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  • Deeper assessment coming for Ohio kindergartners

    Kindergarten teachers soon will learn a lot more about what children know and how best they are taught — insight that educators hope will help boost student achievement. Next fall, Ohio schools will start using the state’s new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, a more comprehensive evaluation than the reading test that students have been taking.

  • FTC officials slam auto dealers’ bids to ban Tesla direct-to-consumer sales

    Three federal trade officials are not fans of state laws that restrict Tesla Motors from selling cars directly to consumers. The Federal Trade Commission officials said in a blog post yesterday on FTC.gov that the state laws are a “bad policy for a number of reasons.”

  • Measles suspected among Amish in Knox County

    An apparent measles outbreak in Knox County has public-health experts worried and vehement in their call for vaccination against the fast-moving and potentially deadly virus. Word of 15 people with measles symptoms in the northeastern part of that county came today as the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned of a surge in infections throughout the country, some linked to an outbreak in the Philippines that has killed at least 50 people and sickened more than 20,000.

  • Campaign finance reports: Kasich has $8.5M and FitzGerald has $1.5M

    Gov. John Kasich raised about $2.1 million from January 1 through last Saturday and has $8.5 million on hand with a little more than six months to go until Election Day. Candidates for state office must disclose their campaign finances for the past few months by 4 p.m. today, ahead of the May 6 primary. Kasich’s likely challenger, Democrat Ed FitzGerald, raised $662,182 and has $1.5 million on hand.

  • Two injured in Union County helicopter crash

    RICHWOOD, Ohio — At first, John Van Gundy didn’t pay much attention to the helicopter flying above his farm this afternoon. Van Gundy said he sees helicopters all the time over this rural part of Ohio, west of Delaware near the Delaware-Union county line. “People like to watch the cows,” he said with a shrug. But then this helicopter started sputtering, and the noise made him look up.

  • ‘Coingate’ investment scandal report released

    The final investigative report of “Coingate” contains no new information on the investment scandal that rocked Ohio nearly a decade ago.

  • Second ex-Heath basketball player admits bullying

    A second former member of the Heath High School basketball team pleaded guilty today to charges related to bullying of teammates last winter. Jacob Geller, 18, admitted to a delinquency count of complicity to assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, and a delinquency count of unlawful restraint, a third-degree misdemeanor, in front of Licking County Juvenile Court Judge Robert Hoover.

  • Thieves use rope to bring down security cameras

    NEWARK, Ohio — There’s no word yet on whether Newark’s security-camera klepto is from Texas, but his recent crime spree sure looks familiar to a Corpus Christi detective.

  • Business partner agrees to testify against Ohio lawmaker

    In a turn that does not bode well for Rep. Peter Beck, one of his partners in a Cincinnati investment deal gone sour pleaded guilty today to securities-related crimes and has agreed to testify against Beck.

  • Toledo mother sentenced to life in baby’s death

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A Toledo woman convicted of killing her 6-month-old son has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years. Court officials say a judge today sentenced 26-year-old Amanda Bacon on charges of murder and child endangering in the death of her son, Avery.

  • FitzGerald pushes through some rough days

    CINCINNATI — A fairly rotten day on the campaign trail yesterday ended with a good sight for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ed FitzGerald. About 75 people who had paid money to his campaign still were waiting at Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood to hear him speak, even though FitzGerald was more than an hour late to his fundraiser.

  • Man found competent for trial in rape, killing of delivery driver

    CAMBRIDGE, Ohio (AP) — A judge has found an eastern Ohio man competent to stand trial on charges alleging that he raped and killed a pizza delivery driver and dumped her body at a state park.

  • Infant dies in Mansfield home; resident faces drug-lab charges

    MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Police in this northeastern Ohio city are investigating the death of a 3-month-old baby who lived in a home where they say a drug lab was operating.

  • Licking County woman won’t deny faking son’s cancer

    NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — A Licking County woman accused of faking a cancer diagnosis for her 4-year-old son intends to change her plea to either no contest or guilty on felony charges of child endangering and theft.

  • Workers’ comp rates in Ohio to drop by $1.2 billion

    The state fund for injured workers has increased to $1.2 billion the amount of savings it will provide to employers on their workers’ compensation premiums as part of the move to a new method of billing them for premiums.

  • Ohio jail guard held, then freed unharmed

    WARREN, Ohio (AP) — A corrections officer taken hostage by three inmates at a northeastern Ohio county jail has been released unharmed, and the inmates have been taken to a maximum-security facility.

  • Ex-cop imprisoned for ex-wife’s killing can remain free during appeal

    A former Ohio police captain released after nearly 15 years in prison for his ex-wife’s killing can remain free as the state’s highest court considers whether to take on his case, the court ruled yesterday.

  • Local programs may be new focus to fight Ohio poverty

    Nearly two decades after welfare reform attempted to help the poor find work and self-sufficiency, Ohio GOP leaders want to give it another shot. Tucked into Gov. John Kasich’s off-year budget bill, recently approved by House Republicans, is a plan to create the Ohio Healthier Buckeye Council and local affiliates tasked with reducing reliance on tax-funded assistance programs such as Medicaid, food stamps and welfare.

  • Officials seek public input on fixing Ohio’s state parks

    State officials announced yesterday they will spend more than $100 million to rehabilitate Ohio state parks over the next two years. They also said they don’t yet know exactly where that money will go.

  • Honda supplier Showa admits price-fixing

    A far-reaching investigation into auto-parts price-fixing has hit a Honda supplier with a central Ohio plant. Showa Corp. has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $19.9 million fine. The company helped to organize a conspiracy to suppress competition and fix prices for power-steering assemblies sold to Honda, according to the complaint filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati.

  • Advocates of Ohio’s green-energy law tally savings

    Energy-efficiency programs that could be changed or eliminated as a result of a legislative proposal have led to consumer savings of $1 billion compared with costs of about $500 million, according to company reports and an analysis by “green” energy advocates.

  • Richland County police seek woman who took toy from baby’s grave

    ONTARIO, Ohio (AP) — Police are trying to identify a woman who took a stuffed animal from an Ohio boy’s gravesite after other toys and solar nightlights were stolen from there. On Saturday, the child’s family left a stuffed yellow duck for Easter at a cemetery in Ontario, near Mansfield. Surveillance video taken hours later shows a woman pick up the duck, look around and walk away.

  • Will Ohio voters be next to reject affirmative action?

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that voters in each state can decide to ban racial preferences from school admissions. In a 6-2 decision that some experts called a blow to affirmative-action programs, the court upheld a Michigan law that removed race as a consideration for admission to state universities. Seven other states have adopted laws similar to Michigan’s. But Ohio has no such law.

  • Body in Hocking River is missing Pickerington Central grad

    The parents of Sam Wiater asked for prayers yesterday as Athens police identified the body pulled from the Hocking River on Monday as their son. Wiater, 21, a 2011 graduate of Pickerington Central High School, had been missing since the night of March 13.

  • Missing woman’s body found in Delaware County field

    A missing northeastern Ohio woman was found dead in a farm field near Ashley in Delaware County late yesterday afternoon, the sheriff’s office said.

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