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Two Ohio Libertarians lose spots on primary ballot
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Saturday, 08 March 2014 07:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Libertarian candidates for statewide office were tossed from Ohio's primary ballot on Friday in a state election chief's ruling that sparked immediate plans for a legal challenge.

Secretary of State Jon Husted issued a brief statement in disqualifying gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl and attorney general candidate Steven Linnabary from the May 6 primary, saying he had adopted a hearing officer's recommendations.

The candidates' nominating petitions were challenged on two grounds: that signature gatherers failed to comply with Ohio laws requiring them to be either Libertarian or political independent and another requiring them to disclose their employer.

Mark Brown, an attorney for the Libertarian Party of Ohio, said the party will challenge the decision in federal court.

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Spokeswoman: Ohio attorney general feeling better
Written by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press   
Saturday, 08 March 2014 07:33

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine fell ill while at a speaking engagement in Cincinnati and was expected to remain in a hospital for observation Friday night after a bout of vertigo, his office said.

DeWine, 67, was at a "First Friday" luncheon of business and public policy leaders when he felt ill before his scheduled talk, DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney said. An ambulance took him from a downtown restaurant near Fountain Square to The Christ Hospital for evaluation.

DeWine was feeling much better by Friday evening, said his spokeswoman, Lisa Hackley, in a written statement.

She said DeWine was expected to be released Saturday.

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Two charged with enslaving Ohio woman found guilty
Written by JOHN P. COYNE, Associated Press   
Saturday, 08 March 2014 07:26

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A couple charged with enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years through intimidation, abuse and threats they would harm her young child were found guilty on Friday.

Jordie Callahan and his girlfriend, Jessica Hunt, were convicted by jurors in federal court in Youngstown a day after their lawyers argued prosecutors had built their case around unreliable witnesses.

But prosecutors said the couple kept the woman and her daughter, who was under age 5, in a damp, dark basement with a lock on the door and no bathroom. The couple also threatened both with a python and pit bulls and forced the woman to shop, cook, clean up after their dogs and do other household chores, Assistant U.S. Attorney Chelsea Rice said.

Prosecutors said the woman also was forced to engage in sexual acts.

Callahan and Hunt were convicted on charges that included forced labor conspiracy with a kidnapping specification and could be sentenced to as much as life in prison. But they were found not guilty of stealing the woman's government benefits and tampering with a witness.

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Ohio officials extend deadline for heating help
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 08 March 2014 07:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials are extending a deadline for a heating assistance program that's available to those threatened with disconnection or whose service has been disconnected.

The Ohio Development Services Agency administers the Winter Crisis Program, which helps qualified Ohioans with winter heating costs. The program also provides assistance to people if their tank contains 25 percent or less of its capacity of bulk fuel.

The agency says it will extend its application deadline from March 31 to April 15.

Eligibility for the program depends on the total gross household income. That annual income must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, which about $41,213 for a family of four.

Those interested in the help must have a face-to-face interview with a Winter Crisis Program provider.


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Ohio attorney general taken to Cincinnati hospital
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 07 March 2014 15:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he fell ill during a speaking engagement in Cincinnati and has been taken to a hospital to be evaluated.

A statement from the office on Friday said DeWine was taken to the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati as a precaution. No other details were immediately available.

The 67-year-old DeWine is a former U.S. senator and Ohio lieutenant governor. After losing his Senate seat to Democrat Sherrod Brown in 2006, the Republican DeWine ran for attorney general in 2010 and won.

One of Ohio's most publicly visible officials, DeWine has made causes of fighting human trafficking and prescription drug abuse.


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