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A smokin' stock

Dear Mr. Berko: Several places in New York and New Jersey have increased the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21, which is expected to sharply reduce smoking by our young people. Our 17- and 19-year-old boys smoke, and such a law here would make it illegal for them to buy cigarettes and fine merchants who sell to those under ... (full story)


Grown-ups find coloring books a break from stress

Grown-ups find coloring books a break from stress

COLUMBUS (AP) — Twice a week or so, Amanda Ghiloni pulls out a coloring book and gussies up an animal, a Disney princess or a simple scene from a dollar-bin tablet.
Her coloring utensils of choice: "I love crayons."
Not any type of crayons will do, however.
"I'm only a Crayola girl," she said.
... (full story)


Daughter of entrepreneur now helps other small business owners

Inna Kinney, founder and CEO of ECDI, the Economic and Community Development Institute, is no stranger to small business.
Growing up, she learned the basics of building a business from her father.
“Oh my goodness, he’s had so many business over the years,” said Kinney. “He had a roofing company, a litt ... (full story)


National


In Mississippi, education money gap grows to $1.5B

In Mississippi, education money gap grows to $1.5B

DURANT, Miss. (AP) — In a state with a long history of lousy education, and a bad habit of not paying for it, nowhere is the problem more profound than in this tiny town in the middle of Mississippi.
Durant Public School teachers spend their nights on the Internet, searching for math and other problems to give their studen ... (full story)


AP Interview: Chafee wraps up chapter in politics

AP Interview: Chafee wraps up chapter in politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Outgoing Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has often confounded voters and political pundits, bucking his own party repeatedly while in the U.S. Senate, proposing more taxes during his 2010 gubernatorial campaign and refusing to call the evergreen erected in the Statehouse every December a Christmas tre ... (full story)


State


Beyond the Border
Influx of Unaccompanied Minors Affects Ohio Courts

Jeovani left the only home he’s ever known and traveled thousands of miles to come to Ohio. His family put their trust, and an undisclosed sum of money, in a complete stranger to get the 13-year-old from Honduras to the mother he had not seen since he was 3 when she moved to the United States. Jeovani's biological father aban ... (full story)


Mom who punched teenage daughter loses appeal

The 12th District Court of Appeals released an opinion recently denying a new trial for a woman found guilty of punching her 15-year-old daughter.
The three-judge appellate panel found Chrishawnda Zielinski’s newly discovered evidence unpersuasive and improper and affirmed the Warren County Court’s decision denying h ... (full story)


Great Lakes water level slump over, future unclear

Great Lakes water level slump over, future unclear

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Two unusually wet years have finally ended the lengthiest period on record of low Great Lakes water levels — a blessing for long-suffering cargo shippers and recreational boaters — although scientists said Tuesday it's uncertain whether the recovery is temporary or heralds a trend.
F ... (full story)