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Ohio governor signs new provisional ballot rules
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 01 March 2014 06:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor has signed into law a measure setting 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 signed Friday by Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) 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.

Kasich also signed a bill letting people park motor scooters or certain motorbikes on sidewalks, as long they do not impede the flow of pedestrian traffic.


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Chicago officials say Eliot Ness undeserving of honor
Written by DON BABWIN, Associated Press   
Saturday, 01 March 2014 06:36

CHICAGO (AP) — An effort to scrub Eliot Ness's reputation as the federal lawman who brought down Al Capone came to Chicago's City Hall on Friday.

In a hearing that was unusual for focusing on events that played out 80 years ago, a city council committee voted to send a resolution to the full council next week that would urge federal lawmakers not to name a federal building in Washington, D.C., after the famed Prohibition agent.

"The notion that he put Al Capone behind bars is pure unadulterated Hollywood fiction," said Alderman Ed Burke, who has been pushing for the resolution ever since he heard about the proposal to name the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives headquarters after Ness.

During the meeting, Burke relayed what he's learned about Ness. The committee also heard a tutorial from a group of retired federal agents, who told stories about how Ness grabbed headlines and — thanks to a book and movies — has been given credit for heroics he had nothing to do with.

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WVU committee endorses ex-OSU head Gee for full-time job
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Saturday, 01 March 2014 06:26

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University search committee on Friday did an about-face and endorsed interim President E. Gordon Gee for the job permanently.

The committee made the recommendation during an emergency meeting in Morgantown and now goes to the WVU Board of Governors.

It comes seven months after Gee retired from Ohio State University after his critical remarks about Roman Catholics and Southeastern Conference schools were made public.

When President Jim Clements announced in November that he was leaving for Clemson, the WVU Board of Governors said the interim president wouldn't be in line to take over full time.

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Four shot in Detroit after fight over tax refund
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 01 March 2014 06:29

DETROIT (AP) — A man involved in a dispute over a tax refund check opened fire at a Detroit tax preparation business on Friday afternoon, wounding four employees.

Police say the alleged gunman was arrested running from the scene and a woman involved in the dispute turned herself in later in the day.

The shooting happened at Tax City Tax Service on the city's east side.

Deputy Police Chief Rodney Johnson said the woman became upset when her tax refund wasn't ready Friday and started scuffling with the guard. Johnson said the man with her pulled a gun and started shooting.

The security guard was wounded, as were three other employees.

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Man admits guilt in Ohio slaying of man, daughter
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 28 February 2014 15:28

CELINA, Ohio (AP) — A teenager pleaded guilty to participating in the shooting deaths of a disabled man and his daughter, who had been bound with duct tape during a robbery at their farmhouse in western Ohio near the Indiana state line.

A second man charged in the slayings has pleaded not guilty and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Trevin Sanders, 19, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and other charges Thursday in Mercer County, north of Dayton, as part of an agreement with prosecutors. His sentencing is scheduled for April 15, and he faces up to life without parole.

Colleen Grube, 47, and her father, 70-year-old Robert Grube, were found dead in November 2011 by a relative in the ransacked home on a lonely country road surrounded by farm fields outside the village of Fort Recovery.

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