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  • Mom in Ohio sues after birth of mixed-race baby

    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.

  • Third man faces life in prison for murder of 84-year-old veteran

    A Pickaway County judge sentenced Kyle Robinson to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of 84-year-old Thomas "Shorty" Whitson.

  • Football prayer photo prompts new complaint against Licking Valley High School

    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.

  • Bloody day in Cincinnati leaves 1 dead, 5 wounded

    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.

  • Northeast Ohio police seize cap guns from first-grader

    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, holding $261 million, gets fiscal-health OK

    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.

  • Website compares Ohio charter schools, districts

    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.

  • Poll: Kasich's lead over FitzGerald continues to widen

    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.

  • Airstream to expand plant in Jackson Center

    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.

  • Shelby County sheriff wants more state action to quell heroin crisis

    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.

  • East Knox school cuts not enough to prevent fiscal watch

    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 to increase to $8.10 per hour in 2015

    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.

  • Concord Township neighbors wary of plan for 220-home subdivision in Delaware County

    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.

  • Updated Honda CR-V ups mileage and comfort

    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.

  • Costco project gains Jerome Township approval

    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.

  • Ohio Wal-Mart store pulls air rifles

    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.

  • Carney ad blasting Yost for $7 coffee misleading, contract shows

    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.

  • FitzGerald laments delay of early voting

    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.

  • Former Rep. Traficant pretty healthy before tractor incident

    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.

  • Tom Noe loses appeal seeking new trial

    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.

  • Ohio cracks down on companies that didn’t create jobs they promised

    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.

  • Company planning Ohio uranium enrichment plant emerges from bankruptcy, changes name

    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.

  • DeWine: Executions on hold until legislators change law

    Ohio will not resume executions next year unless legislators enact two key changes in state law, Attorney General Mike DeWine said yesterday.

  • U.S. Supreme Court delays start of Ohio early voting

    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.

  • Reports on college crime are deceptively inaccurate

    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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