Proposed regulations for Ohio hunters near vote
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 16 March 2014 06:41

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio wildlife officials have made changes to proposed hunting regulations after weeks of weighing public comments and reviewing data.

The Department of Natural Resources says its Division of Wildlife's amended proposal says that hunters can load shotguns and pistol-cartridge rifles with no more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined when hunting white-tailed deer.

The current hunting regulation states a shotgun must be plugged if it is capable of holding more than three shells. The division's initial proposal required a magazine plug or inert ammunition to limit capacity for pistol cartridge rifles.

The 2014-15 hunting regulations presented to the council also called for new deer bag limits in many counties.

The Ohio Wildlife Council will vote April 9 on the proposed policies.



Division of Wildlife: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/

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Michigan metal theft bill hung up despite leaders' push
Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 March 2014 05:24

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Five years after Michigan targeted copper thefts plaguing cities like Detroit and disrupting railroads and utilities, plans to better restrict sales of stolen scrap metal are caught in a legislative fight despite agreement among political leaders and law enforcement that action is needed.

The legislation would tighten rules in what can be a lucrative scrap metal market, giving police and prosecutors more tools to bolster cases against thieves.

Scrapyards would have to take photos or video of metal they buy. Sellers could only be paid by check or money order, or they could redeem their money at an onsite ATM that takes photos of them getting the cash.

Knowingly selling or buying street light poles, guardrails, traffic signs, cemetery plaques and railroad equipment generally would be off limits, too.

But it's one provision — to make people wait three days for payment for copper wire, air conditioners and catalytic converters — that's angering scrap buyers and dividing lawmakers.

Court: Indicted Ohio judge's ruling unconscionable
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 March 2014 05:20

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio judge facing criminal charges was "not only unreasonable but also utterly unconscionable" in ruling to take two children from their mother, an appeals court ruled Friday.

The ruling by Ohio's 1st District Court of Appeals reverses an earlier ruling by Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter, who isn't currently allowed to oversee cases as she faces criminal charges on accusations she misused county credit cards and backdated court documents. She has pleaded not guilty.

Hunter's attorney, Clyde Bennett, declined to comment.

In the October ruling in question, Hunter upheld a magistrate judge's decision to permanently remove the children of a Cincinnati woman from her custody and place them with a county agency, despite finding potential error with the original ruling.

Ohio legislators, liberties groups oppose cameras
Written by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 March 2014 05:22

CINCINNATI (AP) — Nearly 30 Ohio legislators and two civil liberties groups are backing a motorist's challenge to traffic cameras that's going before the Ohio Supreme Court.

Among the lawmakers are Reps. Dale Mallory, D-Cincinnati, and Ron Maag, R-Lebanon, who are pushing legislation to ban or sharply restrict camera use in the state. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law filed legal briefs this week urging the state's high court to rule in favor of a motorist who said the city of Toledo usurped the judicial system and violated his constitutional rights to due process.

The brief filed by the 1851 Center is joined by 29 state legislators who say traffic enforcement systems, in which administrative hearings are used to hear appeals by ticketed motorists, attempt to "circumvent and thwart" the state legislature's powers as well as the courts.

"The city of Toledo's automated traffic camera ordinance attempts to exact property from Ohio drivers through administrative hearing officers, without access to an elected and accountable judge or a judge authorized by the state's duly elected and accountable legislators," the legal brief states.

KitchenAid mixer demand creates 400 new Ohio jobs
Written by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 March 2014 05:19

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Whirlpool Corp., citing strong demand for its mixers and other small kitchen appliances made in Ohio, announced plans Friday to expand its Greenville plant and add 400 jobs.

The plant that makes KitchenAid brand mixers and other products already employs some 1,000 full- and part-time workers. The company said it's putting $40 million into an expansion that will nearly double the size of its operations, with 400 new jobs by 2018.

Ohio leaders were delighted that Whirlpool decided to expand in the state, instead of in China, Mexico or other potential locations.

"They had a lot of choices, and they picked us," said Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who went to Greenville for the announcement. "It's another significant win for Ohio."

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