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Proposal: $55 million annually for public transportation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The latest version of Ohio's transportation budget would provide $55 million annually for public transportation in the state. The state Senate approved the amount this week as the GOP-controlled chamber passed the budget, which includes a 6-cent per gallon increase in ...

Driver who hit, killed garbage truck operator pleads guilty

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A driver who struck and killed an Ohio garbage truck operator could face up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a single, felony count of aggravated vehicular homicide. Other charges against 41-year-old Brian Jankovich, of Middletown, are being dropped as ...

DNA from missing-person case helps ID 2 legs found in trash

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say they have identified two human legs that were found in the trash at a waste-collection facility in Ohio's capital two years ago. Columbus police say a DNA match from a missing-person case helped identify the remains as those of a 22-year-old woman from the ...

Student suspended after using toy gun in veterans memorial

CELINA, Ohio (AP) — Military veterans and students are upset over the suspension of a middle school student in Ohio whose class project creating a memorial to veterans included a toy gun. About two dozen people in Celina in northwest Ohio protested the suspension earlier this week. The ...

Authorities: 16-year-old boy fatally shot; suspect sought

LINCOLN HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has been shot and killed in suburban Cincinnati. Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says sheriff's deputies responded shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday to a reported shooting in the village of Lincoln Heights, roughly 15 miles (24 ...

Governor declares state of emergency over road damage

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has declared a state of emergency in 37 Ohio counties that received serious highway damage from severe weather. The Republican governor said in a release this week that the emergency declaration will allow the state Department of Transportation and ...

Ohio Senate proposes 6-cent increase to state gas tax

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate on Thursday voted in favor of a proposal to increase the state's gas tax by 6 cents a gallon, down from the House's planned increase of 10.7 cents a gallon and well below the governor's proposed 18-cents a gallon to maintain roads and bridges. The ...

City manager vows to help fix flooded backyard problem

TRENTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio city manager has vowed to fix an issue that is causing some residents' backyards to become ponds of mucky collected rainwater. Trenton resident Sheila Sessler and her neighbors first complained in February that a pair of dry wells for rainwater drainage had ...

Man pleads not guilty in hit-and-run death of pedestrian

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A driver accused in a hit-and-run crash that killed an Ohio man who was outside retrieving his newspaper has pleaded not guilty to charges including vehicular homicide. Fifty-six-year-old Monte Porter III, of Bath Township, also pleaded not guilty Thursday in Akron ...

Caregivers for disabled to see pay increase under proposal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Caregivers for Ohio residents with developmental disabilities could see a higher paycheck under a state-budget proposal. The Columbus Dispatch reports pay for home care workers would increase 11 percent over the next two years to $12.38 an hour. Jeff Davis, director of ...

Trump says GM should re-open Lordstown Plant, sell it

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press LIMA, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday brought his re-election campaign to Ohio — a state essential to his 2020 strategy — touring a military tank plant and telling many of its cheering workers: "You better love me. I ...

Drug doses, deaths spur 26 lawsuits against doctor, hospital

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At least 26 wrongful-death lawsuits are now pending against an Ohio hospital system and a doctor accused of ordering excessive doses of painkillers for dozens of patients who died. The newest cases allege Dr. William Husel (HYOO'-suhl) ordered outsize fentanyl doses for ...

Federal court hearing set for accused police vice officer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A hearing is set in federal court for a vice squad officer in Ohio held without bail on charges of forcing women to have sex with him under threat of an arrest. A federal indictment also accuses Columbus police officer Andrew Mitchell of witness tampering and lying to ...

Police: Human skeletal remains found in ravine

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say human skeletal remains have been found in a ravine in suburban Cincinnati. Assistant Chief Jeffrey Braun of the Delhi Township Police Department says someone who frequently hunts in the area for any antlers shed by deer found the few pieces of human bone ...

Gerrymandering lawsuits are pending in a dozen states

By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press Gerrymandering is on trial as the U.S. Supreme Court and judges in a dozen states consider whether mapmakers — typically state lawmakers — have gone too far in manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts for their own advantage. The high court is ...

House Speaker Pelosi to headline Ohio Democrats’ dinner

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will headline an Ohio Democratic Party fundraising dinner. The state party announced Tuesday that the California Democrat will speak at the annual "legacy dinner" in Columbus on May 17. The Democrats' statement came the day before ...

Trump keeps a sharp focus on Ohio for the 2020 campaign

By ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is returning to the state that foretold his 2016 victory and serves as the linchpin of his re-election effort. Trump's visit to Ohio on Wednesday marks his first trip to the state since last year's midterm election ...

Fish in river that famously caught fire now OK’d for dinner

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fish in the Cuyahoga River, which became synonymous with pollution when it caught fire in Cleveland in 1969, are now safe to eat, federal environmental regulators say. The easing of fish consumption restrictions on the Cuyahoga was ...

Police: Suspect fatally shot in confrontation with officers

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Police say a "highly agitated" man suspected of trying to break into an apartment in Ohio has been shot and killed in a confrontation with officers. A Mansfield police news release says officers responded to an apartment complex Monday afternoon after a caller reported ...

State: Man who filed wrong form can run for city office

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's secretary of state says a Strongsville man can run for city council even though he filed the wrong paperwork with the county board of elections. Secretary of State Frank LaRose made the ruling March 6 in a letter to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, ...