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DeWine significantly cuts access to Ohio facial recognition software
Other noon headlines: Contracts and political cash; I-90 campaign; heroin bust; North Korea; homeless people

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In The Region:
  • Access to Ohio's facial recognition software is down to one fifth
  • Dispute escalates over DeWine and political donors
  • Goal: Non-fatal I-90
  • Heroin bust nets dozens
  • North Korea trial expected soon for Ohio man
  • Should homeless people be a protected class?
  • Access to Ohio's facial recognition software is down to one fifth
    The state is making progress on limiting access to Ohio's facial recognition technology, with Attorney General Mike DeWine's office saying fewer than 6,000 law enforcement officers in Ohio can now use the system. The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that figure is down from 30,000 initially. That drew privacy complaints from civil liberties advocates.

    Dispute escalates over DeWine and political donors
    A Democratic-leaning group says nearly one quarter of the campaign money Attorney General Mike DeWine has raised has come from people and other entities that got contracts from his office.

    According to Moving Ohio Forward, Dewine has collected $1.25 million from law firms and others who got work from his office. But the Plain Dealer reports that DeWine’s spokesman is dismissing the numbers as a “ridiculous bending of the truth,” and that contributions to county and state GOP accounts should not be credited to him.

    It’s not unusual for Ohio AGs to get political donations from contractors. But DeWine’s Democratic opponent, David Pepper, maintains the practice has gone to an extreme with DeWine. Pepper says contracts have gone to political donors and friends rather than to demonstrably more qualified firms.

    Goal: Non-fatal I-90
    Ohio troopers are ratcheting up patrols on Interstate 90 this weekend. It’s part of the 15-state challenge along all 4,700 miles of I-90 and I-94 to record no fatal accidents this weekend.

    The patrols began today and end Monday and is part of an initiative of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

    Heroin bust nets dozens
    Federal authorities announced charges today against 33 people accused of dealing heroin in Akron, Kent and Ravenna.  So far, 30 of the 33 are in custody, and Akron’s police chief says heroin and gun violence are now his departments two top priorities. The investigation involved federal and local authorities.

    North Korea trial expected soon for Ohio man
    Two American tourists, including a Miamisburg man, charged in North Korea with "anti-state" crimes say they expect to be tried soon. Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller pleaded for help from the U.S. government to an AP Television News crew. The men did say they are being treated well and are in good health.

    Should homeless people be a protected class?
    A homeless advocacy group says assaults on homeless people should be considered hate crimes. Officials with the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition told the Cincinnati Enquirer that  adding the homeless as a protected group would help deter attacks, in part by mandating stiffer penalties for offenders.

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