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  • Ohio looks overseas in search for lethal drugs

    Ohio has explored overseas options in its search for lethal injection drugs no longer available in the U.S. despite a court ruling that banned such purchases, records show.

  • Two Ohio theme parks free to those in military during holiday

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Two amusement parks in Ohio are offering free admission for U.S. military personnel over the Fourth of July holiday period.

  • Cleveland police bosses charged again

    CLEVELAND — Five white Cleveland police supervisors accused of failing to stop a chase that ended with a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire and the deaths of two black suspects were charged on Thursday with misdemeanors in the predominantly black suburb where the shooting occurred.

  • Wrongly convicted brothers sue city of Cleveland

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Police detectives threatened a 12-year-old witness to make him offer false testimony in a murder case and fabricated statements by him, according to a federal lawsuit filed on Thursday by two brothers who spent decades in prison for a crime they didn’t commit.

  • Man dead, four juveniles wounded in knife attack in Cincinnati

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A stabbing attack at an apartment complex in a Cincinnati suburb left one person dead and four young people, including children, injured, authorities said on Thursday.

  • DeWine grant goes for landing-craft shelter at Groveport museum

    A World War II landing craft that ferried soldiers to battles in the Pacific is being preserved with a $25,000 boost from Attorney General Mike DeWine to Motts Military Museum in Groveport.

  • Renovations planned for Newark courthouse, which gets historical marker

    NEWARK, Ohio — Licking County celebrated its past and its future in a dedication ceremony on the courthouse square Thursday morning. The ceremony included the unveiling of an Ohio historical marker granted by the Ohio History Connection to honor the ornate, 139-year-old courthouse located in the center of Newark.

  • Family of Chillicothe lawyer killed in crash sues state highway patrol

    The father of a Chillicothe lawyer killed in a crash with a drunken driver has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the State Highway Patrol claiming that a dispatcher’s negligence caused his daughter’s death. Richard Rooney, administrator of the estate of his daughter, Anna Rooney, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in the Ohio Court of Claims.

  • 1 dead after stabbing at southwest Ohio apartment complex

    SPRINGDALE, Ohio -- A stabbing at an apartment complex in southwest Ohio left one person dead and four people, including children, injured, authorities said today.

  • Gay couples can get married at Ohio Statehouse now

    Same-sex couples hoping to tie the knot in Ohio’s Statehouse — a popular destination for such events — are now in luck. A rule that allowed only couples with Ohio marriage licenses to host wedding and receptions at the Statehouse previously barred same-sex couples. If same-sex couples were to travel to another state to receive their marriage license, it still wouldn’t be recognized in Ohio.

  • Ohio Politics Now: How the state budget changes school funding, testing

    After dumping the standardized tests created by PARCC for Ohio students, the state will now have months to work with American Institutes for Research on new tests for next year or risk losing millions in federal funding. “Ohio educators spent four years working with other states to develop the PARCC exams that lawmakers have scrapped amid public outcry over excessive testing,” Dispatch reporter Charlie Boss writes.

  • Victim’s sister charged with helping to dump body in Lorain County

    The younger sister of a woman who Lorain County authorities say was killed by their mother in March has been accused of helping dump the body in a field.

  • Jury doesn’t choose death for Akron man in four murders

    AKRON (AP) — A northeastern Ohio jury has recommended that a 23-year-old man get 25 years to life in prison for the April 2013 slayings of four people at an Akron townhome.

  • Owner of funeral home indicted

    TOLEDO (AP) — The owner of a funeral home where several bodies intended for cremation were found in a state of decay was charged on Wednesday with abuse of a corpse.

  • Prosecutor offers to drop charges against Cleveland police

    CLEVELAND — A prosecutor has offered to drop charges against five white police supervisors accused of failing to stop a car chase that ended in a deadly 137-shot barrage of police gunfire and the deaths of two unarmed black people — if they’re willing to say they endangered the public and meet other conditions, attorneys for two supervisors said on Wednesday.

  • Cincinnati woman admits to contaminating son’s IV

    CINCINNATI — A West Virginia woman accused of deliberately making her 9-year-old son sick by contaminating his IV at a Cincinnati hospital pleaded guilty on Wednesday to endangering a child and was sentenced to six years in prison.

  • Mom found guilty for role in toddler’s drowning

    DAYTON (AP) — A southwestern Ohio woman who was passed out when her toddler drowned in a pool has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and child endangering after pleading no contest to the charges.

  • New Ohio budget limits insurers’ take in injury suits

    Now here’s an odd couple: Republicans in the legislature and trial attorneys agreeing on a provision in the state budget bill that they say is meant to help compensate those injured in accidents. The provision changes the distribution of money in accident cases among victims, their lawyers and insurers. It typically is applied in cases where there isn’t enough insurance to cover all of the victim’s medical bills, lost wages and other costs.

  • Recent rains keep farmers on sidelines

    A dragonfly cruised back and forth across dozens of rows of stunted and discolored corn off Radnor Road in Delaware County. The aquatic predator scouted for bugs among the purple blots creeping up the stems of the corn, meeting lower leaves tinged with yellow. A stagnant pool of water, several inches deep and skimmed by algae in places, lingered on the edges of one of Bret Davis’ fields. “Everything was perfect a month ago,” said Davis, who farms 3,600 acres of soybeans and corn. “But it all went to crap.”

  • Kasich rejects property-tax break for power plants

    Gov. John Kasich has used his line-item veto to reject a property-tax break for owners of power plants. The change in tax law had been sought by American Electric Power, and was inserted into the larger budget bill passed by Ohio House and Senate leaders.

  • Kasich uses veto on 44 items in budget, cutting money for schools

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich unleashed 44 line-item vetoes on the new state budget on Tuesday night, cutting public-school funding by more than $84 million while leaving intact new restrictions on abortion. The vetoes eliminate some of the handiwork of his fellow majority Republicans in the House and Senate, who had spurned several of Kasich’s high-profile “big ideas.”

  • Grenade-shaped perfume bottle leads to Cincinnati courthouse evacuation

    CINCINNATI -- A suspicious item that prompted a Cincinnati courthouse evacuation turned out to be a perfume bottle shaped like a World War II grenade. Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil told reporters that the bottle was shaped like a "pineapple" hand grenade and was in a woman's suitcase.

  • Ohio Politics Now: What stayed in the budget and what was vetoed

    After months of debate, the new $78.3 billion biennial budget is law though Gov. John Kasich vetoed 44 items in the process of signing it Wednesday night. “The vetoes eliminate some of the handiwork of his fellow majority Republicans in the House and Senate, who had spurned several of Kasich’s high-profile ‘big ideas.’ The number of vetoes doubled the 22 that Kasich used on the previous budget,” Dispatch reporter Randy Ludlow writes.

  • Iowa Republicans barely noticing Kasich, poll finds

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich made his first 2016 campaign trip to Iowa last week, but he still barely registers in a new poll of the nation’s first-voting state. He’s in 13th place out of the 16 Republican presidential prospects in a survey by Quinnipiac University, registering just 2 percent.

  • Ballot-box showdown set over marijuana plan

    Hours after supporters submitted 695,273 signatures on a petition to legalize marijuana in Ohio, state lawmakers moved to chop down the pot-plant plan before it starts to grow. The House and Senate gave final approval on Tuesday to a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at stopping anyone from creating a “monopoly, oligopoly or cartel” or creating special commercial benefits in the Constitution. The dueling actions set up a likely powerhouse showdown at the ballot box on Nov. 3.

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