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Ohio police union casts no-confidence vote against mayor

COLUMBUS (AP) — The union representing police officers in Ohio's biggest city said last week the organization has lost faith in city leaders as officers wrestle with a spiking homicide rate, a record number of fatal drug overdoses and large numbers of guns on the street.
The July firing of an officer seen kicking a subdued ... (full story)

Bill: Old records exempt from public disclosure law may see light of day

A bill before members of a committee in the Ohio House of Representatives may be an amateur genealogist's dream.
House Bill 139 targets a set of permanently retained public documents, such as those related to adoptions, county home registers, juvenile court cases and witness dockets, and seeks to make them public 100 years after ... (full story)

How much do you know about joint bank accounts?

In Ohio, joint bank accounts have a survivorship feature even if the account is not designated as an account with survivorship. This means that following the death of one of the owners of a joint account, the ownership of the account automatically passes to the other owners. This is an easy method of estate planning and the reason ... (full story)

Chief Justice O’Connor named to lead 2 nat’l court organizations

Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has been elected president of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and chair of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Board of Directors.
The one-year positions became effective last week during CCJ’s annual conference and NCSC’s Board of Directors meetings in Philade ... (full story)

Indians honor Hall of Famer Boudreau with stadium statue

Indians honor Hall of Famer Boudreau with stadium statue

CLEVELAND (AP) — Lou Boudreau didn't just manage the Cleveland Indians to their last World Series title in 1948. He was also their starting shortstop — and the AL's MVP.
The club honored the Hall of Famer on Saturday, Aug. 5, by unveiling a bronze statue that will permanently sit outside the main entrance of Progressi ... (full story)