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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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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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19 people indicted in Ohio in alleged drug ring
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 07:15

MARION, Ohio (AP) — Federal authorities say 19 people have been indicted in an alleged conspiracy to traffic large amounts of heroin, crack cocaine and prescription pills in a north central Ohio city.

The top federal prosecutor for northern Ohio on Wednesday announced the unsealing of a 72-count indictment. Authorities say the indictment details a two-year conspiracy in which drugs were brought to Marion from Detroit and Fort Wayne, Ind., and sold to juveniles and others.

U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach (DEHT'-ehl-bahk) says in a release that the arrests represent a joint law-enforcement effort to choke off the supply of drugs to the region.

The indictments resulted from an investigation by law enforcement agencies that included the FBI, Marion police, the Marion County sheriff's office and the Ohio attorney general among others.


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Ohio lawmakers OK ban on e-cigarette sales to kids
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 07:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have approved a bill that aims to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of those under age 18.

The measure would prohibit minors from obtaining, possessing and using the products. The House approved Senate changes Wednesday, sending the bill to Gov. John Kasich. He's expected to sign it.

Groups such as the Ohio State Medical Association have questioned the legislation because it defines the items as "alternative nicotine products" rather than tobacco-derived products. The organization said the new category could exempt the products from taxation laws that govern tobacco.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provide users with aerosol puffs that typically contain nicotine, and sometimes flavorings like fruit, mint or chocolate. Users get their nicotine without the thousands of chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes.


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Ohio House approves two election-related measures
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 07:14

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Proposals to trim early voting and set rules for mailing unsolicited absentee ballot applications cleared the Ohio House on Wednesday amid partisan rancor in the presidential battleground state.

Ohioans can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person without giving any reason. Currently, early voting starts 35 days prior to Election Day.

One bill would cut that time by eliminating so-called golden week — a period when residents can both register to vote and cast an early ballot. Without those days, early voting would then typically start 29 days before Election Day.

More than 59,000 voters cast early, in-person ballots during golden week in the 2012 presidential election, according to estimates from the secretary of state's office. That number does not include residents who voted by mail, though roughly 1.1 million had requested absentee ballots to do so that week.

Supporters say same-day registration and voting doesn't give boards of elections enough time to properly verify registration applications.

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