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Snow socks NE Ohio, closing campuses and causing wrecks
Other noon headlines: Batchelder on term limits, children's services sued, smoking ban, Spence suspension

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Three to 5 inches more are expected today, and another inch as bitter cold moves in tonight.
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  • Snow causes crashes and closures throughout NE Ohio
  • Batchelder tackles Ohio's term limits in 2014
  • Trumbull County children's services can be sued for child's rape
  • Smoke-free Ohio State
  • Noah Spence suspension reportedly tied to supplements
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    Snow causes crashes and closures throughout NE Ohio
    Today’s snow storm has triggered dozens of accidents across Northeast Ohio, and has closed both the Trumbull and Ashtabula campuses of Kent State University.

    Most of the accidents have been minor.

    A winter weather advisory is in effect until 1 tomorrow morning, with another 3 to 5 inches of snow expected today plus an inch overnight.

    Batchelder tackles Ohio's term limits in 2014
    Republican House Speaker Bill Batchelder of Medina is targeting term limits as he heads into the new year and his own forced retirement from the Ohio House.

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    “I’m not saying that they should be abolished at all, but I would hope that when we have people come here by the vote of their public in their district that they would have the opportunity to serve as long as those people want them to serve. And that’s not the case presently, people go home.”

    Batchelder co-chairs a bipartisan commission considering revisions to the state’s Constitution, which includes term limits passed by voters in the early 1990s.  

    He’s also the second-longest-serving lawmaker in the history of the Ohio House. He’s held his seat for a total of 38 years and will be term-limited this year. Ohio forbids lawmakers from serving more than eight consecutive years in one chamber. The limits were implemented after Batchelder had already served a few decades in the House. He first left office in the late 90’s and returned in 2007.  

    Trumbull County children's services can be sued for child's rape
    A federal judge has refused to dismiss a $3 million lawsuit filed by an Ohio Amish couple against a Trumbull County children’s service agency. The suit claims workers there are responsible for their adopted child being raped by her biological parents during a partially unsupervised visit.

    The decision by U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson says neither the county nor workers are entitled to immunity from a lawsuit, but her ruling this week did not directly address the merits of the complaint.

    Smoke-free Ohio State
    Ohio State’s campus is now completely smoke free, including a ban on non-tobacco products like e-cigarettes.

    The ban includes outdoor areas, parking lots and garages. It took effect yesterday.

    The Ohio Board of Regents last year recommended similar bans at all public university and college campuses, but left it up to individual schools to decide what to do.

    An advisory committee has recommended such a ban on Kent State’s campuses. Miami University has been smoke-free since 2008.

    Voters in 2006 passed a law that forbids smoking inside all public buildings.

    Noah Spence suspension reportedly tied to supplements
    A key player on Ohio State's defense has been banned from tomorrow night’s Orange Bowl game and from the first two regular-season games next year – reportedly because he failed a drug test.

    The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Noah Spence used "an unapproved dietary supplement." And says he failed a test before the last month’s Big Ten Championship Game. Spence is an all-Big Ten sophomore. If the decision holds, Spence’s next game will be next September – against Kent State.

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