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  • Benjamin J. Marrison commentary: Universities hide crime information from public

    There are about 127,000 high-school seniors in Ohio this year. Many of them will head to college next fall. As these young people decide where to begin the next, important phase of their lives, they’ll spend countless hours researching which college best fits them. They’ll review many factors before making their decisions — academic majors, reputation, costs, community, etc.

  • Ohio Senate delays vote on suppressors

    A bill that would allow the use of suppressors while hunting in Ohio ran into a legislative snag last week. After passing the Ohio House by a big margin in April, the bill moved on to the Ohio Senate, where the Civil Justice Committee scheduled additional testimony on Nov. 12, about a week after the midterm elections.

  • Capitol Insider: Kasich sets Walker straight on 1990s deal

    It wasn’t a sharp disagreement, but Govs. John Kasich of Ohio and Scott Walker of Wisconsin had the closest thing to a public dispute during last week’s Republican Governor’s Association conference in southern Florida.

  • Settlement lets Noe’s ex-wife keep home

    The ex-wife of convicted thief Tom Noe will get to keep her $5 million oceanfront home in Key Largo, Fla., as a result of an out-of-court settlement reached with the law firm that represented Noe in a civil suit, her attorney said on Friday. Bernadette Restivo sued the Columbus law firm of Thompson Hine LLP and three attorneys in March seeking to dismiss a lien filed by the firm that could have forced her to sell her home to pay Noe’s $1.8 million legal bill. The firm had represented Noe when he was sued by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation in 2005.

  • Mystery surrounds Cleveland shooting death of pregnant woman, 3 others

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Police struggled yesterday to identify a suspect and find a motive in a shooting Friday night that left a pregnant woman and three other people dead and a

  • Retired Ohio University music professor hit by van, killed

    An 80-year-old retired Ohio University music professor died after he was hit by a vehicle as he tried to cross the rural road in front of his Athens County home on Friday night. The State Highway Patrol said Richard Syracuse was crossing in front of 6275 Radford Rd., southwest of Athens, just after 9:30 p.m. when he was hit by a van driven by Sarah Harkins, 57, of Athens.

  • Pickaway veterans official suspended after domestic-violence charge

    The longtime executive director of the Pickaway County Veterans Service Office has been placed on administrative leave after she was arrested and charged with menacing and domestic violence earlier this week following an altercation with her estranged husband. Rebecca Lee has worked for Pickaway County since 1999. The Veterans Service Commission voted during an emergency meeting on Thursday night to place Lee, 50, on paid leave, county Prosecutor Judy Wolford said.

  • Legislators decry failure to widely release 'green jobs' report

    It is an “absolute disgrace” that a state agency did not widely release a study showing the growth of the clean-energy economy, said Ohio Rep. Dan Ramos, D-Lorain, responding to a Dispatch report. Ramos and Rep. Mike Foley, D-Cleveland, spoke about the study this morning during a conference call with reporters. “I think there was intent to keep that thing hidden under a dark, musty cushion somewhere in (the Ohio Department of Administrative Services’) offices,” Foley said.

  • Home-health aide indicted in rape of patient's sister

    A home-health aide was indicted today in Delaware County on two counts of rape, accused of attacking the teenage sister of one of his patients.

  • Boehner: Obama 'damaging presidency' with immigration orders

    House Speaker John Boehner today charged that President Barack Obama “has chosen to deliberately sabotage” any chance that Congress will agree on a bipartisan package to overhaul the nation’s immigration system.

  • Ohio men walk free after judge dismisses 1975 case

    CLEVELAND — Two men imprisoned for nearly four decades walked free yesterday after being exonerated in a 1975 murder because the key witness against them — a then-13-year-old boy — recanted his testimony.

  • Ohio unemployment fell to post-recession low in October

    Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in eight years in October, helped by a big surge in hiring in the leisure and hospitality sector, according to state figures released this morning.

  • Groups sue U.S. EPA over lack of lead reduction plans in Ohio, five other states

    Environmental and public health groups filed a lawsuit yesterday against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the lack of plans in Ohio and five other states to keep people safe from lead pollution. The plans were required under a 2008 federal revision to lead pollution regulations in the Clean Air Act. According to the lawsuit, six states — Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas — don’t have plans in place. The groups, the Center for Biodiversity and the Center for Environmental Health, argue that the EPA has failed to keep lead reductions on track by allowing states to forgo these plans.

  • Ohio Politics Now: What people are saying about Obama’s immigration orders

    President Barack Obama laid out his executive order on immigration in a prime time speech last night. Dispatch Washington bureau chief Jack Torry and reporter Jessica Wehrman write, “ Obama will allow more than 4 million people to obtain work permits provided they have been in the United States longer than five years, have not been convicted of a crime, and whose children are either American citizens or have permanent residence in the country.”

  • Ohio House approves execution-drug secrecy bill

    The Ohio House approved bills yesterday to keep secret the source of drugs used in executions and reduce state testing time for students.

  • Fracking industry suing over drilling bans

    As fracking spreads in the United States, voters in more and more cities are banning drilling, waste disposal and other practices associated with deep-shale oil and gas wells. But those bans have prompted lawsuits filed by state governments or the oil and gas industry raising a legal question: Who gets to say where fracking can happen?

  • Former President George W. Bush’s book signing draws hundreds to Costco

    Spending a few hours in a warehouse store was not an issue for Tim Diersing, a New Albany resident who lined up alongside about 950 other fans for former President George W. Bush’s visit to Columbus for his book signing tour.

  • Democrats’ lawsuit ends as Mandel gives up records

    After more than three months and an Ohio Supreme Court filing, state Treasurer Josh Mandel turned over public records requested by the Ohio Democratic Party — on Election Day. The Ohio Supreme Court yesterday granted the Democrats’ motion to dismiss their lawsuit seeking records from Republican Mandel after his office delivered the documents following sessions with a court-appointed mediator.

  • Developer sues Powell over voter-passed law to block apartments

    The developer of a proposed apartment project in downtown Powell has sued the city, alleging that its right to build was violated when voters approved a resident-led initiative to prohibit high-density housing.

  • Ohio House bill to weaken ‘puppy mill’ provisions

    Provisions buried in catch-all agriculture legislation being considered by the General Assembly would weaken Ohio’s “puppy mill” law that took effect only 11 months ago, animal-advocacy groups say.

  • Kasich’s immigration views ‘evolved’

    BOCA RATON, Fla. — A little more than four years ago, John Kasich told The Dispatch, “One thing that I don’t want to reward is illegal immigration.” But now, as his fellow Republican governors loudly voice many of the same sentiments, Kasich is urging them to ratchet down the rhetoric and try to work with President Barack Obama to solve one of the nation’s longstanding vexing problems.

  • Pickerington congregation helps families who can’t afford holiday food

    Joy Thomas was at a loss for words when asked about this weekend’s Thanksgiving meal giveaway at Destiny Ministries Columbus. It wasn’t because Thomas plans to receive one of the meals with all the fixings, but because she knows what it’s like to face a bare Thanksgiving table. So she was brought to tears at the thought that now she can help others.

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  • State makes exception, lets Cincinnati clinic stay open

    The Planned Parenthood clinic that is Cincinnati’s last abortion provider will remain open and plans to drop its lawsuit against the state after the Health Department granted it an exception to a state law.

  • Lawmaker-elect Steven Kraus faces burglary, theft counts

    PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A newly elected state lawmaker has been indicted on charges alleging that he took antiques and other items from a northwestern Ohio home.

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