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  • Kasich makes the cut for Cleveland GOP debate this week

    WASHINGTON – Ohio Gov. John Kasich will join billionaire Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio and six others in the first GOP debate in Cleveland on Thursday. Kasich, a latecomer to the GOP race – only former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore entered after him – was initially not expected to make the cut. But he eked by, and with an a 3.2 average of top national polls, barely made the cut for the debate and edging former Texas Gov. Rick Perry out of the debate, which will air 8:50 p.m. Thursday on Fox News. Kasich is a former Fox News contributor.

  • State employee used state resources for second job

    A deputy director in the Ohio adjutant general’s office improperly used state resources for his side-job as an adjunct faculty member at a private university, according to the state’s inspector general. James Sims II, chief of staff of the public affairs unit, used his state computer and asked other employees to print and bind materials for the marketing classes he taught at Franklin University in Columbus, said a report released today.

  • Kasich: State school board call for probe 'political'

    MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Calling the state school board partisan and polarized, Ohio Gov. John Kasich strongly disagreed today with the seven members who called on Monday for an independent investigation of state Superintendent Richard A. Ross and the improper removal of poor grades from evaluations of charter school sponsors by education department executive David Hansen.

  • Nephew says he killed uncle after man tried to rob him

    A 21-year man who shot and killed his uncle in Pickaway County Monday night ran to a neighbor’s house and told her the man had been trying to rob him. Pickaway County deputy sheriffs responded to a home in the 16800 block of Main Street in the village of Darbyville, just after 7:30 p.m., and found 54-year-old Charles Huffer dead in the living room. Huffer’s nephew, Garret Gartin, was immediately arrested.

  • Toxic algae sickens woman at Grand Lake St. Marys, but state won't close beaches

    Nearly two months after a woman got sick at Grand Lake St. Marys, the state finally posted toxic algae warning signs last week. Even with the signs, though, the beaches at the algae-plagued western Ohio lake remain open. Other states close beaches when toxic algae levels exceed even a fraction of what has been measured in Grand Lake. Ohio only posted the no-contact warnings after the woman got sick. The high levels of toxins in the water are not enough to trigger the alert, according to state officials. Eric Heis, a spokesman for Ohio Department of Natural Resources, said that signs were posted the same day the state health department made the decision to issue them.

  • Drone drops drugs, tobacco in Mansfield prison yard, spurs fight

    A drone deposited a package containing drugs and tobacco at the Mansfield Correctional Institution last week, sparking a fight among inmates in recreation yards. The State Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the incident in a bid to determine who flew the drone over the prison and for whom the package was intended.

  • Lightning blamed for fuel tank explosion at gas station near Cincinnati

    FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- Investigators say lightning has sparked a fuel tank explosion that left a crater 40 feet wide at an Ohio gas station. The blast and fire Monday evening prompted a temporary evacuation near the Gas Depot in Fairfield, about 15 miles north of Cincinnati. People nearby described seeing a flash of lightning and then a fireball higher than the trees.

  • Ohio lawmakers push for drug testing for those on public assistance again

    Two Republican state lawmakers are renewing efforts to establish a drug-testing pilot program for Ohioans receiving public assistance. Reps. Tim Schaffer, of Lancaster, and Ron Maag, of Lebanon, will discuss a bill they intend to introduce at 1:30 today during a press conference at the Statehouse. Essentially, those testing positive for drugs would be ineligible for aid and referred to treatment.

  • Circleville woman killed in Licking County wreck

    A Circleville woman was killed when she drove her minivan into the back of a parked truck at a rest stop on I-70 Tuesday morning. The Granville post of the State Highway Patrol reported that Marvalene Nungester, 69, was driving her 2005 Chrysler minivan traveling east on I-70 near Buckeye Lake at about 4:15 a.m. when she pulled onto the entrance ramp of a roadside rest and smashed into the back of a 2006 Freightliner tractor trailer parked along the berm of the rest-stop entry.

  • Ohio Politics Now: John Kasich points to experience at New Hampshire forum

    Gov. John Kasich highlighted his experience at a New Hampshire forum featuring 15 of the 17 GOP presidential nominee candidates, Dispatch Public Affairs Editor Darrel Rowland writes. “It’s not about what I think we can do; it’s what I’ve done,” said Kasich, who was U.S. House Budget Chairman when the budget was last balanced in the late 1990s.

  • Voters deciding Walnut Township schools issue

    Voters in Fairfield County’s Walnut Township school district go to the polls today to decide on a 7-mill levy for operations. Polls are open until 7:30 p.m. for the special election.

  • Police: Fake officer tried to pull over off-duty Ohio cop

    NORTH KINGSVILLE, Ohio -- Authorities in northeast Ohio say a man pretending to be a police officer was caught and charged because the driver targeted by his bogus traffic stop was a real officer.

