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  • After acquittal, Cleveland faces 2 more cases

    CLEVELAND — Cleveland emerged unscathed and intact on Sunday after a day of protests following the acquittal of a white police officer who had been on trial in the shooting deaths of two unarmed black suspects killed in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire.  • Officers arrested 71 people the night after the verdict, although there was nothing close to the violence other cities have experienced over the treatment of black suspects.

  • State’s share of Portsmouth bypass rises to $1.2 billion over 35 years

    Ohio’s largest road project and first public-private partnership will cost taxpayers nearly three times its announced price tag of $429 million.

  • After police officer's acquittal, Cleveland still faces 2 more cases

    CLEVELAND — Cleveland emerged unscathed and intact on Sunday after a day of protests following the acquittal of a white police officer who had been on trial in the shooting deaths of two unarmed black suspects killed in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire.  • Officers arrested 71 people the night after the verdict, although there was nothing close to the violence other cities have experienced over the treatment of black suspects.

  • Ohio father runs over son, 4, in driveway, police say

    Police in northeastern Ohio said a 4-year-old boy struck when his father pulled into the driveway has died of his injuries.

  • Ohio House bill would ban abortions spurred by diagnosis of Down syndrome

    Ohio could become the second state to ban women from having an abortion because of a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome. An Ohio House bill to outlaw doctors from performing an abortion under such a circumstance is the latest effort by abortion opponents to further restrict abortion rights.

  • Lasting roadwork funding elusive

    WASHINGTON — When the federal government last raised the gas tax in 1993, President Bill Clinton was in his first term, the TV show Cheers was in its last season and, in what may have become historic foreshadowing, the movie Groundhog Day was released.

  • Ohio's General Assembly bills try to curb distracted driving

    Everyone has seen that person on the highway. Driving slowly in the fast lane or weaving, all while texting, putting on make-up or looking for something on the passenger seat. The frustration is felt by all other drivers on the road, including Ohio lawmakers, who want to find a way to cut down on distracted driving.

  • Motts Military Museum opens addition to display more vets’ artifacts

    The damaged, black New Testament Bible doesn’t necessarily stand out among the hundreds of weapons, uniforms, photographs and pieces of equipment inside the newest addition of the Motts Military Museum. But that Bible means everything to Stan Dillon. He’s certain it saved his life.

  • John Switzer: Milkweed ensures generations of monarchs

    Now that May is soon to melt into June, most of our large, flashy butterfly species are flittering about in the sunshine. Butterflies are Mother Nature’s billboards. They turn the heads of even the most oblivious among us to the natural world. But all is not flowers and sunshine among the butterflies.

  • Capitol Insider: Tax cut might prolong Ohio losing streak

    Of the many proclamations that national economist Stephen Moore of the Heritage Foundation made about the benefits of eliminating the income tax in Ohio, one was that it would help the state’s professional sports teams. “If you want to win championships, cut your tax rates,” Moore told the Senate Ways and Means Committee, arguing that eliminating the state income tax would attract better professional athletes to Ohio.

  • Ohio patrolman Michael Brelo acquitted in 2 deaths amid 137-shot barrage

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A white Cleveland patrolman who fired down through the windshield of a suspect's car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that left the two unarmed black occupants dead was acquitted Saturday of criminal charges by a judge who said he could not determine the officer alone fired the fatal shots.

  • No unions for workers in home health

    Gov. John Kasich has ended the ability of Ohio home health-care and in-home child-care workers to collectively bargain as part of a union, arguing that it’s no longer necessary because Obamacare and Medicaid have made health care more accessible.

  • Gun error gets Licking County animal-control chief suspended

    Licking County’s director of animal control has been suspended without pay for five days for selling a department van that had two guns and ammunition inside it.

  • 610 children missing in Ohio, report shows

    Ohio reported 18,097 missing children last year, but fortunately the vast majority were recovered safely, a new state report shows. However, 610 children are currently still missing, Attorney General Mike DeWine said today in releasing the Missing Children Clearinghouse 2014 annual report.

  • Man convicted of sexual abuse of adopted daughters

    MARYSVILLE — A 42-year-old man was convicted on Friday of sexually abusing four young relatives and trying to intimidate the children so they wouldn’t discuss the allegations against him.

  • Mike DeWine looking into possible medical marijuana proposal

    Add this to Ohio’s marijuana mix: Attorney General Mike DeWine said today he has his staff looking into a medical marijuana proposal. DeWine told The Dispatch that the proposal would be “very limited” and “tightly controlled.” He did not offer details.

  • Bellefontaine man charged with murder of his 5-year-old son

    Murder has been added to charges against a Bellefontaine father in connection with the beating death of his son this week. Anthony Allen Michael Barton, 24, was charged with felony child endangering on Monday after police and paramedics responded to his girlfriend’s house on a report that 5-year-old Michael Barton had stopped breathing.

  • Gov. John Kasich rescinds orders allowing collective bargaining for care workers

    Making good on a promise from 2010 as he was first taking office, Gov. John Kasich rescinded executive orders made by former Gov. Ted Strickland today. The orders made two kinds of independent, self-employed contractors eligible for collective bargaining with the state even though they are not state employees: home health care contractors and in-home child care contractors.

  • Buckeye Lake businesses want water level raised after new report

    BUCKEYE LAKE, Ohio – Business people here like the recommendation of a engineering firm hired by the Buckeye Lake Region Chamber of Commerce to restore the water level to 5 feet while the dam project is under way. Now, the question is whether the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will endorse the recommendation by Rizzo Associates.

  • Oil and gas industry fighting back on possible tax increase

    The American Petroleum Institute has started running statewide radio ads and making robo-calls this week in hopes of beating back an anticipated fracking tax proposal by Senate Republicans. Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina, has said an increased severance tax on shale fracking is likely to be included in the Senate-passed version of the two-year, $71.5 billion budget. The Kasich administration also has expressed some confidence that the Senate will propose a “fair” tax.

  • Ohio Politics Now: Will changes to PARCC testing be enough for lawmakers?

    The Ohio House has already voted to dump the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career) but the board that governs the standardized testing for students plans to make some changes. “Facing growing opposition from teachers, parents and legislators, new standardized tests given to students in Ohio, along with 10 other states and the District of Columbia, will be shortened by 90 minutes next year,” Dispatch reporter Catherine Candisky writes.

  • Board votes to trim student testing time by 90 minutes

    Facing growing opposition from teachers, parents and legislators, new standardized tests given to students in Ohio, along with 10 other states and the District of Columbia, will be shortened by 90 minutes next year.

  • Buckeye Lake water levels could be safely raised, second study says

    A report by an engineering firm hired by the Buckeye Lake Region Chamber of Commerce says that the lake’s water level could be safely raised to 5 feet – one foot below the normal summer level – while a new dam is built.

  • School official criticized for supporting predecessor

    NORDONIA HILLS — A school-board president in a Cleveland suburb is acknowledging that it was a mistake to write a letter in support of a former board president sentenced to prison for having child pornography.

  • Coroner: Man with knife killed by 3 shots from deputy

    AKRON — A medical examiner says a 52-year-old northeastern Ohio man killed by a deputy sheriff was shot three times. The Summit County sheriff’s office reported that Jonathan Colley was fatally shot on Wednesday morning in the Akron suburb of Green after he advanced on deputies with a knife and couldn’t be stopped with a stun gun.

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