Last week, Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced the appointment of Franklin County Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Hawkins as the new judge on the Franklin County Municipal Court, Environmental Division, effective July 29, 2013, The Columbus Dispatch reports. He is replacing Judge Harland H. Hale, who retired. Hawkins will have to run in November if he wants to retain the seat for the remainder of the unexpired term, which ends January 7, 2016. For more, read the full story and press release.