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Some Ohio counties are trying to equip more people with a drug that can reverse an overdose amid a growing number of fatal heroin overdoses in recent years. Butler County health officials have begun making Naloxone kits available to families and friends of opioid users in hopes that they'll save lives. Health officials say people will receive training on identifying an overdose and how to respond to an overdose. They also learn how to administer the drug. The kit includes two nasal doses and...

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Ohio's attorney general says a new advisory group will review the debt-collection practices for unpaid student loans at public colleges and universities in the state. Attorney General Mike DeWine says the state has an obligation to collect such debt, and the goal is to ensure that Ohio's practices are fair, transparent and thorough. He says the advisory group will review his office's processes for student debt collection and litigation. It will consider whether there's uniformity in...

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Voters in Ohio can soon request an absentee ballot for the fall presidential election. The office of Secretary of State Jon Husted planned to mail absentee ballot applications to voters statewide this weekend. Voters can fill out and return the applications to have their absentee ballots mailed to them ahead of Election Day. Ohioans can vote absentee by mail or in person without having to give a reason. Early voting for the Nov. 8 election is slated to begin on Oct. 12. Husted says he's...

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A proposed rule would let Ohio attorneys counsel clients seeking to comply with the state's new medical marijuana law. The Ohio Supreme Court released a proposed amendment to its professional conduct rules on Wednesday. If adopted, it would let attorneys help clients navigate the law and how it's implemented. The proposal says lawyers also should advise clients regarding related federal law. The proposed amendment comes after the court's professional conduct board said attorneys can't...

Craft brewers in Ohio now have the freedom to make boozier beers. A new state law takes effect Wednesday, scrapping caps on alcohol content for beer. Ohio is following the lead of other states in getting rid of its 12 percent cap that has been on the books since just after Prohibition. Craft brewers have flinched at anything restricting their ability to be creative and make stronger ales. Legislators say the law levels the playing field and makes Ohio even more attractive to smaller breweries...

President Barack Obama has commuted the prison sentences of 111 federal inmates convicted of nonviolent drug offenses, including three from northeast Ohio. Obama has called for phasing out strict sentences for drug offenses. The White House says Obama has granted a total of 673 commutations. More than a third of the recipients were serving life sentences. Hal Mincy, of Cleveland, was serving a 20-year sentence for possession with the intent to distribute crack. His sentence was commuted to...

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A leading Democratic political action committee is canceling ad buys in the Ohio Senate race. It's the second major group to do so as Democrats increasingly appear to be losing hope of winning back the key state. The Senate Majority PAC has already spent about $10 million in Ohio on behalf of former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, his single biggest source of outside support. Now the group is canceling large buys that were set to run the second week of September. That's according to an...

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A group that preserves historically significant aviation sites is trying to buy the Wright brothers' former factory buildings in Ohio. The Dayton Daily News reports the National Aviation Heritage Alliance is in negotiations with the private entity that owns the property in Dayton and the surrounding land. Orville and Wilbur Wright built the airplane production buildings in 1910 and 1911. More than 100 planes were built there. The aviation group says it plans to sell some land to the Dayton...

The National Weather Service says four tornadoes touched down in one western Ohio county during a storm that moved across Indiana and Ohio. Emergency officials in Van Wert County near the Indiana state line say they're fortunate that the tornadoes rolled across mostly rural farmland during the storms Wednesday night. They say six properties had just minor damage. The weather service also confirms that it was a tornado that damaged eight homes in Putnam County. A county official says the homes...

Police in Cincinnati are asking for the public's help in finding the source of the suspected heroin behind an estimated 78 overdoses in just two days this week. Authorities believe the same batch is linked to three recent deaths. They say there were an estimated 78 overdoses on Tuesday and Wednesday and a total of 174 overdoses in emergency rooms within the past week. Local officials are calling it a public health emergency. They suspect a drug used to sedate elephants that is 100 times as...

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