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Attorney General Mike DeWine

For nearly three months, law enforcement around the state have been able to run driver’s license photos through a facial recognition software. The attorney general says it’s a good program to have, but critics are concerned about the way they found out about it.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize the use of marijuana in the state.

DeWine on Monday rejected the proposal saying the petition's summary was not "fair and truthful."

A DeWine spokesman says the proposed regulatory scheme did not restrict the use of cannabis to medicinal purposes.

The Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) has released a preliminary report regarding a July 30 standoff at a Yellow Springs residence that lasted nearly six hours.

During a morning press conference, Yellow Springs Council President Judith Hempling and Vice-President Lori Askeland released a detailed statement about the recent standoff situation involving Paul E. Schenck.

The state's attorney general is urging Ohioans to watch out for scams involving utilities after two people reported losing about $800 each after unsolicited phone calls.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says the caller claimed to represent a utility company and demanded payment.  He says dozens of other consumers have said they've received unsolicited calls about lowering their energy rates.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office says local law enforcement agencies reported 30 human-trafficking cases in the state in the past year.

The numbers were released Thursday as part of a new Ohio law requiring local agencies to collect data on human trafficking cases and report it to Attorney General Mike DeWine's office.

The state attorney general says Ohioans who lost homes to foreclosure and are eligible claimants under last year's national mortgage settlement will be sent payments during the next week. 

Attorney General Mike DeWine says the checks will be worth about $1,480 for each loan serviced and can help Ohioans facing financial hardship. More than 32,000 loan claims were accepted in Ohio.

Borrowers who lost homes to foreclosure sales between 2008 and 2011 were eligible for payments under the settlement if they met certain requirements. 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is ready to announce the recommendations of a committee formed to evaluate school safety in the wake of last year's school shootings in Connecticut and in Chardon in northeast Ohio.

The task force includes educators and police and fire officials ordered to review ways to improve school safety plans.

The plans are schools' responses to a variety of emergencies, from active shooters to fires, accidents, severe weather or medical emergencies.

A proposed constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana and certain uses of hemp has cleared Ohio's ballot board.

The panel's approval Thursday sends the issue into its signature-gathering phase, with a 2014 vote most likely. The deadline for this fall's ballot is July 6.

Proponents of the Ohio Cannibus Rights Amendment must first collect roughly 385,000 signatures in 44 of Ohio's 88 counties to get the issue before voters. Three previous marijuana-related issues have been cleared by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine since 2011 but stalled.

The state of Ohio has received a $2.1 million federal grant to improve criminal background checks for those home health care workers who directly serve the disabled and elderly.

The money means more thorough reviews for more than 100,000 workers who provide direct care to patients in Medicaid- and Medicare-funded settings.

Gov. John Kasich's administration says Ohio also will provide $700,000 in state funds to bolster background checks.

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