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Statewide News
4:28 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Elections Reform Referendum Still Alive

The group that wants to put the recently passed elections reform law on the statewide ballot will make another attempt to get petition language certified.

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Statewide News
11:28 am
Tue August 2, 2011

'00 Dodge Caravan again Ohio's most stolen vehicle

Loulair Harton

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An insurance industry group says a very specific Chrysler minivan is Ohio's most stolen vehicle for the third year in a row.

Once again, the 2000 model Dodge Caravan tops the annual report from the Ohio Insurance Institute. Second on the state list released Tuesday is the 1994 Honda Accord, the vehicle most reported stolen nationwide during 2010.  The No. 3 vehicle in Ohio last year was the 1994 Chevrolet full-size pickup truck.

Statewide News
7:22 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Ohio Lottery posts $2.6B in record sales last year

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Ohio Lottery had record sales last year, even as the state faced a sluggish recovery from the worst recession since the Great Depression.

State officials said Monday the lottery pulled in its largest haul ever with $2.6 billion in sales during the budget year that ended June 30. The commission beat the previous year's sales by $108 million.

The boon marks the 10th year in a row that the lottery has seen sales increase.

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Statehouse News
5:12 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Census Shows Jump In Ohio Same-Sex Couples

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CINCINNATI - New U.S. Census numbers show Ohio households led by same-sex couples grew by more than 50 percent between 2000 and 2010.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports last year's census identified more than 28 thousand same-sex partner households, an increase of nearly 10,000 from 10 years earlier.

Executive director Ed Mullen of gay rights group Equality Ohio tells the newspaper the increase reflects that more gay and lesbian couples are living together and are comfortable declaring themselves a couple.

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Statehouse News
3:29 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Abandoned Cooler Causes Bomb Scare at Ohio State Fair

COLUMBUS, OH - An abandoned item at the Ohio State Fair led authorities to close the Skyway ride and a section of the fair on its opening day.

Multiple media outlets report that the Columbus fire department bomb squad was called Wednesday afternoon to detonate the item, a soft-sided cooler. The contents were found to be water bottles and food bars.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers pushed crowds back while firefighters used a device called a disrupter to detonate the cooler.

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