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Statewide News
6:35 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Reviews: No Changes Necessary After Ohio Execution

Initial reviews of a lengthy execution several weeks ago found no reason to change the way Ohio puts condemned prisoners to death.

The reviews, required by prison rules, found that the state execution policy was followed, and execution and medical team members did what they were supposed to.

The state is still planning a longer review of Dennis McGuire's Jan. 16 execution looking at specific things that happened during the procedure.

Statewide News
12:06 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Groups Vie For $13 Billion JPMorgan Chase Settlement to Demolish Vacant Houses

A group of current and former elected officials in Ohio are hoping the state will get a chunk of last year's 13 billion dollar settlement between JP Morgan Chase and the Justice Department.

The plan asks for $200 million to go to Ohio, most of it to knock down houses that the foreclosure crisis left empty and deteriorating. Other funds would support renovation, preventing future foreclosures and revamping vacant land.

It’s got support from Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and Ohio’s two senators, Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman.

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Statewide News
7:15 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Heavy Snow Has Ohio Seeking More Road Salt

Credit Flickr Creative Commons User Derrick Coetzee

Local governments in Ohio might get some help soon replenishing their dwindling road salt supplies.

The snow started early in Ohio and hasn't stopped yet, leading to a shortage of salt for treating roads. The Ohio Department of Transportation is nearing its purchasing limit on four contracts negotiated last summer with suppliers to provide the salt for the state and for local governments.

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Statewide News
6:35 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Another Major Snow On The Way For Ohio

What could be the biggest snow storm to hit Ohio this season is on the way later this afternoon and early Wednesday.

Forecasters say most of the state could end up with another 6 to 10 inches of snow on the ground by the time it's all over. The heaviest snow is expected to be between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 a.m. Wednesday - meaning that the morning rush hour likely will be a big mess.

A winter storm warning will be in effect for nearly all of the state through Wednesday morning.

Statewide News
7:35 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Payment Program Helps Ohioans With Energy Costs

State officials remind eligible Ohioans that they can get help managing energy costs this winter through a payment assistance program.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio says the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus allows eligible Ohioans to pay utility bills based on a percentage of household income.

Customers must receive their primary or secondary heat source from a company regulated by the utilities commission and have a total household income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level to qualify.

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