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  • Probes launched into Hancock County crash of small plane that killed 2

    FINDLAY (AP) — Two people were killed in a small-plane crash early yesterday, authorities in northwestern Ohio said.

  • Hamilton to celebrate Dominican culture

    HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwestern Ohio city will help some of its Latino residents celebrate one of their nation’s patriotic holidays.

  • Amish hair-cutters adjust to life after prision

    BERGHOLZ, Ohio — Amish farmer Raymond Miller developed a taste for Mountain Dew soda, got his GED and wonders if he should get a pool table after learning to play in prison.

  • 2 injured by Skyhawk ride at Cedar Point; ride closed indefinitely

    SANDUSKY, Ohio — An amusement park ride that swings riders as high as 125 feet has been closed after a cable snapped late on Saturday and injured two people. Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards said a cable on one of the Skyhawk ride’s carriages disconnected.

  • Ohio ranks near bottom on long-term care

    Ohio ranks 44th among states in meeting the long-term-care needs of its older and disabled residents, according to a recent scorecard by AARP. The study examined 26 indicators in five broad areas: affordability and access; choice of setting and provider; quality of care and quality of life; support of family caregivers; and effective transitions (from long-term care to home- and community-based services).

  • Pike County worries over nuclear plants’ future

    PIKETON, Ohio — The former security guard remembers the long lines that would form in the morning, people coming in for work at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. But during his 31 years on the job, they dwindled.

  • Pickaway County farmland will revert to the wild as Bartley Preserve

    CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — Nestled among acres of rolling Pickaway County farmland, the newly christened Bartley Preserve stands out. The property, formerly owned by the List family, contains slopes and ridges created by glaciers, allowing rare and endangered plants to thrive in seasonal wetlands.

  • Governor’s race isn’t only one facing Ohio voters

    They’re called down-ticket races, but Ohioans have a big stake this fall in electing the state’s top cop, banker, vote-counter and financial watchdog.

  • Pediatric research: Deeper study is needed to reduce infant deaths

    I grew up in Mississippi, but now I call Ohio home, and we, too, are plagued with an unacceptable rate of infant mortality, currently ranking 43rd in the nation. (The United States ranks 34th among developed countries.) How can it be that great states such as Ohio and the world’s most technologically advanced country are so dismal in caring for its most vulnerable?

  • Hospitals see fewer uninsured

    Local hospitals have to serve fewer uninsured patients as a result of Ohio’s expanded Medicaid program. To a lesser extent, subsidized private health coverage available through the new government-run insurance marketplace also has thinned the ranks of Ohio’s uninsured, though that coverage often comes with high deductibles that sometimes turn into bad debt for hospitals.

  • Hocking County coroner’s absence riles other officials

    LOGAN, Ohio — Hocking County officials were already furious with the county coroner on July 19 when a man was shot to death and the doctor was not around. Dr. David L. Cummin wasn’t doing his job, they said, because he didn’t provide coverage for coroner’s services when he was out of town.

  • Heartland of GOP mixed on Kasich

    MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — They might not have heard much about Ed FitzGerald in this southwestern Ohio city, but they do know one thing. “He’s not (Gov. John) Kasich,” as Joe Wittman put it. And that’s good news for the Cleveland Democrat who wants Kasich’s job.

  • Pickaway County village considers disbanding small police force

    COMMERCIAL POINT, Ohio — On his shift on Thursday morning, the most excitement Officer Kevin Kelly had was surveilling a dog wandering the streets. But before he got his cruiser turned around to corral it, the Labrador retriever had settled into what appeared to be his regular comfy spot in a nearby yard.

  • Wright brothers’ mechanic gets recognition at Air Force museum

    DAYTON (AP) — The man who built the engine for Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first powered aircraft has finally gotten his due. It was Charles Taylor — a mechanic in the brothers’ Dayton bicycle shop — who built the engine for the airplane that first took flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., on Dec. 17, 1903.

  • John Switzer commentary: Did humans play big role in demise of Ice Age ‘giants’?

    I am always interested in what archaeologists are doing, and I try to keep track of some of their interesting finds and debates over how things once were. There has long been an ongoing disagreement among some archaeologists nationally over whether ancient man helped cause the extinction of Ice Age megafauna, such as mastodons and woolly mammoths.

  • Committee updated on complaints about inmates food

    A legislative committee is getting updates on complaints facing the private food vendor that won the contract to feed Ohio inmates. Reports indicate that employees with Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services have repeatedly failed to provide food or have run out of it since beginning work in September.

  • Prosecutor: Former Detroit cop responsible for $3 million drug ring in Athens, Meigs counties

    A confidential informant gave an investigator in the Athens County prosecutor’s office a tip in late February: This prescription-drug ring? It’s huge. Now, authorities say, they have dismantled an operation that might have put as much as $3 million worth of painkillers on the streets of southeastern Ohio with the arrest on Friday of a former Detroit police officer.

  • State says no Asian carp found in Muskingum River

    Neither bighead nor silver Asian carp were found in the Muskingum River and two other rivers after fishing crews searched extensively for the invasive, unwanted species, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said today. The department’s Division of Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dispatched crews to search for live Asian carp in June after water samples taken previously from the Muskingum River showed traces of the carp’s environmental DNA.

  • State issues first toxic algae warning along Lake Erie this summer

    The state has issued its first toxic algae warning along Lake Erie this summer. The warning was issued at Maumee Bay State Park after samples collected on July 21 showed high concentrations of microcystin, a liver toxin associated with blue-green algae.

  • Charity wants to bring kids to Ohio

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A charity said it has applied for a federal grant aimed at bringing to Ohio some of the immigrant children who have flooded across the U.S. border recently.

  • Dems: DeWine's debt-collection mark is 'spin'

    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, under fire from his political opponent for alleged favoritism in his debt-collection program, announced today that his office had a record year in collecting $471.8 million in money owed to the state. The total topped 2012, the previous record year, when $466.6 million was collected.

  • AEP profits rise in second quarter, but utility leery of new rules

    Proposed federal rules regulating carbon emissions are “not credible” and threaten to make the electricity system less reliable, according to American Electric Power’s top executive.

  • Man sent to jail after exoneration overturned

    AKRON (AP) — A former Akron police captain will spend the next 30 days in jail while he awaits a decision about whether he should receive a new trial in the 1998 slaying of his ex-wife, a judge ruled yesterday.

  • Northeast Ohio man convicted of killing mom, keeping body

    AKRON — A northeast Ohio man faces a life prison sentence after being convicted of fatally stabbing his mother then living in the house with the decomposing corpse for about six months.

  • Cincinnati charity wants to house immigrant kids

    CINCINNATI — A charity said it has applied for a federal grant aimed at bringing to Ohio some of the immigrant children who have flooded across the U.S. border recently.

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