Racinos fulfilling promise to boost Ohio's horse racing industry

Published: 05/03/2016

Harness racing in Ohio has a long and well-known history, however, after strong competition in recent years from surrounding states, the outlook seemed bleak for Ohio’s return to prosperity for the sport.

But, after hard work by horsemen and legislators, the state’s horse racing industry is regaining its former glory.

Scioto Downs opened as the state’s first-ever racino in June 2012 in Columbus after Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order allowing the state’s racetracks to operate slot-like video lottery terminals.

Supreme Court of Ohio: Six-month suspension upheld for lawyer in bribery scheme

Published: 05/03/2016

A divided Ohio Supreme Court last week ruled 4-3 in favor of a stayed six-month suspension from the practice of law for a Willoughby attorney who was complicit in a bribery scheme.

The attorney, Hector Gerald Martinez, was admitted into the practice of law in Ohio in 1997.

On Dec. 15, 2014, a probable cause panel of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline certified a complaint that Martinez violated four Rules of Professional Conduct by participating in the alleged bribery of one of his clients.

Stricter penalties sought for sexual predators who prey on children

Published: 05/03/2016

A House effort to undo the ill effects of a child importuning law, its force diminished during the legislative process, continues its foray into the Senate, having completed recently a second hearing before the Senate Criminal Justice Committee members.

House Bill 405 would fix a loophole in state law that permits sexual predators to get away with crimes against children with what one of the bill’s sponsors characterizes as a “slap on the wrist.”

OSU study finds older adults with head injuries often return to ER

Published: 05/03/2016

A study conducted by doctors and researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center linked minor head trauma from falls in older adults with repeat emergency room visits.

In 2012, 2.4 million non-fatal falls among older adults were treated in ERs across the country.

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related ER visits, hospitalizations and deaths for older Ohioans.

How Amazon convinced you to pay up for shopping

Published: 05/03/2016

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is clearly entering its Prime. Meaning, of course, its $100 annual membership program, now a decade old, which has accomplished the remarkable feat of convincing millions of people to pay an annual fee for the privilege of, well, shopping.

Prime is now central to Amazon’s strategy of dominating the world of commerce.

Food and Drug Administration reconsiders training requirements for painkillers

Published: 05/03/2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents released Friday.

A panel of FDA advisers meets next week to review risk-management plans put in place nearly four years ago to reduce misuse and abuse of long-acting painkillers, powerful opioid drugs at the center of a national wave of abuse and death.

Terminating parental rights: State policies vary widely

Published: 05/03/2016

NEW YORK — For child-welfare agencies across the United States, it’s the ultimate sanction: terminating the rights of parents to raise their own children due to concerns about abuse and neglect.

All states resort to this step when deemed necessary for a child’s well-being, but there are wide state-to-state disparities in the rate of terminations and the extent of support services to avoid foster care placements. According to federal data, some states terminate parental rights at a rate 25 times higher than states at the low end of the scale.

Shipping containers offer welcome homes in Phoenix

Published: 05/03/2016

PHOENIX — A stack of shipping containers sitting in a lot in an industrial section of Phoenix has some developers thinking inside the box.

The structures usually used to transport cargo have been transformed into eight apartments. Scuff marks, old serial numbers and shipping company logos remain, but a look inside each unit reveals a 740-square-foot modern home.

Most states do bare minimum on fire-foam contamination

Published: 05/03/2016

The military is checking U.S. bases for potential groundwater contamination from a toxic firefighting foam, but most states so far show little inclination to examine civilian sites for the same threat.

The foam was likely used around the country at certain airports, refineries and other sites where catastrophic petroleum fires were a risk, but an Associated Press survey of emergency management, environmental and health agencies in all 50 states showed most haven’t tracked its use and don’t even know whether it was used, where or when.

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