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Ohio workers' comp cracks down on pain pills
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:53

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation said it has stepped up monitoring of the millions of doses of pain pills prescribed to injured workers every year as the agency tries to control costs and fight rampant prescription drug abuse.

Starting this month, the state-run insurance program for injured workers said it no longer covers prescriptions for controlled substances unless the provider enrolls in an automated reporting system designed to identify possible misuse of opiates, according to the Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1fpqzH1 ).

During the past five years, the agency has paid for more than 188.5 million doses of narcotics prescribed to injured workers. Last year, it spent $38.2 million for 357,970 prescriptions for opiates to 39,028 claimants.

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Plan to allow more calamity days clears Ohio House panel
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 07:20

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal to let school districts take up to four additional weather-related days off this year has cleared an Ohio House committee.

The House Education Committee voted 16-2 in favor of the proposal Wednesday. It would still need approval from the full House and Senate.

Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has advocated for adding extra calamity days on a one-time basis because of this year's unusually severe weather, including the deep freeze that canceled classes in many districts early this week.

Many schools have exhausted their five allowable days off for snow or bad weather, meaning they would have to extend the school year with makeup days. Kasich has said that could "wreak havoc" on school budgets and schedules.


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700 take early retirement at Cleveland Clinic
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 07:16

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Clinic says more than 700 workers will take early retirement as the region's largest employer tries to cut costs.

WKYC-TV (http://on.wkyc.com/1eikKL5 ) reports that the northeast Ohio hospital system is moving forward with a multi-year plan to cut about $330 million from its budget.

Clinic officials said in a statement they plan to "backfill" nearly half of the jobs. They also said several hundred open positions would be closed.

The Cleveland Clinic system has about 42,000 employees in the region.

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Information from: WKYC-TV, http://www.wkyc.com


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Indiana Speedway stores allegedly sold beer on Christmas
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 07:18

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana State Excise Police have cited 109 Speedway convenience stores, accusing them of illegally selling beer on Christmas.

Cpl. Travis Thickstun says Excise Police began a monthlong investigation when an officer received an anonymous tip that a Speedway store in South Bend had sold beer on Christmas. While the officer was at that store, a clerk who worked at a different Speedway store on Christmas asked if it was illegal to sell alcoholic beverages on Christmas because she also had sold alcohol at her store.

Thickstun says Indiana law prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages from 7 a.m. on Dec. 25 until 3 a.m. Dec. 26. He says Speedway's corporate office has cooperated with the investigation.

A message seeking comment was left Wednesday at Speedway's corporate office in Enon, Ohio.


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Ohio man who threatened Obama gets prison time
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Thursday, 30 January 2014 07:15

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a central Ohio man to 16 months in prison for making Twitter threats to kill President Barack Obama.

Thirty-seven-year-old Daniel Temple of Columbus had confessed to U.S. Secret Service agents to making the threats and pleaded guilty in May.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1fpcSYy ) reports that he was sentenced by U.S. District Judge George C. Smith on Wednesday.

According to the Secret Service complaint, threatening tweets by Temple from March included the president's name and phrases such as "coming to kill you" and "killing you soon."

Temple's attorney, Gordon G. Hobson, wrote in a sentencing memorandum that Temple has been treated since 2010 for paranoia, delusions and hallucinations caused by alcohol and marijuana abuse.

Hobson said Temple has been sober since his arrest in March.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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