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Ohio Democrats give chairman new 4-year term

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Democratic Party chairman David Pepper has been unanimously re-elected as head of the state party for the next four years. The former Cincinnati councilman and Hamilton County commissioner has led the party since early 2015 after losing a bid to unseat Republican ...

Teen girl struck, killed after truck veers off road

EASTLAKE, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say the driver of a truck that veered off a busy street striking and killing a 17-year-old female pedestrian was impaired. Maddisan Chase, of Eastlake, was struck Tuesday afternoon and died at a hospital. Eastlake police say 26-year-old Eric Dean Jones ...

Singing Ohio inmates connect with ill South African children

By PATRICK COOLEY, The Columbus Dispatch MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — For a few brief minutes each month, two groups of very different people are able to bridge the thousands of miles between them and the life-altering circumstances that bind them. A flat-screen TV and a Skype connection links ...

Ohio waste district educates residents on proper recycling

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio solid waste district has launched a campaign to teach residents proper recycling techniques because of a growing amount of contaminated recyclables. Christie Snyder is a spokeswoman for the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Solid Waste District in northeastern Ohio. ...

Demonstrators oppose plan to demolish closed Toledo church

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Politicians, residents and community activists are fighting a plan to demolish a long-shuttered Roman Catholic church in Ohio. Demonstrators urged the Diocese of Toledo on Saturday to reconsider its decision to tear down St. Anthony Church, once the parish home for many ...

Lawyer for Ohio terrorism suspect seeks reduced sentence

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A reduced prison sentence is appropriate for an Ohio man who tried to help the Islamic State group, a defense attorney argued ahead of a June 7 sentencing, citing the defendant's youth, his remorse and his mental health ...

Ohio medical marijuana program to bring $11 million in fees

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A report says Ohio's medical marijuana program will bring in about $11 million in fees even before the system is up and running. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that figure includes about $5.2 million in non-refundable application fees already collected from more than ...

Columbus workers start signing up for free bus passes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Workers in downtown Columbus have begun signing up for free bus passes under a program aimed at boosting bus usage to address traffic and parking issues in Ohio's capital city. The Central Ohio Transit Authority approved what's known as CPASS in March. The $4.5 million ...

Key laws, residents vexed when legislative leaders resign

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When legislative leaders resign midterm, things can get messy. In Ohio, a speaker's departure has led to a stalemate that's brought lawmaking to a standstill. In Kentucky, lawmakers face a lawsuit over a bill they passed while a ...

Auditor wants to be part of case over e-school closure

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's auditor is asking to formally get involved in court proceedings over the dismantling of what used to be the state's largest online charter school. Republican Auditor Dave Yost's office took steps to preserve computer data from the now-closed Electronic Classroom ...

Ohio man guilty in stabbing death of mom with Alzheimer’s

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of his 76-year-old mother who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Michael Gleisinger pleaded guilty in an Akron courtroom on Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and failing to care for someone who's impaired. Police ...

Former officer sentenced in assault of 13-year-old boy

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former Cleveland police officer accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy when she worked as a teacher's aide has been sentenced to two years in prison. The boy's mother called Maria Velez a disgrace at her sentencing Tuesday. Velez pleaded guilty in ...

Live grenade found inside home under renovation

MENTOR-ON-THE-LAKE, Ohio (AP) — Police say a man renovating a home in Ohio found a live hand grenade inside one of the walls. The man was working on the home in Mentor-on-the-Lake Sunday afternoon when he discovered the grenade. Police say the device was likely from World War II or the ...

Cleveland police plan to recruit more women, minorities

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Police Department plans to hire more women and people of color to better reflect the city's demographics. Cleveland.com reports the recruitment plan draft released Tuesday calls for the department to hire 75 women and 75 minorities by the end of next ...

Kasich signs order promoting technology for disabled

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed an executive order that will ensure disabled people receive more help from advanced technology. Kasich was flanked by a robot named Milo when he signed the order this past week. The initiative is designed to help those who use ...

Ohio bill would shift courts away from requiring cash bail

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Judges would assess defendants' likelihood of skipping out on court appearances based on a variety of factors instead of a strict system of cash bail, under measures being considered by Ohio lawmakers. The current bail system ...

Shuttle expected to ease parking headaches at Hocking Hills

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) — A weekend shuttle service is expected to ease parking headaches at popular attractions in southeastern Ohio's Hocking Hills State Park. Officials say the shuttle bus between downtown Logan and Old Man's Cave will run on weekends through Oct. 28. Other buses will loop ...

Chewie coming to Cincy this fall for comic expo

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati is getting the Wookiee treatment this fall. Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" series, will be at the Cincinnati Comic Expo taking place Sept. 14-16. At 7 feet, 2 inches, the actor towered over other characters as Han Solo's co-pilot in the ...

WW II veteran gets high school diploma 74 years later

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A 94-year-old World War II veteran from Ohio is celebrating Memorial Day with a high school diploma. Circleville High School honored Robert Lockard at its graduation ceremony Sunday. Lockard was a student at Circleville who would have graduated in 1944, but he ...

99-year-old wows with art show at senior residence

By JAVONTE ANDERSON, The Blade SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — John Cook takes a sip of his white wine as he describes the portrait hanging on the wall. Cook remembers the scene like it was yesterday: three fishermen on a boat in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Each painting tells a story, representing ...