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Ohio's fall foliage to reach peak in coming weeks

Ohio's fall foliage to reach peak in coming weeks

CLEVELAND (AP) — Autumn colors are expected to approach their peak throughout Ohio in the next few weeks.
Casey Burdick, the fall color forester for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, says mid- to late October is generally prime leaf-peeping season in the state.
"We're pretty much on time," Burdick said ... (full story)


Can Ohio’s false statements law be repaired?

For the second time this year, a court decision has struck down regulations aimed at false or misleading statements during political campaigns. In In re Judicial Campaign Complaint Against O’Toole, the Ohio Supreme Court struck part of one of the judicial canons that regulates conduct during judicial campaigns. Earlier this ... (full story)


National


Colleges duck public records law via corporations

Colleges duck public records law via corporations

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The business of Florida's 12 public universities is supposed to be public like any other state agency. Salaries, contracts, policies and other university business records are supposed to be subject to Florida's expansive Sunshine Law, which mandates that most government actions be open to scrutiny.
But ... (full story)


State


Shopkeeper in Ohio tired of dealing with floods

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — Warren Krout estimates he has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in inventory and office equipment at his pawn shop during the repeated flooding that plagued the city over the years.
He's finally had enough.
Krout sold his business, which sits less than a block from the Blanchard River near downt ... (full story)


Things to know about political mapmaking in Ohio

COLUMBUS (AP) — A bipartisan panel tasked with recommending changes to how Ohio draws its political maps is weighing potential ideas to overhaul the process.
The state alters legislative and U.S. House district boundaries every 10 years to reflect population shifts identified by the U.S. Census. Members of both major polit ... (full story)


Ohio lawmakers weigh in on rules for air rifles

Ohio lawmakers weigh in on rules for air rifles

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A state lawmaker says he wants to explore potential ways to help first responders tell the difference between weapons and toy guns following the fatal shooting of a man by police inside an Ohio Wal-Mart this summer.
Republican Rep. Rick Perales of Beavercreek told The Dayton Daily News that he is open ... (full story)


Program aims to enhance city, empower young people

CINCINNATI (AP) — The paint will fade. Time always wins.
But the ArtWorks murals that have turned Cincinnati into a canvas will resonate far longer than the 20 to 30 years they are expected to survive on the bricks of warehouses, hardware stores and apartment buildings across the city.
That's because the real change occ ... (full story)


Court reverses decision granting early release in identity fraud case

The 10th District Court of Appeals recently reversed a lower court’s decision granting a man early judicial release after he was convicted of felony identity fraud.
The three-judge appellate panel ruled that the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas failed to consider all of the required factors prior to granting Daniel Ni ... (full story)


Upside-down Kansas, other surprises, enliven races

Upside-down Kansas, other surprises, enliven races

WASHINGTON (AP) — A free steak dinner for everyone who predicted the Senate races in Kansas and South Dakota would be in doubt three weeks from Election Day.
Or that the most-discussed campaign TV ad would show a smiling woman talking about castrating hogs.
Oh? No takers?
When the run toward the 2014 election began, ... (full story)


Backers of Ohio voter guarantees hold summit

Backers of Ohio voter guarantees hold summit

COLUMBUS (AP) — More than 100 people attended a statewide summit Saturday exploring voting-rights issues in Ohio and advancing a proposed constitutional amendment that would put certain guarantees in the state constitution.
Representatives of a coalition of black lawmakers, clergy and civil rights leaders that launched the ... (full story)


Abuse, demons haunted Ohio runaway found dead

Abuse, demons haunted Ohio runaway found dead

COLUMBUS (AP) — She crawled out her bedroom window with a bag of clothes and a stuffed cat she slept with every night.
At 14, Katlyn Ann Shope Williams was leaving home, and she wasn't coming back. Only she knew what she was looking for.
She spent the next seven weeks as a runaway on the West Side, exuberant about her n ... (full story)


Ohio district says teachers must repay bonuses

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus school district has directed hundreds of teachers and other employees to repay bonuses totaling about $400,000 because they qualified for rewards only after administrators manipulated attendance data affecting school report cards.
The workers received between a few hundred and a few thous ... (full story)


Technology


A couple of little things

Neither of the following items would fill an entire column, but you need to know them both.
One. You can pin a website to the home page of your smartphone or tablet just like an app icon, with a little effort. But then a website (like you firm’s) will always be one tap away. Here’s how.
Android: Launch the Chrome ... (full story)