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7:04 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Ohio Attorney General Certifies Petition In Voter-Access Effort

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.

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Nature
6:26 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: March 11 - 17, 2014

Credit jackub303 / Flickr Creative Commons

At one point in the middle of February, the big ficus tree I bought last year for the greenhouse started losing its leaves, and the shedding was steady, and it unnerved me.

No matter what I did, the leaf fall continued, and every morning the tree’s branches looked emptier and emptier. There was nothing I could do to halt the sudden collapse of its foliage.

Part of my unease was that the indoor plants I keep protected in a greenhouse are allies of a sort, a landscape apart, and for me, they are defenses against something I cannot really name.

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Around the Miami Valley
9:03 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Greene County Sheriff's Major Relieved of Duty Following Schenck Investigation

Greene County Sheriff's Major Eric Spicer has retained a lawyer to challenge his recent termination. Spicer was relieved of his duties following an internal investigation related to a July 2013 police standoff with a Yellow Springs resident.

Spicer has been on paid administrative leave since the July 2013 officer-involved shooting that left Paul E. Schenck dead.

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Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Conrad's Corner: March 10, 2014

Kathy Austin reads her poem, "Winter Cling."

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Statewide News
5:41 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Ohio Lawmakers Seek Healthcare Tax Credit Extension For Autoworkers

Congressman Mike Turner at Delphi Hearing in 2013
Credit WYSO

Ohio’s congressional delegation is calling on Congress to reinstate a tax credit for health care they say helped former auto workers. The Health Coverage Tax Credit, which expired in January, covered a large part of health premiums for people who’ve lost their jobs or seen changes in their retirement benefits—

Many former employees of the Delphi auto plant depended on the credit. It was another blow for thousands of Delphi retirees, including about 2 thousand in Dayton, who saw their pensions drastically reduced after Delphi’s 2009 bankruptcy. 

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