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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Military veterans who served during the Persian Gulf War era have until Tuesday to claim Ohio bonuses of up to $1,500.
Ohio voters in 2009 approved a $200 million bond issue to fund bonuses for veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq war eras. Iraq War veterans have another year, until Dec. 31, 2014, to apply. No deadline has been announced for Afghanistan War and all veterans who served after Oct. 7, 2001.
Eligible next of kin of those who were killed in action or died of disease as a result of in-theater service also can apply for the Ohio Veterans Bonus.
As of earlier this month, roughly $60 million had been paid to nearly 72,000 veterans and family members covering all three war eras.
CINCINNATI (AP) - A southwest Ohio Democrat is set to announce whether he'll make a run for Ohio governor. Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune says he will reveal his decision Monday afternoon.
Portune could set up a Democratic primary against Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald if he decides to run. A primary would be an expensive proposition as Democrats aim to take back the governor's office from Republican John Kasich.
Portune has spent the last two decades as either a Cincinnati city councilman or Hamilton County commissioner.
Ohio's Supreme Court will take up a challenge to how a northern Ohio city fines drivers caught on camera.
A state appeals court earlier this year ruled that Toledo had wrongly taken away jurisdiction with its administrative review process for drivers who run red lights or speed. The attorney who brought the lawsuit says the city is denying drivers their day in court.
The Blade newspaper in Toledo reports that the decision may impact other cities around Ohio that have the red-light and speed cameras. Attorneys for the city of Toledo say in court filings that the appeals court decision took away cities' rights spelled out in the Ohio Constitution that allow them to create review processes for noncriminal issues.
Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohio's crime lab has processed nearly 5,000 previously untested rape kits as it searches for DNA matches that could help solve reported sexual assaults.