OH-MI-IN News
Ohio's exotic animal law survives federal lawsuit
Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 15:24

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal appeals court upheld Ohio's restrictions on exotic animals on Tuesday, rejecting a challenge by owners who had claimed the law was too stringent and forced them to join organizations they disagree with.

Seven owners had sued the state over the regulations, arguing that the law violates their free speech and free association rights.

The owners "believe that private exotic animal ownership, free from government intrusion, should be lawful," an attorney for them wrote in a court brief in August.

But in its ruling, the three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said that the owners' constitutional claims lacked merit.

"The burden of regulation may, unfortunately, fall heavier on some than on others, but that, without more, is not enough to render this act unconstitutional," Judge Julia Smith Gibbons wrote in the panel's opinion.

Ohio has defended the law as addressing animal welfare, public health and public safety concerns associated with private ownership of dangerous wild animals.

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AG DeWine: Ohio election law violates free speech
Written by HOPE YEN, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 15:23

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is urging the Supreme Court to rule as unconstitutional a state election law that bars people from making recklessly false statements about political candidates.

The legal filing is unusual because DeWine is opposing a law that he is charged with defending. The Republican says the election law restricts free speech because it can be used against any person or organization wishing to advertise against a candidate.

At issue is an Ohio law being challenged by the national anti-abortion advocacy group Susan B. Anthony List.

It comes after the group in 2010 unsuccessfully sought to put up a billboard advertisement that accused then Rep. Steven Driehaus, D-Ohio, of favoring taxpayer-funded abortions.

The court is scheduled to hear arguments on April 22.


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Ohio student, 10, suspended for using finger as gun
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 07:33

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio principal says she suspended a 10-year-old boy from school for three days for pretending his finger was a gun and pointing it at another student's head.

The boy's father says he thinks it's the adults who are acting childish after the boy was suspended from Devonshire Alternative Elementary School in Columbus last week.

The fifth-grader said he was "just playing around." But district spokesman Jeff Warner tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1jO1rL7 ) that Devonshire principal Patricia Price has warned students about pretend gun play numerous times this year, and everyone should know the rules by now.

Warner said the boy put his finger to the side of the other student's head and pretended to shoot "kind of execution style."

The boy's father said the suspension is overboard.

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


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Six Ohio men charged in cellphone store break-ins
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 07:36

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors say six men charged with theft are part of two related groups suspected in a total of at least 60 cellphone store break-ins around Ohio and in Indianapolis and Louisville, Ky.

Ohio's attorney general says the men from Dayton, Ohio, are suspected of stealing more than $300,000 in electronics in smash-and-grab thefts between April 2012 and January 2014. Prosecutors allege the men sold the items and used profits to pay for clothes and hotel rooms.

The charges include theft, breaking and entering and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Five men ranging in age from 18 to 20 were taken into custody, and a warrant was issued for a 34-year-old suspect.

Two juveniles also are charged in the case.

It wasn't immediately clear if the defendants have attorneys.


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Ohio set to spend $22 million on gaming machines for groups
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 07:32

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State of Ohio officials are being asked to approve spending $21.9 million on new gambling machines that will help raise money for veterans' posts and fraternal organizations.

The revised proposal by the Ohio Lottery Commission for "multi-purpose, next generation" gambling machines is expected to go before the state Controlling Board next week. The machines will replace video raffle machines that were deemed to be illegal by the state.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1kua3th ) reports that the veterans' posts and fraternal organizations are accepting of the new machines, after rejecting the version proposed last fall because they didn't generate enough money to cover operating costs and charity donations.

Lottery spokeswoman Danielle Frizzi-Babb said 188 posts and lodges have committed to take 555 of the 1,200 machines the agency plans to buy.

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


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