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Ohio's Supreme Court will take up a challenge to how a northern Ohio city fines drivers caught on camera.
A state appeals court earlier this year ruled that Toledo had wrongly taken away jurisdiction with its administrative review process for drivers who run red lights or speed. The attorney who brought the lawsuit says the city is denying drivers their day in court.
The Blade newspaper in Toledo reports that the decision may impact other cities around Ohio that have the red-light and speed cameras. Attorneys for the city of Toledo say in court filings that the appeals court decision took away cities' rights spelled out in the Ohio Constitution that allow them to create review processes for noncriminal issues.
Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohio's crime lab has processed nearly 5,000 previously untested rape kits as it searches for DNA matches that could help solve reported sexual assaults.
DeWine says forensic scientists with the state lab had received 4,956 previously untested kits from 110 law enforcement agencies in Ohio as of early this week. Testing has been completed on more than 2,300 of those rape kits, leading to 766 DNA matches in a criminal database.
DeWine announced the testing initiative in December 2011. The attorney general has offered free DNA testing to any law enforcement agency with untested rape kits in which a crime was believed to have been committed. Many of the kits submitted for testing are between 10 and 20 years old.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A state panel has picked more than 150 schools and educational entities in Ohio as finalists for grants from a new innovation fund established by Gov. John Kasich. The Ohio Department of Education says 24 grants totaling nearly $89 million were recommended Friday by the Straight A Fund Governing Board. The board's selections must be approved by the state Controlling Board, which meets Dec. 16. About 420 organizations submitted 570 applications for the "Straight A Fund" grants. The winning ideas had to significantly boost student achievement, reduce spending or target an impressive share of resources into the classroom. The $250 million fund was created in the state budget signed this summer. A new round of grant funding will be held next year.