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  • Body found in Lake Erie, crews look for 3 missing

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says the body of a missing boater has been found in Lake Erie and they’re continuing to search for three others off the Ohio shoreline.

  • Pickerington woman waits for word on missing son

    Trina Wiater’s heart sank as she read the Facebook message last week. A body had been found in Athens County, it said. She called the Athens Police Department. “I heard that a body was found. Is it my son?” No, she was told, it was not.

  • Village cross display challenged by group

    A group advocating the separation of church and state is protesting a pair of crosses displayed for Easter on an eastern Ohio village’s municipal building.

  • BWC worker improperly checked on son-in-law’s case, probe finds

    An Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation employee improperly accessed her son-in-law’s case file as he sought benefits for an on-the-job injury, according to an investigation by the state inspector general.

  • Kasich questions electricity deregulation at PUCO chief’s swearing-in

    Ohio’s utility regulatory agency has a new leader for what Gov. John Kasich says is “a challenging time.” The governor issued the oath of office yesterday to Thomas Johnson, the new chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, and made comments critical of electricity deregulation.

  • Portman balances gay rights, religious freedom

    U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s expertise has fallen more into the areas of budgets and tax policy in the past. But when he dropped his opposition to gay marriage a little more than a year ago, the Ohio Republican became a lightning rod for the issue.

  • Judge stays same-sex-marriage order except for 4 couples who brought lawsuit

    U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Black has stayed his order forcing Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed out of state. However, the judge said the state must recognize the marriages of four same-sex couples who filed a lawsuit against the state. “The federal appeals courts need to rule, as does the United States Supreme Court,” Black added.

  • Defense wants to see video in bullying case

    PARMA — An attorney says video footage could help show that a substitute teacher isn’t guilty of a child-endangering charge stemming from allegations that a developmentally disabled teenager was struck and bullied in gym class at a suburban Cleveland school.

  • Break-in suspect rescued from vent

    MANSFIELD — Police say an Ohio man suspected of breaking into a restaurant overnight became stuck in a ventilation duct, triggered a fire alarm and had to be rescued by emergency responders.

  • Toddler dies 3 days after pulled from Licking County pond

    A 22-month-old Licking County boy died on Monday, three days after he was pulled from the family’s pond.

  • Newark wants owner to help pay for demolition of downtown building

    NEWARK, Ohio — City officials say they plan to try to recoup some of the cost of demolishing a century-old building downtown from the building’s owner. Manuel Vela, owner of the three-story brick building that was deemed unsafe and ordered demolished by the city, responded, “I’ll see you in court.”

  • Crosses displayed in eastern Ohio village challenged

    STRATTON, Ohio (AP) — A group advocating the separation of church and state is protesting a pair of crosses displayed for Easter at an eastern Ohio village’s municipal building. The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging the claim by the mayor of Stratton that it’s constitutional to display the crosses during holidays.

  • Low of 19 degrees in Toledo breaks 139-year record

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Winter temperatures are refusing to go away in northwestern Ohio. The thermometer dropped to 19 degrees in Toledo this morning, breaking a 139-year-old record for the same date set in 1875.

  • State asks to delay recognizing legal same-sex marriages

    The state is asking a federal judge to hold off implementing his decision in the same-sex marriage case because it could trigger “premature” reactions such as couples hurriedly traveling to other states to get married.

  • RITA woes prompt city income tax extensions

    After an hour of wasted time trying to pay his local taxes on Monday night, Kyle Clark figured he’d log back on to the website when it wasn’t so busy. So at 3:30 a.m. yesterday, he opened his eyes. He signed into his account with the Regional Income Tax Agency, paid what he owed the city of Ashville and went back to bed.

  • State school board debates LGBT anti-discrimination policy

    For the second day, a divided Ohio Board of Education debated a proposal to ban discrimination of teachers and school personnel based on sexual orientation. Supporters of the proposal told board members that protective language is needed to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender educators are judged based on their performance, not their sexual orientation.

  • Gay Games irk cabbies in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND — Some taxi drivers who work at the Cleveland airport say they won’t drive cabs with rooftop placards advertising the upcoming Gay Games.

  • Sediment can’t be dumped in Lake Erie

    Environmental officials approved the dredging of Cleveland Harbor and the Cuyahoga River but said the sediment can’t be dumped in Lake Erie. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said on Monday that it will allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge up to 225,000 cubic yards of material and deposit it in designated confined disposal facilities, but not in the open lake.

  • Candidates file hard-to-analyze reports on wealth

    Republicans have referred to the Democrats’ million-dollar running mate, attorney Sharen Neuhardt. And Democrats have long pointed to the sizable portfolio of Gov. John Kasich.

  • Athens County sheriff IDs body found near state park

    The body found on Thursday in an Athens County creek has been identified, Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith said today. Dental records were used to identify Sammie Steven Donato, 22, who was on a walking trip from his home in Mt. Orab in Brown County to the East Coast, Smith said in a news release.

  • Knox County woman dies of crash injuries

    A Knox County woman died this morning from injuries sustained in a car crash yesterday. Kathy Reed, 63, of Fredericktown, died about 5:30 a.m., about 17 hours after she was struck by a semi traveling north on state Rt. 3. Reed, the wife of Knox County Commissioner Roger Reed, had pulled in front of the truck’s path from Sychar Road in Mount Vernon.

  • Kasich’s new bio ad first salvo in TV war

    The first TV ad from either side in the 2014 gubernatorial election will come from Republican Gov. John Kasich and begin airing today, several sources told The Dispatch. The 60-second commercial, titled "Deliver," will air for one week.

  • Needy kids in northeast Ohio get seized sneakers

    AKRON, Ohio — Deputies in northeast Ohio say dozens of pairs of pricey athletic shoes seized in a drug case are going to be distributed to needy kids. The Akron Beacon Journal reports the 48 pairs of sneakers were seized by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office from three men who were convicted in February of trafficking heroin.

  • Cleveland taxi drivers take issue with Gay Games placards

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Some taxi drivers who work at the Cleveland airport say they won’t drive cabs with rooftop placards advertising the upcoming Gay Games.

  • Boehner visits Afghanistan in wake of presidential vote there

    As vote counting continues in Afghanistan’s presidential election, House Speaker John Boehner met this weekend with U.S. officials in Kabul and urged that the U.S. maintain enough troops in the country to stabilize the government after more than a decade of conflict.

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