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Election-related bills to see Ohio House action
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 07:13

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio legislative committee plans to vote on two election-related proposals that would affect early voting in the presidential battleground state.

One bill would eliminate the chance for residents to both register to vote and cast an early ballot on the same day. Without that so-called golden week, early voting would start the first day after voter registration ends. That's typically 29 days before Election Day.

The early-voting period currently begins 35 days before Election Day.

Another bill would set rules for mailing unsolicited absentee ballot applications. Ohioans can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person without giving any reason.

A House panel is scheduled to consider the proposals Tuesday afternoon. If approved, the full House could vote as soon as Wednesday. Both bills have passed the Senate.


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Ohio man charged with attacking postal worker
Written by Ohio man charged with attacking postal worker   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 07:13

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a northeast Ohio man was arrested after attacking a mail carrier who didn't bring a check he was expecting.

Twenty-five-year-old Robert Kiefer allegedly assaulted the 56-year-old postal worker on Saturday, squirting the carrier with his own pepper spray and biting him in the leg. Then, police said, he fought with officers who tried to arrest him.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1bFYVkv ) reports that officers found Kiefer and the postal worker in a fight, with a small crowd surrounding the two men.

Police said they finally subdued Kiefer with pepper spray. The postal worker was treated for bite marks and cuts.

Kiefer, facing misdemeanor charges of assault and resisting arrest, remained in jail after being unable to post bond. Online records did not include attorney information.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com


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Couples sue to force Ohio's hand on gay marriage
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Monday, 10 February 2014 14:18

CINCINNATI (AP) — Four legally married gay couples filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday seeking a court order to force Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates despite a statewide ban, echoing arguments in a similar successful lawsuit concerning death certificates.

The couples filed the suit in federal court in Cincinnati, arguing that the state's practice of listing only one partner in a gay marriage as a parent on birth certificates violates the U.S. Constitution.

The plaintiffs include three lesbian couples living in the Cincinnati area who were recently married in states that have legalized gay marriage. One woman in each of those marriages is pregnant through artificial insemination, and their babies all are due to be born this summer in Cincinnati hospitals.

The fourth couple lives in New York, where gay marriage is legal, and last year adopted a boy who was born in Ohio.

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Boy, 13, killed in central Ohio crash on icy roads
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 07:12

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have identified the 13-year-old boy who died in a crash on an icy road in central Ohio.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Zachary Mans was a passenger in the car driven by his mother, 36-year-old Kristy Stone, when her car slid left of center and hit another car Sunday morning in Circleville, south of Columbus.

Zachary died at a hospital. His mother and 4-year-old brother were treated for minor injuries and released.

The driver of the other car, 75-year-old F.D. Easterday, was hospitalized in serious condition.

Grief counselors were made available Monday at the Circleville middle school where Zachary was a seventh-grader.


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Bitter winter affecting Ohio growers
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 10 February 2014 10:47

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The bitterly cold winter is making things tougher for Ohio growers — and that could translate to higher food prices later in the year.

The sub-zero temperatures have caused Ohio wine-grape, blackberry and peach growers to lose much of this year's crop, according to The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1h3FutI ).

The value of the crops lost to the cold weather hasn't been determined. Laboratories are analyzing grapevines, blackberry canes and strawberry plants for damage. And, of course, the winter is not over yet.

Mitch Lynd, owner of Lynd Fruit Farm east of Columbus, tells the newspaper that he likely lost most of the fruit on his 3,000 peach trees when temperatures fell well below zero.

Local consumers could end up paying more, but global competition tends to keep prices down.

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


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