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Court: Ohio regulators erred in OK’ing FirstEnergy affiliate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the state's utility regulators should not have approved an Akron-based FirstEnergy affiliate to help consumers shop for electricity. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the high court's decision Thursday means the Public Utilities ...

Democrats push for action on sexual assault lawsuit bills

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — House Democrats are calling for action on legislation that would remove time limits restricting when sexual assault victims could file lawsuits against their perpetrator. The lawmakers are also urging that hearings be held on a ...

Ohio House speaker rebukes lawmaker over anti-vaxx bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican speaker of the Ohio House has publicly rebuked a fellow GOP lawmaker over the lawmaker's attempts to push a hardline anti-vaccination bill. At issue is now-defunct legislation that would have banned employers from requiring that workers receive vaccines ...

Work starting on 13,000-acre solar farm in northern Indiana

KNOX, Ind. (AP) — An Israeli company has started work to build a solar energy farm that's planned to cover some 13,000 acres (5,261 hectares) across two northern Indiana counties when completed. Executives of Doral Renewables took part in a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday with Indiana Gov. ...

Most Republicans vying for US Senate in Ohio are vaccinated

VERSAILLES, Ohio (AP) — Most of the Republican candidates for Ohio's open U.S. Senate seat said Thursday that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. A question about their shots was posed to GOP contenders for the seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman during a candidate ...

A look at Ohio bills aimed at restricting teaching of racism

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A pair of Republican-backed bills in the Ohio House would restrict how the topic of racism is taught in K-12 schools as part of a conservative broadside against a 40-year-old scholarly theory more typically associated with higher ...

Ohio community challenges US Census, retains city status

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A southeastern Ohio community has succesfuly challenged the results of the 2020 U.S. Census and managed to retain its status of a city. The recent census found that Nelsonville had last 780 people since 2010 and there were 4,612 residents in the Athens County ...

Ohio GOP lawmaker to introduce marijuana legalization bill

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Recreational marijuana would be legalized in Ohio for adults 21 and older under Republican legislation coming in the Ohio House that would levy a 10% sales tax on the product, a lawmaker announced Tuesday. Ohio facilities ...

Ex-school employee gets life sentence for teen sex assaults

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Calling him a "cancer in the community," a judge on Tuesday ordered a former school employee in northern Ohio to spend the rest of his life in prison for sexually assaulting several teenage boys. The judge sentenced Ronald Stevens to at least 101 years in prison. ...

Zoo appealing accreditation loss, says visitors unaffected

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says it is appealing the loss of its most important accreditation last week but will retain that accreditation during the 30-day appeals process. The decision announced Wednesday by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, considered the ...

International Walk to School Day highlights benefits

Marietta City Schools celebrated International Walk to School Day on Wednesday by connecting the dots between the academic benefits of walking to school and the district’s focus on a growth mindset throughout the community. “One of the larger benefits is the development of independence, ...

Ohio woman devours 69 doughnuts in 8 minutes

SANDUSKY — Twenty doughnut lovers competed Saturday afternoon to see who could consume the most fried-dough rings. It took place at Bait House Brewery on Meigs Street in Sandusky. Participants in the Sandusky Donut Eating Contest had eight minutes to eat as many pastries as ...

Ohio veteran fixed planes in Vietnam

WARREN — Stanley Gregory, 72, comes from a military family — all six of his brothers were in the service. “All of my family … was in the military. Most of my uncles and cousins — all of them were in the military,” he said. Gregory grew up in Greene. When he graduated from ...

Prayers in purple; Warren family, friends hold vigil, seek answers in homicide

WARREN — Family and friends of Desirae Boss remembered her by decorating the outside of her home off Transylvania Avenue with purple bows and ribbons and releasing 32 purple balloons in her memory. The 32-year-old woman’s favorite color was purple. A vigil was held Sunday afternoon for ...

Local school boards emerge as hot races in November election

By JULIE CARR SMYTH and PATTY NIEBERG Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In a school district near the Ohio state capital, school board members up for reelection this year have been subjected to a steady stream of lawsuits and attacks, both in-person and online. In another, an incumbent ...

Judge: Man charged in shooting of trooper to remain jailed

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — A Michigan man accused of causing a shooting that seriously injured an Ohio state trooper during a traffic stop will remain jailed without bail, a judge ruled Friday. Robert Tramaine Hathorn, 42, of Muskegon, is charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. It's ...

Ex-Cleveland council member sentenced to 6 years in prison

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A former Cleveland City Council member was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for filing false expense reports that led to the theft of $127,000 in city and federal funds over nine years. A federal court jury convicted Kenneth Johnson, 75, in July of 15 counts that ...

Police probe stop of disabled driver pulled from car

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials in Dayton, Ohio, say they are investigating the actions of officers who pulled a driver who said he was disabled from his car during a drug-related traffic stop last month. Clifford Owensby, 39, who said he does not have use of his legs, said he felt helpless ...

Man drives from Ohio hoping to help Haitian friend at border

By SARAH BLAKE MORGAN Associated Press DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — As Haitian migrants stepped off a white U.S. Border Patrol van in the Texas border city of Del Rio after learning they'd be allowed to stay in the country for now, a man in a neon yellow vest stood nearby and quietly surveyed ...

Boy, 1, reported unresponsive in bathtub dies; man arrested

CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — A man was arrested after the death of a 1-year-old boy reportedly found unresponsive in a bathtub, authorities said. Cleveland police said officers were called to the home just after 10:30 p.m. Saturday, at which time emergency medical responders were rushing the child ...