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Power plant expected to bring jobs to SW Ohio
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 07:20

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — A Florida based energy company says it plans to spend more than $500 million on a natural gas-fired power plant in southwest Ohio that could mean jobs for 400 people in the area.

NTE Energy said Tuesday that it plans to operate "one of the most efficient natural gas-fired power plants in the United States" in Middletown, between Dayton and Cincinnati, according to the Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1ewJcES ).

Officials say permit applications have begun. The project is expected to begin construction in 2015 and go online 2018.

The company said the bulk of the 300 to 400 construction jobs are expected to be filled by the members of skilled trades unions. When it's finished, the plant is expected to add around 25 to 30 full-time jobs to the Middletown area.

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


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Indiana police follow footprints in snow to suspect's home
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 18:55

GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Police investigating a home burglary reported by an 89-year-old woman arrested her next-door neighbor after following footprints in the snow to his house.

Maj. Derek Towle of the Greenfield Police Department says the woman heard a noise in her home early Tuesday and confronted a man. The suspect snatched her purse before fleeing out the back door of her home about 20 miles east of Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/1dLtSmT ) officers called to the woman's home spotted footprints in the snow outside and followed them to a home where they found the missing purse with its contents still inside.

Police arrested 23-year-old Andrew M. Reeves, who was being held without bond on a burglary charge at the Hancock County Jail. It wasn't clear whether he has an attorney.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com


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States consider reviving old-fashioned executions
Written by JIM SALTER, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 18:52

ST. LOUIS (AP) — With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.

Most states abandoned those execution methods more than a generation ago in a bid to make capital punishment more palatable to the public and to a judicial system worried about inflicting cruel and unusual punishments that violate the Constitution.

But to some elected officials, the drug shortages and recent legal challenges are beginning to make lethal injection seem too vulnerable to complications.

"This isn't an attempt to time-warp back into the 1850s or the wild, wild West or anything like that," said Missouri state Rep. Rick Brattin, who this month proposed making firing squads an option for executions. "It's just that I foresee a problem, and I'm trying to come up with a solution that will be the most humane yet most economical for our state."

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Courtroom brawl breaks out at Ohio sentencing
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 18:54

CINCINNATI (AP) — A court appearance by an Ohio man who fatally shot his girlfriend was marred by a courtroom brawl that injured a sheriff's deputy.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/MoXfWN ) reports that it happened Monday as Leonard Lanier was preparing to plead guilty to the slaying last year of Strawberry Edwards.

Authorities said the courtroom erupted when Lanier's brother and a relative of Edwards began fighting. A prosecutor had her glasses broken and a deputy sheriff suffered a broken finger.

Both brawlers were found to be in contempt of court and were jailed.

When order was restored, 28-year-old Leonard Lanier pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of manslaughter and was sentenced to 28 years in prison.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com


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Ohio auditor: District played 'loose' with data
Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 18:51

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus city schools played "fast and loose" with attendance data, grades and other records, the Ohio auditor said Tuesday in releasing findings from an 18-month investigation.

Auditor Dave Yost said his review into attendance data scrubbing at the state's largest school district showed a culture of changing the numbers and a lack of oversight by its board of education.

District employees have been accused of altering attendance records for struggling students to improve performance ratings, which can be used to determine government funding and employee bonuses.

The auditor's review covered the 2010-11 school year, and Yost said the district has since made some changes in its protocol.

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