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Legislation is being proposed in the Ohio House that would require people to surrender firearms to law enforcement agencies if they've been convicted of domestic violence or served with a civil protection order.

The bill also would allow judges to order the surrender of firearms while a temporary restraining order is in place.

The bill introduced Tuesday by suburban Cleveland Democratic Reps. Nickie Antonio of Lakewood and Janine Boyd of Cleveland Heights was meant to mirror federal law.

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The ACLU of Ohio and the Ohio Justice and Policy Center have released a report detailing recommendations for criminal justice reform in the state.

The recommendations include limiting mandatory minimum punishments; making rehabilitation a priority; and ticketing people accused of low-level, nonviolent offenses rather than automatically arresting them.

The report also recommends reducing court fees that it says trap offenders in a cycle of poverty; and eliminating post-release consequences, such as limits on where people can live.

Ohio must target anti-overdose interventions in eight counties that account for two of every three overdose deaths from the painkiller fentanyl, government scientists said Tuesday.

The state must also ensure widespread availability of an anti-overdose drug and that addicts have access to a variety of drug overdose prevention services, including clean needles when allowed by local policies, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected the summary for a statewide ballot issue seeking to legalize both medical marijuana and industrial hemp in Ohio.

Monday's action means the Ohio Rights Group must rephrase its petitions and resubmit petition language to proceed.

DeWine found its summary failed to divulge that industrial hemp and medicinal cannabis would be "researched, regulated, and promoted by the state in a manner substantially similar to other agricultural crops" under the plan. He said the wording also misrepresented how the age limit of 21 would work.

Funerals services have been set for a 4-year-old Ohio boy who was found dead a day after authorities say his stepmother put his legs in scalding water as a punishment.
 
Services for Austin Cooper, of Franklin, are scheduled Tuesday at Herr-Riggs Funeral Home in Middletown.
 
Warren County's coroner ruled Austin's death a homicide.
 
The child's stepmother, 25-year-old Anna Ritchie, is charged with child endangering. A judge on Friday entered a not guilty plea for Ritchie. Her attorney declined to comment.
 

Ohio's unemployment rate of 4.9 percent in February was unchanged from January as the number of unemployed workers and Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment both increased.

An Ohio Department of Job and Family Services release today says the number of unemployed workers in February was 285,000, up 6,000 from January. Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,400 over the month to more than 5.4 million in February.

Ohio's unemployment rate matched the U.S. rate of 4.9. That was also unchanged from January.

An analysis has found black voters played a large role in defeating an Ohio prosecutor criticized by members of the black community for his handling of an investigation into the death of a 12-year-old black boy fatally shot by a white Cleveland officer.

A boy has been sentenced for raping a fellow teen who was drunk at a party after a high school football game in southwest Ohio.
 
Warren County Judge Joseph Kirby in Lebanon sentenced the boy to a minimum of a year in a rehabilitation program. The teen could face at least a year in juvenile detention if he does not complete the program.
 

Both sides are turning up the heat in the general election campaign in Ohio's closely watched U.S. Senate race.

Former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland easily won his three-way primary Tuesday to face Republican Sen. Rob Portman. He calls Portman a Beltway insider. It's a seat Democrats think they could take in their effort to regain a Senate majority. Polls have indicated Strickland and Portman turn toward fall about even.

A political newcomer backed by conservative advocacy groups has topped the Republican field running to succeed former House Speaker John Boehner in his GOP-leaning western Ohio district.

Army veteran and businessman Warren Davidson of Troy topped two state legislators in a 15-candidate field in both races: for nomination to complete Boehner's term and for the next Congress. He had 32 percent of the vote with 91 percent of precincts reporting unofficial returns, to 24 percent for state Rep. Tim Derickson and 20 percent for state Sen. Bill Beagle.

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