News Minute: Here is the latest Ohio news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EST
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A bill intended to help curb the state's opioid epidemic by increasing penalties for soliciting prostitutes has been introduced in Ohio's House of Representatives. A Democrat and a Republican in the House introduced the bill to increase the solicitation penalty from a third degree to a first degree misdemeanor, with increased jail times and fines. Democrat Sen. Enda Brown and a Republican senator will sponsor a sister bill. Brown noted a rise in prostitution among women with drug addictions.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A late entrant into the Ohio governor's race is challenging the state elections chief's decision to keep him off the ballot because he lacks the required number of signatures on petitions. Democrat Jon Heavey late Wednesday called the signature review by Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted "rigged." Husted is GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine's running mate.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A state lawmaker says he's moving to force a thorough review of Ohio's medical marijuana program because of mistakes in selecting grower applicants. Republican Sen. Bill Coley, of Cincinnati, proposed legislation that would require State Auditor Dave Yost to conduct and release a performance audit of the program. The bill blocks the awarding of final grower, processor and tester licenses until program flaws can be addressed.
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) - Allegations of hazing have prompted a council of fraternities at a university in southwest Ohio to stop initiations of new fraternity members and indefinitely suspend most activities. A Miami University spokeswoman says six fraternities are under a "cease-and-desist" order imposed by the university or their national organizations and aren't allowed to initiate new members. Miami President Gregory Crawford says the university has shared multiple reports of misconduct linked to hazing with police.
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