Attorney General Mike DeWine

A federal judge said new laws, passed by Ohio’s Republican legislature, that wiped out early in person voting at boards of elections the weekend before Election Day are unconstitutional.  It’s good news for Democrats and the Obama campaign who’ve been fighting to restore the weekend of early in person weekend voting.  They point out 93,000 Ohioans voted on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the Presidential election in 2008.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced the formation of a Human Trafficking Task Force.  WYSO’s Jerry Kenney reports that it’s the first of its kind in Central Ohio. 

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Attorney General Mike DeWine says the creation of the task force is the result of the human trafficking that’s happening every day in the state. 

Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews Attorney General Mike DeWine about the $75 million he's awarding to counties in Ohio to tear down the tens of thousands of homes that have been foreclosed on and abandoned.

Montgomery County is eligible for $4 million; Greene County could get $700,000 and Clark County could take in $1 million.

Ohio's attorney general says only 13 of Ohio's 88 counties have used federal funds available for bringing back convicted sex offenders who flee the state without informing authorities.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The state attorney general says a group that wants to legalize medical marijuana has failed to submit enough petition signatures in its initial effort to put the issue before voters. At least 1,000 valid signatures were required before the group could proceed. Attorney General Mike DeWine says only 534 signatures were valid.

The group that wants to put the recently passed elections reform law on the statewide ballot will make another attempt to get petition language certified.

The Ohio attorney general's office says its units that deal with Medicaid and workers' compensation fraud recovered a record-setting amount in the last fiscal year.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says more than $101 million was recovered by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which secured 135 indictments and 121 convictions.

DeWine's office says the workers' compensation unit recovered nearly $1.9 million and had 99 indictments and 100 convictions.

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is requesting an investigation into whether banks overcharged four of Ohio's five pension funds and the state's injured worker insurance fund for foreign currency services.

In a letter Tuesday to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Mandel says banks may have manipulated exchange rates on foreign investments over the past dozen years, costing Ohio pensioners and businesses tens of millions of dollars.

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