Statewide News

Statewide News
10:02 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Ohio Republicans Question Dems' Lawsuit Expenses

Ohio House Republicans have asked the state's attorney general and auditor to review legal fees billed to taxpayers by Democrats as part of a citizens' lawsuit over new state legislative districts.

Invoices obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request show Democrats have sought almost $73,000 in taxpayer funds to pay a law firm that's helping to represent the three dozen citizens. It's unclear how much of that amount was for the complaint.

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Statewide News
9:44 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Ohio Charity Accused of Hamas Ties Disbands

An Ohio charity that the government suspected of having ties to the militant Islamic group Hamas has
gone out of business.

The Treasury Department used terror-financing laws to freeze the assets of KindHearts for Charitable Humanitarian Development in 2006. The Blade reports the nonprofit organization based in Toledo issued a public notice last week saying it had been dissolved.

KindHearts leaders had denied any connection to terrorism. They said the group provided up to $6 million a year in humanitarian aid to the world's poor.

Statewide News
7:27 am
Mon January 2, 2012

Newspaper: Ohio Drunken Driving Convictions Common

More than 1.1 million people have at least one conviction for driving while impaired in Ohio.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that's about one in every seven licensed drivers in the state.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety provided the newspaper with a breakdown on the number of convictions, which includes people from outside the state who were caught in Ohio. Almost 45,000 people have five or more convictions. Two people share the state record of 20 convictions.

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Statewide News
8:05 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Nearly $439K Spent on Ohio Governor's Mansion

Ohio Gov. John Kasich doesn't live at the state's official governor's residence, but taxpayers paid to fix the mansion's roof and to keep cable running at the home this year.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that more than $438,000 was spent in 2011 to staff, maintain and repair the mansion in Bexley, just outside of Columbus.

Kasich and his family have chosen to stay at their home in nearby Westerville. The state provides security for that home at an undisclosed cost.

The family has used the official governor's residence for occasional stays and meetings.

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Statewide News
8:03 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Federal Funds Pay Ohio Troopers' Holiday Overtime

The State Highway Patrol says it's using federal traffic safety funding to pay overtime for troopers providing an increased presence on Ohio roadways this holiday season.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports that the patrol got $1.9 million in federal traffic safety funding this fall through the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services.

The patrol says the time between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day can be one of the most dangerous for Ohio drivers.  During that period last year, more than three dozen people died in accidents that involved alcohol.