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DEATH PENALTY-OBESE INMATE
COLUMBUS — A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs 450 pounds should be spared based on claims raising doubts about his legal representation, not because he says he's so fat he can't be humanely executed, the Ohio Parole Board rules. The board rejected arguments Ronald Post deserves mercy because of lingering doubts about his "legal and moral guilt" in a woman's death but it said it couldn't ignore perceived missteps by his lawyers. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins.
FRATERNITY HOUSE SHOOTING
YOUNGSTOWN — A judge sentences a gunman to 90 years to life in prison in a northeast Ohio fraternity house shooting that left one dead and 11 others wounded. The man's attorney says he will file an appeal.
DAYTON — An $11 million investment by the state will create as many as 3,500 internships and co-ops for college students and may help fight the "brain drain" from Ohio, officials said. The investment next year is part of the state's strategy to align higher education curriculum with workforce skills in demand in fields such as aerospace and advanced manufacturing.
RENO, Nev. — An animal rights group is urging federal inspectors to fine Charles River Laboratories nearly $200,000 after the firm reported four more monkeys and other research animals died at its testing labs in Nevada and elsewhere since 2009. Leaders of Ohio-based Stop Animal Exploitation Now say the most recent deaths demonstrate a continuing trend of negligence that has resulted in painful deaths of research animals. By Scott Sonner.
— OHIO LEGISLATURE — NEW PHILADELPHIA — A House incumbent has been declared the winner of a northeast Ohio recount by a razor-thin margin, helping Republicans secure a three-fifths majority at the Statehouse next session.
— BUSINESSES-OHIO INCENTIVES — COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says more than six in 10 recipients of economic development grants, tax credits and other perks have met the conditions of their state agreements.
— AUTO INSURANCE-COVERAGE — COLUMBUS — A new law approved by Ohio lawmakers would raise the minimum amount of car insurance motorists are required to carry.
— OFFICERS CHARGED — DELAWARE — One of the Ohio law enforcement officers accused of improperly dealing with an intoxicated man who was later hit and killed by a car has been fined $20 for his role.
— MIDDLE SCHOOL-HIT LIST — KENTON — Three Ohio middle-school girls are facing juvenile court charges of inducing panic after they were accused of compiling a "hit list" at school.
— SEX ABUSE-SENTENCE — COLUMBUS — A central Ohio man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for having sex with a teenage girl he met on a vampire-oriented website.
— DROUGHT-RIVER SHIPPING — ST. LOUIS — The Army Corps of Engineers says it's close to shoring up how soon contractors could begin removing treacherous southern Illinois rock formations impeding barge traffic in the drought-plagued Mississippi River.
— CHILD KILLED-TRIAL — AKRON — An Ohio jury has convicted a 17-year-old boy in the rape and slaying of his 3-year-old half-sister.
— TEEN SHOT — CLEVELAND — Cleveland police are seeking a drive-by gunman who shot an 18-year-old man in the head.
— POT BUST-PRESENTS — ELYRIA — Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers say they found 30 pounds of home-grown marijuana concealed as wrapped Christmas presents during a traffic stop.