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Noon news headlines for March 20, 2013
Ohio Marine among seven killed in Nevada mortar blast; Chardon officials call for healing and closure; Ohio considers changes to ballot measure rules

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Jeff St. Clair
  • Ohio Marine among seven killed in Nevada mortar blast
  • Chardon officials call for healing and closure
  • Ohio considers changes to ballot measure rules 
  • Ohio Marine among seven killed in Nevada mortar blast
    An Ohio Marine was among the seven killed Monday in a training accident at the Hawthorne Army Depot near Reno, Nevada. 21-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. Josh Taylor from Marietta, Ohio was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. At least eight other Marines were injured in the live fire exercise. Taylor had worked with mortars and served tours in Afghanistan and Kuwait, and was preparing for another tour in Afghanistan. The accident prompted the Pentagon to immediately halt the use of the mortars until an investigation can determine their safety.

    Chardon officials call for healing and closure
    Officials at Chardon High School issued a statement today saying the school is ready to move on after last year’s tragic shooting. WEWS TV reports officials at the school said they are "relieved" that the case against killer TJ Lane is over.   Lane was sentenced to life in prison yesterday without possibility of parole. The school says the sentence, “will allow the victims' families, our students, staff and greater community to move on from the tragic events of last February.” Lane was convicted of killing three students and wounding three others at Chardon High School Feburary 27, 2012.

    Ohio AG and lawmakers introduce fund to help rape victims
    Ohio's attorney general says he'll provide grant money for new regional sexual assault coordinators to oversee direct and comprehensive services for victims of sexual assault. Attorney General Mike DeWine said Wednesday a recently completed survey found that 52 of Ohio's 88 counties do not offer such services. The attorney general says it is crucial that adequate services are available to anyone who has been sexually assaulted. The five year, $1.5 million project focuses in its first year on expanding services to Crawford, Meigs, Perry and Wyandot counties. DeWine was joined by Ohio state Reps. Nan Baker and Kirk Schuring who announced legislation that would levy a $100 fee on sex offenders to pay for rape crisis programs such as hotlines, victim advocacy and support services.

    Ohio considers changes to ballot measure rules 
    The Ohio House is set to vote on two bills that make election law changes in the presidential battleground state. One measure is more contentious than the other. It would restrict the time groups have to collect extra signatures needed to ensure their ballot issues get before voters. Under the proposal, groups couldn't gather additional signatures until the secretary of state notifies them whether their initial petitions have fallen short. Current law already allows groups 10 days to file any added signatures once they get notification. But campaigns typically continue to collect signatures after they submit their initial petitions. Supporters want groups to have a uniform number of days. Opponents say the bill erodes referendum and initiative rights. The other bill would improve access to the polls for disabled voters.

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