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United Methodists scrap their anti-gay bans. A woman who defied them seeks reinstatement as pastor

Twenty years ago, Beth Stroud was defrocked from her beloved job as a United Methodist pastor in Philadelphia. In a church trial, she was found guilty of violating "Christian teaching" because she had acknowledged living in a committed relationship with another woman.
Earlier this month, delegates at a United Methodist ... (full story)

Court must find parent voluntarily unemployed before estimating child support

A domestic relations court must expressly find that a parent is voluntarily unemployed before calculating a child support order based on estimated potential future income, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled recently.
The Supreme Court ruled that the Wood County Domestic Relations Court skipped a legal step when it determined a man ... (full story)

Whistleblower questions delays and mistakes in way EPA used sensor plane after fiery Ohio derailment

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The U.S. government has a specialized plane loaded with advanced sensors that officials brag is always ready to deploy within an hour of any kind of chemical disaster. But the plane didn't fly over eastern Ohio until four days after the disastrous Norfolk Southern derailment there last year.
A whistleblower told The Associated P ... (full story)

Bill would pay for the phasing out of pot-sniffing police dogs

A bipartisan bill aims to resolve the circumstance of police departments statewide that have in their ranks nearly 300 K-9 officers trained to sniff out marijuana in a state where recreational use of the drug is now legal.
House Bill 396, upon its enactment, would appropriate $6 million from the state General Revenue Fund to bac ... (full story)

House passes FAA bill on aircraft safety, passenger refund rights

Congress gave final approval to a $105 billion bill designed to increase the number of air traffic controllers, add more safety inspectors at aircraft factories, and require airlines to automatically pay refunds to travelers whose flights are canceled or significantly delayed.
The House passed the measure to reauthorize Federal ... (full story)