Legislation in the Ohio House would allow production and sale of beer with higher alcohol content in the state.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that House Bill 391 would increase the maximum percentage from 12 to 21 percent. Democratic Rep. Dan Ramos has been promoting the measure, saying Ohio brewers need to be able to use the higher alcohol content to compete with beer in other states. The higher-alcohol beer couldn't have caffeine or other stimulants in it.
Ramos has bipartisan support from 20 co-sponsors in his latest effort to increase the beer's punch.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has formed a unit of his office to deal with what he says is a heroin epidemic in Ohio.
“Frankly we have to fight this epidemic at the grass roots level, community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, village by village, township by township, city by city," says DeWine. "Communities have to get mad and simply say enough is enough. New information our office has recently collected suggests that, at a minimum, eleven people die each week in Ohio because of heroin. "
An investigation over the death of Yellow Springs resident Paul E. Schenck is over. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine gave the report Tuesday morning. The report sheds light on the six hour standoff with police this summer that ended in Schenck's death, but leaves some questions unanswered.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation collected evidence over a three month period. BCI concluded that the 42-year-old Schenck was killed by a Greene County Sheriff's Deputy during the standoff and not by his own hand.