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Ohio lawmakers OK ban on e-cigarette sales to kids
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Thursday, 20 February 2014 07:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have approved a bill that aims to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of those under age 18.

The measure would prohibit minors from obtaining, possessing and using the products. The House approved Senate changes Wednesday, sending the bill to Gov. John Kasich. He's expected to sign it.

Groups such as the Ohio State Medical Association have questioned the legislation because it defines the items as "alternative nicotine products" rather than tobacco-derived products. The organization said the new category could exempt the products from taxation laws that govern tobacco.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provide users with aerosol puffs that typically contain nicotine, and sometimes flavorings like fruit, mint or chocolate. Users get their nicotine without the thousands of chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes.


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19 people indicted in Ohio in alleged drug ring
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Thursday, 20 February 2014 07:15

MARION, Ohio (AP) — Federal authorities say 19 people have been indicted in an alleged conspiracy to traffic large amounts of heroin, crack cocaine and prescription pills in a north central Ohio city.

The top federal prosecutor for northern Ohio on Wednesday announced the unsealing of a 72-count indictment. Authorities say the indictment details a two-year conspiracy in which drugs were brought to Marion from Detroit and Fort Wayne, Ind., and sold to juveniles and others.

U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach (DEHT'-ehl-bahk) says in a release that the arrests represent a joint law-enforcement effort to choke off the supply of drugs to the region.

The indictments resulted from an investigation by law enforcement agencies that included the FBI, Marion police, the Marion County sheriff's office and the Ohio attorney general among others.


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Powerball ticket sold in Ohio worth $1 million in drawing
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Thursday, 20 February 2014 07:12

NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (AP) — The lottery says a western Ohio supermarket sold a ticket that is worth $1 million in the latest Powerball drawing.

The auto-pick ticket matching five numbers in Wednesday's drawing was sold at Fulmer Supermarket in New Carlisle, about 10 miles northeast of Dayton.

The lone winning ticket for the $425 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a convenience store in central California. That ticket matched all the winning numbers.

There was no immediate word on who may have won one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were one, 17, 35, 49, 54 and a Powerball of 34.


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Ohio House approves two election-related measures
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Thursday, 20 February 2014 07:14

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Proposals to trim early voting and set rules for mailing unsolicited absentee ballot applications cleared the Ohio House on Wednesday amid partisan rancor in the presidential battleground state.

Ohioans can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person without giving any reason. Currently, early voting starts 35 days prior to Election Day.

One bill would cut that time by eliminating so-called golden week — a period when residents can both register to vote and cast an early ballot. Without those days, early voting would then typically start 29 days before Election Day.

More than 59,000 voters cast early, in-person ballots during golden week in the 2012 presidential election, according to estimates from the secretary of state's office. That number does not include residents who voted by mail, though roughly 1.1 million had requested absentee ballots to do so that week.

Supporters say same-day registration and voting doesn't give boards of elections enough time to properly verify registration applications.

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Panel to consider whether to suspend Ohio sheriff
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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:37

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A panel of three retired judges will consider whether to suspend a southeast Ohio sheriff who pleaded not guilty to 25 counts in a corruption case.

The Ohio Supreme Court says the commission appointed by the chief justice has two weeks to make a preliminary recommendation about whether Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly should be suspended.

The 63-year-old Kelly has denied any wrongdoing.

The charges against him include theft in office, tampering with records and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Kelly is accused of improperly using public funds to buy meals and personal apparel, selling county property to a scrapyard, stealing copper wire from a county garage and failing to keep a cashbook tracking money he received in an official capacity, among other allegations.


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