Top Ohio headlines
After he killed his grandfather, Shaun Lawson laughed. Today, Pickaway County Common Pleas Judge P. Randall Knece sentenced Lawson to life in prison with no chance of parole. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.
A Cincinnati-area abortion clinic has ended its fight with the state over a closure order and will stop performing surgical abortions on Friday. An attorney for the Lebanon Road Surgery Center of Sharonville made that announcement Wednesday at her law office in downtown Cincinnati.
Despite a multitude of legal gambling available, including four casinos, five racinos and lottery games, Ohioans continue finding places to gamble illegally. And state investigators increasingly are finding the illegal gambling hot spots, many of which are masquerading as “skill games” parlors.
CINCINNATI — Ohio and Kentucky water districts have resumed taking water from the Ohio River after a fuel oil spill led them to stop doing so.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A United Airlines flight has landed safely in Nashville, Tenn., after a crack was found in the plane’s windshield. Media reported that the flight was diverted at about 6:45 a.m. today to Nashville International Airport.
NORWALK, Ohio — Officials in a northern Ohio city say its drinking water is safe as they battle a harmful algal bloom in a reservoir. The Sandusky Register reports that test results released yesterday for the body of water in Norwalk showed 22 parts per billion of microcystin toxin, up from an initial result of 10 parts per billion.
CINCINNATI — As Ohio Democrats shift toward trying to boost their down-ticket candidates, Republican Gov. John Kasich said he already has largely laid out to voters what a second term under him would look like. “I want to work for more tax cuts,” Kasich said at Price Hill Chili in Cincinnati after his second of two public campaign events in southwestern Ohio yesterday.
In what could reignite a controversy that raged about eight years ago, a bill to repeal Common Core education standards in Ohio would allow intelligent design and creationism to be taught alongside evolution in science classes. House Bill 597 says new state science standards must “prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another.”
In a campaign for Ohio’s top law-enforcement job, do parking tickets, and paying some late, matter? Not surprisingly, the campaigns of Democrat David Pepper, who racked up about 180 tickets over 14 years, and his Republican opponent, Attorney General Mike DeWine, who had none but usually has had government drivers, feel very differently about the subject.
KENT, Ohio (AP) — Government officials are accusing northeastern Ohio’s Kent State University of housing discrimination, alleging it refused to let a student with disabilities keep a dog as an emotional support animal in her campus apartment.
An attorney for the family of a man fatally shot by police at a Wal-Mart store in southwestern Ohio said yesterday that surveillance video of the shooting shows it was unjustified, and the state’s top lawman said a special grand jury will begin considering whether charges are appropriate against the officers. Attorney Michael Wright, who represents the family of 21-year-old John Crawford III, said in a statement that surveillance video of the shooting “showed that absolutely this young man ... was killed without justification or cause.”
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — The alleged drug dealer accused of selling a fatal dose of heroin to the father of a boy killed in a 2012 Ohio school shooting has pleaded not guilty to an involuntary manslaughter charge.
A ballot initiative to recall Pataskala 1st Ward Councilwoman Pat Sagar was voted down last night. Although only 320 of the 2,600 registered voters in the two 1st Ward precincts turned out, 198 of them — 62 percent — voted to allow Sagar to continue her fourth term, which will expire in 2015.
There has never been a land mine in Adams County. But the sheriff’s office now has a mine-resistant, armor-protected vehicle — the kind the military used in Afghanistan and Iraq. The southwestern Ohio sheriff got it and other vehicles through a federal program that puts military surplus out to pasture with law-enforcement agencies all over the country. For free.
GIBRALTAR ISLAND, Ohio — Toledo residents probably won’t soon forget how it felt to know that their tap water could poison them. But the water that supplies Toledo’s public system would clean itself relatively quickly if we stopped pumping phosphorus into Maumee Bay, scientists say.
Taking a canopy tour in one of Ohio’s forests or spending a day on one of its lakes are increasingly attractive tourism options, experts say. But a new report is sounding alarm bells that the hikers and boaters of tomorrow might view it as increasingly risky, too, both here and in other parts of the country.
As Republican Gov. John Kasich sets out on a brief campaign swing through southwest Ohio today, his campaign released a new TV ad that appears to address his toughest days in office — when he attempted to curb collective bargaining rights for public employees through Senate Bill 5 in 2011.
Supporters and opponents of Common Core education standards swarmed the Statehouse today as a House committee heard a second day of testimony on a bill to dump Ohio’s new guidelines for what students should know.
The U.S. Coast Guard closed a 15-mile stretch of the Ohio River today after at least 5,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled from a 60-year-old power plant owned by Duke Energy near Cincinnati. It was not clear if the oil had been contained or if there was any impact on wildlife or drinking water.
Chip Shannon is the next man up for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald, stepping in to assume the role of campaign manager in the midst of a mass exodus from FitzGerald’s team.
ASHLAND -- A second teen has died from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash last week in north-central Ohio.
Arguing it’s “not too late to correct this mistake,” House GOP leaders yesterday began the process of eliminating Common Core education standards in Ohio. But at least one key Republican already has raised concern that the bill means students would go through three different sets of standards during the next four years.
CLEVELAND -- A teen who was struggling in the water at a Lake Erie beach and a woman who tried to save him both drowned, Cleveland authorities said.
Every 29 seconds, someone attempts suicide in the United States. Every 13.7 minutes, it works. Suicide is a silent epidemic, with 713,000 people treated for attempts and nearly 40,000 deaths in 2010. But public awareness typically peaks only when a celebrity takes his or her own life, as Robin Williams did last week at the age of 63.
CINCINNATI — Social-service workers went on strike and began picketing yesterday in a southwestern Ohio county after contract negotiations over wages broke down. While Butler County officials say they have been able to shift and add staffers to plug holes left by the striking workers, the union president says expertise is needed to oversee 450 foster children and offer services that include investigating abuse claims. There will now be fewer people doing the job of 100 caseworkers, said Rebecca Palmer, president of the Butler County Children Services Independent Union, which represents 125 workers.
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