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Proposed bill aims to help pregnant women get drug treatment

A pair of Ohio lawmakers will introduce legislation they say would create incentives for expectant mothers using drugs to get treatment. Reps. Doug Green, R-Mt. Orab, and Sean O’Brien, D-Bazetta, said they hope their bill will reduce the growing number of infants born dependent on drugs who often suffer from neonatal abstinence syndrome and spend the first weeks and months of their lives hospitalized in intensive care units.

Northam Park critics seek recall of Upper Arlington council members

The decision to proceed with the redesign of Northam Park was the last straw for a group of residents now seeking to recall five Upper Arlington City Council members. The group is circulating petitions for the 1,989 signatures of registered city voters needed for each of the five council members. The number represents 15 percent of voters in the last municipal election.

Ohio's GOP congressional delegation question Mt. McKinley name change

Members of the Ohio congressional delegation will send a letter today to President Barack Obama saying his administration’s decision to change the name of Mt. McKinley in Alaska has tarnished the legacy of a former Ohio president because of “political stunt to promote a partisan agenda.” The letter, expected to be signed by most congressional Republicans from Ohio, charged that Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell “against the will of Congress” by “unilaterally” deleting McKinley’s name from the mountain and replace it with its original Native American name of Denali.

Kasich administration looks into possibility of lottery privatization

State officials are expressing apparent interest in privatizing the Ohio Lottery Commission in moving to hire a consultant to review the agency’s “management and governance structure.” A state request for proposals from consultants issued on Aug. 24 seeks a far-reaching review of the lottery and recommendations to contain costs and maximize profits, which largely are routed to public schools.

Look inside: Kroger's Columbus bakery brings sweet smells Downtown

The smell of fresh breads, buns and donuts often wafts Downtown from the Kroger Columbus Bakery on Cleveland Avenue. Annually it produces more than 130 million pounds of product, including cookies, crackers and snack items.

High-school football: Ohio reviewing Massillon team's use of tiger mascot

MASSILLON, Ohio -- Ohio says the tiger cub being used to continue a high school football team's live-mascot tradition this season stays at an out-of-state facility, meaning it doesn't quite fit under the exemption created for it when the state tightened rules on possession of dangerous animals.

Man gets 10-year sentence in case of body found under bridge

A Near East Side man was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for the death of a 27-year-old man last year. Demar T. Hope, 35, pleaded guilty last month to voluntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence in the death of Lorenzo D. Mason.

State sued over new rules for abortion clinics

The operators of two southwest Ohio abortion clinics asked a federal court on Tuesday to declare recently enacted state laws governing their operations unconstitutional. Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio and Women’s Med Group sued in U.S. District Court, targeting several provisions tucked into the state’s two most recent operating budgets, signed into law by Republican Gov. John Kasich this year and in 2013.

SWAT barricade situation ends with arrest

Columbus police said this morning that a SWAT barricade situation on the East Side has ended with the suspect being apprehended.

Investors in proposed Ohio marijuana farms are diverse lot

There is a doctor, a developer, an NBA legend, a fashion designer, a knight, an ex-boy-band member, a professional football player and two relatives of a U.S. president. Despite their widely varied backgrounds, investors in the for-profit ResponsibleOhio marijuana-legalization plan have something in common: They all want to make money, and lots of it.

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