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Noon news headlines for November 16, 2012
Ohio unemployment rate down; Pill Mill convictions; New firing range in Cuyahoga County

  • Ohio unemployment rate down
  • Pill Mill convictions
  • New firing range in Cuyahoga County
  • Pill Mill convictions
    A jury in Ohio has convicted a doctor and two other defendants in what was described as a cross-country online "pill mill" that catered to people looking for painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs.
    The three were locked up by U.S. marshals to await sentencing Feb. 14.
    With the conspiracy convictions Thursday in federal court in Cleveland, 13 people have been convicted in the plot broken up in 2010. The alleged ringleader pleaded guilty last year.
    Prosecutors say the operation attracted customers through websites, online banner ads, advertising in bathroom stalls at bars, and at a music festival in Miami.

    New firing range in Cuyahoga County
    The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District on Thursday approved construction of a firing range to be built on its property in Cuyahoga Heights.
    A 100-yard range for pistol, shotgun and long-rifle shooting could be up and running in a year near the wastewater treatment plant on Canal Road. 
    Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies would be able to use the site for a fee.
    It will be the only outdoor firing range in the county, and modeled on a similar site in Summit County.

    Ohio unemployment rate down
    The state Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that seasonally adjusted joblessness in Ohio was 6.9 percent in October, down from the revised figure of 7.1 percent in September. That's the lowest rate since August 2008, when it was 6.8 percent.
    Ohio's unemployment rate has remained below the national rate, which ticked up to 7.9 percent in October from 7.8 percent in September.
    The number of unemployed Ohio workers dropped by 10,000 to 396,000 last month. Meanwhile, the state's non-farm payrolls increased by 13,900.
    Ohio gained about 7,300 jobs in professional and business services and more than 5,000 in government. Manufacturing lost 2,200 jobs, and those in trade, transportation and utilities dropped by 3,800.
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