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Ohio’s Attorney General has been doing events around the state in the last few weeks, to bring more awareness to the state’s drug opioid epidemic. That crisis was brought into a harsh spotlight recently thanks to a photo of two Ohioans who nearly died from their heroin use.

Mike DeWine says he has mixed feelings about the East Liverpool police photo that went viral, featuring a couple overdosing on heroin in a van with a four year old buckled in a seat behind them.

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A collaboration of nearly 30 Cleveland-area health, social service and law enforcement agencies have unveiled a campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking. Signs saying “Human Trafficking Happens Here Too” will start going up around Greater Cleveland today. The launch is timed to correspond with the upcoming Republican National Convention.

Ohio Attorney General, Mike DeWine
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Attorney General Mike DeWine has answered a question that has been asked of him many times in recent months. DeWine says he’s running for governor in 2018.

DeWine says he intends to run but says he doesn’t really want to talk about it right now.

“It certainly is no secret that I’m very much interested in running for Governor in 2018 but I think it’s just too early to be making that formal announcement," said DeWine.  "We need to get this election behind us and people, I think, should be focusing on this election. It’s very, very important.”

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Authorities in Pike County are urging residents to be cautious as the search continues for whoever fatally shot eight members of a family at four different properties.  The victims found yesterday were all shot in the head; some were killed as they slept.

Residents attending Piketon’s annual Dogwood Festival were somber.  Shawn Walker says she was stunned by the deaths

“We never had nothing like this in Pike County.  It’s always been quiet,” Walker said.

Stacy Rose and Pamela Collins learned of the killings west of town around noon Friday.

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.

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The police on front lines of the nation's battle against deadly heroin are changing tactics and even redefining their roles in some communities.

In a suburban Cincinnati township and a northwest Ohio county, police in special teams try to intervene with users soon after overdose recovery. They want to steer them into treatment while near-death experiences are fresh, before they relapse.

A program that offers treatment-seeking addicts an amnesty is spreading to other states from a northern Massachusetts community's police department.

The state's forensic scientists have tested more than 9,800 rape kits submitted by law enforcement agencies around Ohio to check for possible DNA matches.

Nearly 12,000 kits had been submitted for testing as of Feb. 1 in an effort that began in 2011 to check previously untested kits for evidence. About 2,600 of those kits were submitted after a new law went into effect last March.

That law requires law enforcement agencies to submit any previously untested sexual assault kits associated with a past crime to a crime lab within a year.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine presenting proposed training standards for police officers.
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Ohio’s Attorney General is calling for new pre-certification standards for peace officer applicants as well as more training for existing police officers. Mike DeWine wants the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission to make sure all incoming academy candidates have a high school diploma or GED; pass a drug screening, a psychological exam, and a polygraph test; are physically fit and have not been convicted of sex offenses. He says these are things that are not uniformly done now.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
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The state’s top law enforcement official is warning that Ohio shoppers could find themselves duped out of lots of money this year if they’re not careful. Attorney General Mike DeWine says shoppers need to ask questions and document purchases carefully this holiday season.

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A ballot effort to boost Ohio's minimum wage has cleared an initial hurdle.

 

Attorney General Mike DeWine certified a petition for the proposed constitutional amendment Friday, saying it had the necessary signatures and a "fair and truthful" summary.

 

The proposal seeks to increase the minimum wage for non-tipped workers to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, 2017. That amount would then increase in 50-cent increments each year until it reaches $12 an hour in 2021.

 

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