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Ohio gov. commutes fat inmate's execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich Monday commuted the death sentence of a killer who cited his obesity as a reason to be spared, saying he didn't get an adequate defense.

Clemency recommended for 480-lb. inmate

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The Ohio Parole Board voted to recommend clemency for 480-pound death row inmate Ronald Post, who contends he is too fat to be executed.
Kasich predicts Ohio victory for Romney

Kasich predicts Ohio victory for Romney

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he expects results in his swing state to be known fairly quickly after polls close, despite the tightness of the presidential race.

Democrats sue to see governor's schedule

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Ohio Democrats say they will sue to see Gov. John Kasich's public schedule, claiming he is using his office to promote Mitt Romney's presidential ambitions.
Paul Ryan! A smart choice by a savvy executive

Paul Ryan! A smart choice by a savvy executive

COLLEGE STATION, Md., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Hold your breath, America. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has picked a running mate who could make him president.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator
More speakers announced for GOP convention

More speakers announced for GOP convention

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The Republican National Committee said it has added former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to the list of convention speakers.

Ohio oil, gas tax proposal draws fire

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 17 (UPI) -- Ohio's governor said he'd like to raise taxes for oil and natural gas producers in the state, though the industry complained of the potential increase.

BP touts Ohio's energy potential

CLEVELAND, July 16 (UPI) -- British energy company BP expects Ohio to play a major role in the future of energy security, BP Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley said.
Ohio Gov. Kasich bans drilling in Erie

Ohio Gov. Kasich bans drilling in Erie

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 12 (UPI) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich issued an executive order to prevent the Department of Natural Resources from allowing oil and gas drilling in or underneath Lake Erie.
Heat persists as D.C. cleans up after storm

Heat persists as D.C. cleans up after storm

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- Heat advisories were posted across much of the U.S. Southeast Sunday while sweltering residents of the Washington are cleaned up after a vicious storm front.
Small dog cleared of 'dangerous' label

Small dog cleared of 'dangerous' label

PATASKALA, Ohio, June 26 (UPI) -- An Ohio woman won a court battle to remove the "dangerous dog" classification from her 2-year-old bichon frise.
Ohio passes fracking law

Ohio passes fracking law

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 12 (UPI) -- Ohio has adopted legislation that requires energy companies to disclose to healthcare providers the components of fluids used in natural gas operations.

Ohio: Ownership of exotic animals limited

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 6 (UPI) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a law Wednesday placing limits on the acquisition, sale and breeding of exotic animals.

Stay of execution granted for Ohio killer

LUCASVILLE, Ohio, June 6 (UPI) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich granted a two-week stay of execution for a man convicted of shooting his wife and brother-in-law in a courthouse 20 years ago.
Ohio no longer labels pit bulls 'vicious'

Ohio no longer labels pit bulls 'vicious'

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 22 (UPI) -- Pit bulls will no longer automatically be classified as "vicious" dogs in Ohio under a law that took effect Tuesday.

Critics cry foul over Ohio frack proposals

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 17 (UPI) -- A measure passed by the Ohio Senate on hydraulic fracturing falls short of what's needed for responsible environmental oversight, an advocacy group said.

Ohio teen's killer executed in Ohio

LUCASVILLE, Ohio, April 18 (UPI) -- A man who killed a teenager in 1985 was executed at an Ohio prison Wednesday, officials said.

Donald Duck comment on memorial criticized

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 5 (UPI) -- A former Ohio state legislator has angered Jews in the state by appearing to suggest that a Holocaust memorial is the equivalent of a Donald Duck monument.

Ohio exotic animal owners fight regulation

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 28 (UPI) -- Dozens of exotic animal owners turned out at a state legislative hearing to oppose attempts to regulate the ownership and sale of exotic animals in Ohio.
Obama, Cameron take in NCAA game

Obama, Cameron take in NCAA game

DAYTON, Ohio, March 13 (UPI) -- Basketball fans cheered Tuesday when President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron took their seats to watch an NCAA Tournament game in Ohio.
Who'll claim what in key Ohio primary?

Who'll claim what in key Ohio primary?

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum -- fresh off one-two finishes in Michigan and Arizona -- know a key truism for any Republican presidential candidate: Ohio is a must-win, not nice-to-win, but must-win state.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Poll: Majority disapprove of Ohio's Kasich

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich has a 53 percent disapproval rating among the state's voters, a Public Policy Polling survey released Wednesday indicated.
Governor signs Ohio anti-abortion law

Governor signs Ohio anti-abortion law

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed legislation that bars health insurance plans involved in state health exchanges from covering abortions.
Exotic animal ban mulled in Ohio

Exotic animal ban mulled in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Ohio, which has liberal regulations on exotic animals, should ban private ownership of them, a special panel considering the issue says in a draft proposal.

Overreaching bites back

Memo to political candidates, ballot issue backers and others involved in the 2012 U.S. general election: Don't mistake overreaching for a political mandate. Those voters will get ya every time.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
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