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  • Central Ohio’s jobless rate falls to 4.3 percent

    Central Ohio’s unemployment rate in September matched the lowest level the region has seen since the end of the recession. The unemployment rate dipped to 4.3 percent last month from 4.4 percent in August, according to a state report issued yesterday. The Columbus area again had the lowest rate of any metro in the state and stood below the state average.

  • Home sales rose in September in Ohio

    Ohio home sales rose slightly in September compared with the previous September, the first time this year that sales have risen on a year-to-year basis. Sales were boosted by an increase in choices for buyers: 3,035 central Ohio homeowners put their home on the market in September, 7 percent more than a year earlier.

  • Some Park National customers double-charged when using Visa check card

    Park National Bank said some customers were double-charged for purchases they made with their Visa check card Oct. 11-14, the result of a technical error that has been corrected.

  • North Korea releases Ohio man detained for having a Bible

    The State Department and a spokesman for President Barack Obama have confirmed that a Dayton-area man has been released after a five-month detention in North Korea. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf confirmed that Jeffrey Fowle of West Carrollton was on his way home this afternoon to rejoin his family.

  • Olentangy school board member turns to Supreme Court in fight with other members

    The Ohio Supreme Court is being asked to overturn lower-court rulings holding that Olentangy school board members did not violate open-meetings laws while exchanging emails underlying an eventual decision. Board member Adam White filed the appeal last week in the case he brought against his four fellow school board members in the Delaware County district alleging that they illegally “deliberated” via email.

  • Rock attack victim poised to return to Ohio home

    A middle school teacher who was severely injured when a rock was dropped from a highway overpass onto her vehicle three months ago has recovered enough to head home to Ohio.

  • ‘Don’t touch my girlfriend,’ Chicago man tells Obama in awkward moment

    President Barack Obama voted in Chicago yesterday, and an awkward joke led to a funny moment at the polls. Obama took advantage of early voting in part to encourage Democrats to vote. But a Chicago man who was there with his girlfirend stole the show.

  • Ohio teen collapses at haunted house, dies

    MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- A 16-year-old girl collapsed at a haunted house attraction in southwest Ohio and died of a heart abnormality. Christian Faith Benge had only one working lung due to a birth defect, and her heart apparently became enlarged as a result, said her mother.

  • Urbana driver sentenced to 30 months after Marine’s death

    BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio driver has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after a hit-and-run crash killed a U.S. Marine from Virginia.

  • Televangelist Ernest Angley urged vasectomies, abortion

    AKRON, Ohio — Televangelist Ernest Angley has long controlled members of his Akron-area congregation by advising them not to have children, shunning those who leave the church and using free labor at his for-profit buffet restaurant and television station, according to a two-month newspaper investigation.

  • Not now, teens say of driving

    Once a rite of passage among freshly minted 16-year-olds, getting a driver’s license seems to be taking a back seat for many millennials, studies show. Better technology that makes it easier to find rides, the high cost of gasoline during their lifetime, a return to living in city centers that are easy to navigate and the availability of public transit make it easier for young people to forgo cars, researchers say.

  • Photo: Fall favorite

    Hikers enjoy the fall foliage as they explore Old Man’s Cave at Hocking Hills State Park in Hocking County. If you’re looking to check out this scene, rain and a high of 53 are forecast for today, but sunshine and higher temperatures are expected to take over Wednesday through Monday.

  • Executive accused of offering bribes to VA med center chief

    CLEVELAND — A business executive from Virginia is being charged in a federal corruption case that already has resulted in a guilty plea from the former director of Veterans Affairs medical centers in Cleveland and Dayton.

  • Truck driver leads lawmen on chase through 4 counties

    SANDUSKY — Authorities say the driver of a tractor-trailer led officers on a high-speed chase across northwestern Ohio. Police said the driver of the big rig stopped at a Sandusky convenience store on Sunday night and left without paying for dog shampoo and other items.

  • Man indicted in killing of estranged girlfriend on I-75

    CINCINNATI — A southwestern Ohio grand jury has indicted a 41-year-old man on murder charges in the slaying last month of a Kentucky woman on I-75. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said yesterday that Terry Froman of Brookport, Ill., could face the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder. He was indicted on two aggravated murder counts, two kidnapping counts and a firearms-discharge count.

  • U.S. EPA awards $8.6 million to reduce Lake Erie algae

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Three states will receive a combined $8.6 million in federal grants to reduce phosphorus runoff blamed for the kind of harmful algae growth in western Lake Erie that left more than 400,000 people without drinkable tap water for two days in August, officials said yesterday.

  • Naked man trespassed in two southwestern Ohio homes, police say

    A man faces two counts of burglary after police said he entered two West Chester homes naked last week.

  • Pill mill doctor’s life sentence to be reconsidered, U.S. Supreme Court orders

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a federal appeals court in Cincinnati yesterday to reconsider last year’s ruling that upheld the conviction of a physician sentenced to life in prison for prescribing painkillers to four people who died.

  • State panel approves spending $800,000 to combat Ebola in Ohio

    A legislative spending oversight panel today approved up to $800,000 in spending for the Ohio Department of Health to deal with lingering Ebola issues or future cases.

  • Woman accused in 100-year-old mother’s death asks judge for time to hire lawyer

    BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio — Mary Strawser, accused of allowing her 100-year-old mother to waste away and die in her own filth, is such a clean freak that her family once thought she’d have to be hospitalized for the damage she’d done to her own hands by washing them in bleach.

  • Scotts buys Indiana pest-control firm

    Scotts Miracle-Gro made good on a promise to buy a regional pest-control company this year. Scotts agreed to buy Action Pest Control Inc., based in Evansville, Ind., and will add the pest-control service — which addresses in-home infestations of termites, ants and such — to its lawn business.

  • DeWine, Pepper spar over harassment case

    Attorney General Mike DeWine’s rival in the fall election questioned the handling of an internal harassment investigation from 2013 and called again yesterday for an independent review. DeWine’s campaign said yesterday that Democrat David Pepper is improperly portraying the Republican incumbent’s record of protecting women.

  • Licking County man pleads guilty to reduced charges in toddler’s death

    NEWARK, Ohio — A Licking County man pleaded guilty yesterday to reduced felony charges of involuntary manslaughter and endangering children in the death of his then-girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter. Daniel D. Hall Jr., 25, of Hartford, was indicted on a murder charge a year ago in the Oct. 2, 2013, death of Jocelyn Runyons.

  • Classes resume in northeast Ohio district after Ebola precautions

    Two school buildings in suburban Cleveland are open again after undergoing a precautionary cleaning for Ebola.

  • Ohio lawmakers ask for CDC support after Ebola scare

    Ohio’s congressional delegation has asked the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to beef up its support to the state after an Ebola-stricken nurse flew from Cleveland to Dallas with a low-grade fever.

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