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  • Truck driver charged in Rt. 23 pileup that killed 2 in Delaware County

    A Tennessee truck driver is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide after a crash in northern Delaware County that killed a Michigan couple yesterday morning. Randall G. Lee, 58, of Christiana, Tenn., was in the Delaware County jail last night. He also is charged with failure to stop within an assured clear distance.

  • Life without parole for man who killed his grandfather

    After he killed his grandfather, Shaun Lawson laughed. Today, Pickaway County Common Pleas Judge P. Randall Knece sentenced Lawson to life in prison with no chance of parole. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

  • Casino commission busting illegal skill-game parlors

    Despite a multitude of legal gambling available, including four casinos, five racinos and lottery games, Ohioans continue finding places to gamble illegally. And state investigators increasingly are finding the illegal gambling hot spots, many of which are masquerading as “skill games” parlors.

  • West Nile blamed in 2 encephalitis cases

    A 24-year-old Muskingum County woman is one of the first human cases of West Nile virus identified in Ohio this year, the Ohio Department of Health said today. The other is a 78-year-old Cuyahoga County woman. Both have been hospitalized with encephalitis, Dr. Mary DiOrio, the department’s state epidemiologist, said in a news release.

  • Cincinnati ex-convict gets prison for weapons cache

    CINCINNATI — A man accused of illegally having seven firearms, more than 200 rounds of ammunition and body armor has been sentenced to more than six years in prison.

  • Lancaster bicyclist dies after he was found injured

    Lancaster police are investigating what happened to a bicyclist who died yesterday after he was found injured late Tuesday. Steven Reid, 51, of Lancaster, died at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

  • Nixing Common Core could let some Ohio schools opt out of state tests

    Common Core opponents spent a third day yesterday urging lawmakers to pass a bill to eliminate the education standards in Ohio, and a key sponsor said it could lead to high-performing schools being able to opt out of most state testing. As written, House Bill 597 prohibits the state from withholding funds from a school district that chooses to not adopt new academic standards or state testing. Some have interpreted that as allowing districts to opt out of graduation tests, which would leave students unable to get a diploma.

  • Democrats shift focus away from FitzGerald

    BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio — Democrat Ed FitzGerald did not mention his gubernatorial campaign’s woes during a speech last night at the annual Logan County Democratic picnic. But they weren’t a secret to the 50 or so gathered in an outdoor shelter behind the local American Legion. In fact, county Democratic Chairman Ben Stahler said state party leaders held a conference call with local leaders on Tuesday to outline how the campaign for governor was being de-emphasized in favor of downticket candidates who stand a much better chance of winning than FitzGerald.

  • Need something to wear for Oktoberfest? German retailer opens U.S. flagship inside Cincinnati brewery

    CINCINNATI -- Picture this: A woman walking down the street wearing a dirndl skirt and bust-hugging bodice paired with ankle boots. Or a man sporting lederhosen - leather shorts, traditionally worn with suspenders - with a T-shirt and sneakers. Wiesnkoenig, the official supplier of lederhosen for the Munich Oktoberfest, is hoping its fashion-forward take on traditional German clothing takes off in America with the opening of its flagship U.S. store inside a Cincinnati brewery.

  • Ohio abortion clinic ends fight over closure order

    A Cincinnati-area abortion clinic has ended its fight with the state over a closure order and will stop performing surgical abortions on Friday. An attorney for the Lebanon Road Surgery Center of Sharonville made that announcement Wednesday at her law office in downtown Cincinnati.

  • Water intake resumes after Ohio River oil spill

    CINCINNATI — Ohio and Kentucky water districts have resumed taking water from the Ohio River after a fuel oil spill led them to stop doing so.

  • Flight from Port Columbus diverted to Nashville

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A United Airlines flight has landed safely in Nashville, Tenn., after a crack was found in the plane’s windshield. Media reported that the flight was diverted at about 6:45 a.m. today to Nashville International Airport.

