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News Minute: Here is the latest Ohio news from The Associated Press

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's inspector general has released an investigative report on a 2005 Coingate investment scandal. Randall Meyer makes no new findings in this morning's report but says the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation is now "unquestionably" more professional and accountable.

CINCINNATI (AP) - A former business partner has agreed to testify against state Representative Pete Beck. The Mason Republican is charged with theft and fraud for allegedly misleading investors and using their money for himself. Prosecutors have reached a plea deal with John Fussner that includes a recommendation of probation rather than prison time for him.

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Plans are in the works for a new 8,500-seat arena in downtown Akron. Officials plan to ask county voters this fall to approve a quarter-cent sales tax hike to help pay for the $76 million project. The arena would become the new home for the University of Akron's basketball teams and would host other events.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The just-ended winter was tough on Ohioans but even tougher on the state's bees, with agriculture officials saying Ohio beekeepers lost 50 to 80 percent of their honeybees over the winter. An Ohio State expert tells The Columbus Dispatch bees have suffered from a combination of insecticides, mites and diseases.

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