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State reports record-low Ohio prisoner return rate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fewer Ohio prisoners than ever are going back to prison after they've been released, the state announced Wednesday, attributing the drop to community programs that work with newly released prisoners, and new prison units that prepare people for life outside bars.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014

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Ohio court is asked to reconsider Amish chemo case

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The lawyer for an Amish family wants the Ohio Supreme Court to reconsider its decision not to hear a case involving the couple who fought a hospital over resuming chemotherapy for their 11-year-old daughter.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014

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Judge: Ohio teen competent to stand trial in fire

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A 17-year-old Ohio boy accused of tying his parents' bedroom doors shut while they were inside and setting the house on fire has been found competent to stand trial.

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DeWine: Ohio election law violates free speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule as unconstitutional a state election law that bars people from making recklessly false statements about political candidates, saying it restricts free speech.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014

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Ohio's exotic animal law survives federal lawsuit

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal appeals court upheld Ohio's restrictions on exotic animals on Tuesday, rejecting a challenge by owners who had claimed the law was too stringent and forced them to join organizations they disagree with.

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Libertarian governor candidate challenged in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers sparred Tuesday over whether a Libertarian gubernatorial candidate in Ohio is qualified for the May ballot, a dispute whose outcome could affect Republican Gov. John Kasich's re-election bid.

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Ohio governor OKs ban on e-cigarette sales to kids

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill that aims to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of those under age 18.

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Army Corps sets aside money for Ohio flood project

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio members of Congress say the Army Corps of Engineers plans to put up $1.5 million to move forward with a project aimed at finding a solution to flooding that has plagued areas of northwestern Ohio.

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