Ohio law requiring anyone arrested on a felony charge to submit a DNA sample has led to more than 1,400 individuals being added to a state DNA database. The law that took effect July 1 expands the database beyond offenders convicted of a felony crime.

The office of Attorney General Mike DeWine says 1,408 samples came from arrestees in July, for a total of 3,520 samples for the month. The state had been averaging about 2,500 samples a month before arrestees began submitting their DNA.

Business & Technology
8:32 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Ohio Plan Would Trade Electric Rate Cuts for Jobs

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio regulators are proposing that companies get breaks on their electric bills for certain levels of new hiring and investment in the state.

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio spokeswoman, Beth Trombold, tells The Columbus Dispatch the plan is aimed at boosting jobs and economic development. It’s likely the rate cuts would mainly go to large businesses and that other electric customers would pay more.

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Around the Miami Valley
5:12 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Dayton Literary Peace Prize Renamed For Holbrooke

DAYTON, Ohio  – The Dayton award celebrating the power of literature to promote peace has been renamed in honor of the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and author Barbara Kingsolver will be this year's recipient.

 The Dayton Literary Peace Prize's lifetime achievement award was first given in 2006. It was inspired by the Dayton peace accords on Bosnia brokered by Holbrooke in 1995 negotiations at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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Statewide News
11:28 am
Tue August 2, 2011

'00 Dodge Caravan again Ohio's most stolen vehicle

Loulair Harton

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An insurance industry group says a very specific Chrysler minivan is Ohio's most stolen vehicle for the third year in a row.

Once again, the 2000 model Dodge Caravan tops the annual report from the Ohio Insurance Institute. Second on the state list released Tuesday is the 1994 Honda Accord, the vehicle most reported stolen nationwide during 2010.  The No. 3 vehicle in Ohio last year was the 1994 Chevrolet full-size pickup truck.

Education
8:16 am
Tue August 2, 2011

School taxes on ballot in Ohio special election

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio voters are being asked to approve school taxes that, in several cases, they've already rejected at least once.

The Ohio Secretary of State's office says school issues make up the majority of the 37 questions on the ballot Tuesday in 26 of the state's 88 counties.

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