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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 ...

Hometown of first on moon ready to launch 50th celebration

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press WAPAKONETA, Ohio (AP) — A small Ohio city is shooting for the moon in celebrating its native son's history-making walk 50 years ago this month. The hometown of Neil Armstrong has expanded its usual weekend "summer moon festival" to 10 days of Apollo 11 ...

Seized North Korean ship sought for American student’s death

By JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The parents of Otto Warmbier have filed a claim for a seized North Korean cargo ship, seeking to collect on a multimillion-dollar judgment awarded in the American college student's death. The Warmbiers filed court papers Wednesday in New York ...

Prosecutor clears 2 Cincinnati officers in July 4 shooting

CINCINNATI (AP) — A county prosecutor says no charges will be filed against two Cincinnati police officers after one of them shot and wounded a knife wielding man who'd called 911 to report on someone "acting wild and going crazy" at a city park. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters on ...

Police: 2 found fatally shot in SUV, 3rd victim wounded

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a man and a woman have been found fatally shot inside an SUV and a third victim has been hospitalized for a gunshot wound to the head after being found in a different Cleveland neighborhood. Cleveland police Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia (CHAWCH') says the 41-year-old man ...

Couple proves love is ageless at assisted living facility

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's John and Phyllis Cook are living proof love is ageless. WNWO-TV reports the couple living at retirement facility in Sylvania went to get their marriage license at the county courthouse in Toledo late last month and decided to tie the knot there and then. John ...

Lawmakers fail to meet deadline for passing state budget

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State lawmakers failed this weekend to meet a statutory deadline for agreement on a two-year operating budget for Ohio for the first time since 2009. With time running out to meet Sunday's deadline, the Ohio Senate late Saturday night approved a 17-day stopgap measure ...

Former prisons chief is 1 of 2 new Ohio school board members

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio prisons director is one of two new appointees to the state school board that governs the Department of Education. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has appointed Reginald Wilkinson to join the Ohio Board of Education for a term that runs through 2022. Wilkinson ...

City’s new ticket taxes to help fund arts, arena repairs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two new 5% taxes on arts, sports and entertainment ticket sales are set to take effect Monday in Ohio's capital city. One Columbus tax is expected to raise $6 million annually for arts groups. It will apply to performances and sporting events costing more than $10 a ...

Report: Texts show extent of alleged university hazing

By KEITH BIERYGOLICK The Cincinnati Enquirer CINCINNATI (AP) — The student had an exam on Monday. He needed to study but was also a new member of a fraternity at Miami University. He asked another fraternity member at the Southwest Ohio college what time they would be done with an event in ...

Police: 14-year-old boy shot and killed in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say a 14-year-old boy has been shot and killed in Cincinnati. Cincinnati police say the shooting occurred in the city's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood just north of downtown early Sunday morning. Police haven't identified the teen or released any details on a possible ...