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News Minute: Here is the latest Ohio news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Attorneys for a convicted Ohio killer who survived a botched execution attempt in 2009 are opposing a request to set a new execution date. Death row inmate Romell Broom was sentenced to die for abducting, raping and killing 14-year-old Tryna Middleton in Cleveland in 1984. Broom's attorneys said in a Wednesday filing that Broom has important appeals pending and that the state shouldn't be in a hurry to set a new date.

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) - An appeals court has rejected a newspaper's request for access to coroner's office evidence regarding eight Ohio massacre victims. The Cincinnati Enquirer asked the Pike County Coroner for preliminary autopsy and investigative notes and other material for the victims of last year's still unsolved killings.

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio state lawmaker accused of impaired driving and mishandling a gun has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Rep. Wes Retherford waived that right Wednesday in Hamilton in southwestern Ohio. The case will now be sent to a grand jury for consideration. The Republican lawmaker from Hamilton is charged with driving under the influence and improper handling of a firearm in a vehicle. A message was left for his attorney.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state auditor's office says a former deputy director at a southern Ohio halfway house facing fraud allegations didn't respond to an opportunity to comment on the charges. An audit of STAR Community Justice Center in Scioto (sy-OH'-tuh) County says center officials spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on alcohol, hotels, travel costs for family members and a strip club.

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