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Drug maker will stop supplying Ohio's execution mix
Other headlines: Challenger FitzGerald stumps ahead of governor's address; Cleveland launches bid for 2016 Republican convention

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  • Challenger FitzGerald stumps ahead of governor's address
  • Cleveland launches bid for 2016 Republican convention
  • Flood warnings in effect for Ohio rivers
  • Challenger FitzGerald stumps ahead of governor's address
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald and his running mate Sharen Neuhardt plan a series of separate stops around Ohio to present what they're calling "the real state of the state."

    The tour addressing Republican Gov. John Kasich's policies kicks off Saturday in Cleveland and Medina, the site of Kasich's State of the State address Monday.

    The statewide swing takes FitzGerald to the Ormet aluminum smelting plant in Hannibal on Sunday, while running mate Neuhardt visits Toledo and Lima.

    Cleveland launches bid for 2016 Republican convention
    Cleveland community leaders are launching an effort to lure a national political convention to northeast Ohio in 2016.

    Mayor Frank Jackson says Cleveland has the necessary event and hotel space for such a convention, which could help boost the local economy and tourism.

    It's not the only city courting a convention in the presidential swing state.

    Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati each had representatives visiting Washington recently to chat with Republican officials who will choose the site for their 2016 convention.

    Flood warnings in effect for Ohio rivers
    Ohioans are being urged to keep an eye out for potential flooding along rivers and low-lying areas after rain storms helped melt what's left of the recent heavy snowfalls.

    At least 10 sections of northern Ohio rivers are under a flood warning today from the National Weather Service.

    That list includes Killbuck Creek in Holmes County, the Mohican River near Loudonville, the Black River in Elyria, the Vermillion River, the Grand River in Painesville. Officials are watching the Rocky River where water levels continue to rise behind an ice jam.

    Rocky River police will sound sirens if an evacuation is needed.

    The National Park Service is reopening all sections of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, that were closed yesterday due to flooding concerns.

    Wind gusts today also are a concern as a cold front moves into the region.

    Temperatures will drop below freezing tonight.  More cold weather is in the forecast for next week.

    Drug maker will stop supplying Ohio's execution mix
    The AP reports Ohio's most recent batches of lethal execution drugs were produced by a company that wants states to stop using them for capital punishment.

    A sedative and a painkiller resulted in a prolonged execution last month that sparked calls for a moratorium on capital punishment.

    The drugs purchased from Illinois-based Hospira were used in the Jan. 16 execution of Dennis McGuire.

    Hospira says it manufactures the drugs to enhance and save the lives of patients it serves.

    Ohio purchased Hospira-made narcotics in 2012 and 2013 from drug distributor McKesson. 
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