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  • 'I need your help,' John Kasich tells voters in South Carolina

    Joyce Petzold was in the Ye Olde Fashioned Ice Cream shop in Mount Pleasant two months ago when she saw a car with a John Kasich bumper sticker. The Dayton native, now living in Mount Pleasant, approached the car’s driver — a Kasich aide — and asked for one of her own. “I’m with him,” she said Wednesday, during a Kasich event near Charleston. “We’re very excited about his candidacy.” As Kasich traveled around Charleston on Wednesday, it was voters like Petzold that he coveted.

  • Local council says only national Boy Scouts can reinstate gay leader

    The national president of the Boy Scouts of America has called for an end to the organization’s ban on gay leaders, but the Simon Kenton Council says it still doesn’t see a way to reinstate ousted local leader Brian Peffly. Simon Kenton spokeswoman Jen Koma said in an email that the council fully supports comments made last week by national president Robert Gates. But, because Peffly’s membership was revoked by the national organization, “Simon Kenton Council is not in a position locally to be able to reinstate his membership,” she wrote.

  • Ohio's 2016 presidential primary could be delayed a week

    The Senate gave the legislature’s final approval today to move Ohio's 2016 presidential primary and ensure that the state becomes “winner-take-all” next year. The measure, passed 23 to 10, now awaits the signature of the man who could benefit most from the one-week delay: Gov. John Kasich.

  • Ohio Politics Now: Gov. John Kasich on the road, talks Medicaid expansion, right-to-work

    Gov. John Kasich took his unofficial presidential campaign on the road Tuesday, this time to some place new: Georgia. It was there that he was questioned by fellow Republicans about his decision to expand Medicaid, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Jim Galloway writes. “My (other) choice in that decision was to ignore some of the most vulnerable people in our population,” the governor said. “I’ve been criticized for this decision. Do you think it bothers me? It doesn’t.”

  • Ohio girl suspected in baby's death to be evaluated again

    PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- An 11-year-old Cleveland-area girl suspected in the murder of a 2-month-old infant will undergo a third evaluation before a judge has a competency hearing for her.

  • Lawmakers want to make it easier to prosecute spousal rape

    State lawmakers say they are committed to eliminating “marital privilege” from state law when it comes to spousal rape and sexual abuse. Reps. Greta Johnson and Teresa Fedor, Democrats from Akron and Toledo, respectively, said on Tuesday that they will introduce legislation making changes in Ohio’s rape laws, including eliminating the statute of limitations for reporting and prosecuting all rape charges.

  • Critics of Medicaid expansion don’t bother him, Kasich tells Georgia GOP

    The first question from his first Georgia audience was the tough one for John Kasich. Mike Fitzgerald, chairman of the 6th District GOP, confessed that he’d been “grinding on this” during the Ohio governor’s speech here on Tuesday. Fitzgerald noted that the possible Republican presidential candidate had expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. “Is that a sustainable model long-term?” the GOP activist asked.

  • Storm tosses truck 60 yards in suburban Dayton, injuring person, police say

    BEAVERCREEK, Ohio — Police say one person suffered minor injuries when a strong storm lifted a pickup truck and blew it into a building at a shopping center in suburban Dayton.

  • One of two men rescued from cold Lake Erie dies

    CLEVELAND — Officials say one of two young men rescued from Lake Erie at Cleveland’s Wildwood Park has died.

  • Victim’s husband says pain outlives killer’s 2003 Ohio execution

    There was no doubt in Joe Byrne’s mind that David Brewer should be put to death for killing Byrne’s wife. “There simply was no alternative to death for David Brewer,” Byrne said minutes after Brewer’s execution on April 29, 2003. Today, 12 years later, Byrne says the thrill of “victory” he felt that day is long gone, replaced by ambiguity about capital punishment.

  • FTD, Classmates settle deceptive-ad allegations; Ohioans to get payments

    Social-networking company Classmates Inc. and floral-delivery service FTD have agreed to pay about $455,000 to Ohioans, part of an $11 million payment nationally, to settle allegations that the companies engaged in misleading advertising and billing practices.

  • Cleveland police have strict new rules

    The city of Cleveland has agreed to have its police department overseen by an independent monitor and subject its officers to strict and explicit new rules on the use of force under an agreement with the Justice Department that was announced on Tuesday.

  • State issues toxic algae warnings for Buckeye Lake

    When Ohio’s Environmental Protection Agency issued a toxic-algae warning for three of Buckeye Lake’s beaches, experts were not surprised. “If we didn’t have these readings, I would’ve been shocked,” said Merv Bartholow, director of Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow. The state found microcystin, a toxin produced by cyanobacteria, often called blue-green algae, at levels as high as nine times the state’s safe threshold.

  • Cleveland policing: Church leaders march for ‘equal treatment’

    Leaders of Cleveland-area churches led some 600 people on a march in downtown Cleveland on Tuesday in response to Saturday’s acquittal of police officer Michael Brelo.

  • Rolletta to be on Newark ballot for at-large council seat

    NEWARK, Ohio — The Newark members of the Licking County Democratic Party Central Committee have nominated 4th Ward Councilman Alex Rolletta to replace Marc Guthrie on the November ballot for one of the at-large seats on Newark City Council. Rolletta, 24, who graduated this month from Ohio State University’s Newark campus, was chosen to replace Guthrie, 41 and a veteran politician, on the ballot.

  • Bomb threat clears Watkins Memorial High School

    No arrests were made after a bomb threat emailed to the Watkins Memorial High School principal forced an evacuation of about 900 students yesterday. Two students were detained at the scene, including one whose email address was used, but both were released.

  • Sen. Sherrod Brown pushes for more effective student testing

    Christie Plickert’s twin fourth-graders Luke and Rachel have been through a good amount of standardized testing at Norwich Elementary School this year. “No matter how many times I try to tell them, ‘Just do your best, you’ll do fine,’ they still get some anxiety,” Plickert said, adding that they’ve “handled it pretty well.” That anxiety led Plickert to stand with other teachers and students of the Hilliard City School District to support Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, at a Tuesday news conference as he called for more effective and reliable standardized testing through the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — also known as No Child Left Behind.

  • 'Victory' of death penalty for wife's killer gone, man says

    Moments after watching the execution of his wife’s killer in 2003, Joe Byrne said, “There simply was no alternative to death for David Brewer. He had to die for his crimes.” A decade later, Byrne says the thrill of “victory” he felt that day is long gone.

  • Cleveland, Justice Department announce police settlement

    Cleveland agreed to overhaul its police department under the supervision of a federal monitor in a settlement announced Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Justice over a pattern of excessive force and other abuses by officers.

  • Cleveland church members protest officer's acquittal

    Members of about 40 churches marched in downtown Cleveland and called for reform in response to the acquittal of a white patrolman charged in the deaths of two unarmed black motorists.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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