  • Kasich, GOP rivals avoid blunders at New Hampshire forum

    GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — If the first rule of the political Hippocratic Oath is “do no harm,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich accomplished that goal on Monday night in a rapid-fire, two-hour forum involving 14 GOP presidential candidates. Kasich said afterward in the “spin room” that his objective was “to have fun, tell ’em what you wanna tell ’em, be relaxed and be yourself. And that’s what I think I accomplished here tonight."

  • System flaw did not alert schools, others of employee arrests

    More than 100 school employees and others arrested or convicted of crimes may have remained on the job due to a long-undetected failure in Ohio’s criminal-background check system. The state’s “Rapback” system — which notifies participating public and private employers when employees are arrested — had failed to sniff out offenses among roughly 80,000 employees since mid-2013 until it was fixed on July 13.

  • State school board members want investigation of education department

    Calling state Superintendent Richard A. Ross “a prime suspect” in faulty evaluations of the sponsors of failing charter schools, several members of the Ohio Board of Education today asked for an independent investigation of the Department of Education. The request comes days after Ross told board members he would bring in three outside educators to advise the department and ensure future sponsor evaluations are conducted properly.

  • John Kasich likely to make GOP debate in Cleveland

    Unless there’s a huge surge by Rick Perry or unexpected development in poll calculations, Ohio Gov. John Kasich looks like a solid bet to make the prime-time GOP presidential debate on Thursday in Cleveland. After the release of two new polls today, Kasich is hovering just inside the 10-candidate threshold established by debate sponsor Fox News. A new Bloomberg poll due early Tuesday morning presumably will complete the Fox criteria for the five latest national polls it will average to determine the top 10.

  • Body of water-skier hit by boat found at Alum Creek

    DELAWARE, Ohio — Like so many other water-skiers, Morgan Montgomery lost her balance, hit the water at Alum Creek Lake, dropped her tow rope and watched the boat pull away. But as the rental boat turned to retrieve her, another, faster boat crossed its path and struck Montgomery. Early Monday evening, authorities found the body of the assistant camp counselor, who had been hit on Sunday during an outing that was part of a church youth camp.

  • Ohio to fight Obama plan curtailing coal power plants

    Ohio and other states that rely heavily on coal for electricity will have to make major changes in how they power their homes and businesses over the next 15 years under President Barack Obama’s unprecedented plan to drastically curb greenhouse-gas emissions.

  • Lancaster man dies after motorcycle crashes into car

    A Lancaster man died after his motorcycle crashed into a car at an intersection in Violet Township on Monday evening.

  • Delaware auto dealership gets new owner, name after second sale

    The Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram dealership in Delaware has a new name and a new owner, after having been sold for the second time in two years.

  • Macy’s expanding same-day delivery, but not to Ohio

    Macy’s Inc. said on Monday the department-store chain will expand same-day delivery services to nine cities and metropolitan areas this month, pushing into an aggressive field dominated by e-commerce giant Inc. Macy’s now offers same-day delivery to customers in 17 markets using Deliv, an Uber-like startup that uses a fleet of contract drivers to pick up online orders from stores and malls. No Ohio markets have been offered the service.

  • Vincent Marotta | 1924-2015: Mr. Coffee co-founder revolutionized Americans’ morning brew

    CLEVELAND — Vincent Marotta, one of the co-founders of the iconic Mr. Coffee brand that helped revolutionize how Americans make their morning brew, died Saturday at his home in suburban Cleveland. He was 91.

  • Dual chemotherapy boosts survival rates for ovarian cancer patients

    Adding abdominal chemotherapy to traditional intravenous infusions boosts three-year survival for ovarian cancer patients from 71 percent to 81 percent. But even at centers seen as leaders in cancer treatment, nearly 60 percent of patients are not getting the treatment, a new study has found. Researchers at Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and five other cancer centers took a look at their use of the dual chemotherapy approach and concluded that far more patients could benefit. The study appears online today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

  • Man shot by University of Cincinnati officer wasn't carrying booze, coroner says

    CINCINNATI — A bottle held up by a motorist during a traffic stop before he was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer apparently contained a fragrance, not alcohol, a coroner said today. Hamilton County coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco said in a statement that lab analysis found compounds consistent with those commonly found in air fresheners or perfumes.

  • Illinois named top party school; Ohio U.'s slide continues

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois stakes claim to 23 Nobel Prize winners and tech prowess that contributed to the creation of YouTube, Netscape, Java and Yelp. But students at the central Illinois campus don't just bury their heads in books, they also party - so much so that they've earned the top spot on The Princeton Review's annual list of top party schools in the U.S., the college guide said Monday.

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