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Ohio governor appoints state health, EPA directors
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 22 February 2014 08:32

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) β€” Ohio Gov. John Kasich says the interim director of the state's Environmental Protection Agency now has the job.

Kasich appointed Craig Butler as the agency's director on Friday. He has been in the role since early January.

Butler was previously the administration's senior policy adviser on environmental, energy, public utility and agricultural issues. He also worked as district director of the Ohio EPA's central district and southeast district offices. He replaces Scott Nally, who resigned last month.

Kasich also has tapped a lawyer as the interim director of the Ohio Department of Health. Lance Himes has been an attorney with the department for more than 10 years. He has been its general counsel since 2011.

Himes is replacing Theodore Wymyslo (WIMZ'-loh), who wanted to return to private medical practice.


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Police: man shoots dog attacking Cincinnati woman
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 22 February 2014 08:31

CINCINNATI (AP) β€” Police say a man shot and killed a dog that had broken free from its chain and was attacking a Cincinnati woman.

Police say the man who shot the dog and saved the woman kept walking after the incident.

WLWT-TV in Cincinnati reports (http://bit.ly/1c9HOaZ ) that the attack happened in the East Price Hill neighborhood about noon on Friday.

Police told the station a mail carrier was trying to get the dog off the woman when the man walking down the street pulled out a gun and shot the animal.

Neighbors said they didn't recognize the man. Police say he didn't do anything wrong and wouldn't be charged. The Hamilton County Health Department will test the dog's body.

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Information from: WLWT-TV, http://www.wlwt.com


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One injured in afternoon Columbus mall shooting
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 21 February 2014 15:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) β€” Police are investigating after a man was shot in the ankle inside a Columbus mall.

The incident happened Friday near the food court at Eastland Mall on the city's east side around 12:45 p.m.

Multiple media outlets report that police were seeking a suspect who may have fled in a car.

The name of the victim and his condition after being taken to the hospital were not immediately available.


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CEO denies 49ers tried to trade Jim Harbaugh to Browns
Written by JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer   
Saturday, 22 February 2014 08:29

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) β€” San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York denied his team nearly traded coach Jim Harbaugh to the Cleveland Browns last month for draft picks.

York shot down a report Friday by Pro Football Talk, posting on Twitter: "Is this on the record? Report isn't true." Pro Football Talk reported that a deal was in place that would have sent Harbaugh to coach Cleveland, but he opted to stay put. The 50-year-old Harbaugh just completed his third season of a $25 million, five-year contract and declined to address the subject of an extension or any scheduled talks after the season with York, who had said he hoped to meet with the coach.

The 49ers (14-5) lost to the NFC West rival and eventual Super Bowl champion Seahawks in the NFC championship game, 23-17.

A few days after San Francisco's season, Cleveland hired Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to replace Rob Chudzinski, who was fired after going 4-12 his first year. It was the team's sixth straight season with at least 11 losses.

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Solid returns strengthen Ohio public pension funds
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 21 February 2014 09:46

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) β€” Strong investment returns last year have boosted the long-term financial stability of Ohio's public pension funds serving roughly 1.7 million people.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1fh63tL ) reports the largest of the five funds had a return of 13.9 percent. That gave the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System a record $88.6 billion in assets.

Its director says state pension law changes in 2012 also bolstered the system's financial position.

The Ohio Police & Fire Fund's portfolio was worth $14.1 billion after a 16.5 percent return. The State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio made 17.4 percent, hitting $72.3 billion in assets. The School Employees Retirement System of Ohio logged $21.1 billion after a 16.1 percent return. The Ohio Highway Patrol Retirement System earned 18.8 percent, leaving it with $810 million in assets.

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


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