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Ohio slave labor trial in federal court nears end
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 07:30

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A jury in Ohio is close to beginning deliberations in the trial of two people accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years with her child.

Closing arguments are slated to begin Thursday before jurors get the case in a Youngstown federal court.

Prosecutors say the pair raided the accuser's bank account while forcing her and her daughter to live in a locked basement in the northern Ohio town of Ashland.

One of the two defendants denied the allegations on Wednesday. Jessica Hunt testified that the alleged victim was free to go as she pleased and at times left the home for several days.

Hunt and her 27-year-old boyfriend, Jordie Callahan, have pleaded not guilty.


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Thick snow, ice on ponds may cause big fish kills
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 07:27

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — This winter's frigid weather could cause an unusual number of fish kills, particularly in northern Indiana.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says there's ice up to 20 inches thick on lakes and ponds, not to mention record or near-record snowfall. The agency's fisheries biologists anticipate numerous fish kill reports after the spring thaw.

Fish kills are commonly caused by lack of oxygen. Some sunlight can penetrate clear ice and enable aquatic plants to produce the life-giving gas, but snow can block sunlight, cutting oxygen to dangerously low levels.

Once a winter kill starts, the DNR says there's not much that can be done. Drilling holes in ice won't help.

Shallow, weedy ponds are more susceptible to winter kills. Biologists don't expect big fish kills at deep lakes and reservoirs.


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Ohio judge says Greenpeace protest 'reckless'
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Thursday, 06 March 2014 07:14

CINCINNATI (AP) — A judge set bond Wednesday at $50,000 each for nine Greenpeace activists he rebuked for their eye-catching protest at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters in downtown Cincinnati.

The activists were arrested on burglary and vandalism charges after their Tuesday protest of the consumer products company's use of palm oil from a supplier Greenpeace says is tied to tropical forest destruction in Indonesia.

Municipal Court Judge Brad Greenberg said the protest, in which the activists used a zip line to unfurl giant banners from P&G's two towers as a helicopter filmed them, was "a reckless and ill-advised stunt." He called the protest alarming.

"You put people in danger," he said. "You take what they might consider to be a selfless cause, and you turn it into a selfish act by putting people in danger in this manner."

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Ohio slave labor trial in federal court nears end
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 07:16

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A jury in Ohio is close to beginning deliberations in the trial of two people accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years with her child.

Closing arguments are slated to begin Thursday before jurors get the case in a Youngstown federal court.

Prosecutors say the pair raided the accuser's bank account while forcing her and her daughter to live in a locked basement in the northern Ohio town of Ashland.

One of the two defendants denied the allegations on Wednesday. Jessica Hunt testified that the alleged victim was free to go as she pleased and at times left the home for several days.

Hunt and her 27-year-old boyfriend, Jordie Callahan, have pleaded not guilty.


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Auto parts company announces new SW Ohio plant, jobs
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 07:11

MONROE, Ohio (AP) — An auto parts manufacturer says it will build a $50 million plant in southwest Ohio that is expected to result in 150 jobs.

A statement says UGN Inc. plans to break ground for the Monroe plant in April. That is contingent upon final approval of state and local incentives.

UGN anticipates the plant will generate over $7 million annually in wages and benefits.

The company based in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park employs more than 1,500 people at six facilities in the United States and one in Mexico. They produce acoustic, interior trim and thermal management products for North American and Japanese automotive manufacturers.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich  says the announcement is great news for Monroe. The Butler County city is about 30 miles north of Cincinnati.


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