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Gov. John Kasich told those he met with in South Carolina Wednesday “I need your help,” as he continued on his unofficial presidential campaign. “In a free-ranging discussion that touched on everything from the Export-Import Bank (he wants it to disappear) to foreign policy (he’d be OK with sending in troops to defeat ISIS) to gerrymandering (he dislikes it but believes it’s up to the states to eliminate it), Kasich worked to establish himself as a politician more interested in results than polls,” Wehrman writes.
CLEVELAND (AP) — A Delaware, Ohio, woman who dropped her toddler son into a Cleveland zoo’s cheetah pit and was charged with child endangering has pleaded no contest to a reduced charge.
Higher-rated Ohio charter-school sponsors should not be required to report how they spend their money, and no sponsor should be required to spend state money only on oversight and assistance of their schools, an association told lawmakers on Wednesday.
Jeff Bailey told lawmakers who are considering getting rid of Ohio’s concealed-carry license requirement that he doesn’t want to choose between carrying his gun openly and covering it with a warm jacket.
WASHINGTON — Having failed last year to kill an obscure federal agency created to help U.S. companies sell products abroad, the conservative wing of the Republican Party smells blood this year. Their target? The Export-Import Bank, an 81-year-old agency that offers loans and insurance to U.S. companies hoping to increase exports.
Ohio lawmakers set the table for Gov. John Kasich to potentially take all of the Buckeye State’s GOP presidential delegates in one swoop next year. By moving the state’s 2016 primary election back a week — from March 8 to March 15 — Ohio’s Republican vote will be a winner-take-all contest. The Senate gave the legislature’s final approval on Wednesday, 23-10. The measure becomes law with Kasich’s signature.
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.
Bob McDorman, a Chevrolet dealer known for his Corvette collection and his longevity in a tough business, died on Wednesday morning after a short illness. He was 82.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Two people in a car were hurt and others were in harm’s way when two shooters in another vehicle opened fire on I-75 north of Cincinnati, authorities said.
A couple whose dogs fatally mauled a woman in southwestern Ohio have been sentenced to months of jail time and community service. Andrew Nason and Julie Custer were sentenced on Wednesday after pleading no contest last month to two misdemeanor counts each of failure to control dogs.
An Ohio man has been arrested in the theft of 70 bronze and copper flower vases from a cemetery in Springfield.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
CLEVELAND — Officials say one of two young men rescued from Lake Erie at Cleveland’s Wildwood Park has died.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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