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New rules for Ohio's county jails go into effect
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 20 April 2014 07:39

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New rules for Ohio's county jails cover a variety of topics, including revised mental standards and emails.

The new standards that took effect Sunday allow jails to serve inmates two meals instead of three on weekends. They also can limit hot showers to every other day. Jail staff will be able to review prisoners' emails for security reasons and monitor and record inmate visits.

Several mental health agencies supported revisions they said would improve treatment for mentally ill inmates. Those include new regulations on screening, health appraisals, medications and suicide prevention.

The changes will affect about 20,000 inmates housed in 90 full-service jails. The jails are mainly county jails and a few municipal ones.

Backers say the new rules will improve safety and help limit liability from lawsuits.


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Ohio hospital pioneering robotic catheter use
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Sunday, 20 April 2014 07:39

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio hospital says it's one of the first in the Midwest using a robotic catheter system to aid in vascular surgery.

Magellan Robotic Catheter Systems are being used at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. They allow control of a catheter for intravascular procedures, including lifesaving surgery on arteries and veins.

Doctors tell the Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1leT67o ) that the system offers greater control and precision. Surgeons sit at a station controlling a catheter, navigating the arteries.

Vascular surgeons work to remove blockages in arteries that could lead to swelling or aneurysms. Such surgery can restore smooth blood flow, ending pain, non-healing ulcers and other problems.

Dr. John Matsuura, a Wright State University professor of surgery, says the system results in less patient trauma and shorter surgery times.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com


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Lincoln locomotive replica won't visit Columbus
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Saturday, 19 April 2014 06:43

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A full-size replica of a steam locomotive that pulled Abraham Lincoln's funeral car won't stop at the Ohio Statehouse as scheduled next week.

The Leviathan 63 engine is part of the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train project that will re-enact the president's final journey from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois.

A spokeswoman for the nonprofit group planning the anniversary event says the Columbus display was cancelled because of late-arriving funding and insufficient time to get permits for rail and road transport.

The locomotive is at the Lake Shore Railway Association in Wellington in northeast Ohio this weekend.

The visits are raising funds to complete the funeral car that will travel with the locomotive to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination. The train will pass through seven states, including Ohio.


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Michigan road kill bill would make claiming animals simpler
Written by EMMA FIDEL, Associated Press   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 06:45

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Getting a drive-through meal could take on new meaning in Michigan if legislation is approved making it easier to take home road kill.

Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, is sponsoring a bill to simplify the road kill claiming process and allow more people to keep dead animals for food, bait or pelts. It unanimously passed the Senate last month.

"All of us are disgusted by looking at deer lying on the side of the road for weeks until they rot right out," Booher said in a telephone interview while driving. "The only thing that distracts me anymore is that I look along the road" and see animal carcasses, he added.

The lifelong hunter said he's hit 11 deer with his car since joining the Legislature in 2004, but hasn't kept any. It can take hours for officials to deliver a salvage tag needed under current law, he said.

But the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the legislation would create a legal loophole for poachers and could particularly endanger wild turkeys. The department said it's working with lawmakers on the bill, and wants to require hunting licenses and species cap limits.

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Gee's move to WVU could save Ohio State millions
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Saturday, 19 April 2014 06:40

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University expects to save millions of dollars because former president Gordon Gee is giving up part of his retirement package as he becomes president of West Virginia University for the second time.

Gee stepped down at Ohio State last year and agreed to a deal worth $5.8 million over five years, including an annual salary of $410,000 and a $300,000 annual grant for research and other expenses as he retained tenure as a professor in the law college.

Ohio State spokesman Gary Lewis said in an email Friday that the school anticipates saving about $4 million because its obligation to meet some of the terms of Gee's deal ends when he begins his permanent role at West Virginia, where he has been serving as interim president for months.

Gee will remain on an unpaid leave of absence until then, and his employment with Ohio State ends July 1, according to a letter that was sent to Gee last month by the university's general counsel and was released Friday by the school.

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