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Ohio governor proposes tax, education changes
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 15:24

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich rolled out an ambitious election-year policy document Tuesday that delivers a promised income-tax cut through increases in tobacco and other taxes, and streamlines government offerings for jobseekers and the poor.

The fate of the Republican governor's plan is uncertain. Lawmakers he will ask to approve the measure face particularly competitive elections this year.

Testimony was set to begin on the bill Wednesday in the GOP-led Ohio House's powerful Ways & Means Committee.

Kasich, who also faces re-election this fall, proposes reducing Ohio income taxes by 8.5 percent over the next three years, which would lower the top tax rate to 4.88 percent by 2016. The administration estimates that would mean a cumulative tax savings from 2011 to 2016 of about $350 for a median-income couple with two kids.

The nearly $2.2 billion reduction would be made up for through increases in taxes on commercial activity, cigarettes and drilling.

Kasich said cutting income taxes and improving education and training are already proving beneficial.

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Lake Michigan ice cover breaks 37-year-old record
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:52

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Lake Michigan's ice cover has set a record.

The federal government's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor reports that ice spread across 93.29 percent of the lake's surface area on Saturday. That eclipsed the previous high of 93.1 percent in 1977.

The 37-year-old record was broken just before moderating temperatures began shrinking Great Lakes ice. At one point last week, the ice cover reached 92.2 percent for the entire five-lake system, second only to the 94.7 percent high reached in February 1979. On Monday night, it had dropped to 83.9 percent.

Lake Michigan fell to 77.1 percent Monday.

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Online:

http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/data/pgs/ice.html


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Ohio pays $2.5M to settle lawsuit by prisoner
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:45

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state of Ohio is paying $2.5 million to help care for a severely brain-damaged child born to a state prisoner who claimed she didn't get proper medical and prenatal care.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction didn't admit any wrongdoing in the settling the lawsuit filed by Marcquietta Nored of Cincinnati. She was serving a sentence for forgery when she gave birth to daughter Julia in July 2006 at the Ohio State University hospital.

The girl was born with severe brain damage and quadriplegic cerebral palsy. She can neither speak nor use her legs and arms.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1enDFkv ) reports the suit claimed Nored wasn't treated for her high blood pressure and did not receive any obstetrical care in the 11 weeks before the birth.

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


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Winter isn't giving up in Ohio
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:46

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Winter isn't quite over yet in Ohio.

A winter storm watch has been issued for northern Ohio counties for late Tuesday and Wednesday, with 4 to 6 inches of snow expected in some areas.

A swath of central Ohio could get 1 to 3 inches of show, but it's expected to melt when it hits the ground, creating some slushy conditions and possibly hazardous driving.

After a few days of high temperatures in the 50s and 60s, Ohio is going to get colder again, with highs in the 30s expected on Wednesday.

The winter has been especially long and cold in the Buckeye State, with some cities seeing record snowfall and cold temperatures.


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Ohio AG certifies petition in voter-access effort
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 06:25

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio group has been cleared to continue its effort to guarantee what it calls certain voter protections in the state constitution.

Attorney General Mike DeWine certified the petition Monday for the proposed "Ohio Voters Bill of Rights."

The supporters changed their summary of the proposal after DeWine initially rejected their petition, saying it was not a fair and truthful statement of the amendment.

Backers added two sentences describing federal law to the summary.

The proposed amendment would expand early voting times on weekends and make other changes to election rules. It is supported by a coalition of black lawmakers, clergy and civil rights leaders.

DeWine had to clear the summary's phrasing before supporters could continue with their ballot push and collect signatures to get it before voters this fall.


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