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Reporting of drug-addicted babies to be Ohio law
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 11 April 2014 06:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor has signed a bill requiring hospital maternity units and newborn care nurseries to report the number of babies born addicted to drugs.

The measure was among 13 bills signed into law Thursday by Gov. John Kasich.

The legislation is aimed at reducing the state's prescription painkiller addiction epidemic. Supporters say tracking the number of drug-addicted babies will help the state monitor Ohio's progress fighting drug addiction.

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

Another bill signed by Kasich creates special license plates for the Ohio Statehouse, disabled American veterans and prisoners of war. Several other measures designate portions of highways for people.


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About 106,000 Ohioans enroll in expanded Medicaid
Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press   
Friday, 11 April 2014 06:28

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More than 106,000 Ohioans have signed up for Medicaid under an expansion of the taxpayer funded health program, while thousands of others are waiting to hear whether they are deemed eligible.

Republican Gov. John Kasich's administration moved forward with extending Medicaid eligibility last fall under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Coverage took effect Jan. 1.

The safety-net program for the poor and disabled provides coverage for one of every five Ohioans.

The Medicaid expansion allows those earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level to gain health care coverage. For a single adult, that's about $16,104 a year.

Ohio's monthly report on Medicaid caseloads shows that 106,238 residents had enrolled under the extension as of March 31. That's about 29 percent of the roughly 366,000 newly eligible people estimated to sign up by the end of June 2015.

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Eight-year-old boy shot in the head in Columbus
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 11 April 2014 06:25

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say an 8-year-old boy was shot in the head while riding in a car in east Columbus, and a man has been arrested.

Officers said the boy was riding in the back seat of his uncle's car when he was shot at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday. They couldn't say where the shooter was positioned when the shot was fired.

The boy, who police did not identify, was in critical condition at a hospital. Three adults and a 6-year-old boy also were in the car but weren't hurt.

Police arrested 23-year-old Robert Broom and charged him with aggravated assault. It wasn't clear early Friday if he had an attorney. No other details of the incident were released.


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Policy on weddings at Ohio statehouse under review
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 11 April 2014 06:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A committee will review a policy that now prevents same-sex couples and others without valid Ohio wedding licenses from renting the Ohio Statehouse and its grounds for weddings and receptions.

A spokesman for the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board that oversees the building and grounds said Thursday that a board committee plans to review the policy.

FreedomOhio, a group supporting same-sex marriage, says the policy discriminates against gay couples who are banned from getting licenses to wed in Ohio.

State Rep. Michael Stinziano (sten-ZEE'-ah-noh) says he wanted the policy reviewed. The Columbus Democrat says he doesn't think it was specifically intended to discriminate against same-sex couples. But he also says Ohio's state parks do not have the license requirement and the Statehouse could benefit financially from changing the policy.


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Ohio trooper indicted on porn-related charge
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 13:01

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A state trooper in northern Ohio has been indicted on a charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

The State Highway Patrol put Sgt. Ricky Vitte Jr. on leave Wednesday after he was indicted.

Vitte has been under investigation in Sandusky County since late last year.

The Sandusky Register reports that a boy told social workers that Vitte showed him pornography videos about five years ago.

A sheriff's report says Vitte told the boy's mother he was teaching him about alternatives to sexual intercourse.

Vitte has denied the allegations. A message seeking comment was left with his attorney Thursday.

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Information from: Sandusky Register, http://www.sanduskyregister.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=frontpage?frontpage


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