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In this May 22, file photo, Lois Lerner listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. A day after she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, Lerner has been replaced as director the Internal Revenue Service division that oversaw agents who targeted tea party groups. Danny Werfel, the agency's new acting commissioner, told IRS employees in an email Thursday, May 23, 2013, that he has selected a new acting head of the division, staying within the IRS to find new leadership. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Opponents of the oil and gas industry in Ohio recently have suffered stinging defeats in the courts. In Medina County, landowners seeking to block the Nexus Pipeline lost a fight to keep surveyors off their property. Meanwhile, charter government initiatives in Meigs, Portage and Athens counties aimed at stopping hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, were blocked from the November ballot.