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Morning news headlines for October 24, 2012
New York Times study confirms Ohio could decide election; Sec. of State Husted seeks to tighten provisional ballot rules; Paul Ryan visits Cleveland State University

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  • Ohio is confirmed bellwether state
  • Ohio Sec. of State seeks tighter rules on provisional ballots
  • Candidates visits NE Ohio today, tomorrow…
  • Veterans scam Dayton VA
  • Solon company part of Dow Chemical downsizing
  • Craigslist accomplice testifies
  • Ohio is confirmed bellwether state
    The latest analysis by the New York Times show this year, all the clichés about Ohio as the bellwhether state are true.

    In the Times most recent simulations, Ohio has provided the decisive vote in the Electoral College about 50 percent of the time.

    The Times reports Ohio is central enough in the electoral math that it now seems to matter as much as the other 49 states put together.

    The simulations run by the New York Times show Ohio is virtually a must win state for either candidate.

    Ohio Sec. of State seeks tighter rules on provisional ballots
    Ohio's elections chief says with two weeks to go until Election Day more than 800,000 people have already cast ballots and double than number of residents will use the early voting options in this presidential battleground state.

    Ohio is among 34 states, plus the District of Columbia, where people can vote early without giving a reason.

    Meanwhile Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted has asked a federal judge to hear arguments over proposed changes to how the state counts flawed provisional ballots.

    Election officials are required to count provisional ballots that were improperly completed if the mistake was due to poll worker error.

    Husted wants to change election rules to reflect an appeals court decision last week that rejected the idea that poll workers are responsible for identifying mistakes.

    Voter advocates say Husted is trying to get valid votes thrown out.

    A federal judge will hear arguments from both sides this morning.

    Candidates visits NE Ohio today, tomorrow…
    Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will visit Northeast Ohio today.

    The Wisconsin Representative is expected to talk about the economy and upward mobility this afternoon at Cleveland State University

    Tomorrow, President Barack Obama is scheduled to appear briefly at Burke Lakefront Airport.

    Veterans scam Dayton VA
    Nine Ohio veterans are accused of submitting false mileage information to gather thousands of dollars in reimbursements.

    The Montgomery County prosecutor said Tuesday that the nine veterans qualified for mileage reimbursements for driving to the Dayton VA Medical Center for medical services.

    Prosecutors say the veterans took advantage of their status and submitted false mileage information resulting in a combined theft of more than $56,000.

    Solon company part of Dow Chemical downsizing
    A small manufacturing plant in Northeast Ohio will close as part of Dow Chemical’s global restructuring plan. 

    Poly-Carb Inc. in Solon will be one of roughly 20 plants to close worldwide.  Poly-Carb makes materials used in roads and bridges and employs around 40 people. 

    Dow Chemical announced yesterday that around 2,400 positions, or 5% of its worldwide workforce will be eliminated, saving $500 million a year.

    The closures are in reaction to slower economic growth in Europe. 

    Craigslist accomplice testifies
    The teenage suspect in the slayings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers acknowledges he had chances to report the alleged triggerman to police but never did so.

    Seventeen-year-old Brogan Rafferty was cross-examined Tuesday afternoon after testifying in his defense at his Ohio murder trial.

    He said he had a shotgun and a cellphone but never called police or told anyone about the slayings over several months last year.

    Rafferty was asked earlier by his attorney why he didn't run from his 53-year-old co-defendant or call police. He said his onetime mentor had issued a veiled warning to keep quiet or risk being killed.

    Co-defendant Richard Beasley, of Akron, has pleaded not guilty. He will be tried separately.

    Cleveland kidnapper sentenced
    An Ohio man who prosecutors say tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison — the most allowed by law for the crime. 

    Authorities said 37-year-old Edward Crider snatched the girl on the morning of May 30 when she got off a commuter train in Cleveland. She put up a fight as he dragged her toward some bushes. That's when a passing motorist noticed the struggle and yelled out to them, allowing the girl to break free and run.

    The married father of two pleaded guilty last month to abduction with sexual motivations and attempted gross sexual imposition. He was sentenced Tuesday.

    Arby’s robbery victim fired
    An assistant manager at an Arby's in southwestern Ohio was fired after an attempted armed robbery because management says she violated company policy to never be alone after hours.

    Mary Archer had sent the last employee home after midnight Friday  -  then, a man with a knife came into the Arby's and demanded money.

    Archer pushed him and jumped out of the drive-thru window.

    The man fled and hasn't been found.  Archer wasn't hurt, apart from being fired by Arby’s for violating the after-hours policy.


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