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  • Some cars may have additional warranties you don’t know about

    Your car might be covered by an unadvertised warranty that could save you thousands of dollars in repair costs. Consumer Reports takes a close look at these so-called secret warranties in its latest issue, with a spotlight on Honda’s use of the programs.

  • Movie RV vandalized at Ohio museum

    MEDINA, Ohio — A dilapidated recreational vehicle that played a memorable role in a beloved Christmas movie has been vandalized at an Ohio museum.

  • Ohio teen could face death penalty after conviction

    LEBANON, Ohio — A 19-year-old southwest Ohio teen could face the death penalty after a jury convicted him in the slaying of another teen.

  • FitzGerald may hurt Dems statewide, pollster says

    Gov. John Kasich leads Democrat Ed FitzGerald by 22 points in a new poll released today, the latest survey to show Ohio’s governor’s race remains a runaway. Kasich is up 57 percent to 35 percent among likely voters over the Cuyahoga County executive, who is losing 1 of 4 Democratic voters to the incumbent Republican.

  • Legal marijuana a high for Licking County manufacturer

    JOHNSTOWN, Ohio — Forget the California Gold Rush. It’s so mid-1800s. Like a growing number of entrepreneurs nationwide, Andy Joseph knows that his business fortunes are tied, for better or worse, to what he describes as the “green rush.” The green in question: legally cultivated marijuana.

  • Mom in Ohio sues after birth of mixed-race baby

    A white Ohio woman is suing a sperm bank for mistakenly giving her and her white same-sex partner sperm from an African-American donor, her attorney said today. Jennifer Cramblett, 36, of rural Uniontown in northeastern Ohio, sued Midwest Sperm Bank in Chicago on Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court for “wrongful birth and breach of warranty” after the birth of Cramblett’s daughter two years ago.

  • Football prayer photo prompts new complaint against Licking Valley High School

    It appears that Licking Valley High School has landed in the crosshairs of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. On Tuesday, Licking Valley Superintendent David Hile received his second letter in a week from the group based in Madison, Wis.

  • Man gets 20 years in prison after guilty plea to murder

    A Pickaway County judge sentenced Kyle Robinson to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of 84-year-old Thomas "Shorty" Whitson.

  • Crime stats improve at Ohio colleges

    The number of serious crimes has dropped precipitously at Ohio colleges, according to statistics the schools were required to release yesterday under federal law. But the numbers indicated once again that the data can be misleading and that schools often struggle with the law.

  • Speedway completes deal to acquire Hess stations for $2.8 billion

    SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Speedway’s parent company finalized its $2.8 billion acquisition of Hess Retail, a deal that company officials have said will lead to more than 350 new jobs in Springfield in the next three years.

  • Bloody day in Cincinnati leaves 1 dead, 5 wounded

    CINCINNATI — No arrests have been reported yet in a rash of six separate shootings in Cincinnati that left one person dead and five others — including a 14-year-old boy — injured.

  • Northeast Ohio police seize cap guns from first-grader

    AKRON — Police boarded a school bus in northeast Ohio and seized two toy cap guns from a 6-year-old boy they say was pointing them at other children.

  • JobsOhio, holding $261 million, gets fiscal-health OK

    JobsOhio ended its 2013-14 fiscal year with an admittedly healthy $261 million in cash and investments on hand yet to be put to use in creating jobs.

  • Website compares Ohio charter schools, districts

    Noting the current difficulty in finding information about charter schools and how they compare with traditional Ohio public schools, a progressive policy-research group and the state’s largest teachers union teamed up to create a website that allows for quick comparisons.

  • Airstream to expand plant in Jackson Center

    Recreational vehicles sales are up, and the maker of one of the best-known brands, Airstream, plans a major expansion in Jackson Center to help meet pent-up demand. Airstream will add about 94,000 square feet to its 134,000-square-foot plant in western Ohio, the company said this week.

  • Shelby County sheriff wants more state action to quell heroin crisis

    Ohio is figuring out how to count heroin overdose deaths faster, but the state doesn’t yet know how to prevent them. That’s the opinion of Shelby County Sheriff John R. Lenhart, a Republican who, at 69, is Ohio’s oldest sheriff. When he started out, Lenhart was a Democrat and the state’s youngest sheriff, at 25.

  • East Knox school cuts not enough to prevent fiscal watch

    The state auditor placed the East Knox school district on fiscal watch yesterday, with the threat of lost local control looming.

  • Ohio’s minimum wage to increase to $8.10 per hour in 2015

    Ohio’s minimum wage will automatically increase to $8.10 per hour on January 1, a 15-cent bump over the current floor. For tipped employees, the minimum wage rises to $4.05 per hour, a six-cent increase.

  • Concord Township neighbors wary of plan for 220-home subdivision in Delaware County

    People moved to Clark-Shaw Road in southern Delaware County for the open skies, whisper quiet and large lots. A proposed 220-home development on 79 acres doesn’t fit in, some of them say.

  • Updated Honda CR-V ups mileage and comfort

    The 2015 Honda CR-V goes on sale today with improved fuel economy and several other changes to a model that is already the top-selling crossover in the country. The CR-V, which is assembled in East Liberty, Ohio, is getting a “mid-cycle refresh,” which is auto-industry lingo for an update that falls short of a full redesign.

  • Costco project gains Jerome Township approval

    The Costco in Jerome Township moved as step closer to reality as the township’s zoning commission approved plans for the 150,000-square-foot store. “That was the final approval we needed,” said Steve Skilken, president of the Joseph Skilken Organization, said of the recent action.

  • Ohio Wal-Mart store pulls air rifles

    Pellet guns have been pulled from shelves at the Ohio store where a 22-year-old man holding an air rifle was fatally shot by police, a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokesman said yesterday.

  • Carney ad blasting Yost for $7 coffee misleading, contract shows

    Democrat John Patrick Carney released his second television ad in the state auditor’s race yesterday, blasting Republican Auditor Dave Yost for spending $7 “per cup of coffee” at a fraud-and-waste conference. But Carney’s claim of overpriced java is misleading, according to a contract that Yost’s office had with the Hilton Columbus at Easton, where the two-day event was held in 2012.

  • FitzGerald laments delay of early voting

    Ed FitzGerald stood at 8 a.m. in front of the early-voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections on Morse Road, finding frustration in the locked doors. Instead of voters waiting to cast ballots, the only activity yesterday consisted of a worker taping notices to the windows that early voting will not begin until Tuesday.

  • Former Rep. Traficant pretty healthy before tractor incident

    A forensic pathologist said yesterday that former U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.’s death appears to be a result of his inability to breathe after a vintage tractor tipped over on him a week ago at his family farm outside Youngstown.

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