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Guilty Plea By Gaming Company Deals Latest Blow To Internet Cafes

Attorney General Mike DeWine has maintained the businesses are illegal gambling operations. Supporters of the parlors say they're being singled out and that the businesses create thousands of jobs.
11, 2013

A New Jersey company has pleaded guilty to racketeering charges and has promised to stop trying to do business in Ohio. It’s the latest setback for internet cafe owners trying to keep their industry afloat.

Ohio Veterans Groups Disregard Raffle Machines Ban

Several groups have installed more of the slots-like machines since April when Attorney General Mike DeWine set an August 1st deadline for all the devices to be removed.
September 2, 2013

Ohio veterans and fraternal groups have continued to set up electronic raffle machines in posts and lodges disregarding a warning from the state’s attorney general that the devices are illegal.

DeWine Defends Use of Facial Recognition Software

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has formed a working group to study the facial recognition database. The group is scheduled to report back in 60 days.
26, 2013

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is defending the state’s decision to put thousands of driver’s license photos into a new facial recognition database and not tell the public.

State Looking Into Mental Illness Reporting Disparities

Figures compiled by the AG find some counties like Cuyahoga reporting thousands of cases of people ordered to receive mental illness treatment by judges, while other counties such as Lake or Delaware reported few or none.
August 26, 2013

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has ordered its regional field representatives to survey Ohio’s probate courts to figure out why numbers vary so widely across the state.

Marijuana Proposal Stricken Down By Ohio A.G.

The proponents needed DeWine's approval before gathering the roughly 386,000 valid signatures needed by next July to get the issue before voters in Nov. 2014.
13, 2013

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize the use of marijuana in the state.

Grand Jury Considering Steubenville Rape Case Meets Again

Lady Justice sits atop the Jefferson County Courthouse in downtown Steubenville. A grand jury will consider whether other crimes occurred in the case.
August 12, 2013

A grand jury meets to consider whether other crimes occurred in the Steubenville rape case.

Panel Seeks School Floor Plans, Online Access

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7, 2013

A task force wants every Ohio school to submit floor plans and other key information about their buildings so it can be accessed by first responders in the vent on an emergency.

State Playing Catch-Up As Drug Makers Tweak Ingredients

Packages can be as cheap as $10 and authorities say the drugs can cause users to behave in bizarre and dangerous ways.
3, 2013

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the state’s crackdown on synthetic drugs is being thwarted by chemical tweaking of the drugs to keep them legal.

State GOP Leaders Want Borges’ Tax Issues Resolved By Friday

Matt Borges, pictured here with 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, says his tax problems came after a home sale was improperly reported as income.
April 23, 2013

Elected officials who signed a letter endorsing Matthew Borges as the next chairman of the Ohio Republican Party have asked him to resolve and explain the tax liens he’s accrued before Friday’s election.

Task Force Issues Recommendations On Child Welfare System

DeWine's office held child safety summits in the state following a rash of deaths among children whom the system failed.
8, 2013

A new report says Ohio should reduce the number of times a child enters and exits the foster care system and give foster parents more input into court proceedings involving the children in their care.