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Six U of Akron fraternity men plead not guilty to hazing
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 08 March 2014 07:36

AKRON, Ohio (AP) β€” Six fraternity members at a university in Ohio have pleaded not guilty to hazing charges.

The six students from the University of Akron appeared in court Friday a week after they were accused of paddling a pledge so hard that he bled through his pants.

All six are charged with misdemeanor assault and hazing.

Police at the University of Akron say a 22-year-old man told investigators he went to a hospital after multiple nights of being beaten with paddles.

A police report says the abuse happened over three weeks in January during the fraternity's pledge process.

Officials at the university say they've shut down the fraternity while the national leaders of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity say they will help authorities bring justice to anyone who may have violated the law.


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Ohio's four casinos report revenue gains in February
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 08 March 2014 07:35

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) β€” Ohio's four casinos saw gains in revenue last month after the facilities reported lackluster figures in January and December.

February revenue figures were released Friday as the facilities enter the second year with all four of them in operation.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission reports that total revenue for the facilities approached $66.8 million in February. That's up from roughly $59.7 million in January.

Toledo's casino was closed for about 11 hours last month because of the winter weather.

Revenue from the voter-approved casinos has fallen far short of campaign promises that said they could be as high as $1.9 billion annually. Instead, the casinos are on track for a level closer to $900 million.

The other casinos are in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.


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

CINCINNATI (AP) β€” 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 Ohio Libertarians lose spots on primary ballot
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Saturday, 08 March 2014 07:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) β€” 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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Ohio officials extend deadline for heating help
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 08 March 2014 07:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) β€” 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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