Ohio, dealers work to address propane shortages
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:03

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A tight supply of propane is causing concerns for rural Ohio residents who use the fuel to heat their homes, and the governor has relaxed some delivery restrictions to help expedite propane gas shipments.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1ePysTD ) reports propane availability is more limited and prices are higher this year for several reasons, including stretches of extreme cold that drained an already depleted supply. In response, some dealers are postponing deliveries and focusing on consumers most in need.

Census data indicates about 6 percent of Ohio households are heated primarily using propane, most of them rural homes. Morrow County has the highest percentage, with about one-third relying on propane.

Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-sik) emergency declaration temporarily allows propane shippers to drive more hours and consecutive days than usual.


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

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Ohio dog-rescue groups not registering as required
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Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:03

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Agriculture says dog-rescue operations that aren't registered with the state under new regulations could face fines if they refuse to comply.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1dQmWcF ) reports Ohio is believed to have hundreds of dog-rescue operations, but only a fraction have registered. The registration requirement was among regulations in effect starting this year to help crack down on puppy mills.

Martha Leary of Star-Mar Rescue in Wooster helped write the language of the law. She says the state has sent known rescue organizations hundreds of letters about compliance. Leary says some groups don't think the law applies to them, and others fear possible inspections.

Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Erica Hawkins says the lag in compliance isn't uncommon when such regulation is starting from scratch.


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

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ACLU: Ohio governor should halt executions
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 07:17

CLEVELAND (AP) — A civil-rights organization is asking Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) to immediately halt executions after a condemned inmate gasped and snorted last week as an untested drug combination was used to put him to death.

The ACLU of Ohio made its request to Kasich on Sunday, noting Ohio has five upcoming executions scheduled.

Death row inmate Dennis McGuire made loud snorting noises Thursday during the longest execution since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999. McGuire's adult children said it amounted to torture and his family says they're suing.

McGuire's attorney and an anti-death penalty group urge a moratorium.

The 53-year-old McGuire was sentenced to die for raping and fatally stabbing a pregnant woman in 1989.

Kasich's spokesman says the governor supports the death penalty and the procedure is being reviewed.

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Ohio ads use humor to address problem gambling
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Tuesday, 21 January 2014 07:18

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Lottery Commission is trying to draw attention to serious messages about problem gambling by depicting the outcomes of some humorous bets.

A bearded man dancing atop a table with rhythmic gymnastics ribbons and another guy wearing a dog costume as he crouches in a crowded elevator are among the characters in the "I Lost a Bet" media campaign, which includes short television ads and billboards.

The ads refer to the campaign website, where the funny scenes precede serious messages about the damaging effects that problem gambling can have on people's lives.

"It's the applesauce with the medicine," the lottery's marketing director, Sandi Lesko Mounts, told The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1c0IOgk).

The ads target the population segment statistically shown to be most at risk of being hooked on gambling: young adults in the 18-to-34 age range, especially men.

Indiana casino taxes falling faster than anticipated
Written by CHARLES D. WILSON, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 07:16

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's casino tax revenues have fallen faster than expected over the past six months, plunging nearly 15 percent amid more out-of-state competition and lagging admissions as consumers try to shake off the aftereffects of the recession.

Indiana saw a $50 million drop in casino tax revenues since June when compared with a year earlier. That's about $5 million more than state officials had forecast.

Casino Association of Indiana President Mike Smith and Indiana Gaming Insight editor Ed Feigenbaum agreed Monday that the recession's lingering pressures on consumers play a role not just in Indiana but nationwide.

The money the state collects from casino taxes has dropped from a peak of nearly $876 million in 2009 to about 752 million in fiscal 2013, according to figures from the Indiana Gaming Commission. Indiana's three casinos near Cincinnati have seen big declines since a downtown casino opened in the Ohio city last March.

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