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Kinder Morgan

Dear Mr. Berko: I bought 1,000 shares of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners on your recommendation this April at $76 because of regular dividend increases and because I would get $5,560 in income, which is a 7.3 percent yield, and it would be tax-free. Now the stock is $97 because it's merging with three of Richard Kinder's other compan ... (full story)


Manure use restrictions sought to combat lake algae

A Northwest Ohio lawmaker is renewing a call for tighter run-off regulations through House Bill 611.
The proposed legislation, sponsored by Rep. Michael Sheehy, of Oregon, Ohio, would adjust standards for manure application.
Under the bill, no person would be permitted to apply manure when the top two inches of soil are satur ... (full story)


Mimicking the airlines, hotels get fee-happy

Mimicking the airlines, hotels get fee-happy

NEW YORK (AP) — Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, "Are we there yet?" The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use.
Guaranteeing two queen beds or one king bed will cost you, as will checking in early or checking out late. Don't ... (full story)


Local


Appellate court rules prior convictions allowable in domestic violence case

A domestic violence conviction handed down in the Medina County Court of Common Pleas was upheld by the 9th District Court of Appeals recently when a three-judge reviewing panel found that the lower court properly allowed evidence of the defendant’s four prior domestic violence convictions.
Appellant Daryl Inman argued tha ... (full story)


National


Suburban Dallas school station spawns careers

Suburban Dallas school station spawns careers

MESQUITE, Texas (AP) — Over its 30-year run, KEOM-FM (88.5 mHz), Mesquite's school-district-run radio station, has become as much an identifier of the community as its rodeo.
However, neither the huge radio tower off LBJ Freeway nor the regional clarity of a 61,000-watt broadcast may be as powerful as the station's educati ... (full story)


Autumn on the Connecticut River with the swallows

Autumn on the Connecticut River with the swallows

ON THE LOWER CONNECTICUT RIVER, Conn. (AP) — The first swallows appear at sunset, inky flecks in a dusky pink sky. A cloud of birds forms, then another and another. Soon the entire sky is teeming with tree swallows — hundreds of thousands of them — swooping and swirling and shimmying in a dazzling aerial ballet th ... (full story)


AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.
The decision comes after a federal judge's ruling that there was no meaningful way to challenge the designation, a situation deemed unconstitutional. ... (full story)


Fla. Panhandle military beach is little-known gem

Fla. Panhandle military beach is little-known gem

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) — Alabama tourist Lance Du Bose has long enjoyed taking his family to a little-known spit of beach underneath a highway bridge on the Florida Panhandle, where there's sand, shade and shallow water and fewer visitors than the beaches in nearby Destin. The only drawback: occasional encounters wit ... (full story)


State


Death sentence upheld for man who bludgeoned ex-girlfriend to death

A convicted killer recently lost his appeal when the 5th District Court of Appeals rejected his allegation that his trial counsel talked him out of a plea deal that could have saved his life.
The Licking County Court of Common Pleas found Phillip Elmore guilty of aggravated murder for the June 2002 slaying of his ex-girlfriend.< ... (full story)


Judges reject appeal from man who used 92-year-old woman's credit cards in spending spree

The 12th District Court of Appeals recently affirmed several convictions for a man who stole an elderly woman’s credit cards and used them to purchase $1,600 worth of merchandise from a Fayette County Walmart.
Jason Calhoun was arrested and charged after police found him leaving a Walmart store with a 92-year-old woman&rsq ... (full story)


Delaware County court may add domestic relations division

State Reps. Margaret Ann Ruhl, R-Mount Vernon, and Andy Brenner, R-Powell, are jointly sponsoring a bill that would establish a domestic relations division of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas and create a judgeship for the new division.
The proposed legislation, House Bill 595, was introduced into the Ohio General Assem ... (full story)


Man who recorded children at Kings Island loses appeal of weapons, drugs convictions

A man reported for suspicious activity at the Kings Island amusement park was properly convicted for drugs and weapons offenses, according to a recent ruling from the 12th District Court of Appeals.
Rodney Grisham first came to the attention of Kings Island security when the parent of a young boy reported that Grisham made &ldqu ... (full story)


Recent drop in legal aids impacts attorneys' pro bono work

In the face of funding challenges, officials from the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation have said the state’s legal aids have continued to provide essential, life-changing legal help to those in need through volunteer pro bono attorneys.
Data from the Supreme Court of Ohio’s voluntary reporting of pro bono activities ... (full story)