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Published: February 23, 2014 12:00 AM

State candidates certified for primary

Columbus -- Democrat Larry Ealy is on, but three Libertarians are off of the primary ballot, according to a list of candidates certified by Secretary of State Jon Husted for the May 6 contest.

Ealy, a Dayton-area man, turned in enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. He'll face Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, who has about $1.4 million in his campaign coffers and the endorsement of the Ohio Democratic Party, in the lone contested primary race.

All other candidates -- Republican, Democrat or otherwise -- are unchallenged in their efforts to gain their parties' nominations to run for statewide office in November.

In the governor's race, Republican John Kasich was certified for his reelection attempt, as was one other challenger, Libertarian and former state lawmaker Charlie Earl.

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Republican Mike DeWine, Democrat David Pepper and Libertarian Steven Linnabary all made the ballot in the attorney general's race.

The remaining statewide races (secretary of state, auditor, treasurer and two Supreme Court seats) have only Republican or Democratic candidates, however. Three Libertarians who filed for secretary of state, auditor and treasurer were not certified. Matt McClellan, spokesman for Husted, said the candidates did not collect enough valid signatures on petitions to qualify.

-- Marc Kovac, Capital bureau

Senate moves bill to combat overdoses

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Columbus -- The Ohio Senate OK'd legislation Feb. 19 aimed at providing quicker access to a life-saving prescription drug that counters overdoses.

HB 170 passed on a unanimous vote of 32-0. Pending concurrence by the Ohio House, it will head to the desk of Gov. John Kasich and take effect as soon as he signs it, thanks to an accompanying emergency clause.

The legislation authorizes doctors and other health care professionals to prescribe the drug naloxone to "a friend, family member or other individual in a position to provide assistance" to known addicts, according to an analysis by the state's legislature service commission.

The bill also enables law enforcement to obtain quantities of the drug for use when responding to overdoses.

HB 170 is the latest in a series of bills offered at the Statehouse to address an epidemic of addiction and abuse of prescription painkillers and heroin. Proponents of the legislation say naloxone is safe and easy to use, is non-addictive and could be the difference between life and death for someone who has overdosed.

-- Marc Kovac, Capital bureau

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