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  • Language the next key to pot initiative

    Words matter, especially on statewide ballot issues.

  • Student data give colleges new tools

    As college life becomes increasingly digital, universities are finding more ways to keep tabs on their students online and on campus. Student ID cards can track students around campus. Computers can analyze students’ academic data and predict their future performance.

  • Context fills out Kasich’s experience

    When Gov. John Kasich takes the stage — be it at the prime-time Fox News debate on Thursday or any other forum that features an array of GOP presidential candidates in the days to come — you’ll likely hear him pitch himself using selling points that have been in virtually every one of his campaign speeches over the past few months.

  • Lake Erie's green monster returns

    TOLEDO — The area near the public water intake is freckled with algae, small blobs that resemble a massive school of lime-green fish. It is a jarring sight, especially so close to today, the one-year anniversary of when Toledo officials told nearly 500,000 customers to stop drinking tap water because it was contaminated with toxic algae.

  • Body in crib spurs probe of sister’s 2013 death

    CLEVELAND — The discovery of a young girl’s decomposed body in a crib at an Ohio apartment is prompting authorities to take another look at her sister’s death two years ago, the Medina County police chief said on Friday.

  • John Switzer: August cues up summer’s swan song

    August is the last full month of summer. I find that a bit scary. To make me shudder a little more, Aug. 11 is the end of the dog days of summer. That means normal daily temperatures will begin to drop after that. And who can argue, when the Ohio State Fair is going on, that summer is getting a little long in the tooth.

  • Capitol Insider: Kasich to participate in televised forum

    Amid the fuss about whether Gov. John Kasich will qualify for the prime-time portion of Thursday’s Republican presidential debate in Cleveland, you might have forgotten that 14 of the 17 candidates will appear on television Monday night from New Hampshire.

  • Kasich family worth between $9.1 million and $22.3 million

    Gov. John Kasich, his wife Karen and their two daughters have a net worth between $9.1 million and $22.3 million, according to personal financial disclosure records he made public on Friday. In papers filed with the Federal Election Commission, Kasich reported not only his own assets but those of his wife and trusts set up for Karen and their daughters.

  • Les Wexner cuts $500,000 check for Jeb Bush

    WASHINGTON — New Albany billionaire Leslie H. Wexner cut a check for $500,000 to a major super-PAC supporting GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday. Wexner soon added $5,000 to a second super-PAC bolstering the former Florida governor. About three months after those February donations, Wexner’s wife, Abigail, gave $1 million to Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s super-PAC, New Day for America.

  • Group pushing pot legalization has raised nearly $1.7 million since January

    The ResponsibleOhio marijuana-legalization campaign spent $2 million since January, more than three-fourths of that going to the signature-collection firm owned by the organization’s executive director. The group pushing marijuana legalization reported raising nearly $1.68 million and spending $2 million since January, according to campaign-finance reports filed on Friday with Secretary of State Jon Husted.

  • Sen. Sherrod Brown calls for nationwide ban on pure caffeine

    Dennis and Kate Stiner were appalled at how easy it was to access the pure caffeine that killed their 18-year-old son, Logan, last year. It’s on shelves in health and vitamin stores, available online for about $20, and comes with little to no warning label. All they could think was that their son’s death could have been easily prevented, and how thousands of Ohio’s young adults are at risk when finding a quick energy boost.

  • Bicyclist training for Pelotonia seriously hurt in hit-skip

    A Pickerington man who was training for the Pelotonia was seriously injured this week when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver while on his bike in rural Licking County. Brian White, 48, is in serious condition at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, suffering from numerous broken bones, including both his legs and an arm, said Sgt. Chris Carpenter of the State Highway Patrol’s Granville post.

  • 2 officers at scene of Cincinnati shooting won’t be charged

    CINCINNATI — Two University of Cincinnati police officers who were at the scene just after a fellow officer fatally shot a driver are not being charged, a prosecutor said on Friday.

  • Man shoots, runs over neighbor with mower, authorities say

    A northeastern Ohio man who became agitated about his next-door neighbor mowing her lawn at night shot her and then ran a push mower over her body, authorities said on Friday.

  • Piketon: Ohio uranium-plant cleanup plan OK’d

    State and federal agencies have agreed on a plan for demolishing huge buildings and other facilities from a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio.

  • House: Charter school bill could allow exclusion of poor-performing schools in ratings

    The very act that sparked the charter-school sponsor-evaluation controversy and led to the resignation of a top state education official could be made legal under a bill aimed at improving transparency, oversight and performance of Ohio’s billion-dollar charter-school system. That is how House Republican leaders are interpreting some Senate-added language to House Bill 2. House leaders have faced sharp criticism for failing to move the bill before the summer recess, even though the bill appeared to have enough support to pass the chamber and go to Gov. John Kasich for his signature.

  • Ohio GOP pays $60,000 for John Kasich's use of Mark Kvamme jet

    The Ohio Republican Party’s bankrolling of Gov. John Kasich’s early campaigning for the presidency included paying nearly $60,000 to a company associated with ally Mark Kvamme for the use of his private jet. The party’s state candidate fund filing this morning disclosed the payment of $59,960 for plane expenses to a company named N872MK — the registration number on Kvamme’s twin-engine turbo-fan jet. The six-or-seven-passenger plane can land at smaller airports, meaning Kasich and his team can get quickly to and from even remote campaign stops in places like New Hampshire and South Carolina.

  • No indictments for University of Cincinnati officers who arrived at shooting scene

    CINCINNATI — Two University of Cincinnati police officers who were at the scene just after a fellow officer fatally shot a driver are not being charged, a prosecutor said Friday. The Hamilton County grand jury did not return indictments against Phillip Kidd and David Lindenschmidt. The announcement that they wouldn’t be charged came a day after former Officer Ray Tensing pleaded not guilty to murder and voluntary manslaughter in the July 19 shooting of Samuel DuBose.

  • Ohio Politics Now: Who is supporting John Kasich's campaign with donations?

    The public got a first look at who is contributing to the group’s supporting Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaign Thursday and the donor list “reads like a who’s who of prominent Ohio political donors,” Dispatch reporter Jessica Wehrman and Washington bureau chief Jack Torry write.

  • John Kasich's donor list has Ohio all over it

    Some of Ohio’s wealthiest families are financing an effort backing the presidential campaign of Gov. John Kasich, according to documents filed Thursday with the Internal Revenue Service. Abigail S. Wexner, wife of Leslie Wexner, founder of The Limited, contributed $1 million while John P. McConnell, the chief executive officer of Worthington Industries, contributed $500,000 to Kasich’s effort.

  • Woman charged after boy, 6, left behind on day-care bus

    AKRON — Akron police say a Cuyahoga Falls child was left on a day-care vehicle while other kids and a chaperone went bowling.

  • Woman watched son shoot pregnant girlfriend, himself

    CLEVELAND — A woman said she saw her severely depressed son fatally shoot his pregnant girlfriend at a Cleveland home before killing himself.

  • Man dies running across I-75 to get phone from truck

    PERRYSBURG — State troopers said a man trying to run across I-75 after a crash was fatally struck by another vehicle in northwestern Ohio.

  • Parents create visual bucket list for daughter, 5, who’s going blind

    BELLVILLE, Ohio — The parents of a 5-year-old in central Ohio have created a visual bucket list for their daughter after she was diagnosed with a condition that will eventually cause her to go blind.

  • Father of girl found decomposing in crib had sole custody

    CLEVELAND — A man who told police he put bags of garbage in his young daughter’s room to mask the smell of her decomposing body was granted sole custody of the toddler during a divorce last year.

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