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  • Rep. Bill Patmon introduces bill to strip state funding from Planned Parenthood

    More than one hundred anti-abortion protestors rallying at the Statehouse this morning erupted in applause as Rep. Bill Patmon, D-Cleveland, announced he was introducing a bill that would strip state funding from Planned Parenthood. The rally, organized by Columbus Right to Life, brought Republicans Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, Senate President Keith Faber, Secretary of State Jon Husted and State Auditor Dave Yost to the Statehouse steps to denounce Planned Parenthood and any state or federal funding it receives.

  • Toledo funeral home owner pleads not guilty to corpse abuse

    TOLEDO, Ohio -- The owner of an Ohio funeral home where several bodies intended for cremation were found in a state of decay has pleaded not guilty to corpse abuse charges. Robert Tate Jr. of Tate Funeral Services in Toledo was arraigned today on two felony counts in Lucas County court. A trial is scheduled for Sept. 8.

  • ACLU questions DeWine grant to religious-based group

    A $300,000 state grant from Attorney General Mike DeWine to Athletes in Action is being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio because it is a religious-affiliated organization. “This is a disgraceful use of public funds that raises a serious constitutional issue,” ACLU Ohio Executive Director Christine Link said in a statement. “We urge Gov. Kasich to take immediate steps to restrict AIA’s use of the grant to programs that are free from religious promotion, or redirect the funds to secular community organizations.”

  • Columbus firefighter killed in Union County wreck

    A veteran Columbus firefighter was killed Monday night when the car he was driving lost control on a rural road in Union County. Herman Tidwell, 48, of Pickerington, was driving in the 22000 block of Bear Swamp Road northwest of Marysville near the village of Raymond just before 8 p.m. when he went left of center, struck a ditch and rolled several times, ejecting Tidwell, who likely was not wearing a seatbelt, said Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton.

  • Buckeye Lake businesses seek disaster-area aid

    At least 14 Buckeye Lake-area businesses are claiming losses of more than 50 percent of their sales since April. The claims were submitted in an attempt to get the federal Small Business Administration to declare the region an economic disaster area.

  • Motorcyclist killed in Licking County crash

    A Newark man was killed Monday when his motorcycle was struck by a car in Licking County, the State Highway Patrol reported. Pernell Daniel Yates, 48, died at Licking Memorial Hospital after the 10:20 p.m. crash. An Oldsmobile Alero was travelling north on Northridge Road when it veered right, overcorrected and went past the center line, striking the motorcycle, the patrol said.

  • Ohio Politics Now: Steven Kraus found guilty of theft, removed from Ohio House

    The Ohio House is a member short after an Ottawa County jury found Rep. Steven Kraus guilty of felony theft Monday. The Republican from Sandusky who is also an auctioneer had been accused of stealing antiques and other items from a home though he said he had permission to take the items, which he later returned.

  • State pushes Medicaid sign-ups for inmates

    In the old days, inmates got $75 and a one-way bus ticket when they got out of an Ohio prison. Now, they can get something more valuable — a Medicaid card. Three state agencies are aggressively pushing to get the majority of the roughly 21,000 people who are released from prison every year enrolled in Medicaid up to 90 days before they walk out the door. Services don’t begin until they are released, unless they are hospitalized.

  • 2 charged in Akron with posing as FBI agents

    Akron police officers charged two men early Saturday whom they said impersonated FBI agents, kicked in a door of a Akron home and robbed an occupant of a large amount of marijuana.

  • Ohio mother arrested for locking out daughter in summer heat

    A Cincinnati-area woman was arrested for kicking her mentally handicapped 11-year-old daughter out of her house and refusing to let her back inside despite the summertime heat, police said on Monday.

  • Ohio Rep. Steven Kraus guilty of felony theft

    PORT CLINTON, Ohio — A northern Ohio lawmaker accused of stealing antiques and other items from a home while doing work as an auctioneer has been convicted on a felony theft charge and immediately removed from office under state law. An Ottawa County jury on Monday convicted Rep. Steve Kraus of theft but acquitted him on a breaking and entering charge. A burglary charge was dismissed previously.

  • Could man’s death in West Virginia be connected to missing Chillicothe women?

    West Virginia police said on Sunday they are sharing information with authorities investigating suspicious deaths and missing women in southern Ohio.

