Top Ohio headlines
A man shot and killed a woman who broke into his residence in Zanesville early this morning. He was shot and wounded in an exchange of gunfire. Kristina Lynne Holskey, 39, reportedly broke in to the home of Terry J. McConnell, 46, at 1070 ½ Linden Ave. just north of downtown Zanesville, at about 3:30 a.m., said Zanesville police Capt. Tony Coury.
MASON, Ohio — A southwestern Ohio amusement park hopes to set a world record for the most heads shaved simultaneously to help raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer.
MILWAUKEE — Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee and E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati have an agreement to merge broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity, the companies announced late yesterday.
Ohio voters say yay for Hillary Clinton but nay for President Barack Obama in a new poll. Clinton continues to best all potential opponents in hypothetical matchups for the 2016 presidential race, while Obama’s popularity has sagged to near an all-time low in the Buckeye State, a Quinnipiac University poll released today shows.
PITTSBURGH — It appears that the Kasich and FitzGerald campaigns have reached consensus on something: Coal is not going to be a major issue in the 2014 election.
Ohio’s prisons director told lawmakers today that Aramark Correctional Services either will clean up its food-service operations in state prisons or face the danger of losing its $110 million, two-year state contract. Mohr said he believes Aramark is turning the corner on correcting a host of problems – food shortages, reports of maggots in food-preparation areas and others – and that he will settle for no less.
With fewer than 70 days remaining until Ohioans can start voting, Democrat Ed FitzGerald is running out of time to make his case to Ohioans against Gov. John Kasich, a new poll indicates. Even with the launch of FitzGerald’s first TV ad two weeks ago, Kasich leads by 12 percentage points, about the same as his 15-point bulge in mid-May, the Quinnipiac University Poll shows.
To counter Ohio’s high number of drug-overdose deaths, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown proposed legislation yesterday to allow health-care providers to treat more addicted patients.
A Reynoldsburg man was killed yesterday in a head-on collision just south of Granville in Licking County. Michael R. Swiger, 40, of 2090 Hughey Square Dr., died in Newark’s Licking Memorial Hospital of injuries suffered in the crash on Rt. 16 near Sunset Drive just before 10 a.m.
Calling it “fundamentally un-American,” advocates of low-income housing in Ohio are teaming up to fight legislation that they argue would reduce penalties for housing discrimination and chill efforts to root out the problem.
Anchor Hocking’s parent company has reached an agreement with lenders that will avert a potential bankruptcy, providing a break from the financial crisis that has gripped the manufacturer since mid-May.
A state official has ordered the last abortion clinic in Toledo to close on Aug. 12. The decision by Lance D. Himes, interim director of the Ohio Department of Heath, follows a ruling last month by a hearing examiner barring the Capital Care Network from using a University of Michigan hospital 52 miles away as its legally required transfer-agreement hospital.
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport has regained its No. 1 national ranking for high ticket prices, showing that new low-cost airlines have had little if any impact on lowering overall average fares.
An online-sales company intends to revolutionize the estate-sale business as it expands to several cities in the Midwest. Everything But The House sells exactly that — anything in a building but not the building itself.
Following a new push to derail Ohio’s use of Common Core academic standards, supporters acknowledge they’ve been complacent and need to step up their game. Ohioans “are hearing from one side and not the other. We have not been effective in our counterpunch, and that needs to change,” said Greg Harris, state director for StudentsFirst. “We have to be much more aggressive in explaining what Common Core is about.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. homeownership hit a 19-year low in the second quarter as tight finances continued to drive Americans toward renting, one of the lasting legacies of the recession.
WASHINGTON — The love letters between America’s 29th president, Marion native Warren G. Harding, and Carrie Fulton Phillips, the wife of one of his good friends — opened to the public for the first time yesterday by the Library of Congress — reveal a man deeply passionate about both his lover and the policies he supported.
A pilot suffered serious injuries when he lost control of his tree-trimming helicopter and crashed yesterday afternoon in Logan County, authorities said. Logan County law-enforcement and fire departments were called at 4:45 p.m. to the crash site, which was in the area of Township Rd. 188 near Liberty Hills Golf Club. The pilot, Leo Boucher, 50, of Manchester, N.H., was in serious condition in OhioHealth Grant Medical Center last night.
TV advertising about same-sex marriage is back in Ohio for the first time in a decade, even though nothing about the issue is on the November ballot. An official with Why Marriage Matters Ohio, a statewide coalition advocating same-sex marriage, said the new ad — featuring two elderly Ohioans, Henry Hawley and George Vassos of Chagrin Falls near Cleveland — is part of a continuing education campaign.
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Gov. John Kasich made Ohio history in 2012 when he moved his State of the State speech out of Columbus and delivered it in this Ohio River city. If he wins Jefferson County, of which Steubenville is the county seat, in his race this fall against Democrat Ed FitzGerald, Kasich would make a little more history: He’d become only the second Republican gubernatorial candidate to win the county since 1978, joining Gov. Bob Taft in 2002.
The state is spending $62 million to combine widely scattered information technology under one roof, including 9,000 computer servers and 30 data centers in 26 state agencies. Consolidation is expected to reap savings of $150 million over three to five years, Ohio Department of Administrative Services officials said.
The Garden City Group has been appointed to handle claims from the settlement of a lawsuit brought by employers who said they were overcharged for workers’-compensation premiums from 2001 to 2009.
DAYTON — Ohio’s largest military base is under pressure by the U.S. Department of Defense to fill more beds in its hospital. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton needs to boost the use of its 62-bed inpatient hospital, where the occupancy rate has been about 45 percent.
AKRON, Ohio — The Akron school district has agreed to pay just over $100,000 a year to send an autistic child to a private school after a longstanding challenge by the child’s parents.
CINCINNATI — A man has been charged with aggravated murder in the aftermath of a slow-speed chase on Cincinnati-area interstate highways in which police say he held a handgun to his head.
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