Some lawmakers seek US constitutional convention
Written by TOM LoBIANCO, Associated Press   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 21:27
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A small but determined group of state lawmakers from some 30 states gathered in Indiana Thursday to lay the groundwork for something that has not happened since 1787 in Philadelphia: a convention to revise the U.S. Constitution.

The bar they would have to clear -- winning approval from 34 state legislatures -- seems impossibly high, but the group of roughly 100 legislators, most of them Republicans, is pressing on.

Fueling them is a firm belief that the federal government is increasingly overstepping its bounds and has forgotten that it was the states which gave it life at the birth of the United States, not the other way around.

Planned Parenthood worker out of job after video
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 21:26
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky says it no longer employs a worker who was secretly videotaped discussing sexual role-playing with a woman she thought was 15 years old.

Planned Parenthood issued a statement Thursday saying the video does not reflect its standards or training protocols, "and this staff member is no longer employed at PPINK." The statement did not say whether the worker resigned or was fired.

Man convicted in heroin-related killings
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 09:25
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A 22-year-old man could face the death penalty after a jury convicted him of aggravated murder in the slayings of four people in a northeast Ohio townhome last year.
The jury in Akron found Derrick Brantley guilty on Wednesday of charges including aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping. The same panel returns Monday to hear more evidence and recommend life in prison or execution.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 09:26
Ohio Dems question Taylor's response to timecards
Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 15:11

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Democratic Party chairman criticized how the lieutenant governor has handled two staffers' resignations, claiming Thursday that relying on the state's inspector general, who used to work for her, was not the best response.

Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor's chief of staff and the administrative assistant to the chief of staff resigned last week after irregularities were found in their timesheets.

Taylor's office discovered the timesheet problems while responding to a public records request made in April by the Democratic-leaning blog Plunderbund. The blog asked for payroll records, timesheets and parking logs.

The documents showed the two women's reported working hours and their parking garage and building entry logs did not match, according to Taylor's office.

Taylor referred the matter to the state's inspector general and the State Highway Patrol to review.

Ohio's economic growth matches national growth
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 08:12
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Newly released numbers show Ohio matched the growth of the national economy last year.
That makes the fourth straight year that growth in the Buckeye State either matched or surpassed the national average after trailing the nation for years heading into the Great Recession.
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