October 23, 2014

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Southern Ohio fire station in violation of fire code, marshal says

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — The state fire marshal’s office says a southern Ohio fire station is violating the state fire code and must assign firefighters to keep a 24-hour fire-watch at the station to keep it open. State fire marshal’s spokesman Shane Cartmill said Wednesday that an anonymous complaint last week alleged the fire-detection and alarm Read More…

Change could save police money investigating noninjury crashes

DAYTON — An amendment to the state transportation budget could save Ohio police thousands of dollars in personnel costs by increasing how much property damage is required for a vehicle crash to trigger a police investigation. Gov. John Kasich signed the budget today. The Dayton Daily News reports the change raises the threshold from $400 Read More…

Police find missing woman’s body in church septic system

LOGAN, Ohio — The body of a woman who was abducted outside her job last week was discovered in a church septic system, a police chief said today. Summer Inman’s body was found Tuesday night at the Faith Tabernacle Church in Athens County, thanks to information provided by her mother-in-law, Logan police Chief Aaron Miller Read More…

Verbal House panel vote shows narrow support for abortion bill

COLUMBUS — An Ohio House health committee has taken a verbal vote that appears to show narrow support of a bill outlawing abortions at the first detectable heartbeat. The verbal vote today on the so-called “heartbeat bill” was 11-10, with one bill supporter and one opponent left to check in before 5 p.m. An aide Read More…

State House session scheduled for 11 on union bill

COLUMBUS — An Ohio bill that would limit collective bargaining rights for 350,000 public workers was poised for a vote before the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday, one of its final hurdles before the measure goes to the governor. The vote comes a day after a legislative committee approved changes to make the bill even tougher Read More…

Ohio SB 5: House committee toughens anti-union bill

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COLUMBUS — A panel of lawmakers made a bill to limit collective bargaining rights for 350,000 public workers even tougher for unions on Tuesday, as the state moved closer to Wisconsin-style restrictions. A Republican-controlled House labor committee voted 9-6 along party lines to send the bill to the full House. Its approval of the legislation Read More…

GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty visiting Cleveland today

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CLEVELAND — Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty is planning to give a keynote address during a visit to northeast Ohio, a highly contested swing state in presidential politics. Pawlenty is expected to talk about the economy today at an event hosted by the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County in downtown Cleveland. The former governor of Minnesota Read More…

State may reverse rule on prescription transfers

COLUMBUS — Ohio regulators are moving to reverse a rule that limits a consumer from transferring a prescription between pharmacies more than once a year. The restriction approved by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy took effect this year, but the board has filed paperwork that would reverse it. The Columbus Dispatch reports the limit Read More…

More than a half-dozen Democrat-led councils pass resolutions against union bill

COLUMBUS — A Republican-backed Ohio bill to limit collective bargaining for public workers has been promoted as a way give cities more flexibility to manage their finances but is drawing opposition from some city leaders, mostly Democrats, who say the change isn’t needed. The bill would prohibit 350,000 public workers from negotiating health care, sick Read More…

Ohio abortion bill backers call effort ‘invitation to overturn Roe’

COLUMBUS — Backers of an Ohio bill that could impose the most restrictive abortion limit in the nation are telling reticent state lawmakers to embrace potential legal challenges. Linda Theis is one of four past presidents of the state Right to Life chapter speaking out in favor of the bill, which would outlaw abortions at Read More…