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Groups, residents question Ohio drill permitting
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 27 January 2014 07:33

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some environmental groups and eastern Ohio residents say the state is hurrying permits for gas processing plants amid the shale drilling boom.

They say fast-tracking some permit requests and trying too hard to help the operations prevent close examination of local concerns about air and water pollution from refineries and the fracking process that frees the gas. Ohio Environmental Council lobbyist Jack Shaner said the state is putting the industry over its concerned citizens.

"Ohio has bent over backward to accommodate this industry and run roughshod over citizen rights to know and comment on the impact to their air and water quality," he said.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/19VPF06 ) that demands for a public hearing in Mahoning County on a processing plant permit application last year were rejected by officials trying to avoid lengthy delays. Instead, the company got its permit in about four months. The Dispatch also reported Sunday that Ohio Environment Protection Agency emails and documents show that the regulators stay aware of company construction schedules as they handle permit requests.

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Two deaths reported in northwest Ohio crash
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 27 January 2014 07:31

DEFIANCE, Ohio (AP) — The state Highway Patrol reports two people have been killed in a two-vehicle crash in northwest Ohio.

Authorities at the Patrol's Defiance post say 25-year-old Lucas J. Carnahan and his passenger, 23-year-old Constance M. Gray, both of Defiance, were killed when Carnahan lost control of his Jeep and crossed onto the wrong side of state Route 66 and was hit by a pickup truck around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police say the driver of the pickup, 20-year-old Bradley E. Bodenbender, of Bryan, Ohio, was transported to a hospital with minor injuries.

It wasn't known immediately whether the area's harsh winter weather contributed to the crash. Highway lanes were closed as troopers investigated.


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Two Toledo firefighters killed in building fire
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 27 January 2014 07:19

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Two firefighters battling a blaze at an apartment complex near downtown Toledo were killed on Sunday, city officials said.

Firefighters Stephen Machcinski, 42, and James Dickman, 31, were killed while fighting the fire in the six-unit building, Toledo Fire Department Chief Luis Santiago said at a news conference Sunday night.

He said that Machcinski was a 16-year veteran, while Dickman had been on the job for only six months. Both worked together at the same firehouse in the city.

Santiago said that the fire department will fully investigate the blaze, which was reported around 3:30 p.m.

 
U of Cincinnati gets Air Force grant for trauma study
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 27 January 2014 07:30

CINCINNATI (AP) — The U.S Air Force has awarded an Ohio school more than $1 million to study how air medical evacuation affects patients, medical professionals and medical equipment.

The University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center says the new funding supports research projects led by members of UC's Institute for Military Medicine.

The institute is a collaboration of basic science and clinical researchers, trauma surgeons and Air Force members based at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. It focuses on studying the complex traumatic injuries of warfare.

The Air Force approved a $24 million cooperative agreement in 2010 to fund UC research on the unique environment of air medical evacuation. The new funding will allow researchers to continue ongoing work and launch new projects.


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Family alleges Ohio execution unconstitutional
Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer   
Sunday, 26 January 2014 07:20

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The prolonged execution of an inmate during which he repeatedly gasped and snorted amounted to cruel and unusual punishment which should not be allowed to happen again, the inmate's family said in a federal lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed late Friday, also alleges the drug maker that produced the medications illegally allowed them to be used for an execution and should be prohibited from making them available for capital punishment.

Dennis McGuire "repeated cycles of snorting, gurgling and arching his back, appearing to writhe in pain," the lawsuit said. "It looked and sounded as though he was suffocating."

McGuire's execution Jan. 16 lasted 26 minutes, the longest since the state resumed putting inmates to death in 1999, according to an Associated Press analysis of all 53 execution logs maintained by the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

It remains unclear what McGuire experienced. The AP observed him appearing to fall unconscious and remaining so while he snorted, gasped and opened and shut his mouth repeatedly.

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