  • Northern Ohio city fights algal bloom in reservoir

    NORWALK, Ohio — Officials in a northern Ohio city say its drinking water is safe as they battle a harmful algal bloom in a reservoir. The Sandusky Register reports that test results released yesterday for the body of water in Norwalk showed 22 parts per billion of microcystin toxin, up from an initial result of 10 parts per billion.

  • Kasich’s goals for 2nd term include another tax cut

    CINCINNATI — As Ohio Democrats shift toward trying to boost their down-ticket candidates, Republican Gov. John Kasich said he already has largely laid out to voters what a second term under him would look like. “I want to work for more tax cuts,” Kasich said at Price Hill Chili in Cincinnati after his second of two public campaign events in southwestern Ohio yesterday.

  • Intelligent design could be taught with Common Core’s repeal

    In what could reignite a controversy that raged about eight years ago, a bill to repeal Common Core education standards in Ohio would allow intelligent design and creationism to be taught alongside evolution in science classes. House Bill 597 says new state science standards must “prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another.”

  • Democratic AG candidate David Pepper has paid $10,000 in parking fines

    In a campaign for Ohio’s top law-enforcement job, do parking tickets, and paying some late, matter? Not surprisingly, the campaigns of Democrat David Pepper, who racked up about 180 tickets over 14 years, and his Republican opponent, Attorney General Mike DeWine, who had none but usually has had government drivers, feel very differently about the subject.

  • Kent State accused of housing discrimination

    KENT, Ohio (AP) — Government officials are accusing northeastern Ohio’s Kent State University of housing discrimination, alleging it refused to let a student with disabilities keep a dog as an emotional support animal in her campus apartment.

  • Attorney blasts man’s killing

    An attorney for the family of a man fatally shot by police at a Wal-Mart store in southwestern Ohio said yesterday that surveillance video of the shooting shows it was unjustified, and the state’s top lawman said a special grand jury will begin considering whether charges are appropriate against the officers. Attorney Michael Wright, who represents the family of 21-year-old John Crawford III, said in a statement that surveillance video of the shooting “showed that absolutely this young man ... was killed without justification or cause.”

  • Charges in death denied

    CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — The alleged drug dealer accused of selling a fatal dose of heroin to the father of a boy killed in a 2012 Ohio school shooting has pleaded not guilty to an involuntary manslaughter charge.

  • Pataskala councilwoman survives recall election

    A ballot initiative to recall Pataskala 1st Ward Councilwoman Pat Sagar was voted down last night. Although only 320 of the 2,600 registered voters in the two 1st Ward precincts turned out, 198 of them — 62 percent — voted to allow Sagar to continue her fourth term, which will expire in 2015.

  • Ohio law-enforcers gaining a military feel

    There has never been a land mine in Adams County. But the sheriff’s office now has a mine-resistant, armor-protected vehicle — the kind the military used in Afghanistan and Iraq. The southwestern Ohio sheriff got it and other vehicles through a federal program that puts military surplus out to pasture with law-enforcement agencies all over the country. For free.

  • Curbing phosphorus would quickly slash algae in Lake Erie

    GIBRALTAR ISLAND, Ohio — Toledo residents probably won’t soon forget how it felt to know that their tap water could poison them. But the water that supplies Toledo’s public system would clean itself relatively quickly if we stopped pumping phosphorus into Maumee Bay, scientists say.

  • Climate change increases ticks, algae, mosquitoes, but may kill outdoor tourism, report says

    Taking a canopy tour in one of Ohio’s forests or spending a day on one of its lakes are increasingly attractive tourism options, experts say. But a new report is sounding alarm bells that the hikers and boaters of tomorrow might view it as increasingly risky, too, both here and in other parts of the country.

  • Kasich's new ad appears to address Senate Bill 5

    As Republican Gov. John Kasich sets out on a brief campaign swing through southwest Ohio today, his campaign released a new TV ad that appears to address his toughest days in office — when he attempted to curb collective bargaining rights for public employees through Senate Bill 5 in 2011.

  • Common Core debate rages on as testimony continues

    Supporters and opponents of Common Core education standards swarmed the Statehouse today as a House committee heard a second day of testimony on a bill to dump Ohio’s new guidelines for what students should know.

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