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  • Circleville officials, law enforcers push for lower limit on busy stretch of Rt. 23

    The posted speed limit on a roughly 3-mile-long commercial stretch of Rt. 23 between Circleville and the DuPont plant in Pickaway County is 60 mph. And officials say even that is too fast. They have asked the Ohio Department of Transportation for help

  • Authorities say two killed in southwest Ohio small plane crash

    MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Authorities in southwest Ohio say both people aboard a small plane have died in a crash in a suburban area south of Middletown. The crash was reported to authorities just before 9 a.m. today. The plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in Liberty Township, some 25 miles north of Cincinnati in Butler County. Liberty Township authorities say there are no reports of injuries to residents of the area.

  • Nut company execs guilty in salmonella trial

    ALBANY, Ga. — A federal jury convicted the owner of a peanut plant and two others yesterday in a salmonella outbreak that prompted one of the largest U.S. food recalls ever, sickened hundreds across the country and was linked to nine deaths, including two in Ohio.

  • State GOP hitting up donors for $50,000

    Underscoring the new wide-open spaces of how political campaigns are funded, checks of up to $50,000 are being solicited by the Ohio Republican Party for a Wednesday gathering to help GOP candidates.

  • Sunbury drops out of tax deal

    The meeting last month was amicable, with officials from Berkshire Township, the city of Delaware and the village of Sunbury shaking hands and agreeing in principle to share the proceeds of a proposed joint economic development district.

  • Treasurer candidates differ on how to safeguard against bribery

    The candidates for Ohio treasurer disagree about how to prevent another bribery and kickback scandal like the one that blew up on former Treasurer Kevin Boyce’s watch.

  • Television ads in attorney general race to air

    There are plenty of DeWines to go around in the first salvos in the TV ad war in the Ohio attorney general’s campaign, which also are the first ads in a 2014 statewide down-ticket race.

  • State locates leaky section of Lake White dam

    State engineers located the source of the leak in the earthen dam that holds back the 337 acres of Lake White in Pike County.

  • Grand jury clears 2 police officers in fatal shooting

    GEORGETOWN, Ohio (AP) — A grand jury has cleared two police officers in the fatal shooting of a man in the southwestern Ohio village of Hamersville.

  • Parents sue state over care for autistic boy

    CINCINNATI — Parents of an autistic child sued the Ohio Department of Health and others in federal court on Thursday, alleging discrimination against Ohio’s autistic children by failing to provide what the lawsuit describes as federally mandated treatment.

  • Teen charged in fatal wreck that killed three friends

    The teen driver in a June crash that killed three of his passengers near Johnstown was charged today with seven counts, including three delinquency counts of vehicular homicide. Jaylynn Rigio, 16, was driving his grandmother’s car, with four friends as passengers, only two months after receiving his driver’s license. He lost control of the car, sliding off a deep berm of Hardscrabble Road. The car flipped and struck a tree top-first at speeds estimated at 80 miles per hour by the State Highway Patrol.

  • Electronic poll books may make paper passe

    Ohioans used to signing their names in thick poll books could start seeing more electronic tablets when they vote. When a voter visits an election site using the technology, an election official can quickly pull up their registered information, confirm they’re in the correct polling location, and send them to the poll station faster than they could have with paper poll books, said Gloria Carson, director of the Licking County Board of Elections. Her office has three elections’ experience with Election Systems & Software’s “ExpressPoll.”

  • State poverty rate dips

    The number of people in Ohio living in poverty dipped by 27,000 last year, according to a report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The report, which showed only a slight improvement nationwide in poverty between 2012 and 2013, concluded that 1.796 million people in Ohio lived below the federal poverty line last year compared to 1.824 million in 2012.

  • Pickerington robocall mishap tells most parents their kids are absent

    Their child wasn’t in school, the automated phone call told a huge number of Pickerington Central High School parents yesterday. So parents began texting kids: “Where are you? Are you in school?” But those texts were going to students — in the classroom. It was all a big mistake.

  • Bill would help domestic violence victims with privacy

    A state law that requires voter addresses to be public records has unintended consequences for victims of domestic abuse, advocates say. The executive director of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, Nancy Neylon, said women who have successfully escaped their abusers will not register to vote for fear of being found.

  • Health experts say almost everyone 6 months and older should get flu vaccine

    Of the 107 children who died of complications from the flu last year in the United States, about half were previously healthy — free of medical problems that would have made them vulnerable to the virus. And about 90 percent did not receive flu vaccine. Those are details national public health experts shared this morning and hope parents will remember this season when they decide whether to go with recommendations that almost everyone 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine.

  • Morrow County congregation ready to rebuild after fire

    A Morrow County congregation that lost its church to a fire in December plans to break ground on a new building on Saturday.

  • Brown sponsors bill to boost U.S. manufacturing innovation, teamwork

    WASHINGTON — Supporters say a bill aimed at creating institutes across the country that push innovation in U.S. manufacturing could create a manufacturing renaissance.

  • Escaped Bowling Green inmate back in custody

    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — An inmate who escaped from a low-level corrections facility near Toledo was back in custody yesterday after officers found him in the attic of a nearby apartment, authorities said. Bowling Green police confirmed that Jhon Rosado, 24, was captured after he escaped from the NorthWest Community Corrections Center about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday by climbing over a fence.

  • Lawsuit: Youths kept cold, restrained in Lancaster juvenile detention center

    A federal lawsuit was filed today against the Multi-County Juvenile Detention Center in Lancaster alleging that five youths incarcerated there were abused.

  • Ohio farmers eligible for disaster aid from last winter’s harsh weather

    Farmers in 22 northeastern and southern Ohio counties who suffered losses as a result of freezing weather between Jan. 1 and April 17 are eligible for help from the federal government.

  • Head of prison watchdog agency pressured to resign or be fired

    The head of a state watchdog agency that has been active in investigating security problems and food complaints at state prisons is being pressured to resign or be fired by the chairwoman of the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee. Joanna Saul reportedly has been asked to sign a letter of resignation by today or face being fired by the committee made up of eight legislators, four Democrats and four Republicans, a source told The Dispatch.

  • Kroger to expand Hill Road store in Pickerington

    The Kroger Co. plans to add nearly 21,000 square feet and a pharmacy drive-through to its store in the Windmiller Square shopping center.

  • Two killed in Delaware County wreck

    A husband and wife from Marion died this afternoon when their motorcycle was hit by a car that crossed the median on Rt. 23 in Delaware County.

  • Cleveland port adds second transatlantic freighter

    The Port of Cleveland will soon have a second freighter traversing the Atlantic Ocean. Despite financial losses on its freighter to Europe, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority has reached an agreement with its Dutch partner to add a second ship to the transatlantic service.

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