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  • State seizes five tigers in Marion County

    State officials this morning are removing five tigers from a Marion County property after the owner failed to complete the necessary steps to legally keep the animals. The tigers, taken from Mike Stapleton of the Paws & Claws Animal Sanctuary on Gillette Road near Waldo, are being transferred to the state’s temporary holding facility for exotic animals in Reynoldsburg.

  • Missing 2-year-old found alive in field

    NORTH BLOOMFIELD, Ohio — A 2-year-old girl who disappeared from her great-grandparents’ home on Friday night was found alive on Sunday evening in a nearby field. Authorities found Rainn Peterson, cold but apparently doing OK, about a half-mile from where she had been reported missing. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

  • Ohio Politics Now: John Kasich slips from second to seventh in New Hampshire poll

    Gov. John Kasich has gone from second to seventh in GOP presidential polls in New Hampshire. “Kasich trailed only tycoon Donald Trump in the survey last month. After the second debate in California, in which Kasich got relatively little face time after choosing not to mix it up with the others on the stage of the Reagan Library, five candidates have slipped by him. And the governor's percentage has dropped from 12 to 6,” Dispatch Public Affairs Editor Darrel Rowland writes.

  • Lancaster candidates largely in agreement

    LANCASTER, Ohio — The three candidates running for Lancaster mayor on Nov. 3 agree that the city needs a full-time economic-development director to attract jobs. They also agree that the city of about 39,595 people needs repaved streets and safe neighborhoods.

  • Groundbreaking set for industrial-park building in Lancaster

    LANCASTER — Groundbreaking is scheduled for Wednesday on a 50,400-square-foot industrial building to be constructed in Lancaster’s Rock Mill Industrial Park.

  • Refinancing of bonds aids taxpayers

    When London City Schools refinanced millions of dollars in bond debt recently, it saved homeowners hundreds of dollars annually in taxes. The Madison County district, taking advantage of record-low interest rates, called in and resold at lower interest about $12 million in bonds used to finance the district’s construction projects over the years.

  • Coshoctor Grain will reopen elevator hit by 2014 blast

    COSHOCTON — Coshocton Grain Co. plans to reopen its Browns Lane facility in Coshocton early this month in cooperation with Interstate Commodities Inc. Work on the new elevator began in June after an explosion on Aug. 13, 2014.

  • 432 surrender during four-day fugitive event

    CANTON — More than 400 fugitives representing 369 felony and misdemeanor warrants turned themselves in during a four-day Ohio Fugitive Safe Surrender event in Stark County that ended on Saturday.

  • Death-penalty foes on 83-mile protest march

    LUCASVILLE — Death-penalty opponents have begun a walk from the Ohio prison where inmates are executed to the Statehouse as part of a capital-punishment protest. The seven-day, 83-mile walk started on Sunday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville and will end in Columbus.

  • Cleveland asks state to chip in $3.5M for project

    CLEVELAND — Advocates for overhauling Cleveland’s Public Square have asked the state to help pay for the project.

  • State officials promote viewing of fall foliage

    COLUMBUS — Ohio natural-resources and tourism officials are pointing out that the arrival of autumn means there will soon be good sightseeing opportunities as forest leaves start changing colors.

  • Man who shot 12-year-old girl sentenced

    HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — A 23-year-old western Ohio man has been sentenced to nearly 26 years in prison for a 2013 home break-in that ended with a 12-year-old girl being shot in the face.

  • Inmate asking to be executed

    CLEVELAND — An Ohio inmate who was sentenced to death for the slayings of a college student and a friend now wants to drop his appeals after more than 10 years and be executed.

  • Super-PAC rules are super-vague

    Even on the nearly lawless frontier of bankrolling 2016 presidential campaigns, everyone agrees one important rule remains. Coordination is not allowed between a candidate’s official campaign organization and the mysterious entities dubbed super-PACs, or political-action committees that now fuel runs for the White House.

  • Denison University students share out-of-mainstream experience in Homestead project

    A few things have changed in the past couple of decades at the Homestead, a “living learning experiment” at Denison University where a few students come together to share a primitive lifestyle. For one thing, it’s not as primitive: In-cabin wood stoves and an outhouse have been replaced with a central heating system and toilets, and the 21st century is too risk-averse to tolerate student housing without a fire-suppression system.

  • Search continues for missing toddler

    NORTH BLOOMFIELD, Ohio (AP) — State and federal officers joined in the search on Saturday for a toddler whose family said the little girl wandered away while staying at her great-grandmother’s house, a sheriff in northeastern Ohio said.

  • Kasich turns down Tom Noe’s bid for clemency

    Tom Noe learned on Friday that Gov. John Kasich had denied his request to cut short his 18-year prison sentence for his role as the central figure in the “Coingate” scandal a decade ago.

  • 3-D printers used more at colleges, companies

    Next month, Stark State College plans to have its new 3-D printers up and running. The two industrial-grade machines cost a quarter of a million dollars each and will be used by students and local businesses to turn computer models into real-life objects.

  • Capitol Insider: Kasich to detail plans ‘at right time’

    Last week, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush released his energy plan, which followed his plans on taxes and regulatory overhaul.

  • Police find second car linked to man sought in double homicide

    Police have found the red Ford Mustang that they believed was driven by a man they think might be responsible for killing two people in Mount Vernon on Wednesday.

  • Man arrested in theft of charity jar from Ohio library

    DOVER, Ohio — Police say a man suspected of stealing a jar of cash meant to be a Christmas gift for a needy family has been arrested in northeastern Ohio.

  • Man charged in 2 Cincinnati killings

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say a man has been arrested on murder charges in the killings of two people whose bodies were found inside a Cincinnati apartment.

  • Rental inspections ruled unconstitutional

    CINCINNATI — A federal judge has ruled that a southern Ohio city’s inspections of rental properties without a warrant are unconstitutional.

  • Cleveland police chief implores public to help stop violence

    CLEVELAND — A 5-month-old girl in a car with her mom is shot dead, a 5-year-old boy playing football is killed by crossfire blamed on two teenagers and a 3-year-old boy riding in a car is fatally wounded during a drive-by.

  • Legalized marijuana sales could make Ohio $300 million, says budget office

    The state budget office estimates legalized marijuana sales in Ohio could produced nearly $300 million in new tax revenue, most of which would go to townships, cities and counties.

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