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Family sues state over botched execution
Other headlines: January cold snap one of Ohio's costliest weather events; Selection begins for new PUCO chair 

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Jeff St. Clair
  • January cold snap one of Ohio's costliest weather events
  • Selection begins for new PUCO chair
  • Cincinnati judge faces corruption charges 
  • Family sues state over botched execution
    The family of an Ohio man executed using an untried drug combination is suing the state on constitutional grounds.

    Dennis McGuire was put to death yesterday in what has been called a failed experiment.  McGuire appeared to gasp and struggle against his restraints for 15 minutes.  Several minutes passed before he was declared dead.

    Lawyers representing McGuire’s family say the state violated the 8th Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

    McGuire was convicted of the 1989 rape and murder of Joy Stewart in western Ohio.

    January cold snap one of Ohio's costliest weather events
    Experts say the early January's extreme cold and wind are expected to be one of the costliest weather events in Ohio since the remnants of Hurricane Ike hit in 2008.

    No solid estimate is available yet, but the Dayton Daily News reports that insurance and repair industry officials expect it will end up being one of the worst in the state.

    The sub-zero temperatures on Jan. 6 and 7 made for the coldest two-day stretch in two decades. The addition of wind gusts caused more problems — power was knocked out, furnaces failed and pipes froze.

    Selection begins for new PUCO chair 
    The selection process begins for the next chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

    Twenty Seven people applied for the position ahead of yesterday’s deadline, according to the Plain Dealer.

    The seat became open after the surprise announcement this week that PUCO chief Todd Snitchler would not seek a second term.

    Cincinnati judge faces corruption charges
    A southwest Ohio juvenile court judge is scheduled to be on the other side of the bench to face nine felony counts.

    Judge Tracie Hunter had a hearing set Friday before a Hamilton County Common Pleas judge. She has been indicted on charges that include allegations she backdated documents and misused county credit cards.

    Hunter hasn't responded directly to the charges, but the Democrat has indicated she believes she is being targeted for political reasons and because of changes she was bringing to the court. She was seated in 2012 after a legal battle over the disputed 2010 juvenile judge election.

    The Ohio Supreme Court suspended her after her indictment last week. The state's highest court earlier held her in contempt for continuing to bar newspaper reporters from hearings.

    Listener Comments:

    WOW! How easily it is for them to say sue! How about I'm sorry to that family or his death was equal or less than what his victims (mother and unborn child) got. If they do win, all should go to the victims family not his!

    Posted by: Teresa (New Jersey) on January 17, 2014 2:01AM
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