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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The latest unorthodox execution involving a disputed sedative likely will influence arguments in a rare hearing later this year by a federal appeals court. The effectiveness of midazolam (mih-DAY'-zoh-lam) has been questioned following executions in Ohio, Arizona and now Arkansas. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals plans to hear a challenge by Ohio death row inmates of the state's new three-drug method, which inmates say could lead to a substantial risk of harm.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio has overtaken West Virginia to become the sixth-largest natural gas producer in the U.S. after a big boost in production last year. The Energy Information Administration says companies in Ohio produced about 1.5 trillion cubic feet of gas last year.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Columbus has identified the officer who fatally shot a man during a traffic stop. The city says 31-year-old officer Nicholas Mason has been with the Columbus department for 10 years.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The brother of an Ohio man mauled to death by a pit bull says the breed is dangerous while the fatality is rekindling debate about the threat pit bulls pose to humans. Maurice Brown was killed Tuesday in Dayton. Police say the dog broke away from a chain and attacked the 60-year-old man as he screamed for help.

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