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  • The Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued the state in late 2013, arguing that the prison system's policy is inconsistent, especially when the backgrounds of other high-security prisoners granted access to reporters are reviewed. The only plausible reason for granting interviews to other prisoners while denying access to the...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— An Ohio group wants a federal judge to block state officials from ending the Medicaid health coverage of tens of thousands of low-income residents. The request comes as the state's Medicaid agency works to "re-determine" eligibility for recipients of the federal-state program, as required by the federal government. The Legal Aid Society of...

  • Obama vetoes measure against swifter union elections Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 12:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a measure passed by the Republican-run Congress blocking the National Labor Relations Board from streamlining the process for union elections, saying government should not make it harder for workers to be heard in the workplace. Obama also announced a fall White House summit on worker rights.

  • Ohio slashes inmate phone expenses to 5 cents a minute Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:35 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Ohio prisons agency said Tuesday it was slashing the cost of inmate phone services and planned to install hundreds more phones. The current contract with Virginia- based Global Tel-Link was renegotiated to bring the cost of calls down to 5 cents per minute plus applicable taxes, the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said in a news...

  • A look at top car, truck speed limits across the US Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 10:59 AM ET

    Nearly all truck tires have been built for a maximum sustained speed of 75 mph since the middle of last decade, when drivers across the vast majority of the U.S. were allowed to go no faster than 65 or 70 mph. But 14 states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, now have speed limits of 75, 80, even 85 mph in part of Texas. Here is a look at the top speed limits for cars in...

  • US home prices rise modestly, weigh on affordability Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in January, pushing prices up at a faster pace than wages and putting more homes financially out of reach for would-be buyers. "Home prices are rising roughly twice as fast as wages, putting pressure on potential homebuyers and heightening the risk that any uptick in interest rates could be a major setback," said...

  • The policy adopted by American Pharmacists Association delegates at their annual meeting Monday makes an ethical stand against providing such drugs, saying they run contrary to the role of pharmacists as health care providers. "Now there is unanimity among all health professions in the United States who represent anybody who might be asked to be involved in...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio State is committing $400 million over five years to lower students' costs and improve the value of their education, the university's new president announced Tuesday. Ohio State says the $400 million will come from "administrative efficiencies" and "innovative financing" that is not dependent on tuition or taxes. Ohio State is committing...

  • US pharmacist group moves to block execution drugs Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 6:44 PM ET
    Hypodermic needle filled from vial

    A national pharmacists' group has adopted a policy discouraging its members from providing death-penalty drugs.

  • The declaration approved by American Pharmacists Association delegates at their annual meeting held in San Diego this year says the practice of providing lethal-injection drugs is contrary to the role of pharmacists as health care providers. "Now there is unanimity among all health professions in the United States who represent anybody who might be asked...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good saw her pay docked about $600,000 in the aftermath of last year's massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals. Directors of the country's largest electric company said the executives were docked because the spill will cost Duke Energy...

  • NEW YORK, March 27- Wall Street investors may find little reason to make big moves next week as they await monthly U.S. jobs data and any news that could change expectations for the first interest rate hike in almost a decade. The Labor Department report is due on Friday, when the stock market will be closed for Good Friday, leaving investors unable to trade on the data...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate approved a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency Friday that includes incentives to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes. The widely popular Senate bill was co-sponsored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D- N.H., and Rob Portman, R- Ohio.

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 21 this week to 1,048 amid falling oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 813 rigs were seeking oil and 233 exploring for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas each...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— Eighteen years, three governors and $567 million after a study was commissioned to come up with a way to improve public transportation in central Connecticut, a bus-only corridor is about to open, promising to overtake motorists sitting on traffic-clogged Interstate 84. Dannel P. Malloy, state Transportation Commissioner James Redeker and...

  • FAYETTEVILLE, N.Y.— Items belonging to a great-granddaughter of President Ulysses S. Grant will be sold at an estate sale in upstate New York. The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that Julia Grant Dietz's estate sale is being held Friday and Saturday in the village of Fayetteville. Ulysses S. Grant III, grandson of the Ohio- born Civil War hero who became the 18th...

  • AKRON, Ohio— A federal agency has directed the Texas- based company behind a proposed northeastern Ohio natural gas pipeline to investigate an alternative route that would relocate the $2 billion project to less populated areas. The city of Green has proposed moving about 103 miles of the Nexus pipeline away from southern Summit County and northern Stark...

  • Representatives from Citigroup, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, have met to discuss ways to urge Democrats, including Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, to soften their party's tone toward Wall Street, sources familiar with the discussions said this week. Still, political strategists say Clinton could struggle to raise money among Wall Street...

  • March 26- Personal information gathered by RadioShack Corp from shoppers is not included in its sale, the consumer privacy ombudsman in the electronics retailer's bankruptcy case said in response to concerns shared by several states that the data could be sold. Her letter came as Oregon and Pennsylvania on Wednesday joined Texas and Tennessee in objecting...

  • BUCKEYE LAKE, Ohio— J-me Braig smiles fondly as she talks about the six generations of her family that have loved Buckeye Lake. About 370 homes are built into the roughly 180- year-old central Ohio dam, which is mostly edged by a masonry wall and vertical metal plates that catch the waves in the recreational reservoir. In the few steps from Braig's porch to the...