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Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:36

Offender Registry Remains Unused

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A registry created in a legislative compromise eight years ago that allows for online listings of child-sex offenders found liable in civil lawsuits has never been used.
 
   The registry replaced a proposal providing a one-year window for victims to file lawsuits alleging child sex abuse had occurred as long as 35 years earlier.
 
   The Columbus Dispatch reports pressure from the Roman Catholic church and other church groups scuttled that provision and replaced it with the registry over abuse victims' objections.
 
   The newspaper says the registry is still maintained by the Ohio Attorney General's Office but has never had a name placed on it.
 
   Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, says the registry was never set up to be effective.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:32

Kasich Budget Divvied

 Contains upwards of 2,000 pages
 
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:27

OSU Mumps Outbreak Continues

 

 Majority of affected are students
 
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:21

New Jail Regulations

 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio now has a new set of regulations for jails around the state.
 
   A state committee of lawmakers approved the proposals Monday. It is the first time Ohio's jail standards have been updated since 2003.
 
   The new standards will allow jails to serve inmates two meals instead of three on weekends and limit showers to every other day. Other changes will allow jail staff to review prisoners' emails for security reasons and monitor and record inmate visits.
 
   Several mental health agencies are backing revisions that they say would improve treatment for mentally ill inmates. Those new regulations include adding mental health screenings and addressing suicide prevention.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:18

Rock Throwers on I-70 Damage Cars

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Columbus police are trying to find out who threw rocks that hit as many as a dozen vehicles along an Ohio interstate.
 
   No injuries were reported but some cars were damaged so severely they had to be towed.
 
   WBNS-TV reports one witness saw two boys throwing the rocks onto Interstate 70 Monday night.
 
   The station says police searched the area with a helicopter but couldn't find any suspects.
 
   Motorist Dennis DeYoung tells the station he was concerned about seeing two boys so close to the highway until he saw one of them throw a rock and hit his windshield.
 
   Highway rock throwers have caused serious injuries in past incidents in Ohio, including a minister blinded by a rock thrown from an I-70 overpass in 2001.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:15

GOP Chairman Denies Interference

 Says protesters not paid off
 
Monday, 17 March 2014 10:59

Animal Shelter Reopens

HEATH, Ohio (AP) - Officials are ready to reopen a central Ohio animal shelter that closed after a litter of puppies contracted a contagious viral disease and died.
 
   The Licking County Humane Society closed to the public in early March to quarantine and clean the facility in Heath to rid it of any traces of parvovirus.
 
   It says no more animals showed symptoms or tested positive for the virus since the initial outbreak.
 
   The disease spreads through animal waste and direct contact between dogs. It can create intestinal and heart problems for the animals.
 
   The shelter says it will reopen Monday. To celebrate the reopening on St. Patrick's Day, it plans to offer drastically reduced adoption fees that day for dogs and cats that have been awaiting permanent homes for at least three months.

Friday, 14 March 2014 17:15

Buckeyes rally past Cornhuskers

OSU comes from 18 down to beat Nebraska in Big 10 Tourney... #1 seed Michigan next

Friday, 14 March 2014 08:40

Smoke Stack Settlement

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) - A lawsuit over who had to pay for damages resulting from the botched demolition of a smoke stack at a western Ohio power plant has been settled.
 
   The trial involving FirstEnergy and contractors accused of negligence in the botched demolition of the closed power plant's stack in Springfield was scheduled to begin Monday, but officials say it's been resolved.
 
   FirstEnergy, and its sister company Ohio Edison, filed a lawsuit in November 2013, two years after the 275-foot smokestack tumbled the wrong direction during its demolition by explosives.
 
   It fell onto two turbine generators used by the energy company, causing damage the lawsuit claims amounted to more than $19 million.
 
   Details of the settlement between the utility and three contractors aren't being made public.

NORWOOD, Ohio (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to be in southwest Ohio on April 1 for a book-signing event.

Carter will be at the Joseph-Beth Booksellers in the Cincinnati suburb of Norwood. The book set for release later this month by publisher Simon & Schuster is titled: "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power."

The 39th president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate has written books ranging from his memoirs to focusing on international issues. This book is about discrimination and human rights abuses against women and girls around the world.

The 89-year-old Georgia native will also discuss his book at the event.

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