OH-MI-IN News
Clean energy ballot item hits snag
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:38
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A ballot effort in Ohio to require billions of dollars in state investment in alternative energy has hit a snag after supporters revised the proposal.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected the petition Monday for the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative, saying the proposed constitutional amendment didn’t meet a signature requirement.  DeWine said the submission contained less than the 1,000 valid signatures that were needed.
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TV ad pushes to keep Ohio renewable energy targets
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 19 May 2014 22:00
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Advocates are taking their push to retain Ohio's renewable energy and efficiency standards to the airwaves.

Protecting Ohio's Energy Future, a coalition led by alternative-energy businesses, says a new television ad began airing Monday in Columbus and may appear elsewhere in the state later.

The coalition opposes a bill that allows electric companies a two-year pause in meeting targets set in 2008 for use of wind, solar and other energy alternatives.

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Officials: Central Ohio mumps outbreak reaches 366
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 19 May 2014 21:58
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Public health officials say a mumps outbreak in central Ohio has reached 366 cases across three counties.

Columbus health officials on Monday reported the running total of the cases of the contagious viral illness, with 210 of those linked to Ohio State University. The illnesses date back to early January.

The cases in Delaware, Franklin and Madison counties total roughly three-quarters of reported cases nationwide.

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Executive pleads guilty in Ohio campaign probe
Written by MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press   
Monday, 19 May 2014 21:59
CLEVELAND (AP) — An executive accused of funneling illegal campaign contributions to two Republican candidates in 2011 pleaded guilty to federal campaign charges on Monday.

Michael Giorgio, the chief financial officer for Suarez Corporation Industries in North Canton, pleaded guilty to charges that involve conspiracy to commit campaign fraud, making contributions in someone else's name, making contributions on behalf of a corporation, witness tampering and making a false statement.

As part of a plea agreement, Giorgio, who lives in the Akron suburb of Cuyahoga Falls, agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. His attorney, Ralph Cascarilla, declined to comment.

Giorgio and company founder Ben Suarez were accused of funneling about $100,000 each to the 2012 re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. James Renacci and to the unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.

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West Virginia listing animals too dangerous to own
Written by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press   
Monday, 19 May 2014 21:57
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State officials want to ensure West Virginians aren't making pets out of animals better suited for the wilderness than people's backyards.

After an Ohio citizen in 2011 let dozens of dangerous animals loose, including black bears, mountain lions and Bengal tigers, West Virginia has decided to determine which tigers, apes, alligators and other wildlife will be illegal for people to own. State regulators are shooting for early July to finish the list.

The law passed this year only clamps down on new animals brought into West Virginia. Residents who already have soon-to-be-illegal creatures won't violate new state laws, as long as they follow a new permitting process, said Paul Johansen, state Division of Natural Resources assistant chief of game management.

The law also calls for an inventory of sorts, since officials don't know what's prowling around the state.

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