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8:04 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Group Lacks Signatures in Internet Cafe Fight

Opponents of an Ohio law that effectively bans storefront sweepstakes parlors have fallen more than 70,000 signatures short of the number needed to place a repeal request on the November 2014 ballot.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said Monday that 160,008 of the nearly 434,000 signatures submitted by the Committee to Protect Ohio Jobs were valid, well below the more than 231,000 required.

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7:35 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Auditor: Not All Areas Following Ohio's Sunshine Laws

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost says a test of 20 counties and cities from different areas of the state shows about 40 percent are not fully following Ohio’s Sunshine Law. Yost says he's disappointed with the findings.

"We see so many people in local governments fighting to maintain and further that transparency but we also see places where the door is being shut and the curtains are being drawn. Barriers are being erected. And that’s just wrong. When government is not open but is closed, it is a short path for government to become our master instead of our servant."

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6:35 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Ohio Governor To Attend 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Ohio Governor John Kasich will mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a remembrance ceremony in Columbus.

Kasich will be joined Wednesday afternoon by various officials at the city's council chambers.

He has ordered flags be flown at half-staff and asked that all Ohioans observe a moment of silence starting at 8:46 a.m.

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8:04 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Ohio Advisory Group To Review Face Recognition Use

An advisory panel appointed by Ohio's attorney general is expected to start reviewing the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement.

Attorney General Mike DeWine has named two former Ohio Supreme Court justices to the panel, along with a county prosecutor, a sheriff and others.

The group planned to have its first meeting Tuesday at the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation in London.

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7:35 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Same Sex Marriage Advocates Launch Campaign

A coalition supporting same-sex marriage announced a new initiative yesterday in Ohio’s three largest cities.

A couple dozen supporters gathered outside Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland, as organizers announced the creation of “Why Marriage Matters Ohio”.  Its goal is to educate state residents on marriage equality, and help build support to overturn Ohio’s ban on gay marriage.  The ban was approved by nearly two-thirds of voters in 2004.

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