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  • Suspect arrested in shooting of Cincinnati girl, 4

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Police in Cincinnati say they have arrested a man suspected in a shooting that seriously injured a 4-year-old girl.

  • Kasich dismisses call for probe on scrubbing of charter-school scores

    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Gov. John Kasich sees no need for a special investigation of how data from bad charter schools were scrubbed by the husband of his campaign manager. “I mean, the guy is gone. He’s gone,” Kasich said about David Hansen, who resigned as the state education department’s school-choice director last month, shortly after it was revealed that he had arbitrarily removed poorly performing charter schools from state evaluations. Hansen is the husband of the governor’s former chief of staff, Beth Hansen, who is the manager of Kasich’s 2016 presidential campaign.

  • Cincinnati native Bill Hemmer is host of lower-tier GOP debate

    WASHINGTON — When the 17 Republicans vying to be the GOP nominee convene in Cleveland for the first debates of the 2016 presidential campaign on Thursday night, Cincinnati native Bill Hemmer will be among the Fox hosts holding their feet to the fire.

  • Kasich, libertarian group tussle on Ohio budget numbers

    WASHINGTON — Escalating a dispute with Republican presidential candidate John Kasich, a prominent research group in Washington directly challenged the Ohio governor’s claim to have restrained state spending during his five years in office. In a posting on the CATO Institute blog, the libertarian-leaning nonprofit organization contended that “by any measure, spending is growing in Ohio. The question is by how much.”

  • Kasich makes the cut for Cleveland GOP debate this week

    WASHINGTON – Ohio Gov. John Kasich has made the cut. Kasich will join billionaire Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and six others in the first GOP presidential debate in Cleveland on Thursday. Under rules set by Fox News, the 10 candidates with the best rankings in an average of the last five polls released before 5 p.m. Tuesday would make the prime time debate, set to air at 9 p.m. Thursday.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Scotts Miracle-Gro sales, profit rise despite product recall

    Dead grass isn’t something Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. is usually associated with, but on Tuesday, the company announced financial results for its fiscal third quarter that included a $51 million charge stemming in part from a problem product.

  • Walnut Township voters OK school levy

    Voters in Fairfield County’s Walnut Township school district have approved a 7-mill levy for operations, according to final, unofficial results from the county Board of Elections. Fifty-two percent approved the levy in a special election on Tuesday.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    The state posted toxic-algae warning signs at Grand Lake St. Marys last week, nearly two months after the water made a woman sick. Even with the signs, though, the beaches at the algae-plagued western Ohio lake remain open. Other states close beaches when levels of toxins exceed even a fraction of what has been measured in Grand Lake.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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