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Davis-Besse plans $600 million upgrade
Other headlines: Gay couples sue for birth certificate rights; Senate bill would exempt senior from make-up days 

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  • Gay couples sue for birth certificate rights
  • Winter weather damages Ohio crops
  • Senate bill would exempt senior from make-up days 
  • Gay couples sue for birth certificate rights
    Four married gay couples have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking to force Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates.

    The lawsuit was filed by the same attorneys who won a ruling in December in which a federal judge ordered Ohio to recognize gay marriage on death certificates. That ruling is being appealed.

    The plaintiffs in the new lawsuit include three lesbian couples living in the Cincinnati area who were recently married in states that have legalized gay marriage. One woman in each of those marriages is pregnant through artificial insemination, and their babies all are due to be born this summer in Cincinnati hospitals.

    The fourth couple lives in New York, where gay marriage is legal, and last year adopted a boy who was born in Ohio.


    Davis-Besse plans $600 million upgrade
    A northwest Ohio nuclear power plant is getting a $600 million upgrade.

    FirstEnergy Corp. has begun work to replace the two original steam generators at the Davis-Besse nuclear plant near Toledo.

    The Toledo Blade reports that the scheduled maintenance took about a decade of planning and is expected to infuse $108 million in the local economy.

    About 30% of FirstEnergy’s total power generation comes from its four nuclear units in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    Winter weather damages Ohio crops
    The bitterly cold winter is making things tougher for Ohio growers — and that could translate to higher food prices later in the year.

    The sub-zero temperatures have caused Ohio grape, blackberry and peach growers to lose much of this year's crop, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

    The value of the crops lost to the cold weather hasn't been determined. And, of course, the winter is not over yet.

    Senate bill would exempt senior from make-up days
    A proposal in the Ohio Senate would let high school seniors be excused from making up school days because of weather-related closures.

    Under the Senate bill, districts could let seniors skip the make-up days if they are slated to occur after their scheduled graduation.

    Many schools have exhausted their five allowable days off for snow or bad weather, meaning they have to extend the school year.

    Gov. John Kasich has advocated for adding extra calamity days on a one-time basis because of this season's severe weather.

    A House proposal would let school districts take up to four additional weather-related days off this year. 

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