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Green energy standards under scrutiny
Other headlines: Red-light cameras face tough road in Senate; Bobby Thompson's charity may have had a ghost board

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Jeff St. Clair
  • Green energy standards under scrutiny
  • Red-light cameras face tough road in Senate
  • Bobby Thompson's charity may have had a ghost board
  • Green energy standards under scrutiny
    A state Senate committee will hear testimony today from conservative lawmakers hoping to roll-back renewable energy, and energy efficiency requirements mandated by Ohio law.

    The Public Utilities Committee will hear from the sponsor of a bill that would eliminate all renewable energy mandates in effect since 2008.  A separate measure, backed by Akron-based FirstEnergy, removes the requirement that utilities meet increasing energy efficiency goals.

    The roll-backs are opposed by both manufacturing and environmental groups who say the laws are spuring a renewable energy industry in Ohio, and cutting energy use.

    According to the Plain Dealer, Republican committee chairman Bill Seitz of Cincinnatti says the five year-old efficiency and green energy standards amount to Soviet style “central planning, "

    Red-light cameras face tough road in Senate
    The Ohio Senate has begun considering a measure that would ban authorities from using cameras to determine whether drivers run red lights or violate speed limits.

    The Senate started its hearings Tuesday. The House passed the measure in June.

    It would allow the cameras only in 20-mph school zones if a law enforcement officer is on hand.

    Some police and city officials say the cameras improve safety and traffic-monitoring efficiency. But camera opponents allege the devices are used to raise funds and say the bill could help end such abuse.

    A case involving a southwest Ohio village has boosted the push for a statewide ban. After a speeding ticket blitz, a judge blocked Elmwood Place from using the cameras to catch speeders. The village has appealed.

    Bobby Thompson's charity may have had a ghost board 
    The Ohio trial of a onetime fugitive charged in a $100 million cross-country fraud under the guise of assisting Navy veterans enters its third day.

    The 67-year-old defendant calls himself Bobby Thompson. Authorities identify him as Harvard-trained lawyer John Cody.

    His former legal adviser testified in detail yesterday about how Thompson repeatedly turned aside any attempt she made to meet board members of his charity.

    Thompson is charged with defrauding donors to the United States Navy Veterans Association, a charity based in Tampa, Fla.

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