COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State lawmakers in Ohio are withdrawing legislation that mirrors an Arizona "religious freedom" bill that has come under fire for protecting those who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays. Republican state Representative Tim Derickson and Democratic state Representative Bill Patmon issued a joint statement today citing concern over the bill's unintended consequences.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio senators have unanimously passed a bill to let schools take up to four additional calamity days this year, with teachers reporting on one. But first, districts must use four contingency days. It's unclear how the House, which passed an earlier version, will respond.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio officials have started to receive some of the more than 106,000 applications of Medicaid-eligible residents who sought health coverage through the new federal website. Technical glitches had initially plagued HealthCare.gov when it was launched in October. The state plans to work with county caseworkers to process the influx of applications, which will likely include duplicate cases.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The FBI is assisting Dayton police in their investigation of the shooting of a bus driver who said a biblical book in his shirt pocket helped stop two of the bullets. Police Chief Richard Biehl (BEEL) says he contacted the FBI after reading the initial police report and becoming concerned about the possibility of a hate crime. White bus driver Rickey Wagoner told police he was outside his bus early Monday when three black men shot at him with one bullet hitting his leg.
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