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  • Panel approves spending $800,000 to combat Ebola in Ohio

    A legislative spending oversight panel today approved up to $800,000 in spending for the Ohio Department of Health to deal with lingering Ebola issues or future cases.

  • Classes resume in northeast Ohio district after Ebola precautions

    Two school buildings in suburban Cleveland are open again after undergoing a precautionary cleaning for Ebola.

  • Ohio lawmakers ask for CDC support after Ebola scare

    Ohio’s congressional delegation has asked the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to beef up its support to the state after an Ebola-stricken nurse flew from Cleveland to Dallas with a low-grade fever.

  • Licking County man pleads guilty in toddler’s death

    NEWARK, Ohio — A Licking County man pleaded guilty today to reduced felony charges of involuntary manslaughter and endangering children in the death of his then-girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter. Daniel D. Hall Jr., 25, of Croton, was indicted for murder a year ago in the Oct. 2, 2013, death of Jocelyn Runyons.

  • Pill mill doctor’s life sentence to be reconsidered, U.S. Supreme Court orders

    The U.S. Supreme Court today ordered a federal appeals panel in Cincinnati to reconsider its decision last year upholding the life sentence of a physician who had 12 of his patients die while he operated three pill mills in southeastern Ohio.

  • Mandel not hitting road to campaign

    The most unusual spectacle of this unusual election year might be the campaign of state Treasurer Josh Mandel. He is running a noncampaign campaign, using a modified “Rose Garden strategy” — maintaining what aides say is a busy office schedule while eschewing the campaign trail.

  • Arrests in Canton cocaine probe exceed 20

    CANTON — Police and agents arrested nearly two dozen men on Friday for their alleged roles in a drug ring that included four local street gangs and more than 66 pounds of cocaine.

  • Backers of bottle deposits in Ohio to push petitions

    A Cleveland group that wants to amend the state constitution to require deposits on bottles and other containers has been given the green light to begin circulating petitions.

  • Tom Hanks helps Wright State University with fundraising drive

    FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — In his latest starring role, Tom Hanks is the leading man in a $150 million fundraising campaign for Wright State University. The Rise.Shine campaign’s co-chairmen are Hanks and Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright, for whom the school is named.

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park seeks input on new bike trails

    The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is seeking public comment on a proposal to allow mountain biking in designated areas. It would be the first mountain biking permitted in the 33,000-acre federal park between Akron and Cleveland.

  • Larry Flynt’s daughter critically hurt in Dayton-area crash

    A woman who was critically injured on Friday in a two-vehicle crash in Riverside, Ohio, is the daughter of Hustler brand chairman Larry Flynt, family members said.

  • Cincinnati-area prosecutor’s son among five facing child porn charges

    Five men, including the son of Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser, face federal charges of operating a child exploitation and pornography enterprise, according to documents from the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati.

  • Troopers say car stopped on Ohio Turnpike held 260 pounds of pot

    A Pittsburgh woman and a Las Vegas man were arrested on Friday after the State Highway Patrol found about

  • Posting photo of ballot on Facebook could be a felony in Ohio

    You may be proud to cast your votes for particular candidates in Ohio — so proud, in fact, that you decide to take a picture of your ballot and post it on social media before mailing it in. Congratulations, you likely just committed a felony.

  • Ohioans in Congress cross U.S. to back party candidates

    WASHINGTON — For three Ohioans in Congress, this month has been at least partly made of frequent-flier miles, rental cars and hotel rooms. Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown and House Speaker John Boehner have spent a good chunk of the month on the road, with Portman and Boehner campaigning for Republicans, and Brown for Democrats.

  • U.S. House races in Ohio lack excitement

    WASHINGTON — Not four years ago, Ohio’s congressional districts were rife with competition, with Democrats and Republicans in pitched battles in districts across the state. But that was then, and this year, thanks to redistricting and a clunker of a gubernatorial race, political scientists say they’re not expecting much action in the 16 U.S. House races in the state.

  • Budget, enrollment, leadership problems rack Hocking College

    NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Hocking College students are going about their business as usual, studying at the two-year institution to become nurses, firefighters or naturalists while ignoring the administrative and financial mayhem rocking their southeastern Ohio campus. Many on the college’s faculty and support staff, however, are rattled.

  • DeWine aide faulted, then exonerated in handling of harassment case

    Investigators in Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office last year first faulted, then exonerated DeWine’s employment-law chief over how he handled an employee who repeatedly told a legal secretary he liked to slap and punch women, records show.

  • SB 5 battle isn’t hurting Gov. Kasich

    George Edge of Grove City and Judy McLaughlin of Canton both voted against Senate Bill 5 in a statewide referendum nearly three years ago. Both had union members in their household when they opposed the law, which would have stripped many collective-bargaining rights from about 360,000 state and local government workers. But now both say they are voting for the re-election of Gov. John Kasich, even though he led the campaign to pass the measure.

  • Discovery of a mastodon tooth turns Morrow County field into archaeological dig site

    BELLVILLE, Ohio — The item, bonelike and bigger than the fist of the farmer who found it, showed up in a pile of dirt. It was all cusps and bumps and looked prehistoric, so the farmer took it into his house and started searching the Internet. The item was so distinctive that it didn’t take long to find a photo match online. What he thought was a bone was the tooth of a mastodon, a prehistoric elephant-like mammal that roamed North America more than 10,000 years ago.

  • Land records show many state parks could see mining, drilling

    About 40 percent of Ohio’s natural treasures — its state parks, forests and wildlife and nature preserves — could be undermined in the quest to remove valuable coal, oil, natural gas and other minerals.

  • GOP incumbent faces 2 challengers in Ohio state House race

    The man who greets Chad Monnin at the door is a retired Marine and lifelong Republican, and Monnin quickly seizes on the man’s frustrations with the party.

  • Delaware man accused of selling synthetic pot to teens

    A Delaware man has been charged with trafficking in a synthetic marijuana used with electronic cigarettes that police say has landed at least four teens in the hospital. Issa Alahmad, 49, of Forest Avenue, was arrested on Thursday and faces a felony trafficking charge, a first-degree felony. He posted bond of $25,000 today and faces an initial appearance later this month.

  • DeWine, lawmakers detail guardianship reforms

    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and two state lawmakers today detailed legislation and resources intended to improve the lives of Ohioans with appointed guardians. Reacting to a Dispatch series published this spring, DeWine, along with state Sen. Shannon Jones and state Rep. Dorothy Pelanda, said the newspaper shined a light on guardianship issues in Ohio that had long been left in the shadows.

  • Gov. John Kasich takes message to southern Ohio spots he lost in 2010

    CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Standing in front of a wall decorated with the mounted heads of five bucks — a stuffed albino groundhog was in a glass case over in the corner — Gov John Kasich said he wants to bag a big trophy on Election Day: not just a win, but a “resounding victory.”

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