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  • Ohio Politics Now: Democratic presidential hopefuls get their turn to debate tonight

    The Democratic presidential candidates will debate for the first time tonight. You can watch it on CNN with the debate starting at 9 p.m. and lasting for two hours. “The surprise rivalry between Clinton and Sanders will be at the forefront as Democrats take the stage Tuesday in Las Vegas for the party's first debate of the 2016 campaign. The senator and the former secretary of state will be joined by a trio of candidates who occupy the basement of early polls, each looking to change their fortunes with a breakout moment in prime time,” Associated Press reporter Julie Pace writes.

  • New hangar at Air Force museum gets first aircraft

    DAYTON — Joe Engle hadn’t for half a century climbed into the cockpit of a hypersonic X-15 rocket plane that cruised to the edge of space.

  • Documentary to be shown at Drexel Theatre looks at Ohio’s puppy-mill problem

    Two Toledo-area individuals will be recognized for their dog-related advocacy work at the Cleveland-area premiere of a puppy-mill documentary on Friday.

  • Photo: Goodbye, summer; hello, fall

    After a week of beautiful weather, this fisherman at Alum Creek State Park and the rest of central Ohio will bid farewell to summerlike high temperatures as Monday’s late rain brings cooler weather for the rest of the week. But the news isn’t all gloomy: Some long-range forecasts predict a mild winter, thanks to El Nino.

  • Driver being sought in fatal hit-and-run in Oberlin

    ELYRIA, Ohio — A driver who killed an Oberlin bicyclist on Saturday is still being sought by police.

  • Park near Toledo aims to fill growing hunger for archery areas

    TOLEDO — A new archery-themed park is set to open on Saturday near Toledo Express Airport, but don’t credit Orion or William Tell with providing the impetus for this first-of-its-kind facility in northwestern Ohio.

  • Could there soon be two I-71 exits between Polaris and Rts. 36/37?

    DELAWARE, Ohio — As Delaware County’s growth surges, homeowners and shoppers in the heavily populated south continue to seek access from the freeway into their communities. County commissioners agreed on Monday to revive a plan for an additional interchange along I-71, between those already in the Polaris Fashion Place region and Rts. 36/37 to the north.

  • While others talk, Kasich says he’s been man of action

    The crowd in Manchester, N.H., had dwindled from more than 1,000 to a few hundred, but those who stayed to the bitter end of a unique campaign event gave Ohio Gov. John Kasich a warm reception.

  • Cleveland renovation on track for GOP event

    CLEVELAND — The improvements to Cleveland’s Public Square are on track to be completed by the time the city hosts the Republican National Convention, the head of a nonprofit civic organization overseeing improvements said.

  • Library seeks to acquire Superman artifacts

    CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Public Library is in talks about a deal for the Man of Steel. The library could acquire a 17,000-piece collection of Superman memorabilia to be used as a permanent exhibit honoring the Cleveland-originated superhero and his creators.

  • Lancaster passes tougher laws for keeping animals outside

    After numerous complaints, Lancaster city and humane-society officials worked to develop rules to ensure that animals left outside have proper shelter and reliable access to food and water. On Monday, the Lancaster City Council approved an ordinance locking in those rules.

  • DeWine: 'Ohio will be fundamentally changed' if Issue 3 passes

    Kids don’t check the ingredients before they pop a sugar-coated gummy bear or hard candy in their mouth. That’s the problem with marijuana-infused candy and baked goods, Attorney General Mike DeWine said today. Kids can’t tell the difference between treats laced with pot and the kind mom buys at the grocery. DeWine returned from a recent three-day pot fact-finding trip to Colorado more convinced of his opposition to State Issue 3, a marijuana legalization amendment Ohioans will decide Nov. 3

  • State funeral board mired in accusations of harassment, altered record

    The executive director of the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors is under fire from a board member who accuses her of altering a public record and practicing law without a license, prompting her and board officers to counter with charges of harassment. Columbus lawyer Tommy Taneff, appointed to the funeral board in December by Gov. John Kasich, accuses executive director Vanessa Niekamp of retroactively altering an email she sent to a Dispatch reporter.

  • Some experts predict that El Nino may mean a kinder, gentler winter here in Ohio

    Yes, today’s a perfect fall day, plenty of sunshine, temps in the 70s. But winter’s bearing down on us. And you know what? It doesn’t look like it’s going to be that bad. The National Weather Service and AccuWeather are both projecting a warmer-than-average winter — December through February — with below-average snowfall.

  • 'He’s a better candidate than I was,' Jon Huntsman says of John Kasich

    John Kasich is not the Jon Huntsman of the 2016 presidential race, says a guy who should know: Jon Huntsman. Huntsman, former Utah governor and ambassador to China under President Barack Obama, staked his 2012 presidential bid on the New Hampshire primary and was regarded as popular with the news media because of his relatively moderate views — positions that did not resonate with many Republican voters.

  • Prosecutor draws flak over Tamir Rice case

    CLEVELAND — The Cuyahoga County prosecutor handling the fatal shooting by a white police officer of a 12-year-old black boy while he played with a replica pistol was criticized by activists on Sunday for releasing two reports that called the shooting “reasonable” before any grand jury decision on charges had been announced.

  • Woman killed in motorcycle crash in Delaware County

    The State Highway Patrol is investigating the death of an Erie County woman who was a passenger in a motorcycle crash on Sunday night in Delaware County. The driver also was injured.

  • Ohio Politics Now: John Kasich continues bus tour, will unveil first policy proposal this week

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich will continue his presidential campaign on a bus tour of New Hampshire and Vermont this week with a hop over to Michigan today before heading back east for the No Labels event. That will include candidates from both parties. Billionaire Donald Trump, Sen. Bernie Sanders and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are on the schedule.

  • Cincinnati officials aim to preserve historic recording studio

    CINCINNATI — Cincinnati officials hope a new designation will help preserve a historic recording studio that once produced music by artists such as James Brown, Otis Redding and John Lee Hooker.

  • Superhero window washers delight children in hospital

    AKRON — Patients at Akron Children’s Hospital were buzzing after Batman, Spider-Man and a host of other superheroes took to the skies to wash the windows of the northeastern Ohio hospital.

  • Murder defendant to represent himself

    NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — An Ohio murder suspect is representing himself in court despite not being a lawyer — a rare move for a felony case in which he could face life behind bars if convicted.

  • Airport unsafe in winter, FAA says

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is taking issue with Federal Aviation Administration claims that it failed to meet safety requirements during winter weather.

  • Heroin proves a formidable foe in suburban Ohio county

    What the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called a national epidemic is hitting especially hard here. The CDC says heroin-related deaths nationally nearly doubled from 2011 to 2013, when 8,200 deaths were linked to heroin. In Butler County, they have nearly quadrupled in a little more than three years. Heroin-related deaths soared from 30 in 2012 to 103 in 2014, with 86 recorded already through the first half of 2015.

  • Can Kasich regain lost momentum?

    WASHINGTON — These have not been easy days for Republican presidential candidate John Kasich. A spate of fresh polls shows he is fading not only in New Hampshire but also in his own state of Ohio. He was relatively invisible in the last Republican presidential debate and seems unable to break past the dominant presence of New York billionaire Donald Trump, retired Baltimore neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

  • Ex-inmates’ community re-entry aided by Fairfield County group

    LANCASTER, Ohio — Inmates released from jail or prison in Fairfield County now have one-stop shopping if they need help with food and clothing, or resume-writing and job-hunting.

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