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An Ohio group has been cleared to continue its effort to guarantee what it calls certain voter protections in the state constitution.

Attorney General Mike DeWine certified the petition Monday for the proposed "Ohio Voters Bill of Rights."

The supporters changed their summary of the proposal after DeWine initially rejected their petition, saying it was not a fair and truthful statement of the amendment.

Backers added two sentences describing federal law to the summary.

The State Highway Patrol says more than 270 citations have been given to drivers for texting or using a cellphone behind the wheel in violation of Ohio law since the statewide texting ban took effect about a year ago.

Texting while driving is a secondary offense for those 18 and older. That means an officer has to stop a driver for another offense first, such as speeding.

Younger drivers are prohibited from texting or using cellphones or other hand-held devices and it's a primary offense. 

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger is supporting the bid from Columbus to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.
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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is putting his muscle behind a bid by Ohio's capital to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Columbus leaders incorporated a letter of endorsement from the champion bodybuilder, movie star and Republican politician into their bid presentation Monday in Washington, D.C.

Redevelopment of the fairgrounds in one southwestern Ohio county is on hold as state officials figure out the details of distributing $12 million in payments to communities affected by the legalization of racinos.

Lebanon in Warren County, north of Cincinnati, is the first of four communities around Ohio eligible for up to $3 million from a fund set up as part of the 2011 law that allowed racetrack owners to add electronic slot machines.

A spokesman says the Ohio Department of Transportation may end up using nearly twice as much road salt this season as it typically does for an average winter.

Spokesman Steve Faulkner says the agency uses 630 thousand tons of salt in an average winter. It had nearly that much on hand in October, before what has been an unusually cold, snowy season.

School districts throughout the Miami Valley are working under different rules when it comes to making up snow days.
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State lawmakers are hung up over how many extra calamity days to give Ohio schools this year after hazardous winter weather.

The House rejected Senate changes to a bill Wednesday, sending it to a negotiating conference committee after the two chambers failed to reach an agreement.

The Senate passed a plan to let schools take up to four additional calamity days this year, with teachers reporting on one. But first, districts must use four contingency days.

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The state may have been passed over as a drone testing site, but a Sinclair community college is moving full speed ahead on the development, teaching and application of drone technology.

Sinclair announced Monday that its workforce development office has applied for two new certificates of authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly a new unmanned aerial system.

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A new poll finds that Ohioans are closely divided when it comes to gay marriage. A Quinnipiac  University poll released Monday shows that 50 percent of Ohio voters support gay marriage while 44 percent are against it.

The survey also finds that Ohio voters under age 30 overwhelmingly back the idea while those 65 and older opposed it.

Gay marriage supporters are working to put the issue back on the Ohio ballot in November. There also have been recent lawsuits aimed at seeking the recognition of gay marriage in Ohio.

The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.

"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.

A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.

Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.

Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.

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