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Backers to discuss Ohio shale well tax proposal
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 07:21

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers will hear from backers of a proposal to increase taxes on horizontally drilled shale wells in Ohio.

The measure to be discussed at a hearing Wednesday is supported by Ohio's oil and gas industry as a compromise to an earlier plan pushed by Gov. John Kasich (KAY'sik). The industry had balked at Kasich's proposal to raise severance taxes on drillers and use proceeds to deliver modest income tax relief to Ohioans.

The Ohio Oil and Gas Association supports an alternative proposal from House Speaker William Batchelder and other Republicans. Batchelder said the bill is constructed to encourage gas exploration, environmental protection and regulatory reform.

It would raise the severance tax rate on horizontally drilled wells by 1 percent, then 2 percent, while rolling back similar taxes on traditional wells.


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Young man killed in central Ohio house fire
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 07:20

BLOOMINGBURG, Ohio (AP) — Sheriff's deputies say a 23-year-old man was found dead in a house that was heavily damaged by fire in a central Ohio village.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office identified the man killed in the Tuesday fire in Bloomingburg as Joshua G. Helsel.

After the fire was discovered Tuesday afternoon, family members told deputies that Helsel may be trapped in the home. His body was found during a search hours later.

The state fire marshal's office is investigating, but the sheriff's office says it doesn't appear to be suspicious.

Bloomingburg is in Fayette County, about 35 miles southwest of Columbus.


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Ohio principal goes on trial for failure to report rape
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Wednesday, 08 January 2014 07:02

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Jury selection is expected to begin in the case of an eastern Ohio elementary school official charged following an investigation into the rape of a 16-year-old girl in 2012.

Steubenville (STOO'-behn-vihl) elementary school principal Lynnett Gorman faces one count of failure to report child abuse or neglect in the trial beginning Wednesday.

The Steubenville Herald-Star (http://bit.ly/KB3A0C ) reports the trial was delayed a day because of extremely cold temperatures.

Gorman's attorney has said his client is accused of failing to report possible child abuse, apparently involving a teen sex and drinking party in April 2012 unrelated to the rape of the 16-year-old West Virginia girl.

Attorney Dennis McNamara says Gorman learned about the party second- or third-hand while checking to see if her son had been involved.


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Former Ohio U lab aid pleads guilty in bone thefts
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Wednesday, 08 January 2014 07:04

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former lab assistant accused of stealing human bones used in teaching at Ohio University's medical college has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Weston Henri Moquin pleaded guilty Tuesday to moving stolen remains across state lines and stealing property from a federally funded agency. The 28-year-old Moquin agreed to pay nearly $85,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say Moquin took skulls, loose bones, autopsy saws and other items between July 2011 and June 2012 and mainly sold them online.

Defense attorney Keith Yeazel (YAY'-zehl) says Moquin used various drugs and sold the bones to support his drug habit. He says Moquin is in a drug-treatment program in California and will return there until his sentencing date is scheduled.

He could face up to 10 years in prison for each count.


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Attorneys: 'Agony and terror' await Ohio killer
Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 16:06

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's untried execution method, the first of its kind in the nation, will cause the condemned killer of a pregnant woman "agony and terror" as he struggles to breathe, attorneys trying to stop the execution argued in federal court.

The two-drug combination won't sedate death row inmate Dennis McGuire properly, and he will experience a suffocation-like syndrome known as air hunger, the attorneys said in filings Monday and Tuesday.

The drugs were chosen because of a shortage of other lethal injection drugs.

Lawyers had also asked Gov. John Kasich to spare McGuire on the grounds that a jury never got to hear the full details of his chaotic and abusive childhood and abuse. Kasich rejected that request without comment Tuesday. The governor typically does not give a reason when he turns down clemency requests by death row inmates.

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