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Bill Would Bar Death Penalty If ‘Serious Mental Illness’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill now in Ohio’s legislature would allow people convicted of aggravated murder to avoid the death penalty if they’re found to have had a “serious mental illness” at the time of the offense. Republican Rep. Brett Hudson Hillyer, of Uhrichsville, sponsored the bill. He has said the death penalty should… Read More

Ex-Ohio House Speaker Bought $330K Home Amid FBI Probe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s former House speaker purchased a $330,000 house since resigning amid a federal investigation. County records show Republican Cliff Rosenberger’s new 3,249-square-foot, four-bedroom home sits on a quarter acre in Warren County. The Dayton Daily News reports Rosenberger’s 2018 financial disclosure form listed no income sources beyond the legislative job he… Read More

Health System: Delay Patient Deaths’ Lawsuits During Probe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio health system wants to put on hold civil lawsuits over allegations that a doctor ordered excessive painkiller doses for dozens of patients who died. Mount Carmel Health System found that the doctor, William Husel, ordered potentially fatal drug doses for 29 central Ohio patients over several years. The system… Read More

Gummies for Sale at Some Ohio Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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CINCINNATI (AP) – Edible gummies are finally available at some Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports a limited amount of gummies went on sale late last week. Just two of Ohio’s 39 planned marijuana processing facilities thus far have been certified to produce edibles and other cannabis products. Only marijuana flowers had been… Read More

Country Club to Appeal Ruling it Must Sell to Nonprofit

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NEWARK, Ohio (AP) – A central Ohio country club plans to appeal an order that it sell its property to a nonprofit agency seeking to provide public access to ancient burial mounds. The Newark Advocate reports Licking County Judge David Branstool ruled recently that Ohio History Connection can reclaim the 2,000-year-old Octagon Mounds from Moundbuilders… Read More

ACLU Sues Over Ohio’s “Heartbeat Bill” Six-Week Abortion Ban

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The ACLU has filed a lawsuit to challenge Ohio’s “Heartbeat Bill”, a ban on abortion at the first detection of a fetal heartbeat. That can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The law was signed in April, but wouldn’t take effect for three months. The ACLU of Ohio’s Legal Director, Freda Levenson,… Read More

Coroner: Woman Who Died in Jail Swallowed Unknown Substance

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NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio (AP) – A coroner says a woman who died in a county jail in Ohio ingested a package containing a yet unknown substance. The Coshocton Tribune reports Tuscarawas County Coroner Jeff Cameron says it could take six to eight weeks for the completion of toxicology tests to determine what 21-year-old Megan Larrick… Read More