  • Ohio Politics Now: A look at John Kasich's budget talking points

    Continuing our examination of claims Gov. John Kasich as he campaigns for the GOP presidential nomination, Dispatch reporters Jessica Wehrman and Jim Siegel look the governor’s record with budgets both when he was in Congress and as governor. Kasich has been boasting of his ability to balance the federal budget while in Congress as well as helping turn around the state’s budget as governor.

  • $6.2 million tax payment to Cincinnati reportedly belongs to suburb

    CINCINNATI — After mistakenly receiving a $6.2 million payment a few years ago, the city of Cincinnati is being asked to repay the money.

  • Man sentenced to life for 2013 drug-related killings in Akron

    AKRON — A 23-year-old northeastern Ohio man has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for 35 years in the April 2013 drug-related slayings of four people at an Akron town home.

  • Toledo now better equipped to maintain tap-water safety

    TOLEDO — Bright yellow buoys equipped with sensors and scattered across western Lake Erie are more than beacons bobbing in the water. They are among the first line of defense in keeping algae-produced toxins from again infiltrating the drinking-water supply for those who live along the shoreline from Michigan to Ohio.

  • Kasich blames greed, dishonest brokers for 2008 financial collapse

    WASHINGTON — Saying he likes to talk about his work at the now-defunct investment firm Lehman Brothers, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said there was “an element of greed” on Wall Street and brokers “ conning people” that contributed to the financial collapse of 2008.

  • Ohio’s public health agencies must now meet standards

    They spend taxpayer dollars for vital tasks such as uncovering contaminated foods and stemming the spread of deadly diseases. But unlike hospitals, public health agencies have not been held to uniform standards. Now, under state law, health departments in Ohio must earn national accreditation.

  • Meningitis vaccine now ‘required’ for Ohio kids

    In an effort to boost meningitis protection for young Ohioans, state lawmakers have added the meningococcal vaccine to a list of shots “required” for schoolchildren. Public health leaders and pediatricians are urging parents to vaccinate their kids now, although the law won’t take effect until the 2016-17 school year. Ohio allows parents who object to vaccines to opt out.

  • School districts in Ohio cutting librarians

    If it weren’t for Saint Mary School’s library and its librarian, Annie Ruefle, Dana Hungerford wouldn’t have had so much fun during middle school. The soon-to-be high-school freshman also wouldn’t be such an avid reader, and she wouldn’t be so good at it. “She’s like many students; she recognizes the power of reading,” said Ruefle, who will start at Columbus School for Girls this fall. “That could happen with many more kids if they had a school librarian.” But the problem is, fewer children are getting that opportunity.

  • Kasich’s gotten help from good economies

    WASHINGTON — In his bid for the GOP presidential nomination, John Kasich has been boasting to campaign audiences that he was an architect of the balanced budget of 1997 — the first time the federal government had balanced the budget since man first walked on the moon, in 1969.

  • Teacher turnover up in a few districts

    Several central Ohio school districts are experiencing an uptick in teacher turnover, though none as high as in Reynoldsburg schools. One in 5 teachers won’t return to Reynoldsburg this fall, similar to the turnover rate after the 2013-14 school year. In two years, 139 teachers have either resigned or retired. The district employs more than 360 teachers.

  • Biologists, officials are rattled over Ohio snakes

    LAURELVILLE, Ohio — Not many timber rattlesnakes are left in Ohio, and the ones that are still here reside on the state’s endangered-species list. Two southern Ohio biologists are trying to help the rattlesnakes by studying their habitat and behavior but say state forestry officials are pushing for changes that could hamper their work and put the reptiles in even more peril.

  • Kasich says he wasn’t briefed on solicitation bashing ‘liberal media’

    GRANDVILLE, Mich. — Ohio Gov. John Kasich was kept in the dark about a fundraising appeal by his presidential campaign that said “The liberal media (is) teaming up with Hillary Clinton to attack John Kasich.”

  • Body of boy, 4, found in lake

    SHEFFIELD LAKE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say the body of a 4-year-old boy has been recovered from Lake Erie after a massive search in northeastern Ohio. The mayor and police chief of the city of Sheffield Lake told reporters that Sidney Heidrick’s body was found on Saturday afternoon not far from where he was last seen about 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

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