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Conflicting views of Ind. shooting suspect emerge
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS & CHARLES D. WILSON, Associated Press   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:12
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A path is lit for members of the Purdue All-American Marching Band during a vigil for a teaching assistant who was fatally shot on campus at Purdue University, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/The Journal & Courier, Michael Heinz)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Purdue University engineering student who police say fatally shot another student in a basement classroom prepared to face a judge as those who knew both men struggled to make sense of the violence Wednesday.

Cody Cousins, 23, was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Thursday afternoon in a small courtroom at the Tippecanoe County Jail, Deputy Prosecutor Kristen McVey said in a statement.

Cousins, who has addresses in Warsaw, Ind., and Centerville, Ohio, is being held without bond on a preliminary charge of murder in Tuesday's shooting death of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis. Police have said Cousins targeted Boldt but they haven't disclosed why or how the two might have known each other.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:17
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Facial recognition used to ID Ohio slaying suspect
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 08:39

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Akron investigators say they identified a homicide suspect using facial recognition software made available to police last summer through Ohio's law enforcement information-sharing system.

A spokeswoman for Ohio's attorney general tells the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/LXW8Nz ) she's not aware of other homicide cases that were closed because of the facial recognition software.

Akron police say they used the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway database to help identify a photograph obtained during the investigation of a Monday robbery and shooting death. The database includes driver's license photos.

The 37-year-old man identified as a potential match to the photo was arrested after follow-up interviews. He is one of three suspects in the case.

Critics call the facial recognition technology intrusive. A state panel studying access to the information-sharing system recommended stricter access requirements.

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


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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 08:40
 
Ohio bill sets rules for carrying guns in schools
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Thursday, 23 January 2014 07:31

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio bill would require the state's attorney general to develop a training model for school employees who are allowed to carry concealed weapons.

School boards would have to consult with local police to develop school safety protocols, if districts decide to let certain employees carry concealed weapons. The measure would shield the names of gun-carrying employees and block protocols for carrying concealed weapons from being part of collective bargaining negotiations.

State law limits the people who can have a deadly weapon in a school safety zone to security guards, on-duty officers and others whom a district's board has given permission. The bill would allow off-duty officers to also carry weapons.

The House passed the bill 62-28 on Wednesday, sending it to the Senate.


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Proposal to renew repair funds sent to Ohio voters
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Thursday, 23 January 2014 07:32

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio voters get to decide whether to renew a public works program that funds improvements to roadways, bridges and other local infrastructure needs.

The House voted 90-2 Wednesday on a resolution asking voters to approve a 10-year renewal of the State Capital Improvement Program. The Senate unanimously passed the measure last week.

The proposal boosts the amount of money Ohio can borrow through the sale of bonds to $175 million annually for the first five years and then $200 million each year for the remaining five years. The program permits the state to provide grants and loans for local improvement projects.

The measure appears on May ballots. Voters previously approved the program in 1987, 1995 and 2005.

Democrats sought to authorize additional money, but their amendments failed to win support.


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Ohio bill requires reports on drug-addicted babies
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Thursday, 23 January 2014 07:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has approved a bill requiring hospital maternity units and newborn care nurseries and maternity homes to report the number of babies born addicted to drugs.

The reporting to the state Health Department, mandated for every three months, is one of several bills aimed at reducing the state's prescription painkiller addiction epidemic.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Lynn Wachtmann, a Republican from Napoleon in northwest Ohio, would not include information that could identify the child.

Wachtmann says tracking the number of drug-addicted babies will help the state monitor Ohio's progress fighting drug addiction.

The measure, approved unanimously on Wednesday, heads to the Senate.

Overdose drug deaths, many of them from painkillers and heroin, have been the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, surpassing car crashes, since 2007.


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