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  • Cleveland, feds reach settlement

    CLEVELAND — Cleveland has reached a settlement with the Justice Department over what federal authorities said was a pattern of unconstitutional policing and excessive use of force, people briefed on the case said Monday.

  • Ohio lawyer has behind-the-scenes influence in conservative politics

    WEST CHESTER, Ohio — Just outside Cincinnati, tucked among insurance agencies, hair salons and a yoga studio, is the nexus of one of the nation’s most mysterious networks pouring money into elections. “Langdon Law LLC Political, Election Nonprofit and Constitutional Law,” reads its small sign.

  • Military-aircraft fuselage to aid in medical training

    DAYTON — The fuselage of a military transport aircraft to be used for aeromedical evacuation training has begun arriving at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

  • New Cuyahoga County court to help veterans

    CLEVELAND — A new veterans court intended to help rehabilitate veterans by diverting them from the traditional criminal-justice system and providing judges with alternatives to imposing jail sentences will be dedicated this week.

  • Cincinnati man killed in crash of two ATVs

    JACKSON, Ky. — A Cincinnati man was killed in a collision of all-terrain vehicles in eastern Kentucky, the Kentucky State Police said.

  • Merger on horizon for Buckeye Lake-area school district?

    MILLERSPORT, Ohio — Parents and students, teachers and others in the financially troubled Walnut Township school district have little to cheer about as they prepare for budget cuts. Voters have repeatedly rejected requests for higher property taxes in the district of about 565 students in Fairfield County, and those rejections date from long before before Gov. John Kasich said in March that it could take up to five years to build a new Buckeye Lake dam and that the lake would be kept shallow as a safety precaution in the meantime.

  • Two-year upgrade of I-71 tunnel in Cincinnati begins today

    CINCINNATI (AP) — An interstate tunnel in downtown Cincinnati will get a major overhaul during construction beginning soon that will last into fall 2017.

  • Lithopolis Cemetery retells stories of buried veterans on Memorial Day

    LITHOPOLIS, Ohio — Two winters ago, when Lithopolis Cemetery Director Jennifer McKenzie was asked about a WWII veteran buried there, she started thinking about the other veterans. On Monday, she led a Memorial Day tour that stopped at 13 veterans’ graves. She had a story for each man.

  • Changing drugs’ formula may deter abuse

    Using the serrated metal strap from a radiator clamp like a food grater, Mark Voils vigorously worked to shave a powerful painkiller pill into powder to be snorted or liquefied and injected with a hypodermic needle. After several minutes, Voils gave up. There was no powder, no residue.

  • 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'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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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