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County, Yost trade jabs over absentee-ballot law

State Auditor Dave Yost’s comments about the possibility of getting into Cuyahoga County officials’ pocketbooks should increase the likelihood of a federal probe of voting in Ohio, the county’s law director says.
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New bill aims to protect against erroneous credit reports

Senators from Ohio and Hawaii are rolling out new legislation designed to give Americans more protections from erroneous credit reports.
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Task force would alter Ohio capital punishment

Sweeping changes in how Ohio handles capital punishment, including banning executions of the mentally ill, requiring DNA evidence or a videotaped confession and reserving the death penalty for the “worst of the worst” crimes, are among a long list of recommendations to be finalized by the Ohio Supreme Court Death Penalty Task Force.
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FirstEnergy Solutions’ special fee investigated

Ohio regulators have launched an investigation into whether FirstEnergy Solutions can charge consumers for its extra expenses to obtain electricity during the extreme cold of this past January.
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‘Clean’ energy bill sparks plugs, pans

Some of Ohio’s largest and best-known businesses are at odds this week over a proposal that would stop mandated annual increases in “green” energy purchases by utilities. This includes power produced using renewable resources, such as wind and solar.
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Interim Athens County sheriff will stay awhile

A retired lieutenant will continue to serve as interim Athens County sheriff while the future of suspended Sheriff Pat Kelly is decided. The county Democratic Party central committee, the elected party leaders, voted 36-8 on Tuesday to appoint Rodney Smith to the $69,372-a-year job.
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Winter weather hurts casino payouts to cities, counties

Tax money coming from Ohio’s four casinos keeps shrinking. The tax revenue from casinos in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo dropped for the third straight quarter at the end of March to about $66.3 million, according to new figures from the Ohio Department of Taxation.
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‘With these rules, you couldn’t execute Timothy McVeigh,’ argues task-force dissent

Many of the recommendations of the Ohio Supreme Court Death Penalty Task Force could blow up before the final report is in the hands of state lawmakers. The 22-member panel is meeting today to wrap up action on 56 recommendations. But a minority report is being drafted by some task force members that will challenge and oppose many of the major recommendations.
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Flood-control plan delayed

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — Several Ohio members of Congress say they are not happy that the Army Corps of Engineers might wait until 2016 to issue a final report on a flood control plan for the Blanchard River in northwestern Ohio.
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Dramatic changes possible for Ohio’s death penalty

Murderers in Ohio could not face the death penalty unless the prosecution has DNA or biological evidence, a videotaped confession or another video recording that “conclusively links the defendant to the murder,” under recommendations the Ohio Supreme Court Death Penalty Task Force will consider on Thursday.
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