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  • FitzGerald says Kasich waffling on Common Core

    SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald said Republican Gov. John Kasich hasn’t made his position on Common Core education standards in Ohio clear enough during the recently renewed debate. And FitzGerald might have a point.

  • Ohio pharmacy board’s leader to step down

    The director of Ohio’s pharmacy board is leaving his post in September, and a new change in state law could impact the qualifications of his replacement. Kyle Parker will step down as executive director of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy on Sept. 1, according to the Dayton Daily News.

  • New funds will pay for overdose kits in Greater Cincinnati area

    HAMILTON, Ohio — A Cincinnati nonprofit has released an additional $171,000 in program funds to four agencies in the fight to curb the harmful effects of heroin and opiate use in Greater Cincinnati.

  • Man charged with sex crimes involving girl in Highbanks park

    A Delaware County grand jury has indicted a 57-year-old Columbus man on two third- degree felonies after police say he met a 14-year-old girl for sex at Highbanks Metro Park.

  • Hamilton County considers employee-health incentives

    Hamilton County government employees are less likely to exercise and more likely to be obese than the rest of America, and county leaders want to do something about it. Now, they have to decide whether to pay for it.

  • Cardiologist accused of $7.2M billing fraud

    CLEVELAND — A federal indictment alleges a cardiologist performed unnecessary procedures as part of an alleged scheme to overbill Medicaid and private health-insurance companies by $7.2 million.

  • Anti-drilling wastewater well billboards defended

    An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against “poisoned waters” on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the First Amendment protects him from a lawsuit filed by a Texas well owner.

  • Two dozen people charged in Toledo drug-trafficking ring

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  • Emergency personnel pull Perrysburg man’s body, wheelchair from pond

    A 94-year-old Perrysburg man’s body was pulled from a pond yesterday morning, officials said. John Voland was pronounced dead at 7:25 a.m. Police received a call at 7:04 a.m. about a person in the water at St. Clare Commons.

  • Ex-newspaper sports editor in Ashtabula charged in sex-abuse case

    Prosecutors increased the seriousness of the sexual-misconduct charges against Don McCormack, longtime sports editor of the Ashtabula Star Beacon, during his initial court appearance on Tuesday.

  • Cyclist who died was punched, struck curb, Lancaster police say

    A Lancaster man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault and reckless homicide in the death of a bicyclist who was found bleeding and unconscious late Tuesday night. Travis M. Burnett, 22, is accused of killing Steven L. Reid, 51.

  • Licking County Transit ends Sunday van service

    NEWARK, Ohio — The Licking County Transit Board voted unanimously last night to eliminate Sunday service and reduce nighttime hours, in a cost-cutting measure that was met with some community resistance. The new hours for the van service, which picks up passengers at their door, will take effect on Sept. 1.

  • Some piercings to be off-limits to Ohio teens

    Teens who’d like to get a tattoo or piercing in a private place will no longer be able to do that, even with a parent’s permission. And those upper-ear piercings are going to be tougher to get, too.

  • Parent company of Anchor Hocking sells U.K. business

    EveryWare Global Inc., the parent company of Anchor Hocking, has sold its business in the United Kingdom, part of a plan announced last week to focus on North America and reduce debt.

  • Honda recalls Fits to boost crash resistance

    In a rare step for an auto company, Honda is asking owners of all 12,000 2015 Fits sold before June in North America to return them to dealers, who will replace the bumpers to make them more crash-resistant. The tiny Fit was redesigned for the 2015 model year, and initially it flunked a key front-end crash test done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

  • Kasich urges legal community to help women get elected to the bench

    Gov. John Kasich pleaded with hundreds of Republican-leaning lawyers and judges today to help five women he appointed to various judgeships win their races this fall, including Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith L. French.

  • Truck driver charged in Rt. 23 pileup that killed 2 in Delaware County

    A Tennessee truck driver is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide after a crash in northern Delaware County that killed a Michigan couple yesterday morning. Randall G. Lee, 58, of Christiana, Tenn., was in the Delaware County jail last night. He also is charged with failure to stop within an assured clear distance.

  • Life without parole for man who killed his grandfather

    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.

  • Casino commission busting illegal skill-game parlors

    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.

  • West Nile blamed in 2 encephalitis cases

    A 24-year-old Muskingum County woman is one of the first human cases of West Nile virus identified in Ohio this year, the Ohio Department of Health said today. The other is a 78-year-old Cuyahoga County woman. Both have been hospitalized with encephalitis, Dr. Mary DiOrio, the department’s state epidemiologist, said in a news release.

  • Cincinnati ex-convict gets prison for weapons cache

    CINCINNATI — A man accused of illegally having seven firearms, more than 200 rounds of ammunition and body armor has been sentenced to more than six years in prison.

  • Lancaster bicyclist dies after he was found injured

    Lancaster police are investigating what happened to a bicyclist who died yesterday after he was found injured late Tuesday. Steven Reid, 51, of Lancaster, died at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

  • Nixing Common Core could let some Ohio schools opt out of state tests

    Common Core opponents spent a third day yesterday urging lawmakers to pass a bill to eliminate the education standards in Ohio, and a key sponsor said it could lead to high-performing schools being able to opt out of most state testing. As written, House Bill 597 prohibits the state from withholding funds from a school district that chooses to not adopt new academic standards or state testing. Some have interpreted that as allowing districts to opt out of graduation tests, which would leave students unable to get a diploma.

  • Democrats shift focus away from FitzGerald

    BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio — Democrat Ed FitzGerald did not mention his gubernatorial campaign’s woes during a speech last night at the annual Logan County Democratic picnic. But they weren’t a secret to the 50 or so gathered in an outdoor shelter behind the local American Legion. In fact, county Democratic Chairman Ben Stahler said state party leaders held a conference call with local leaders on Tuesday to outline how the campaign for governor was being de-emphasized in favor of downticket candidates who stand a much better chance of winning than FitzGerald.

  • Need something to wear for Oktoberfest? German retailer opens U.S. flagship inside Cincinnati brewery

    CINCINNATI -- Picture this: A woman walking down the street wearing a dirndl skirt and bust-hugging bodice paired with ankle boots. Or a man sporting lederhosen - leather shorts, traditionally worn with suspenders - with a T-shirt and sneakers. Wiesnkoenig, the official supplier of lederhosen for the Munich Oktoberfest, is hoping its fashion-forward take on traditional German clothing takes off in America with the opening of its flagship U.S. store inside a Cincinnati brewery.

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