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Statewide News
9:31 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Ohio Senate Clears 'Puppy Mill' Bill


The Ohio Senate has passed a measure designed to crack down on the large-scale dog breeding operations
that critics call puppy mills.

Republican state Sen. Jim Hughes of Columbus says the bill he sponsored will send a message to bad breeders that they are not welcome in Ohio. It passed the Senate Wednesday on a 30-0 vote and now goes to the Ohio House.

Statewide News
9:22 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Ohio Groundhog Predicts Early End to Winter


Ohio's answer to Punxsutawney Phil is predicting a shorter winter - not that there's been much winter to speak of.

WMRN radio reports that Ohio groundhog Buckeye Chuck failed to see his shadow at dawn on Thursday under overcast skies in the central Ohio city of Marion. According to legend, no shadow means spring will arrive early.

Winter has barely made an appearance in Ohio. Temperatures have been warmer than normal and most spots have seen much less snow than usual.

Statewide News
5:14 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Senate Bill Expected To Repeal Ohio's Election Law

The leader of the Ohio Senate says a bill to repeal the state's disputed election law will be introduced in the coming weeks, and his fellow Republican lawmakers are looking at rules to replace the contentious measure.

Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus told reporters Wednesday that it's too early to tell whether any replacement legislation could be passed before November's general election.

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Statewide News
10:49 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Ohio House Votes to Toughen State Cyber Fraud Laws

The Ohio House has voted to give the state's top law enforcer beefed-up powers to go after online scammers who use sites such as eBay and Craigslist to rip people off.

The bill approved 83-10 yesterday allows the state's attorney general to seek records on phone and Internet activity by suspected cyber fraudsters. Online payment information also could be requested.

The measure passed the state Senate in November. It now returns to the Senate for a final vote.

Statewide News
10:30 am
Wed February 1, 2012

OH Senate OKs Bill to End 'Vicious' Pit Bull Label

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Pit bulls in Ohio would no longer be labeled as "vicious" dogs under a bill that has cleared the Ohio Senate.

State law currently defines a vicious dog as one that has seriously hurt or killed a person, killed another dog or is among those commonly known as pit bulls. The Senate voted 27-5 Tuesday to change that definition by removing the reference to pit bulls. The change would require evidence to prove pit bulls are actually vicious.