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  • 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.

  • FitzGerald laments delay of early voting

    An upset Ed FitzGerald stood at 8 a.m. in front of the locked doors of the early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections on Morse Road.

  • 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.

  • GOP consultant Terry Casey denies plotting with Kasich against Libertarian challenger

    The Republican who spearheaded a challenge that bumped a Libertarian gubernatorial candidate off Ohio’s November ballot testified yesterday to extensive communications with Gov. John Kasich’s re-election campaign ahead of the protest, but he rejected suggestions that Kasich’s campaign orchestrated the effort.

  • Circleville man in aerial lift dies after touching power line, falling 30 feet

    A Circleville man died Sunday night after he touched a power line while about 30 feet up in an aerial lift as he was showing a child how a bucket truck works, police said yesterday. Jeremiah Webb was using the truck owned by his employer, Seyfang Electric, to take an 11-year-old friend of his daughter’s for a ride about 5:30 p.m., Circleville Police Chief Wayne Gray said.

  • Ex-Fairfield County court clerk gets 18 months on corruption charges

    LANCASTER, Ohio — Former Fairfield County Clerk of Courts Deborah K. Smalley was sentenced to 18 months in prison today for theft in office and attempted theft in office. Visiting Judge Dale Crawford sentenced Smalley to 18 months for theft in office and 12 months for attempted theft in office, and ordered the sentences to run concurrently.

  • Car crash into tree claims third victim

    The third person who was riding in a Honda Civic that slammed into a tree in Pickaway County late Friday night, killing two others, has died. Danell Blunt, 31, was flown to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center immediately after the crash and her family said today that she has died.

  • Fairfield County man charged with murder after burned body found in car trunk

    LANCASTER, Ohio — A Fairfield County man has been charged with two counts of murder in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found in the trunk of her smoldering car on Saturday night, county Sheriff Dave Phalen said. Kenneth N. Miller, 48, of Pleasantville, was charged today in Fairfield County Municipal Court in connection with the death of Kelly L. Thompson, 47, of Lancaster, Phalen said.

  • Ohio cracking down on tax breaks when companies fall short

    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.

  • Migrating Indiana bats may stall construction of Cleveland-area high-school stadium

    NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio — Construction of a high-school stadium in northeastern Ohio could be delayed because an environmental assessment shows that trees on the site are perfect hiding places for migrating Indiana bats.

  • Repeat rape suspect linked to 2000 Cleveland assault

    CLEVELAND — A Cleveland man was indicted on Friday in the rapes of three women — two reported in the last month and one in 2000.

  • Badly burned body found in Fairfield County; detectives interviewing person of interest

    Fairfield County investigators interviewed a person last night who could have information about a badly burned body found in the trunk of a smoldering car late Saturday. Sheriff Dave Phalen said he could not say more about the person detectives were interviewing.

  • Cincinnati group has plan to cut LGBT youth homelessness

    CINCINNATI — A plan for reducing homelessness among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth will be submitted for federal approval this week by a coalition of Cincinnati groups.

  • Portsmouth bypass project put on fast track

    Transportation officials are reviewing the winning bid package for what will be the largest single roadway construction project in modern state history.

  • Heating bills in Ohio expected to be lower this winter

    Weather forecasters see little chance of an encore of last winter’s bitter cold, which means heating costs will likely be lower for most consumers

  • London woman killed in crash

    A 22-year-old woman was killed near London on Saturday when her car ran off a road and hit a tree.

  • Massage Envy opens 11th central Ohio spa

    Massage Envy Spa has opened its 11th location in the Columbus region, the company has announced. The 3,500-square foot spa in Lewis Center, with 12 treatment rooms, is expected to employ more than 50.

  • Legitimate legislative campaign spending sometimes hard to define

    Since the start of 2011, state Sen. Tom Patton has reimbursed himself nearly $170,000 from his campaign fund for expenses that cannot be easily reviewed by the average person. Month after month, the Strongsville Republican writes checks to himself — $2,139, $3,291, $6,339, $9,291, etc. While he has filed detailed paper documentation with the secretary of state’s office, his online reports label those payments only as generic “campaign expenses.”

  • Kasich, FitzGerald at odds on hot-button issues

    Four years ago, a story like this one was the only place the public could learn that John Kasich might support something such as Senate Bill 5 if he became governor. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the positions this year’s gubernatorial candidates stake out on “hot-button” issues will lead to sweeping policy changes such as the measure that gutted collective-bargaining rights of public employees, until it was overturned by voters.

  • For Kasich, story has changed in Defiance

    DEFIANCE, Ohio — Bud’s is the kind of old-time restaurant where you can slip in the back door, walk through the kitchen and find yourself a spot at the counter or in a booth along the wall. Even better, it’s a place where the first question after you order is, “Do you want your pie first?” If Ed FitzGerald ever visits this 75-year-old institution voted “best lunch” and “best dessert” in town, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate better get his pie right away.

  • Two killed, one injured in Pickaway County crash

    A man and a woman from Groveport were killed and another woman was critically injured in a high-speed crash in Pickaway County late Friday night . Bobby Boualoy, 20, and 22-year-old Kayleigh Stambaugh were killed. Still in critical condition at Grant Hospital is 31-year-old Danell Blunt, also of Groveport, according to the Pickaway County sheriff’s office.

  • James Traficant | 1941-2014: Former Ohio Congressman dies from tractor accident injuries

    James Traficant, the colorful Youngstown-area politician whose conviction in 2002 for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from Congress since the Civil War, died yesterday. He was 73. Traficant was seriously injured on Tuesday after a vintage tractor flipped over on him as he tried to park it in a barn on the family farm near Youngstown.

  • John Switzer commentary: Plentiful acorns will help creatures get through winter

    This time of year, most critters in the natural world are gorging on the abundance of food available, stashing it away to eat in the winter, or both. One of the most-important food sources for many birds and animals is acorns. Among animals and birds that depend on acorns to survive the winter are deer, bears, blue jays, squirrels, red-headed woodpeckers, grouse and turkeys.

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