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Update: Heartbeat Bill officially signed into law

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Update: The Heartbeat Bill has officially been signed into law, meaning abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat is now illegal in Ohio.

The law, that makes no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, was signed by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine Thursday evening. Ohio’s previous governor John Kasich, had vetoed the bill twice.

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Doctors say a fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as five weeks into pregnancy, before many women even know they’re pregnant.

CBS News calls this “one of the nation’s strictest anti-abortion bills.”

Supporters of the Heartbeat Bill see this as a step in the right direction to overturning Roe v. Wade. Opponents, like ACLU and Pre-Term Cleveland, are already building a case to challenge the law.

04/11/2019: The controversy abortion legislation known as the “Heartbeat Bill” has been passed by the Ohio House and Ohio Senate and will now move on to Governor Mike DeWine’s desk.

If signed into the law, the heartbeat bill would outlaw abortions after the first fetal heartbeat has been detected, which is possible in as few as five weeks, but could take as many as 12.

Back in January, DeWine told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that he will “absolutely” sign the bill and predicts having to face lawsuits for doing it.

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“…once it’s passed in Ohio, once we sign it, once it becomes law, Planned Parenthood is going to be in the next day, or that day, filing a lawsuit,” DeWine said, per The Hill. 

DeWine added that he sees the bill making its way to the Supreme Court.

This bill has passed through the state house for the third time in five years, reports NBC4i.

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Elderly Dublin man narrowly survives deadly weekend hike

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A weekend outing with his grandsons nearly ended in tragedy for one Dublin man according to a report from the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Rescuers found 80-year-old James Clark of Dublin at 1:15 AM Friday morning on a Mount Washington trail in New Hampshire. Clark was found in the fetal position with signs of hypothermia, and was treated at a hospital for what authorities say were non-life-threatening injuries.

Clark had to be carried about 1.7 miles down a trail after his two teenage grandsons went ahead without him. Clark said that the plan was for the boys to go on at their own pace, as they had done the previous two days while climbing the highest peaks in New York and Vermont.

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Mount Washington was the third leg of a five-day trip for Clark and his grandsons. According to reports, he was unable to continue due to extreme cold temperatures on the mountain.

Unfortunately, other weekend hikers were not as lucky as Clark. On Friday, 69-year-old William Whittenaur of New Hampshire died following a medical emergency on a New Hampshire trail.

Likewise, Sandra Lee of  New Jersey succumbed to an unknown medical condition while hiking on one of the state’s trails, and was pronounced dead at the hospital

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Will Gov DeWine’s new program really improve your BMV experience?

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Everyone’s least favorite errand will hopefully become less painful. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Registrar Charles Norman are working together to launch a pilot program to improve customer service at the BMV.

Specifically, drivers seeking a license renewal and vehicle registration will see changes to the process, reports NBC4i. Stay tuned for more details on the ins and outs of the program.

The program launched at 10:00 AM today.

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DeWine’s office says the new system aligns with an overall effort by the administration to make government more efficient.

How are some ways the Ohio BMV could improve customer service? Let us know in the comments below.

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How the “wettest year in Ohio history” could affect your grocery shopping

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While the rain may be ruining your weekend plans, it’s ruining the livelihoods of farmers around the state and, potentially, your grocery list. We are currently experiencing the wettest yearlong period in Ohio history, causing the state to be the farthest behind in planting corn and soybeans compared to all states that plant the crops, according to experts from The Ohio State University and federal reports.

And the trickle-down effect may impact your grocery shopping.

“Individual shoppers looking for specific items may experience hiccups in their availability or swings in their price,” said Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and Crop Science professor Matthew D. Kleinhenz, PhD.

As of June 9, only 50% of Ohio’s corn crop and 32% of its soybean crop was planted, a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows. By now, Ohio typically is 96% done with planting corn and 89% done with soybeans, reports the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State.

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But, the problems aren’t over once farmers get their crops in the ground.

“The growers who have been able to plant a corn or soybean crop likely will have to contend with other challenges that come with a lot of rainfall: more weeds, pests, and diseases,” reports Ohio State.

Though consumers may have more limited or more expensive offerings in the produce section this harvest season, the impact of the rain will have little effect on your shopping experience.

In my opinion, on the whole, Central Ohio shoppers can expect little change in the availability, etc of produce,” assured Kleinhenz. “The supply of produce is very resilient thanks to farms being located in many areas, the expertise of farmers, and other factors.”

Kleinhenz also reminds shoppers to remain patient and positive when something they’re looking for is not available, and use this time to enjoy what is available from growers.

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