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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)--When Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer lamented the courts' seeming lack of jurisdiction over Republican Gov. John Kasich's privatized job-creation board last week, he joined a growing chorus of the frustrated.
State lawmakers created JobsOhio in 2011 in a bill containing sweeping exemptions from public records and ethics laws. Defenders of the corporate-style setup say JobsOhio files a long list of reports, disclosures and business filings. But it isn't only Kasich's political opponents who have raised concern.
Besides Pfeifer, a fellow Republican, the state's auditor and the leader of the Ohio Ethics Commission have both talked of their agencies' lack of oversight of the agency.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)--Fur takers in Ohio can begin hunting and trapping animals such as raccoons and weasels this weekend.
The state's Department of Natural Resources says hunters and trappers are expected to encounter good populations of fur-bearing animals when the season begins today. Ohio is among the nation's leading producers of raw furs.
The state says 22,520 fur taker permits were sold in Ohio last year. The state currently has 69 licensed fur dealers. Fox, raccoon, opossum, skunk and weasel hunting and trapping seasons are open Sunday through the end of January. Mink and muskrat trapping seasons are open Sunday through February.
Other information about the season and permit requirements can be found at wildohio.com.
COLUMBUS, OH (AP)--The death of a 4-year-old after she was found unresponsive in a Northwest Columbus apartment has officially been ruled a homicide.
According to police, Layla Malone, age 4, was found on November 6 with visible injuries from a severe beating. Malone was taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital where she later died.
On Saturday, Columbus homicide detectives were informed that the Franklin County Coroner ruled the death a homicide. That determination was reached based upon the multiple severe injuries that Malone suffered. Michael McDaniel, age 28, was originally arrested and charged with felonious assault. Detectives now say that the charge will be amended to murder.
McDaniel is being held on a $1 million bond.