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State reminds Ohioans to check cable TV rates
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 09 December 2013 07:35

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state's Department of Commerce says the end of the year is a good time for Ohioans to closely examine their cable television bills for any upcoming rate increases.

Commerce officials say many cable companies raise rates at the beginning of a year. Ohio law requires cable providers to give consumers written notice of any rate increase 30 days in advance. Those notifications could appear on November or December bills.

Commerce Director Andre (ahn-DRAY') Porter says some providers also may offer holiday or promotional pricing to attract new subscribers.

Department officials say Ohioans should not hesitate to contact their current cable companies to see if they can match or better another company's offer.

Ohioans with questions or concerns regarding their cable service can contact the department's consumer hotline at 1-800-686-7826.


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Internet giants weigh in on cheerleader defamation lawsuit
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Monday, 09 December 2013 07:32

CINCINNATI (AP) — From Twitter and Facebook to Amazon and Google, the biggest names of the Internet are blasting a federal judge's decision allowing an Arizona-based gossip website to be sued for defamation by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader convicted of having sex with a teenager.

In court briefs recently filed in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, the Internet giants warn that if upheld, the northern Kentucky judge's ruling to let the former cheerleader's lawsuit proceed has the potential to "significantly chill online speech" and undermine a law passed by Congress in 1996 that provides broad immunity to websites.

"If websites are subject to liability for failing to remove third-party content whenever someone objects, they will be subject to the 'heckler's veto,' giving anyone who complains unfettered power to censor speech," according to briefs filed Nov. 19 by lawyers for Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Amazon, Gawker and BuzzFeed, among others.

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Dancer with Down syndrome a gift to grandmother
Written by ADAM KIEFABER, The Cincinnati Enquirer   
Sunday, 08 December 2013 07:18

CINCINNATI (AP) — Numerous medical problems have affected Joan Hurd's ability to talk and recognize her own family for the last 12 years.

It has not, however, affected her love for her grandson, Mathew, who was born with Down syndrome.

After being heavily sedated for seven days from a seizure she suffered on Oct. 7, the 85-year-old complained to nurses that she wasn't being allowed to see "him."

It took some time before the nurses and her daughter realized who "him" was.

And it wasn't so much that Hurd wanted to see him.

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Ohioans can sign up online for Medicaid program
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 09 December 2013 07:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Low-income Ohioans can start signing up for Medicaid coverage online, along with those who are newly eligible under an expansion of the health program.

The online enrollment option being launched Monday is part of a new state system. Residents also can learn about what type of health coverage could be available to them through the new website, www.benefits.ohio.gov .

Ohioans who are newly eligible for Medicaid under an expansion of the program can apply for coverage that begins on Jan. 1.

Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) administration got approval in October to extend Medicaid eligibility to those with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level — or $15,856 for an individual.

Roughly 366,000 Ohioans would be newly eligible under the extension beginning next year.


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Ohio auction features items from Nancy Drew author
Written by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press   
Sunday, 08 December 2013 07:15

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Typewriters and a desk from the home of an author who brought a young sleuth named Nancy Drew to life are going up for auction.

A lifetime of keepsakes, including autographed posters and writing awards, belonging to Mildred Wirt Benson are to be sold at an auction Sunday in Toledo, where she was a newspaper reporter and columnist for nearly 60 years before her death a decade ago.

Benson wrote more than 130 books, including the 1940s Penny Parker mystery series, but she is best known for the Nancy Drew books that inspired and captivated generations of girls.

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