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Ohio lawmaker proposes Labrador retriever as state dog

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker has proposed making the Labrador retriever the official state dog. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Ohio could become the 13th state to name a state dog, and the first to recognize the Labrador as such. The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Jeffery ...

Man wanted to help troubled kids, effort sends him to prison

By STEPHANIE WARSMITH, Akron Beacon Journal AKRON, Ohio (AP) — At the age of 15, Christopher Hendon was on his way to following in the footsteps of several relatives who had spent much of their lives behind bars. In three years, the Akron teen had been charged with 17 crimes. A ...

Nursery in Ohio prison lets inmate moms bond with their kids

By JOHN CANIGLIA, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — One-month-old Javon Jackson fidgets with his mom's jacket as he drinks from his bottle and holds her hand. His mom coos. Her friends laugh, and a precocious, 2-year-old toddler stops by and waves hi. In all, it is a ...

Mayor says deal for city manager to leave; manager disagrees

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati's mayor says the city manager has agreed to leave his job, while the city manager says no deal has been reached. Mayor John Cranley said in a statement Tuesday he and City Manager Harry Black reached an "agreement in principle," for Black to leave. Cranley says ...

Defense: Exclude suspect’s comments at trial for fatal fires

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys for an Ohio man charged in fires that killed nine people on his street say his statements to police should be excluded at trial in the potential death penalty case. Fifty-eight-year-old Stanley Ford, of Akron, has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges ...

Mom of boy who shot sister pleads not guilty to indictment

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman accused of returning to work after her 8-year-old son repeatedly shot and wounded his 4-year-old sister at home has been indicted on child-endangering and evidence-tampering charges and pleaded not guilty. An Ashland County judge declined a request Tuesday ...

Documents detail Ohio city’s failed courtship of Amazon HQ2

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio River city wooing Amazon's second headquarters offered urban cool and culture along with big-bucks incentives. Cincinnati made a wide-ranging pitch for the Seattle-based e-commerce giant's second North American headquarters. Newly ...

Money stolen from donation box for slain officers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The manager of an Ohio restaurant says a woman stole money from a donation box intended to help the families of two slain officers and spent it on a nearby lottery machine. The theft was reported at Average Joe's Pub and Grill in Columbus Saturday. Employees say they ...

Group urges Ohio school boards to push for safety funding

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio School Boards Association is asking districts to adopt a resolution that calls school violence "an epidemic" and advocates for the government to prioritize and better fund school safety efforts following the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month. The ...

Family files lawsuit over lost embryos at Ohio hospital

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio family has filed a class action lawsuit against the hospital where officials estimate about 2,000 frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged by a storage tank malfunction. Amber and Elliott Ash, of Bay Village, say they had two embryos stored at University ...

Man raising funds to rebuild closed Ohio amusement park

By CRAIG WEBB, Akron Beacon Journal AURORA, Ohio (AP) — He readily admits the idea is a bit far-fetched. But after listening for years to people grousing about the loss of Geauga Lake Park, Brian Roote decided it was time to dream big and try to save the park from extinction. So with ...

Vice President Pence focuses on economic growth in speech

CLEVELAND (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence focused on economic growth as a main theme in his speech at an America First Policies event in Cleveland. Pence said Friday that more than 3,300 manufacturing jobs have been added in Cleveland since President Donald Trump took office. The Republican ...

State gives more money for firefighter health protection

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's workers compensation agency is increasing its financial effort to help protect firefighters from carcinogens they face on the job. The Columbus Dispatch reports the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation announced a new plan Tuesday that will provide $2.7 million in ...

Nursery in Ohio prison lets inmate moms bond with their kids

By JOHN CANIGLIA, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — One-month-old Javon Jackson fidgets with his mom's jacket as he drinks from his bottle and holds her hand. His mom coos. Her friends laugh, and a precocious, 2-year-old toddler stops by and waves hi. In all, it is a ...

Man charged with biting trooper’s ear to have treatment

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of biting off part of an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper's ear has been found currently not competent to stand trial. A judge in Lorain County this week ordered mental-health treatment for 44-year-old Cornelius Carey Jr. and set a September hearing to ...

GOP’s Kasich delivers ‘odd’ and final State of the State

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — In a State of the State speech infused with philosophy, religion and a pinch of nostalgia, Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday urged people to tap the values he believes all people have "written on our hearts" to live a life bigger ...

Man who admitted to string of killings could be released

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — One of two brothers who admitted stalking, raping and killing young women during a string of eight murders in the 1980s is close to walking out of prison. Nathaniel Cook confessed to three murders in all with his older brother, the ...

Prosecutor: After boy, 8, shot sister, mom went back to work

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — An 8-year-old boy loaded a rifle, repeatedly shot his 4-year-old sister at home and then informed their mother, who left work to check the girl's injuries, cleaned up a bloody bed cover and returned to work, leaving the children alone again, a prosecutor said. Alyssa ...

Feds announce charges in online dating financial scam

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The government says eight people have been charged with laundering money obtained from online romance scams based in Ohio. Federal prosecutors say the individuals created false profiles on online dating sites including Match.com and MillionaireMatch.com and contacted ...

County coroner: Fentanyl fueled big spike in overdose deaths

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — The coroner in a southwestern Ohio county says accidental overdoses spiked more than 20 percent last year, driven in large part by the rise of fentanyl and other powerful opioids. Butler County Coroner Lisa Mannix said Tuesday that her office investigated 232 overdoses ...