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  • Delaware County will pay worker $100,000 settlement over discrimination

    Delaware County has agreed to pay a county employee $100,000 to settle a 5-year-old discrimination lawsuit charging that the county’s emergency communications department was a sexually and racially charged workplace. Elissa Sessley, 57, who worked in the department from 1989 to 2011, agreed on Monday to accept the offer from the county.

  • Judge sues Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, others

    An appeals court judge is suing Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and others in federal court in a bid to overturn fundraising restrictions on judges and judicial candidates. Judge Colleen O’Toole, of the Warren-based 11th District Court of Appeals, contends in a lawsuit filed yesterday that the restrictions illegally restrain her First Amendment rights to political and free speech.

  • Potato salad likely source of deadly botulism outbreak

    State health officials said the source of a deadly botulism outbreak is likely potato salad made with home-canned potatoes served at a Lancaster church potluck. On Monday, Pastor Bill Pitts of the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church said members have not been pointing fingers. “We’re just going to be moving forward from where we’re at,” he said. “We can’t look at why as much as, what can we do now.” The conclusion that the source of the botulism was the home-canned potatoes came after laboratory tests and interviews with people who attended the April 19 potluck.

  • State health department turns over records to abortion rights group

    The Ohio Department of Health has turned over public records it previously refused to release to an abortion-rights group regarding health officials’ contact with Ohio Right to Life, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation moved last week to dismiss a lawsuit it had filed against the health department for illegally withholding records, leading the Ohio Supreme Court to dismiss the case today.

  • ‘Hope: A Memoir’: Captive Cleveland women share their story

    Amanda: I can’t believe my mom is dead. I’ve been chained up as a prisoner in this house since I was kidnapped almost three years ago. Now, I see on the TV news that my mom has died without ever knowing that I am still alive. She was only 43. They said it was a heart attack, but I think she died of a broken heart.

  • High-schoolers face challenge qualifying for college-credit programs

    When Jocelyn Cosgrave was principal of Muskingum Valley New Tech Academy in Zanesville two years ago, her students could take courses free at Zane State College, a two-year technical school. But only 20 of the school’s 200 students qualified.

  • Woman killed, child hospitalized after head-on collision in Scioto County

    A woman was killed last night after two vehicles collided head-on on a rural road in Scioto County.

  • College grants to help Cincinnati-area veterans

    CINCINNATI — A new program is offering a $7,500 stipend to 15 low-income and underemployed veterans in certain Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana counties.

  • Open-carry walk crosses Akron campus

    With rifles slung over their shoulders and handguns holstered on their hips, about 40 gun-rights advocates walked across the University of Akron campus to Lock 3 Park downtown on Saturday. The University of Akron Open Carry/Firearm Education Walk, organized by a Cincinnati firearms instructor, was designed to raise awareness about gun rights, particularly for college students.

  • Ohio State, Dayton-area community college to host drone summit this summer

    DAYTON — Two Ohio colleges plan to launch a drone summit to talk about the future of unmanned aircraft in the state.

  • Ohio House wants to take Medicaid authority from governor

    Despite conservative grumblings, House Republicans last week supported the continuation of Gov. John Kasich’s Medicaid expansion. But it could be the last time the administration sets eligibility guidelines for the tax-funded health-insurance program.

  • Ohio workers’ comp agency readies new billing system

    The state fund for injured workers is rolling out a billing system that will allow private employers to pay their workers’ compensation premiums in two, four, six or 12 installments.

  • Newark congregation rescues historic church

    NEWARK, Ohio — It has been a long journey for members of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Newark, one whose first steps were taken with trepidation but now, with faith, have become confident strides toward a goal. It was about two years ago when the congregation learned that the massive, nearly 125-year-old timbers supporting the expansive slate roof above the sanctuary were rotting from water damage.

  • Filings to do business in Ohio hit record in March

    Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted reports that 10,102 new entities filed to do business in Ohio during March, a record.

  • Botulism cases tied to Lancaster church potluck rise to 21

    The number of confirmed cases of botulism from a Lancaster church potluck rose to 21 after another person was diagnosed with the disease, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

  • Ohio House’s budget would aid hospitals by tapping federal funds

    A key argument among some Republican state legislators who opposed Medicaid expansion in 2013 was that it would force more deficit spending and borrowing by a federal government that was already deep in the red.

  • Motorcyclist dies in Fairfield County crash

    A Fairfield County man has died in a motorcycle crash there, the State Highway Patrol said.

  • Capitol Insider: Champion Buckeyes are in the House

    Despite being feted by the president and many in the state’s congressional delegation, the Ohio State football team encountered one part of last week’s trip to Washington that it didn’t enjoy.

  • John Switzer: Time for geese to pair up, begin nesting

    Winter-weary fisherman, eager to get out on the water for the first time this year, will inevitably witness something that has been happening in springtime throughout the ages. The normally social groups of Canada geese will have broken up into pairs and become anything but social. This turn of events is a signpost of early spring.

  • Ohio's mortgage relief fell short of goal

    As Ohio spends the last of $570 million in federal money to fight foreclosures, a key question lingers: Did the program work? The program, called the Hardest Hit Fund, helped fewer than half the number the state originally projected and barely made a dent in the foreclosure numbers.

  • Beallsville's loss of Vietnam War soldiers still felt

    Thursday is the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War, but Beallsville sees no end to the war’s haunting legacy. That’s in part because the Appalachian village in Monroe County carries the distinction — and burden — of the highest per-capita casualty rate of any U.S. community during the Vietnam War. The unpopular war took six of its sons between 1966 and 1971.

  • Gym backs out of its alternative prom

    HAMILTON, Ohio — A locally owned gym no longer is offering to host an alternative prom for Hamilton High School students who didn’t meet the attendance requirements to attend the school-organized dance on April 18.

  • Culprit in deadly botulism outbreak narrowed to six food samples

    Preliminary tests show that six food samples taken from a Lancaster church potluck have tested positive for botulism, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Twenty cases of botulism have been confirmed among those who attended the potluck at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church on Sunday, said Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman Michelle LoParo.

  • Fairfield County man killed in motorcycle crash

    The Lancaster post of the State Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that killed a man on a motorcycle from Fairfield County. At 4:57 p.m. yesterday, the Fairfield County Sheriff's office received a call about a crash on Pleasantville Road involving a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle, patrol said. Troopers at the scene found a 2013 Kia with heavy front end damage and a 2008 Honda motorcycle, also with heavy damage.

  • Cincinnati mayor on gay rights: ‘We’ve come a long way’

    CINCINNATI — The mayor of a city that endured a lengthy battle over gay rights more than a decade ago led a “send-off” yesterday for plaintiffs in the same-sex marriage cases that will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court next week.

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