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  • Athens County pedestrian killed crossing street

    An Athens County man died after he was hit by a vehicle as he was trying to cross a rural road southwest of Athens Friday night. The State Highway Patrol said Richard Syracuse, of Athens, was trying to cross Radford Road just after 9:30 p.m. when a van driven by Sarah Harkins, of Athens, hit him.

  • Pickaway veterans official suspended after domestic-violence charge

    The longtime executive director of the Pickaway County Veterans Service Office has been placed on administrative leave after she was arrested and charged with menacing and domestic violence earlier this week following an altercation with her estranged husband. Rebecca Lee has worked for Pickaway County since 1999. The Veterans Service Commission voted during an emergency meeting on Thursday night to place Lee, 50, on paid leave, county Prosecutor Judy Wolford said.

  • Legislators decry failure to widely release 'green jobs' report

    It is an “absolute disgrace” that a state agency did not widely release a study showing the growth of the clean-energy economy, said Ohio Rep. Dan Ramos, D-Lorain, responding to a Dispatch report. Ramos and Rep. Mike Foley, D-Cleveland, spoke about the study this morning during a conference call with reporters. “I think there was intent to keep that thing hidden under a dark, musty cushion somewhere in (the Ohio Department of Administrative Services’) offices,” Foley said.

  • Home-health aide indicted in rape of patient's sister

    A home-health aide was indicted today in Delaware County on two counts of rape, accused of attacking the teenage sister of one of his patients.

  • Boehner: Obama 'damaging presidency' with immigration orders

    House Speaker John Boehner today charged that President Barack Obama “has chosen to deliberately sabotage” any chance that Congress will agree on a bipartisan package to overhaul the nation’s immigration system.

  • Ohio men walk free after judge dismisses 1975 case

    CLEVELAND — Two men imprisoned for nearly four decades walked free yesterday after being exonerated in a 1975 murder because the key witness against them — a then-13-year-old boy — recanted his testimony.

  • Ohio unemployment fell to post-recession low in October

    Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in eight years in October, helped by a big surge in hiring in the leisure and hospitality sector, according to state figures released this morning.

  • Groups sue U.S. EPA over lack of lead reduction plans in Ohio, five other states

    Environmental and public health groups filed a lawsuit yesterday against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the lack of plans in Ohio and five other states to keep people safe from lead pollution. The plans were required under a 2008 federal revision to lead pollution regulations in the Clean Air Act. According to the lawsuit, six states — Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas — don’t have plans in place. The groups, the Center for Biodiversity and the Center for Environmental Health, argue that the EPA has failed to keep lead reductions on track by allowing states to forgo these plans.

  • Ohio Politics Now: What people are saying about Obama’s immigration orders

    President Barack Obama laid out his executive order on immigration in a prime time speech last night. Dispatch Washington bureau chief Jack Torry and reporter Jessica Wehrman write, “ Obama will allow more than 4 million people to obtain work permits provided they have been in the United States longer than five years, have not been convicted of a crime, and whose children are either American citizens or have permanent residence in the country.”

  • Ohio House approves execution-drug secrecy bill

    The Ohio House approved bills yesterday to keep secret the source of drugs used in executions and reduce state testing time for students.

  • Fracking industry suing over drilling bans

    As fracking spreads in the United States, voters in more and more cities are banning drilling, waste disposal and other practices associated with deep-shale oil and gas wells. But those bans have prompted lawsuits filed by state governments or the oil and gas industry raising a legal question: Who gets to say where fracking can happen?

  • Former President George W. Bush’s book signing draws hundreds to Costco

    Spending a few hours in a warehouse store was not an issue for Tim Diersing, a New Albany resident who lined up alongside about 950 other fans for former President George W. Bush’s visit to Columbus for his book signing tour.

  • Democrats’ lawsuit ends as Mandel gives up records

    After more than three months and an Ohio Supreme Court filing, state Treasurer Josh Mandel turned over public records requested by the Ohio Democratic Party — on Election Day. The Ohio Supreme Court yesterday granted the Democrats’ motion to dismiss their lawsuit seeking records from Republican Mandel after his office delivered the documents following sessions with a court-appointed mediator.

  • Developer sues Powell over voter-passed law to block apartments

    The developer of a proposed apartment project in downtown Powell has sued the city, alleging that its right to build was violated when voters approved a resident-led initiative to prohibit high-density housing.

  • Ohio House bill to weaken ‘puppy mill’ provisions

    Provisions buried in catch-all agriculture legislation being considered by the General Assembly would weaken Ohio’s “puppy mill” law that took effect only 11 months ago, animal-advocacy groups say.

  • Kasich’s immigration views ‘evolved’

    BOCA RATON, Fla. — A little more than four years ago, John Kasich told The Dispatch, “One thing that I don’t want to reward is illegal immigration.” But now, as his fellow Republican governors loudly voice many of the same sentiments, Kasich is urging them to ratchet down the rhetoric and try to work with President Barack Obama to solve one of the nation’s longstanding vexing problems.

  • Pickerington congregation helps families who can’t afford holiday food

    Joy Thomas was at a loss for words when asked about this weekend’s Thanksgiving meal giveaway at Destiny Ministries Columbus. It wasn’t because Thomas plans to receive one of the meals with all the fixings, but because she knows what it’s like to face a bare Thanksgiving table. So she was brought to tears at the thought that now she can help others.

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  • State makes exception, lets Cincinnati clinic stay open

    The Planned Parenthood clinic that is Cincinnati’s last abortion provider will remain open and plans to drop its lawsuit against the state after the Health Department granted it an exception to a state law.

  • Lawmaker-elect Steven Kraus faces burglary, theft counts

    PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A newly elected state lawmaker has been indicted on charges alleging that he took antiques and other items from a northwestern Ohio home.

  • Jurors can’t take back verdict now, Hamilton County judge rules

    CINCINNATI — A Hamilton County judge has rejected a suspended juvenile-court judge’s bid for a new trial, sought after three jurors recanted their guilty verdicts.

  • Father, 2 children dead in Galion mobile home fire

    GALION, Ohio — A father and his two young children have died in a mobile home fire in north-central Ohio.

  • Will Kasich run for president? He says he’s not thinking about it now

    BOCA RATON, Fla. — After a while, it becomes almost a game. How many different ways can reporters ask prospective presidential candidates if they are really running?

  • Heartbeat bill passes committee

    A bill to ban abortions in Ohio once a fetal heartbeat is detected passed a House committee yesterday, after the panel was altered to help ensure passage. The bill passed 10-6 on a party-line vote with Democrats, including Rep. Mike Curtin of Marble Cliff, voting against it.

  • Athens business owners, residents assess fire toll

    ATHENS, Ohio — As hot spots still smoldered in the wreckage, local business owners and city officials began to plan for the future in the wake of a fire that struck a main uptown street early Sunday.

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