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Ohio court considers bar exam for six-year students
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 29 December 2013 08:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) โ€” The Ohio Supreme Court is accepting public comment on a possible rule change that could let students become lawyers after six years of college training instead of seven.

The court says Ohio law school deans requested that it consider letting applicants apply for the bar exam if they complete a six-year joint program for a bachelor's degree and a law degree. The director of the Office of Bar Admissions at the court says current rules would require such graduates to get a waiver.

The traditional path for aspiring lawyers is slightly longer, with four years of undergraduate work and three years in law school.

No Ohio law schools offer the six-year joint program now. Those institutions would have to decide whether to create such programs.


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Top Ohio Republicans face down intraparty critics
Written by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press   
Sunday, 29 December 2013 08:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) โ€” Conservative restlessness within their own party poses challenges to three Republican stars in the battleground state of Ohio, where House Speaker John Boehner, Sen. Rob Portman and Gov. John Kasich all have riled up the right.

Kasich upset some by pushing for certain tax increases and embracing Medicaid expansion under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul; Boehner is clashing with conservative groups over the federal budget; and Portman faces backlash from social conservatives over his about-face in favor of gay marriage.

Whether the GOP trio can hold Republicans together has sweeping political implications, given Ohio's role as a swing state and the three men's own national profiles. Kasich and Portman have been floated as presidential-ticket contenders, while Boehner seeks to hang on to one of Washington's most powerful jobs.

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Vouchers can help Ohioans with higher GED test fee
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 29 December 2013 08:00

CLEVELAND (AP) โ€” Ohioans without high school diplomas will have to pay more next year to take a test for an equivalency certificate but can receive vouchers toward that expense if they get career counseling beforehand at certain sites.

The GED test in Ohio is expected to cost $120 in January โ€” triple the current cost โ€” with the switch from a paper test to a computerized version.

Test-takers can get $80 in vouchers toward that cost if they first meet with a counselor at one of Ohio's 91 career-technical district sites, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/18SrU3f) reported. The program was allotted $4 million in the state budget.

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Miami U to get new indoor arena, other work
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 29 December 2013 08:01

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) โ€” Construction is set to begin in 2014 on a sports facility on the Miami University campus in Oxford.

The school in southwest Ohio plans a 91,000-square-foot building that will include an indoor football field with synthetic turf; netting for baseball, softball and golf practices, and running lanes and jumping pits. Activities will be moved from aging Withrow Court.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/19Khczz ) that private donations will fund most of the $13 million project.

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Man cleared of Michigan rape settles for $1.5M
Written by ED WHITE, Associated Press   
Saturday, 28 December 2013 06:50

DETROIT (AP) โ€” A man who served 13 years in prison for rape based on faulty bite-mark evidence has settled a lawsuit against a Detroit-area suburb for $1.5 million, his attorney said Friday.

The deal between Michael Cristini and the city of Warren was struck less than two weeks before trial in Detroit federal court, attorney Michael Dezsi told The Associated Press.

Cristini "was ready to put this behind him, and he believed this was a fair amount. This was a nightmare that happened more than 20 years ago," Dezsi said, referring to the initial criminal case. "It ruined his life."

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