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Pair of election bills head to Ohio governor
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 14:20

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Democratic Party chairman says he expects the organization to file a federal lawsuit over an absentee-ballot measure passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

State Rep. Chris Redfern, the party's chairman, says Democrats believe the measure violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection, along with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The bill would let the secretary of state mail unsolicited applications for general elections and only if the Legislature directed the money for it. Other public officials would be banned from sending the unsolicited applications. Ohio's larger, urban counties traditionally have sent voters such applications.

Republican backers say the change helps achieve consistency across the swing state.

The measure passed Wednesday along with a separate bill to trim early voting. Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) is expected to sign them.


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Firm unhappy Ohio using its drugs for execution
Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 12:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's most recent batches of lethal injection drugs were produced by a company that wants states to stop using them for capital punishment, records show.

Lake Forest, Ill.-based Hospira Inc. says it manufactures the drugs, the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromophone, to enhance and save the lives of patients it helps treat. The company says it objects to their use in capital punishment.

Hospira's position adds to the state's difficulties obtaining drugs to put condemned inmates to death at a time when several other states, including Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas, face similar challenges obtaining drugs.

Other drug makers have prohibited the use of their drugs in executions, and states are running out of options.

Ohio purchased the Hospira-made drugs in 2012 and 2013 from San Francisco-based drug distributor McKesson, according to invoices and packing slips obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

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No charge in Ohio crash that killed six
Written by MITCH STACY, Associated Press   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 12:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors say no charges will be filed against a central Ohio police officer whose cruiser slammed into a car in an intersection, killing six members of a family.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says that dash-cam video shows Upper Arlington Officer Shawn Paynter's car drove into an intersection in suburban Columbus on a yellow light on the way to an emergency call on Oct. 18. A car driven by a Columbus man already had entered the intersection on a red light and stopped in the middle.

The subsequent crash killed the driver, his wife and four of their daughters.

O'Brien says in a letter to Perry Township's police chief, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, that there is no basis for criminal or traffic charges in the case.


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House speaker Boehner buys Florida condo
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 12:36

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner and his wife have bought a luxury condominium on Marco Island in southwest Florida.

The News-Press of Fort Myers (http://newspr.es/MevNdk) reports that the $835,000 condo is in a 14-story tower known as The Tampico.

Boehner shared news of the Feb. 11 purchase with colleagues during this past weekend's gathering of congressional Republicans in Sarasota.

A spokesman for the politician said that Florida has been the family's vacation spot for many years.

Real estate records filed with the Collier County clerk show the Boehners took out a mortgage of $650,000 to help finance the purchase from John S. Lucas Jr. The unit comes with a quarterly condo fee of $3,900, records show.

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Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, http://www.news-press.com


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Ohio House OKs four more calamity days due to weather
Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 07:17

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Schools would receive up to four additional days off this year because of the winter season's extreme weather with teachers having to report on two of those, under a bill approved by the Ohio House on Wednesday.

Snow and frigid temperatures has led many districts across Ohio to exhaust their five allowable calamity days. Some have cancelled classes for 10 or more days.

One in three Ohio school districts have already used up their five calamity days, said bill sponsor Rep. Tony Burkley, a Republican from Payne in northwest Ohio. Co-sponsor Rep. Brian Hill, a Republican from Zanesville, some said schools in his eastern Ohio district have missed as many as 17 days to date.

"Concern about calamity days should never outweigh the safety of our children," Hill said.

The House approved the bill 80-16. It goes next to the Senate.

Gov. John Kasich has been among those advocating adding extra snow days on a one-time basis this year.

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