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Catholic bishops’ new anti-abuse hotline to be ready soon

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BALTIMORE (AP) — A new national hotline to report sexual misconduct accusations against Catholic bishops in the U.S. could be operating by the end of February, three months ahead of the deadline set by Pope Francis.
That forecast came Wednesday, Nov. 13, from Anthony Picarello, general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Ca ... (full story)


Proposal designed to update Ohio farm drainage systems

Ohio's prime farmland, which encompasses more than half of the entire area of the Buckeye State, cannot produce the grain and livestock needs of a hungry nation without sufficient drainage.
A bill in the Ohio House of Representatives would update the state's landowner petition process - elements of which predate the Civil War.(full story)


Indiana man hopes film clears daughter in deadly plane crash

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — More than a decade after a federal agency blamed pilot Georgina Joshi for a plane crash that killed her and four passengers, her father is still fighting to clear her name.
That’s not all that Yatish Joshi aims to accomplish with “Invisible Sky,” a new documentary film that he has ... (full story)


Unproven fraud claims seen in state races could cloud 2020

As Kentucky's Republican governor trailed by thousands of votes in his re-election bid and Democrats took the reins of the Virginia Statehouse, social media posts offered an unsubstantiated explanation for the Election Day results: voter fraud.
The messages seized on small-scale voting issues or pushed inaccurate reports to call ... (full story)


Future of Ohio Bitcoin program, deemed illegal, in limbo

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COLUMBUS (AP) — Resuming Ohio's attempt to allow cryptocurrency in certain tax payments is up in the air after the state's top lawyer found a Bitcoin program launched by the former state treasurer was illegal.
Republican Attorney General Dave Yost found then-Treasurer Josh Mandel skirted state law when he launched the Ohio ... (full story)