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  • Ohio couple married 70 years died 15 hours apart

    NASHPORT, Ohio (AP) -- A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart. Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, died at 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning.

  • Man killed on I-70; driver left scene

    A pedestrian was apparently struck and killed in Licking County early today by a motorist who then fled the crash scene. A motorist called 911 after seeing the body on the side of the road about 1:50 a.m. The Granville post of the State Highway Patrol found the body in the westbound lanes of I-70 near milepost 118 near Pataskala.

  • Death of school-shooting victim’s dad ruled overdose

    A coroner in northeastern Ohio says the father of a boy killed in a 2012 school shooting died of an accidental heroin overdose on the second anniversary of his son’s death.

  • Mom convicted in death of her 6-month-old son

    A Toledo woman has been convicted of killing her 6-month-old son, who died two days after his skull was broken.

  • Late funding, lack of permits cancel stop in Columbus of Lincoln train replica

    A replica of one of the train engines that carried the body of Abraham Lincoln to Columbus and then to his resting spot in Illinois will not be displayed as scheduled at the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday.

  • FitzGerald launches radio ad attacking Kasich in race for governor

    Democrat Ed FitzGerald has launched his rebuttal to opponent Gov. John Kasich’s first TV ad of the 2014 campaign, a less-expensive but more pointed radio ad running statewide.

  • Missing Dayton boy may have been killed with mother

    DAYTON (AP) — Police in Dayton believe a missing boy may have been killed along with his mother in the basement of a house where investigators found “blood evidence,” according to an affidavit.

  • Ohio teacher fired over alleged Obama comment

    CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio teacher has been fired after allegedly telling a student who said he wanted to become president that the nation didn’t need another black commander-in-chief. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Fairfield Board of Education voted 4-0 to fire science teacher Gil Voigt yesterday.

  • Overdoses claim more Ohioans

    Accidental drug-overdose deaths hit a record 1,914 in Ohio in 2012, as deadly abuse shifted dramatically toward heroin from prescription drugs. An Ohioan died from a drug overdose every five hours as total deaths rose 8.4 percent in 2012 compared with 2011.

  • Condemned killer facing execution seeks clemency from Kasich

    Attorneys for Arthur Tyler, scheduled to be executed next month for the 1983 murder of a Cleveland produce vendor, claim in a clemency petition filed yesterday that the man is innocent and his life should be spared.

  • Bodies of teen, woman found in Lake Erie; 2 men missing

    TOLEDO (AP) — The bodies of two missing boaters were recovered in western Lake Erie yesterday, a day after a group of four people left for an afternoon of fishing and sent pictures to relatives.

  • Gubernatorial candidate’s son accused of fraud

    The adult son of Larry Ealy, who is running for Ohio governor in the Democratic primary in May, was indicted this week by a federal grand jury on 42 counts alleging he bought hundreds of stolen identities online and used them to fraudulently file for federal income-tax refunds.

  • Organic farm co-owner gets probation, fine for growing pot

    MARYSVILLE, Ohio — The co-founder of one of central Ohio’s largest organic farms and a leader in the farm-to-table movement here lowered his head in court yesterday and told a judge that he had damaged his reputation and hurt the causes he loves by growing hundreds of marijuana plants in Union County. “I gave up a lot of the good I’ve done,” said Adam Welly, co-founder of Wayward Seed Farm.

  • Delaware County GOP leader asks commissioner to quit his unusual race

    DELAWARE, Ohio — The head of the Delaware County Republican Party has asked one of the county’s commissioners, who filed to run for an open seat on that board even though his term hasn’t expired, to withdraw from the May primary election.

  • Democrats want Husted to enforce predecessor’s campaign-finance rule

    House Democrats called on Secretary of State Jon Husted yesterday to enforce a rule that sets reporting requirements and limits on corporate and union political spending.

  • AEP to build offices in New Albany complex

    American Electric Power plans to build offices in New Albany for its division that manages the interstate flow of electricity.

  • Feds give Ohio $18.1 million more for small-business lending

    The state has received an additional $18.1 million in federal money from a program meant to spur lending to small businesses.

  • Scotts Miracle-Gro replaces financial chief after one year

    After a year on the job, Scotts Miracle-Gro’s chief financial officer, Larry Hilsheimer, has left the Marysville-based lawn and garden company.

  • Pickerington woman waits for word on missing son

    Trina Wiater’s heart sank as she read the Facebook message last week. A body had been found in Athens County, it said. She called the Athens Police Department. “I heard that a body was found. Is it my son?” No, she was told, it was not.

  • Village cross display challenged by group

    A group advocating the separation of church and state is protesting a pair of crosses displayed for Easter on an eastern Ohio village’s municipal building.

  • BWC worker improperly checked on son-in-law’s case, probe finds

    An Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation employee improperly accessed her son-in-law’s case file as he sought benefits for an on-the-job injury, according to an investigation by the state inspector general.

  • Kasich questions electricity deregulation at PUCO chief’s swearing-in

    Ohio’s utility regulatory agency has a new leader for what Gov. John Kasich says is “a challenging time.” The governor issued the oath of office yesterday to Thomas Johnson, the new chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, and made comments critical of electricity deregulation.

  • Portman balances gay rights, religious freedom

    U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s expertise has fallen more into the areas of budgets and tax policy in the past. But when he dropped his opposition to gay marriage a little more than a year ago, the Ohio Republican became a lightning rod for the issue.

  • Judge stays same-sex-marriage order except for 4 couples who brought lawsuit

    U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Black has stayed his order forcing Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed out of state. However, the judge said the state must recognize the marriages of four same-sex couples who filed a lawsuit against the state. “The federal appeals courts need to rule, as does the United States Supreme Court,” Black added.

  • Defense wants to see video in bullying case

    PARMA — An attorney says video footage could help show that a substitute teacher isn’t guilty of a child-endangering charge stemming from allegations that a developmentally disabled teenager was struck and bullied in gym class at a suburban Cleveland school.

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