Ohio news digest
COLUMBUS — The low-key announcement that Ohio’s prisons agency wants a law to protect pharmacies that might mix execution drugs underscores a high-profile problem: Ohio has enough of its current lethal drug to execute four inmates, but has six executions scheduled after that, including one announced Friday. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins.
PAYING FOR SCHOOLS-SUPERINTENDENT PROBED
LEBANON — A school superintendent who called on parents to campaign against Gov. John Kasich over his new school funding plan is being investigated by a southwest Ohio prosecutor for possible improper use of public resources for politics. Ohio Democrats say the move is meant to intimidate the Republican governor’s critics.
CINCINNATI — A mother denies helping her 15-year-old daughter beat another teenager at a high school, saying the other girl was the attacker and the mother was trying to break up the fight.
SPRINGFIELD — An Ohio bill would require courts to report certain mental health information for inclusion into a law enforcement database, letting authorities know about mentally ill people with a criminal history in their communities. The legislation is named after a sheriff’s deputy who was shot and killed two years ago.
GAS DRILLING-MARCELLUS PRODUCTION
PITTSBURGH — Energy experts say the boom in Marcellus Shale natural gas production will slow this year but not because there’s any lack of supply. The slowdown is happening because drillers are waiting for pipelines to expand, new markets to develop and wholesale prices to rise.