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States consider reviving old-fashioned executions
Written by JIM SALTER, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 18:52

ST. LOUIS (AP) — With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.

Most states abandoned those execution methods more than a generation ago in a bid to make capital punishment more palatable to the public and to a judicial system worried about inflicting cruel and unusual punishments that violate the Constitution.

But to some elected officials, the drug shortages and recent legal challenges are beginning to make lethal injection seem too vulnerable to complications.

"This isn't an attempt to time-warp back into the 1850s or the wild, wild West or anything like that," said Missouri state Rep. Rick Brattin, who this month proposed making firing squads an option for executions. "It's just that I foresee a problem, and I'm trying to come up with a solution that will be the most humane yet most economical for our state."

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Ohio auditor: District played 'loose' with data
Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 18:51

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus city schools played "fast and loose" with attendance data, grades and other records, the Ohio auditor said Tuesday in releasing findings from an 18-month investigation.

Auditor Dave Yost said his review into attendance data scrubbing at the state's largest school district showed a culture of changing the numbers and a lack of oversight by its board of education.

District employees have been accused of altering attendance records for struggling students to improve performance ratings, which can be used to determine government funding and employee bonuses.

The auditor's review covered the 2010-11 school year, and Yost said the district has since made some changes in its protocol.

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Gov: Ohio should allow more school calamity days
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 27 January 2014 13:49
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says school districts around the state need their number of weather-related days off increased to accommodate this year's unusually severe weather.

On Monday, the Republican governor called on state lawmakers and the Ohio Department of Education to act to add a few extra calamity days to school calendars on a one-time basis.

Kasich says many schools have exhausted their five allowable days off for snow or bad weather, or soon will. That means districts will have to extend the school year, which he says would "wreak havoc" on school budgets and schedules.

His call came as the second deep freeze this month was forecast. Temperatures in some areas of Ohio were heading into double digits below zero Monday night.

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Author, poet Helga Sandburg Crile dies in NE Ohio
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 27 January 2014 14:42

CLEVELAND (AP) — Helga Sandburg Crile, an author and the youngest of three daughters of poet and Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg, has died at her home near Cleveland. She was 95.

The Fioritto Funeral Service says Crile died at her Cleveland Heights home on Sunday night. Her family says she had been in failing health.

Crile published 17 books, including novels, memoirs and poetry. She also typed manuscripts for her Pulitzer Prize-winning father, who dedicated several books to her and wrote poems in her honor.

Her survivors include a son, a daughter and two step-daughters. The funeral home says a memorial service will be held in the spring.


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Ohio patrol lab expands, reduces drug case backlog
Written by KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press   
Monday, 27 January 2014 07:35

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With a larger staff and more space after an expansion, the State Highway Patrol's crime lab is processing drug evidence more quickly and reducing a backlog that grew to thousands of cases as troopers focused more on crimes such as drug trafficking and had more evidence in need of testing.

The speedup is viewed as good news for prosecutors and other authorities, who were sometimes waiting five months or more for results confirming the types of drugs involved in certain cases.

Col. Paul Pride, who became the patrol's superintendent last year, called such turnaround times "absolutely unacceptable."

"The last thing we want to do is arrest (suspects) and then not finish it up and not complete the deal," Pride said. "We've had that happen before."

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