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Statehouse News
7:33 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Central Ohio Miracle League Hopes to Expand

Officials in a league that offers baseball for kids with special mental and physical needs hope to expand and include more children from central Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the players in the Central Ohio Miracle League are assisted by student volunteers, and they play on a field that's designed to accommodate wheelchairs in Dublin.

League director Joe Fox says everyone gets to bat and no one is called out in the two-inning games, which always end up "magically tied."

Weather
7:15 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Ohio Storms Dump Rain, Cut Power to Thousands

Ohio is drying out and powering back up following storms with high winds that also dumped large amounts of rain.

More than 14,000 American Electric Power customers lost service. AEP still had nearly 4,000 out this morning (Monday), out of more than 5,000 utility customers without power statewide.

The Dayton Daily News reports lightning brought an early end to a major air show in Dayton, while the area's winds blew over a large tent at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, sending two people to the hospital with minor injuries.

Education
7:06 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Board of Education Recommends Strict Smoking Regulations for Schools

The state school board says smoking should be banned not only inside Ohio school buildings but also on surrounding school property.

The Ohio Board of Education voted unanimously in favor of tobacco-free school campuses, including parking lots and athletic facilities. The recommendation approved earlier this month is just that: a recommendation that school systems may adopt or reject. It covers not only smoking but also smokeless tobacco.

Statehouse News
6:33 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Ohio Federal Judges to Test Video Cameras in Court

Video cameras will be used in some U.S. district courts in Ohio in a national test to determine whether changes should be made to the long-standing ban on cameras in federal courts.

Three judges in the Southern District and four in the Northern District are participating. They're among more than 100 judges from 14 courts nationwide volunteering for the three-year digital video experiment.

Health
6:30 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Attorney General DeWine's Health Care Fraud Units Recover $103 Million

The Ohio attorney general's office says its units that deal with Medicaid and workers' compensation fraud recovered a record-setting amount in the last fiscal year.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says more than $101 million was recovered by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which secured 135 indictments and 121 convictions.

DeWine's office says the workers' compensation unit recovered nearly $1.9 million and had 99 indictments and 100 convictions.

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