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Marine reserve unit reflects 10 years after Iraq tour

BROOKE PARK, Ohio (AP) — Keith Wightman can tell how much time has passed since his only child was killed in Iraq by looking at a blue spruce he planted in the Marine's honor.
The once 3-foot-tall tree in Wightman's yard now stands at 12, maybe 15 feet tall.
"The 10 years have flown by," says the resident of Wa ... (full story)

Gov. Kasich rescinds union rights for Ohio care workers

COLUMBUS (AP) — Republican Gov. John Kasich last Friday rescinded a pair of directives issued by his predecessor that allowed independent home health care and child care workers under contract with the state to unionize, arguing the key union benefit of health insurance coverage is now widely available elsewhere.
An executi ... (full story)

Attorney general studying possible medical marijuana plan

Attorney general studying possible medical marijuana plan

COLUMBUS (AP) — Attorney General Mike DeWine said last Friday he's studying the plausibility of a tightly crafted medical marijuana proposal, as much broader initiatives head toward Ohio voters.
With the state debating whether to legalize marijuana, it's logical to explore what the alternatives are, said DeWine, a Republica ... (full story)

Legislators want to officially commend Gov. Kasich for work on water quality issues

A resolution commending Gov. John Kasich on his efforts to improve the water quality of Lake Erie has been reported out of a House committee.
Before the measure moved out of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Rep. Dave Hall, R-Millersburg, said House Concurrent Resolution 11 addresses water quality as it perta ... (full story)

Court rules police unlawfully seized cocaine from hotel room

The state recently lost an argument before the 10th District Court of Appeals asserting that a trial court improperly granted a man’s motion to suppress evidence after police seized a bag of cocaine from his hotel room.
The three-judge appellate panel agreed with the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas that officers lacke ... (full story)