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5 governors push presidential candidates to aid Great Lakes

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Five Democratic governors of states in the Great Lakes region Monday urged the candidates in next year's presidential election to support a plan for safeguarding their shared waters by boosting federal spending on treatment ...

Police, sister seek answers to boy’s disappearance in 1928

By JOHN CANIGLIA The Plain Dealer ORRVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The fading black-and-white photograph of her mother crying in front of a drooping Christmas tree stands out amid the color photos of Elgie Auten-Forney's children and family. The graying picture sits on a dining-room shelf in her ...

Ohio soldier killed in WWII returns home for burial

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A soldier killed in combat in World War II has been buried with military honors in his home state of Ohio more than 70 years after his death. Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. William Brandenburg, of New Miami, was buried Saturday next to his parents in a cemetery in southwest ...

State official says youth behavioral facility clean, safe

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The director of Ohio's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has toured a youth behavioral facility after reports of alleged violence and sexual abuse against children and staff and describes its environment as clean and safe. WBNS-TV reports Director Lori ...

Man charged with murder in 2008 fire that killed family

LONDON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man who escaped a fire that killed his wife and two children and destroyed their Ohio home in 2008 has been indicted on charges including aggravated murder in that blaze. A Madison County grand jury in London met last week and charged 59-year-old Peter ...

Beanie Wells offering reward for capture of brother’s killer

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Former Ohio State and NFL player Beanie Wells is offering a $5,000 reward for the capture of the person who gunned down his brother. Akron police said 31-year-old Joel "Joey" Wells was found in a driveway in Akron on Thursday morning. He had been shot in the head. Police ...

Authorities: Wrong-way crash that killed 3 was intentional

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor in Ohio says a driver going the wrong way on Interstate 75 last March intentionally slammed into another car, killing a couple and their 10-year-old daughter. The Montgomery County Prosecutor says the driver was upset at the time of the crash just south of ...

Ohio governor backs $1B rescue for state’s 2 nuclear plants

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor hopes state lawmakers can agree on a bill that would hand over roughly $1 billion to the state's two nuclear plants. Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday that he'll sign the proposal if lawmakers can get it passed. The financial rescue for the nuclear plants ...

6-state trooper project to focus on Move Over law

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol in Ohio and other members of the 6-State Trooper Project will be collaborating on education and enforcement of the Move Over law. The patrol says the high-visibility enforcement begins Sunday at 12:01 a.m. and ends July 27, at 11:59 p.m. It will ...

Preacher gets deal in rape case after years of court delays

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — An evangelical Ohio preacher accused of repeatedly raping a child has avoided prison mostly because of his attorney, who's said to have used his position as Georgia house speaker to delay court proceedings. Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jeff Langley told ...

Oklahoma AG calls company ‘kingpin’ in state’s opioid crisis

By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson was a "kingpin" company that helped fuel the most devastating public health crisis in Oklahoma history, the state attorney general argued Monday during the close of his case against the opioid ...

Trial starts for supervisors in Ohio police shooting

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — A trial is underway for a Cleveland police supervisor accused of failing to properly manage a chase that ended with two unarmed black people being killed in a barrage of police gunfire. The supervisor is facing misdemeanor charges related to the 2012 chase that ...

Court says Catholic school can challenge competition rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court is keeping the door open for a court challenge of reforms aimed at leveling the playing field for public and private school sports teams. The court on Tuesday ruled that a Hamilton County judge can properly consider a challenge by a Catholic ...

Ohio lawmakers hashing out state budget are set to reconvene

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers who have been negotiating Ohio's next two-year state budget were set to reconvene Tuesday, a day before the extended deadline for the House and Senate to pass the $69 billion spending plan. The conference committee was scheduled to meet late Tuesday afternoon ...

Judge overseeing opioid lawsuits orders release of some data

MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — A look at how the opioid crisis grew and spread may be much clearer soon after a federal judge overseeing nearly 2,000 lawsuits filed against manufacturers, distributors and retailers of prescription painkillers ordered the release of data ...

Coroners raise new concerns after July overdose death spike

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio coroners are raising new warnings following a spike in drug overdose deaths. Ten overdose deaths were reported through Wednesday in Montgomery County, which is home to Dayton. That number compares with a total of 18 deaths in all of June. Montgomery County Coroner ...

States, provinces OK plan to protect Great Lakes from carp

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — U.S. states and Canadian provinces have endorsed a plan to build up defenses on an Illinois waterway in hopes of keeping invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. A resolution issued Wednesday by the region's eight governors and two premiers supports a U.S. ...

Expect another huge blob of algae on Lake Erie this summer

Expect another huge blob of algae on Lake Erie this summer By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Scientists are likely to warn that another massive harmful algae bloom will blanket western Lake Erie this summer when they release their forecast on Thursday. Researchers are ...

Lottery: Ohio racinos’ slots revenue tops $1B for first time

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State lottery officials say annual gambling revenue from slot machines at Ohio's seven racinos has topped $1 billion for the first time. The Ohio Lottery Commission recently reported that revenue from the video lottery terminals at racinos for fiscal year 2019, which ...

New memorial would honor slain journalists

By The Associated Press Three U.S. senators want a new memorial in Washington, D.C., to honor journalists killed in the line of duty. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is joining Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland and fellow Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio on legislation that ...