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August 16, 2014 - 10:02am
4 days 2 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The running mates of GOP Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) and his Democratic rival have been taking on the role of deflecting attention from the candidates on tougher issues.

Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor has been a consistently vocal critic of President Barack Obama's federal health care overhaul, reviled by many conservatives. She's done so as Kasich has walked a careful political line and expanded Ohioans' access to Medicaid under the law....

August 16, 2014 - 3:02am
4 days 13 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Revolutionary War veteran is finally getting a grave marker in southwest Ohio.

The Cincinnati chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution set a Saturday dedication for the marker for Joel Green.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Green settled in Cincinnati after the war. He served in a Connecticut regiment and was captured in the Battle of Long Island in 1776. He later escaped from a British prison.

He...

August 15, 2014 - 5:38pm
4 days 15 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former central Ohio police officer has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for misappropriating and selling surplus property that a police department received through a U.S. Department of Defense surplus equipment program.

A federal judge sentenced veteran Columbus officer Steven Dean on Friday. He previously pleaded guilty to single counts of embezzlement from a program receiving federal funds and theft of public property.

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August 15, 2014 - 4:44pm
4 days 15 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A suburban Cincinnati abortion clinic that had remained open while fighting the state's closure order will have to close unless it files an appeal or other legal action.

A Hamilton County judge ruled Friday that he doesn't have jurisdiction to change the Ohio Department of Health order closing the Lebanon Road Surgery Center in Sharonville.

A center attorney says the clinic is considering options including appealing the ruling by...

August 15, 2014 - 2:32pm
4 days 18 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled a lawsuit can go forward against officials in a southwest Ohio county where a morgue attendant sexually abused three female corpses.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Friday said a jury might conclude the Hamilton County defendants, including the former coroner and morgue director, failed "recklessly and wantonly" to supervise the morgue attendant. They cited evidence that supervisors were aware Kenneth...

August 15, 2014 - 11:21am
4 days 21 hours ago

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — A former central Ohio high school band director arrested for inappropriate conduct with three students has been sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison.

Thirty-three-year-old Anthony Miller of Westerville pleaded guilty in July to 13 counts, including felony sexual battery and misdemeanor sexual imposition.

Authorities say the charges against Miller reflect his conduct with three female students at Newark High School,...

August 15, 2014 - 10:33am
4 days 21 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Student leaders say Ohio State's marching band won't give out nicknames this year, after the sometimes lewd monikers played a role in the firing of a popular band director.

Jonathan Waters has asked university trustees to reinstate him. He was fired July 24 after a two-month probe concluded he knew about, but failed to stop, a "sexualized" band culture. Waters led the band since 2012.

University President Michael Drake has stood...

August 15, 2014 - 9:34am
4 days 22 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials say the Cleveland Clinic will soon begin building a new cancer facility on its main campus.

The Plain Dealer reports (http://bit.ly/1t6g69g ) that clinic officials introduced plans Thursday for a 377,000-square-foot facility that will consolidate all of the clinic's cancer treatment under one roof.

Construction on the $276 million facility is expected to be completed in early 2017. A $2 billion fundraising campaign launched...

August 15, 2014 - 9:06am
4 days 16 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man accused of setting a cat on fire has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges.

Police arrested 26-year-old D'erise Carson Thursday in Cleveland. He is accused of slamming a cat into the ground repeatedly and then setting it on fire with lighter fluid earlier this year. The cat died from its injuries, and police issued a warrant for Carson's arrest.

Carson pleaded not guilty on Friday to four misdemeanor counts of...

August 15, 2014 - 8:40am
4 days 23 hours ago

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Defense attorneys in a southwest Ohio county are upset after learning that the prosecutor can keep an eye and ear on them during trials from his office.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/VpQRCg ) that the controversy erupted after a defense attorney heard from a Warren County judge during a recent trial about the live feed to Prosecutor David Fornshell's office. Attorney John Kaspar says his confidential conversations with clients could...

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