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One person is reported to be dead in a fire at an Etna Township house this afternoon. The West Licking Joint Fire District was called at 4 p.m. to a house on Fifth Avenue Southwest, just north of I-71.
In a rebuke of fellow Republicans, Gov. John Kasich used his line-item veto authority today to kill language that would have targeted out-of-state college students who register to vote in Ohio to quickly obtain in-state licenses and vehicle registrations. The governor let stand a new portion of the law requiring new Ohio residents to get an updated license and registration within 30 days. But he stripped out the measure linking that provision with voting registration.
Supporters and opponents of legalized marijuana in Ohio clashed over potential medical and economic impacts today at a Columbus Metropolitan Club Forum. Representatives from ResponsibleOhio, the group pushing a legalization ballot issue for the Nov. 3 general election, said at the forum at the Athletic Club of Columbus that if passed, the measure would end a dangerous black market in Ohio. In its place, the group argued, would be a regulated system that would create jobs and provide help for people with chronic illnesses who would benefit from medical marijuana.
Lawmakers and business leaders in Ohio have a message for those in Indiana: invest in the Buckeye State. It comes amid a firestorm over a religious freedom bill signed into law last week by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Many believe the law allows businesses to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender customers based on religious beliefs.
CINCINNATI — Firefighters from across the country honored a fallen comrade today, attending his funeral or covering the shifts of his Cincinnati colleagues so they could attend services for a man who was fatally injured while searching the scene of an apartment blaze.
CLEVELAND -- A Cleveland man convicted of rape and kidnapping for assaults on four women in the 1990s has been sentenced to 110 years to life in prison after tests matched his DNA to evidence in a backlog of untested rape kits.
CLEVELAND -- Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice are seeking an independent monitor to oversee an agreement for reforms of the city's police department.
A Scioto County judge was reprimanded today by the Ohio Supreme Court for drunken driving. Common Pleas Court Judge William T. Marshall, 58, was convicted after his vehicle struck an embankment and overturned on Jan. 12, 2013, on Rt. 140 in Jackson County.
Lawmakers in Indiana have been under attack recently after they passed a controversial religious freedom bill that has been widely interpreted to mean that businesses owners can turn away customers who are gay, bi-sexual or transgender based on religious beliefs. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who signed the bill into law, says he plans to clarify the law after businesses threatened protests and boycotts of the state and the Indianapolis Star ran a front page editorial demanding change and a law that would nontaxable promotional gaming credits prohibit discrimination against those in the LGBT community.
If out-of-state college students register to vote in Ohio, yet fail to obtain an in-state driver’s license and vehicle registration within 30 days, what happens then? State officials had no answers yesterday as Republican Gov. John Kasich prepares today to sign the state transportation budget into which majority Senate Republicans inserted the controversial provision.
The letter Rob Portman and 46 other GOP senators sent to Iran in connection with ongoing nuclear weapon talks was inappropriate and more likely to hurt the peace process, Ohio voters say in a new poll.
The Buckeye Lake Region Chamber of Commerce is hoping that a second opinion from its own expert will nudge the state to replace the Buckeye Lake dam a little faster and with less damage to area businesses. The state has said the 177-year-old dam could breach at any moment, yet Gov. John Kasich has said it could take up to five years to replace it. Toward its goal, the chamber last week hired an independent engineering firm to perform its own study of the dam.
ATHENS, Ohio — A mass of Ohio University students, faculty and Athens residents crowded the space in front of the university’s historic President’s Residence late yesterday afternoon. The crowd of more than 300 people — some hoisting signs with bat-related messages, and at least one in a bat costume — took aim at OU President Roderick McDavis, the university administration and their funding priorities.
Arguing that Ohio’s casinos and racinos have not lived up to their original promises on tax revenue, Sen. Bill Coley said it’s time to take away their nontaxable promotional gaming credits. The West Chester Republican said Ohio casino operators have fallen well short of their promise to generate more than $500 million per year for Ohio schools and local governments, and have failed to come close to delivering on the 34,000 promised new jobs.
The Mahoning County coroner’s office reported yesterday finding no signs of unusual trauma on the bodies of an Ohio couple and their 10-year-old granddaughter who died in a house fire hours before a man suspected of raping the girl was to go on trial.
U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus refused yesterday to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a state ban of face-to-face media interviews with inmates convicted for their roles in Ohio’s deadly 1993 prison riot.
Police said yesterday they’re pursuing charges against five customers of a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant after employees were attacked when a manager didn’t respond quickly enough to a complaint about a malfunctioning photo booth.
Mollie Parsons, a nurse serving a 10-year prison sentence in the malnutrition death of a Dayton teenager with cerebral palsy, has been charged with four counts of health-care fraud in federal court.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, through spokesman Rob Nichols, issued a statement Tuesday regarding the controversy in Indiana.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Autopsies are scheduled to be performed today on three people who died in a house fire, including a 10-year-old girl who was connected to a rape trial set to begin later that day. The fire broke out early yesterday at the home in Youngstown, hours before the start of trial for a man accused of raping the girl, said Paul Gains, Mahoning County prosecutor. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
CLEVELAND -- Prosecutors are preparing to question more than a dozen Cleveland police officers as hostile witnesses if they continue to be uncooperative before the trial of another officer accused of firing the final shots of a 137-round barrage that killed two unarmed suspects in November 2012, a motion filed with the court said.
State lawmakers are helping dole out $1 million in college scholarships this year, but they can keep the winners secret under a program run by a group of private, for-profit colleges. The Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools, a lobbying group that represents for-profit schools statewide, requires students to get a lawmaker’s signature to be considered for its Legislative Scholarship program. Lawmakers said they’re happy to help students, but critics see the program as a veiled lobbying effort.
A 63-year-old veteran Ohio police officer has died of injuries suffered when his motorcycle was hit by a car while he was escorting a funeral procession.
A man who was found dead in his car over the weekend had been shot in the head, police said yesterday. Police are investigating the death of Taiwan White, 31, who was found shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday.
A Toledo police officer was pinned against his cruiser by a driver whose car he and a partner had been trying to stop after the driver allegedly struck a pedestrian on Saturday afternoon, police said.
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