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Democrat ends bid to be Ohio's lieutenant governor
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 07:44

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democratic lieutenant governor candidate in Ohio who faced hundreds of thousands of dollars in state and federal tax liens dropped out of the race Tuesday, saying his financial troubles were taking away from debate on important policy issues.

State Sen. Eric Kearney, a Cincinnati attorney, said in a statement that he would no longer be gubernatorial contender Ed FitzGerald's running mate as FitzGerald challenges Republican Gov. John Kasich next year.

"This has come to be a distraction from a discussion of the vital issues facing Ohio, and the choice voters must make in this election," Kearney said. "The stakes are too high: We need a change of leadership to move Ohio in a new direction that puts more Ohioans back to work and builds a better future for our children."

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Voter records bill among issues before Ohio House
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 07:41

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House is slated to vote Wednesday on a bill to bolster the state's voter registration database.

The measure requires state agencies to share data with the secretary of state to help maintain Ohio's voter records. It also reduces the minimum number of electronic voting machines a county must have.

The Ohio Association of Election Officials supports the bill.

Wednesday is the last day the House expects to be in session this year. Senators already have wrapped up work.

Two other election-related bills not scheduled for a vote have drawn more heated reaction.

One would eliminate so-called "Golden Week," during which voters can both register and cast an early ballot. Another puts limits on when unsolicited absentee ballot applications can be sent to voters and who can send them.


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Police: Slain EMU player targeted because of clothes
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 07:37

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Police say an Eastern Michigan University football player killed during a possible robbery may have been targeted because he had on expensive-looking clothing.

The Ann Arbor News reports (http://bit.ly/J53Fs1 ) the detail is in transcripts from a hearing in the case that it reviewed.

Preliminary examinations for 20-year-old Ed J. Thomas and 19-year-old Kristopher K. Pratt are scheduled for Jan. 17. They face murder charges in the fatal shooting of Demarius Reed.

The wide receiver's roommate discovered his body at the bottom of a stairwell at an off-campus apartment complex on Oct. 18. Police say Reed's wallet and cellphone were taken.

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Deal will keep Ohio tank plant running
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 07:39

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Senate and House negotiators are planning to provide as much as $90 million to keep the production line running at an Ohio tank manufacturing plant.

The money for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center is included in the defense bill, which could get congressional approval as early as this week. It means Abrams tanks will continue to roll off the line at the nation's only tank manufacturing plant, in Lima (LY'-mah), about 80 miles south of Toledo.

The money for the tank plant will come against the wishes of the Obama administration, which for the past two years has asked Congress not to spend any money to refurbish the M1A1 Abrams battle tank.

Ohio senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman supported keeping the plant operating.


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Police: Ohio infant apparently killed by dogs
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 07:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 3-month-old Ohio girl is dead after she was bitten by the family's dogs.

Police say Mia Gibson was bitten inside the family's Columbus condo Tuesday morning. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Sgt. Steven Little tells The Columbus Dispatch the family's two Shiba Inus didn't appear to have attacked the baby, but rather were playing with her. Little the girl had been on the couch with her father an apparently fell to the floor as her father slept.

Police say the girl had been born prematurely and was brought home from the hospital around Thanksgiving. They're calling her death an accident.

Columbus police say it doesn't appear the parents will be charged county prosecutors will review the case.


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