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Proposal would make executions more secretive

dispatch.com — A new level of secrecy would surround Ohio executions under legal changes advocated by Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio prosecutors. In fact, they say, the state will in effect have a moratorium on capital punishment until the changes are made. The proposals, though still in draft form, were endorsed last week by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association.
Oct 01, 2014

RT @JoAnneViviano: Ohio attorney general, prosecutors want more secrecy for executions shar.es/1aQJuK via @DispatchAlerts @OhioAJ

Court ruling allows challenge to DUI breath tests

dispatch.com — In a ruling that could impact almost every drunken-driving case involving a not guilty plea, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today that defendants have a right to challenge the accuracy of results from alcohol breath-testing machines.
Oct 01, 2014

Update; DUI lawyer says breath test results could be thrown out unless state can provide data on testing machines shar.es/1aUTHJ

Oct 01, 2014

RT @hollyzachariah: Wow. MT @RandyLudlow: Who knew breath test results for individual DUI defendants were accessible online? shar.es/1aUUbp

Oct 01, 2014

Ohio Supreme Court ruling allows challenge to DUI breath tests... shar.es/1aUFqw

Oct 01, 2014

Who knew breath test results for individual DUI defendants were accessible online? shar.es/1aUUbp via @DispatchAlerts

Oct 01, 2014

Court ruling allows challenge to DUI breath tests; state says copies of test results cost $100,000 each shar.es/1aUZNn

Reynoldsburg man sentenced in 4-year-old son’s death

dispatch.com — A 28-year-old Reynoldsburg man was sentenced today to nine years in prison for killing his 4-year-old son in 2012. Alfred A. Hill entered an Alford plea to one count of involuntary manslaughter. That means he didn't admit guilt but conceded that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him.
Oct 01, 2014

Reynoldsburg man gets 9 years in 4-year-old son’s death... shar.es/1aQCHu

Oct 01, 2014

Adequate punishment? Reynoldsburg man sentenced in 4-year-old son’s death shar.es/1aQvTz

Poll: Kasich's lead over FitzGerald continues to widen

dispatch.com — Gov. John Kasich leads Democrat Ed FitzGerald by 22 points in a new poll released today, the latest survey to show Ohio's governor's race remains a runaway. Kasich is up 57 percent to 35 percent among likely voters over the Cuyahoga County executive, who is losing 1 of 4 Democratic voters to the incumbent Republican.
Oct 01, 2014

Poll says Ohio Gov #Kasich's lead over FitzGerald continues to widen... shar.es/1aUfAv

Oct 01, 2014

New poll shows Kasich's lead over FitzGerald continues to widen shar.es/1aUWoh

Oct 01, 2014

Poll: Kasich's lead over FitzGerald continues to widen; one fourth of Ds voting Kasich shar.es/1aU3QQ via @DispatchAlerts

Judge declines to close Reynoldsburg schools during strike

dispatch.com — A judge declined this morning to close Reynoldsburg schools during a teachers strike there, denying an injunction that a parent requested in a lawsuit that said conditions for students are unsafe. Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Michael J.
Oct 01, 2014

Judge declines to close Reynoldsburg schools during strike... shar.es/1aU9MP

Oct 01, 2014

Judge declines to close Reynoldsburg schools during strike shar.es/1aUxYd via @DispatchAlerts

Veteran budget expert leaving Ohio Senate for OSU

dispatch.com — By: Jim Siegel The person who knows more about state budgeting than anyone in the Statehouse is leaving his post after 23 years in the Ohio Senate. Brian Perera, the Senate's deputy chief of staff for budget and finance, will become a lobbyist for his alma mater, Ohio State University.
Oct 01, 2014

Say it ain't so! Who will provide historical context? #ohleg MT @phrontpage: Brian Perera is leaving the Senate. bit.ly/1wZijVh

Education Insider: Reynoldsburg withholds substitutes’ names from ‘Dispatch,’ citing safety

dispatch.com — Are substitute teachers who cross the Reynoldsburg Education Association's picket line in as much danger as police officers who have been threatened by drug and motorcycle gangs? Reynoldsburg schools Treasurer Tammira Miller appeared to think so when she rejected an open-records request from The Dispatch for the list of substitute teachers who are replacing striking Reynoldsburg teachers.
Oct 01, 2014

Reynoldsburg Schools withholds substitutes’ names from ‘Dispatch', citing safety... shar.es/1aU7iw

Oct 01, 2014

#Reynoldsburg schools withhold substitutes’ names from ‘Dispatch,’ citing fears for their safety during strike shar.es/1aUHrZ

Coroner: Body found hanging from trestle was missing Hocking College student

dispatch.com — Police have confirmed that the body found hanging last week from a railroad trestle near Marble Cliff is that of a Hocking College student who had been reported missing three days earlier. A kayaker on the Scioto River spotted the body of Charles Cane, 21, of Nelsonville, shortly after 7 p.m.
Oct 01, 2014

Body found hanging from trestle in Columbus area was missing Hocking College student... shar.es/1aQ4SW

Panel refers Rep. Mallory for ethics prosecution

dispatch.com — The Joint Legislative Ethics Committee recommended today that Rep. Dale Mallory, D-Cincinnati, face charges for knowingly accepted prohibited gifts from lobbyists and knowingly filing a false financial disclosure statement. The 12-member Ethics Committee, made up of an even number of Democratic and Republican legislators, rarely fers a member for prosecution.
Oct 01, 2014

RT @phrontpage: Ethics Committee recommends Ohio Rep. Dale Mallory, a Cinci Dem, face two charges for gifts. dispatch.com/content/storie…

Ohio State football: Q&A with former Buckeye Jim Marshall

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — Jim Marshall, 76, has lived life on -- and over -- the edge. During a 1970s snowmobile expedition in Wyoming, a blizzard blew the former Buckeyes lineman (1957-58) over a cliff. He survived that scare, plus two plane crashes, an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound, a case of encephalitis, a serious car wreck and three bouts with cancer.
Oct 01, 2014

My Q & A with former #Buckeyes lineman Jim "Wrong-Way" Marshall, who only goes in one direction -- full speed ahead. buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/storie…

Columbia Gas customers warned of scam

dispatch.com — Natural-gas customers should be on the lookout for scammers who call and demand immediate payment for allegedly past-due bills, according to Columbia Gas of Ohio. "The scam is apparently targeted at both individual customers as well as small businesses," the utility said in a statement.
Oct 01, 2014

Scam alert: Columbia Gas customers warned of telephone scam shar.es/1aUNoW

College football: Maryland ready for Big time

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — When Maryland coach Randy Edsall stood before the masses for the first time at Big Ten media days in Chicago two months ago, the first question he tackled was whether he had sought advice from other coaches on how to navigate a team into a new league. He had, he said.
Oct 01, 2014

Started out my week with the Terps taking a look at how coach Randy Edsall plans to win in the #BigTen: shar.es/1aUfAl

Oct 01, 2014

Our @BBaptistHoops takes a look at Maryland's football team before Buckeyes game shar.es/1aUfAl