Off the Hill Mar. 26, 2013

LOCAL

The Columbus Dispatch Ohio legislators have raised the maximum speed limit on Interstate highways to 70 miles per hour, up from the previous maximum of 65. The new maximum will be applied to rural highways only.

The Newark Advocate Basket-making giant Longaberger, Co. was bought out by CVSL Corporation last week, ending several years of financial turmoil for the Newark startup. Longaberger had lost 90 percent of its employees and hundreds of millions of dollars in the last decade.

NATIONAL

The Advocate Smith College, an all-female liberal arts school in Northampton, Mass., refused to admit a transgender student because she was not recognized as female in her home state of Connecticut. The Office of Admissions has refunded her fees and triggered national debate.

Politico Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) won the straw poll on the 16th at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of important conservative politicians. The win highlights the deep rifts between neoconseratives and libertarians within the GOP. Paul has begun open speculating about a 2016 presidential bid.

INTERNATIONAL

Al Jazeera Rebel forces have captured Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. President François Bozizé has fled the country alongside United Nations Peacekeepers.

USA Today Bosco Ntaganda, a Rwandan war criminal, turned himself over to the International Criminal Court on Friday. The ICC will try him for charges on rape, murder, sexual slavery, and the conscription of child soldiers. He faces the maximum charge of the Court: life imprisonment.

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