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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.
A Pickaway County judge sentenced Kyle Robinson to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of 84-year-old Thomas "Shorty" Whitson.
It appears that Licking Valley High School has landed in the crosshairs of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Yesterday, Licking Valley Superintendent David Hile received his second letter in a week from the Madison, Wis.-based group.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A federal judge isn’t allowing a new trial for the former Ohio coin dealer and Republican fundraiser at the center of a state investment scandal. A U.S. District Court judge in Akron turned down Tom Noe’s appeal yesterday to overturn his conviction and grant a new trial.
The state is getting tougher with companies that don’t follow through on plans to add jobs and make investments in return for tax incentives. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority revised or canceled incentive contracts with 105 companies yesterday, an unusually large number to be done on one day.
A Maryland-based company that wants to build a uranium enrichment plant in southern Ohio announced Tuesday that it has emerged from bankruptcy restructured and with a new name: Centrus.
Ohio will not resume executions next year unless legislators enact two key changes in state law, Attorney General Mike DeWine said yesterday.
WASHINGTON — Providing barely 16 hours’ notice, the U.S. Supreme Court has delayed early voting in Ohio that had been scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. today. Instead, early, in-person voting will begin a week from today, as originally set by state officials, and consist of nearly 30 percent fewer hours than ordered by a federal judge earlier this month.
The crime statistics being released by colleges nationwide on Wednesday are so misleading that they give students and parents a false sense of security. Even the U.S. Department of Education official who oversees compliance with a federal law requiring that the statistics be posted on Oct. 1 each year admits that they are inaccurate.
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