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Ohio lawmakers pass new provisional ballot rules
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 07:14

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill setting forth when provisional ballots are counted in the political swing state and what it takes to cast one.

Provisional ballots include those cast when voters don't bring proper ID to the polls or cast them in the wrong precinct.

The bill passed by the House and Senate Wednesday would put into law recent federal court action that requires provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct, but right polling location, to be counted. The goal of the legislation was to reduce the number of ballots rejected for voting in the wrong precinct but correct polling place.

Some polling places contain voting machines for several precincts.

The measure, which Gov. John Kasich likely will sign, would cut the number of days provisional voters would have to prove their identity and eligibility to seven from 10. The bill keeps in place current rules that election officials not count the ballots for at least 10 days.

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Ohio calamity-day bill hits snag; debate continues
Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 07:13

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State lawmakers disagreed Wednesday over how many additional calamity days to give Ohio schools off this year because of the winter's hazardous weather, and how districts can make up the ones they have already taken.

The impasse came after the Senate passed its own plan Wednesday, different from a version passed earlier by the House.

Snow, ice and bone-chilling temperatures have led many districts across Ohio to exhaust the school year's five allowable calamity days, in which schools can close without making up the lost instructional time.

Many districts have canceled classes for nine or more days this year. Some Guernsey County schools in eastern Ohio have topped 17 such days.

Gov. John Kasich has been among those advocating adding extra snow days on a one-time basis. He has said if schools exceed their allowable days and have to extend the year, it can "wreak havoc" with schedules and school budgets.

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Ohio man gets life for killing infant son
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 07:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 31-year-old central Ohio man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally beating his infant son.

A judge in Columbus sentenced Johnnie Crockett III on Wednesday following his conviction earlier this month for murder and child endangering. He'll have to serve 15 years before he's eligible for parole.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1hVWWRh ) reports that his 8-month-old son Iszaac was hospitalized with critical injuries in February 2012. The baby died from his injuries 10 months later.

Crockett was the only one home with the baby and other children when he called the baby's mother to say he wasn't breathing.

The child's mother and several family members were in the courtroom Wednesday to support Crockett, who did not make a statement.

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


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Homeless person killed in Ohio propane explosion
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 07:11

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a homeless person has burned to death after a small heater exploded inside a tent in Columbus.

The Columbus Dispatch (bit.ly/1fsHiec) reports that firefighters found the body around 9 p.m. Wednesday after responding to a report of an explosion not far from the Interstate 670 overpass in the city's Italian Village neighborhood. Some homeless people camp in a wooded area there.

Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Rich Richardson says the victim was using a type of propane canister to keep warm in the 19-degree weather. He says it appears that a man was killed but the body was so badly burned authorities are unsure of the gender.

The coordinator of an outreach center is trying to help identify the victim.

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


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FBI helping Ohio police in bus driver shooting
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:19

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The FBI is working with Dayton police in the investigation of the shooting of a bus driver who said a biblical book in his shirt pocket helped stop two of the bullets.

FBI spokesman Rick Smith said Wednesday that agents will help determine whether the shooting was a hate crime, a federal civil rights violation. Police planned a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

The 49-year-old driver told police he was outside his bus early Monday when three men shot at him three times, with one bullet hitting his leg. He was stabbed in the arm. He is expected to recover.

Rickey Wagoner, who is white, told police he heard one of the three black men saying they were there to "shoot a polar bear" — street lingo for a white person.


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