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Rail equipment is focus of bill to bolster crossing safety

A pair of northeast Ohio lawmakers want motorists to exercise extra caution on the approach to a crossbuck and rail crossing - not just for trains, but for the track maintenance machinery that also glides along the rails.
Ohio House of Representatives Speaker Pro Tem Kirk Schuring, R-Canton, and Youngstown Democrat Rep. Michele L ... (full story)

Stiffer penalties sought for killers of first responders

A substitute bill that clarifies a legislative effort to impose stiffer penalties on individuals who assault, kill or attempt to kill a first responder or member of the military continues to advance through the Criminal Justice Committee in the Ohio House of Representatives.
Committee members last week heard testimony in a fourth ... (full story)

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem adored, reviled in divided Ohio

COLUMBUS (AP) — Gloria Steinem does not believe her life's work advocating for reproductive freedom and women's rights makes her "pro-abortion," the feminist icon said in an Associated Press interview Tuesday.
Steinem spoke ahead of her appearance at a centennial gala fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of Greater O ... (full story)

Massacre victim's brother charged with evidence tampering

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — State authorities on Tuesday charged the brother of one of the eight relatives slain in an unsolved massacre with tampering with evidence and vandalism over the destruction of a GPS tracking device they placed on his truck.
The state attorney general's office accused James Manley of destroying the devic ... (full story)

Ohio political commentators sue over online harassment ban

COLUMBUS (AP) — A group of liberal and conservative online political commentators in Ohio has filed a constitutional challenge to the state's recently enacted law against internet harassment.
A federal lawsuit filed last Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland alleges a prohibition against knowingly posting text or audi ... (full story)