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  • Ohio family gets help after sinkholes

    ROSEVILLE, Ohio — Five families will move into new homes on donated land after sinkholes forced them to flee their rural Muskingum County property. They might not be in their new mobile homes in Perry County in time for Christmas.

  • Denison professor studies nature’s explosive side

    GRANVILLE, Ohio — Explosive plumes of rubber ducks. Field trips to California. Rocks nearly 200 million years old. If you’re Erik Klemetti and you teach college courses about volcanoes in a state that, well, doesn’t have volcanoes, you have to be creative.

  • New laws you need to know — or not

    Lawmakers once again were busy in the post-election lame-duck session, moving quickly to pass a truckload of legislation that affects a wide variety of Ohioans. These issues were approved over the past two months; a few major issues did not make it into law.

  • Capitol Insider | Study: Ohio 7th in political ad spending

    It didn’t seem like our TVs were taken over by political ads quite as much this year, but we Ohioans still were inundated with 69,500 commercials worth nearly $34 million that were broadcast on state government campaigns, a study by the Center for Public Integrity shows.

  • John Switzer commentary: Handmade creche gifted, treasured, then returned

    This is a story about how a Christmas gift came back to the one who had given it, after almost half a century. I was talking to my friend Michael Bergman, a Madison County farmer, and I asked him if he was ready for Christmas.

  • White lion from Siegfried and Roy euthanized at Cincinnati Zoo

    CINCINNATI (AP) — An aging white lion given to the Cincinnati Zoo by performers Siegfried & Roy has been euthanized because of age-related health issues.

  • Suburb of Cincinnati paying to have beaver removed from park

    MASON, Ohio (AP) — Officials of this suburb of Cincinnati are eager to catch a troublesome beaver. Mason officials said the busy beaver has felled at least three trees and gnawed on more than 50 others at Pine Hill Lakes Park.

  • Prosecutors: Judge should serve time

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Prosecutors say an Ohio juvenile court judge sentenced to six months on a felony conviction should go to jail as ordered by the trial judge.

  • $50,000 raised for Cincinnati streetcars via memento sales

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Commemorative fare cards for Cincinnati’s streetcar system have generated $50,000 since going on sale on Dec. 9. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that more than 1,000 of the 1,500 metallic cards produced have been sold.

  • Support groups help families who have lost someone to drugs

    On top of Lori Yuppa’s Christmas tree sits a small angel handmade from a foam cup with her son’s picture on it. The ornament Chase Cummings made in the second grade has become one of her most cherished possessions since he overdosed on heroin on Sept. 18, 2012, her birthday. He was 18.

  • U.S. Senate approves resolution honoring Jesse Owens

    WASHINGTON — A resolution honoring Ohioan and Olympic athlete Jesse Owens has been approved by the U.S. Senate. Ohio senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman yesterday announced approval this week of the measure introduced by Brown and co-sponsored by Portman. It recognizes Owens' athletic accomplishments and his commitment to promoting civil rights.

  • Low gas prices mean more people hit the road for holidays

    Christmas might come early for central Ohioans traveling for the holidays, given low gas prices and predictions of mild weather. The AAA Auto Club is predicting the highest travel volume on record for Dec. 23 to Jan. 4. Nationwide, 98.6 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home. That includes 3.8 million Ohioans, a 5 percent increase over the same period last holiday season.

  • New law will keep lethal-injection drug supplier secret

    A new Ohio law signed yesterday by Gov. John Kasich will shield from public disclosure the supplier of drugs used in future lethal injections effective on March 20.

  • Ohio's children's hospitals to split $1 million state grant to study abuse

    Doctors could be missing the early warning signs of child abuse. But if they know what to look for and how to intervene, they may be able to save an infant’s life. At least that’s the hope behind a new Ohio Children’s Hospital Association study.

  • City police issue alert after 4 attempted child abductions

    Four children reported being enticed by or nearly abducted by strangers this month on the North Side, prompting Columbus police to warn city residents yesterday to stay alert.

  • Delaware County won’t be getting romantic-themed hotel

    The owner of an adults-only, romantic-themed hotel has backed out of a land contract to build another in Delaware County after he learned that he’d have to pay to extend a road through the property.

  • Ohio Muslim woman sues over jail church attendance

    CLEVELAND — A Muslim woman has sued Cuyahoga County in northeast Ohio alleging she was forced to attend Christian church services during a 60-day jail stint on an assault charge.

  • Ohio Politics Now: Gov. John Kasich says more regulations needed on fracking, charter schools

    During a speech in front of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Gov. John Kasich promised to crack down on charter school operators who are not doing their job of educating children, Dispatch Public Affairs Editor Darrel Rowland writes. “We are going to fix the lack of regulation on charter schools,” he said. “There is no excuse for people coming in here and taking advantage of anything. So we will be putting some tough rules into our budget.”

  • Newark man admits cutting up woman’s pet dog

    A man admitted yesterday that he killed and mutilated a dog in Newark on Wednesday. Harley J. Paynter, 19, of 435 Ballard Ave., pleaded guilty in Licking County Municipal Court yesterday to the animal-cruelty charge along with additional charges of drug abuse and underage alcohol consumption.

  • Escaped inmate caught after 22 years on the lam

    A London Correctional Institution inmate who escaped 22 years ago has been caught in Indiana and will return to complete at least five years of his sentence for grand theft, the State Highway Patrol announced yesterday. Investigators learned on Dec. 12 that Roger D. Perdue, 71, was living with a woman, possibly his wife, and preparing to leave their home in Kokomo, Ind., where he had been living under an assumed identity.

  • State panel OKs speeding up I-270/Rt. 315 interchange fix

    The Ohio Department of Transportation’s plan to fix interchanges along the northern section of I-270 should finish earlier than expected. The Transportation Review Advisory Council, which sets priorities for high-priced transportation projects, yesterday moved the start of construction on the final phase of the “North Side Fix” up from 2024 to next year.

  • Video: Hanukkah at the Columbus Zoo

    The Festival of Lights joined Wildlights last night at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

  • Olentangy district’s pay for substitutes going up

    The Olentangy school district will pay substitute teachers and tutors more in 2015 to help the district stay competitive with nearby school systems, officials said.

  • Group aims for 2015 ballot issue to legalize marijuana

    Ohioans could be voting on a marijuana ballot issue next year unlike any in the country, involving 10 wealthy individuals who would essentially invest to obtain the right to grow and sell marijuana wholesale for personal use by residents 21 or older. Marijuana would be taxed, with the proceeds somehow distributed to government entities.

  • Honda’s new Marysville museum highlights its manufacturing savvy, vehicles made in Ohio

    At the new Honda museum, a supercar is to your right and robots seem to be around every corner. And, just when you might think this is too exotic, there is a minivan. The automaker gave a preview yesterday of the Honda Heritage Center in Marysville, a museum that will open to the public on Jan. 5.

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