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8:01 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Government launches 2 research labs on Great Lakes

CLEVELAND (AP) - The federal government has dedicated two new research vessels to serve as floating laboratories that research the health of the Great Lakes and its marine life.

The watercraft, named Kaho and Muskie, replace two of the U.S. Geological Survey's oldest vessels by the same names and are part of the agency's five-vessel Great Lakes fleet. They were dedicated Wednesday at the Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland.

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7:31 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Ruling allows Ohio to move ahead with prisons sale

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A judge has denied a request from a liberal policy group to block Ohio from selling its prisons, but he has agreed to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the law that permits the sales.

ProgressOhio and several prison employees had filed suit last week to challenge Gov. John Kasich's plan to privatize five state prisons.

The Wednesday ruling in Franklin County comes a day before the state plans to announce the company or companies that have been awarded contracts to buy and operate the sites.

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7:19 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Group wants to put abortion ban on Ohio ballot

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio group is circulating petitions in an effort to add an abortion ban to the state's constitution.

Personhood Ohio wants to put the issue before voters in 2012. It would amend Ohio's constitution to define a person as any human being at any stage of development, including fertilization.

Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio CEO Tara Broderick calls the measure "dangerous and deceptive." She says it would ban not only abortion, but all birth control in the state.

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Statewide News
8:14 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Court rules against hiking Ohio driver records fee

An Ohio appeals court has ruled against a move to increase the state's fee for obtaining a person's driving records.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles hiked the charge from $2 to $5 to raise about $10.6?million a year for state public safety programs, including Homeland Security. But the Franklin County Court of Appeals in Columbus said Tuesday that revenue from the fee must be used for highways.

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7:54 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Ohio lawmakers introduce 'Caylee's Law'

Ohio is joining the list of states to propose laws that require prompt reporting of missing children in response to public outrage over the acquittal of Casey Anthony.

Both chambers of Ohio's General Assembly have introduced so-called Caylee's laws, which would require parents to promptly report a missing child, usually within 24 hours. Both require the death of a child to be reported within an hour of discovery.

At least 15 other states have proposed similar laws, including Florida, where Casey Anthony was acquitted of killing her daughter Caylee.

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